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Vivid Planets – Day 1…

by on May.07, 2016, under Life, Photography

Vivid Sydney is fast approaching again for this year. As a result I have to say to Gerard Blacklock – you and I are a very VERY bad men 🙂

My tiny planet affliction was up until last years Vivid limited to convoluting stitched panorama images. This was a saving grace because I only ever do a stitched pano every now and then, and not all of them will work well as a panosphere (or tiny planet).

The world was as they say nicely in balance…

Star Fish

Star Fish

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 17 mm, 1/5 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

This was up until Gerry decided to post some planets he’d crafted using a number of different (but the same composition) Vivid Sydney images from last year.

This basically works because it creates a very nice symmetric multipoint star (depending on how many images you use to start with). The end result containing all the vivid lights circling the centre of the frame.

The problem is… this only massively feeds the addiction. Like a cancer that was once starved of raw material to subvert, Gerry has opened pandora’s box!

Gerry and I have literally thousands of images of Vivid Sydney (and other similar light shows here in Sydney over the past many years). Worse – we easily have many many instances of multiple images from the same composition with just the lighting projections and effects different between the frames.

This is like giving an unlimited supply of tasty drinks to an alcoholic!!


So… it is with great regret 🙂 that I begin the week of Vivid Sydney Planets to get you all into the mood for the upcoming mayhem :)… This one’s for you Melinda 🙂

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