Have you ever been in a creative slump? You know, that feeling like every thing you try to work on just stinks on ice? It’s during these times that I like to try something new in an attempt to get the creative juices flowing again. It was during one of my “I don’t feel creative” periods that I discovered Tiny Planets.

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San Diego Skyline Planet

I had seen tiny planets (panospheres) done many many times and had always wanted to try making one. So, I found a simple tutorial online and tried it out for myself using some of my existing photos. I tried all sorts of photos put together in different ways. Most of the ones I did turned out like the typical tiny planet, you know like a city or landscape in the round. But then something really cool happened… as I played around, some of the photos turned out looking like something else altogether!

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Famous Ears

Who would have ever thought that you could make a shiny Mickey Mouse out of the Santa Monica Pier? I certainly didn’t! I never know how a photo will turn out until it’s actually done and that’s the fun part of doing these for me.

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Crown Jewel

A photo of the Coronado Bridge in San Diego that I had struggled with all of a sudden became a royal heart! To me, this looked like a crest that belonged on a banner in my own little photography land! One of my most recent photos of the Korean Bell of Friendship all of a sudden became a villain from the Lord of the Rings movies!

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The Eye of Sauron

Learning how to do tiny planets definitely broke me out of a creative slump! I had so much fun with these that I made a tutorial and shared it with my friends and we all went a little tiny planet crazy. These days, I continue to play with my photos as I process… looking for that odd photo that will make a cool planet. I only like the ones that look like what they are while at the same time look like something else that is totally cool.

The next time you’re in a slump, of any kind, try something completely new and different. You never know where it might lead!

~L

For more of my tiny planets check out my Gallery.  And if you want to make some planets of your own, check out my tutorial:

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  1. Just love your Tiny Planets Lisa!

    1. Thanks, Janice! 🙂

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