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Stereographic Projections

May 6, 01:35 PM · from the mouth of Tyler

Wow. Yesterday, I had my mind blown. I was surfing around Flickr just looking at random panoramas, and I found a whole new world of photography that I never knew existed. Stereographic Projection! It’s a style of mainly landscape photography where essentially the photographer takes a full pano 360° around him or her, and 180° up and down. Then using software, all the individual shots are stitched together in such a way that the landscape ends up looking like a miniature planet floating in space. The term “stereographic projection” refers to this highly complicated math equation that projects a sphere onto a flat plane. I dunno, it’s over my head. Here’s a Wikipedia article on it if you feel like geeking out.

Here’s an example:

The guy who took this said it originated from 9 HDR images, or a total of 27 shots. (HDR is a whole ‘nother thing altogether… something I’d also like to get into, but we’ll save that for another post.) I love the sky, and the way the trees stick out into space.

Here’s one with people:

This is one of my favs. I LOVE how the people are warped, with big heads and little bodies. Fabulous!

Here’s one with some buildings (click for a larger view):

And some more notable ones:

You can see by those last two that you can get some really neat effects using indoor shots as well.

Here’s a link to the group on Flickr where I found all of these. There are so many incredible images. And there are 460 members in the group, so there are obviously lots of people doing this. Jimmy, Jake, have you guys ever seen this before? I’d LOVE to learn how to do it. It really blows my mind.

Semi-related, I’d just like to take this opportunity to endorse Cool Iris. Cool Iris is the most amazing browser plug-in I’ve ever seen. It basically creates a whole new, super cool 3D environment for viewing images and video content. It takes a Flickr page and turns it into this amazing wall of images that you can move and interact with. Also great for doing Google image searches, YouTube, and even looking at your own photos in iPhoto or whatever. It’s free, it’s really simple to install, and it’ll knock your socks off. Click the link in the first sentence to get it. It works on Safari, Firefox, and IE. There’s even an iPhone app!

Love Ty.


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  1. andy responds with:

    Wow. Just wow.

    No time to download stuff just yet. Thanks for the tip though!

    Wait a minute… aren’t you supposed to be posting about kid #2 arriving? Don’t tell me he’s sleeping in…

    · May 7, 01:09 AM
  2. Iak responds with:

    Those are bloody amazin’. Reminds me of small 3D worlds in games like Mario Galaxy. =)

    p.s. Ty, can you send along the Pollies image you used for the header? I’d like to use it as a pattern or something to create “album art” for the PP “albums” I have in iTunes.

    · May 14, 11:05 AM
  3. K Scott responds with:

    Tyler..Those are some sick images. You have to love technology and great ideas. I’m definitely checking that link out. :) Hope all is well.

    · May 16, 01:01 PM
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