Winter World 2

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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In November 2007, I started work early on a holiday card. I had seen a tutorial on creating circular distortions of landscapes online and already planned on using a modified version of this technique to create little planetoids. Since these were for winter, I wanted them to look crisp and sparkling, like fresh snow in the sun. Over two weeks of work later, things still didn’t look right. I had tried all kinds of effects and filters to get the right look – none of which was just right. I finally ended up doing a lot of painting with the dodge and burn tools in Photoshop, which had me nearly there. The final element was deciding to abandon having a perfectly circular edge and to add the border. Voila! I used this technique to create several more planetoids, which make me think of The Little Prince, but I also liked the effect when the sky was in the center of the images.

“Winter World 2” was my experiment to see what would happen when the sky was in the center of the image rather than at the edge. It worked so well, I made several more. I like how the jaggedness of the edge echoes the shapes of the trees. Uses a photograph from stock.xchng member Ondrej Verzich.

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