An opal hearted country, a wilful, lavish land. All you who have not loved her, you will not understand……Dorothea Mackellar
I am blessed and privileged to live in Australia. It is a land of extremes. A month ago, the area where I grew up was surrounded by bushfires. This week they suffered massive floods. One year in November, we too had bushfires in the Blue Mountains where I now live. The next year on the same date, we had heavy snow. It has lush, green paddocks and barren red soil. It is never boring.
I grew up in Geelong, surrounded by beautiful beaches and on my last trip home took a photo at sunrise of the palm trees and buoys that line the waterfront. I have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit of this vast land. One of my trips took me through opal country to Central Australia. We camped along the way and I took a photo before dawn as we were packing up our camp site to drive to Uluru. A flat horizon of black with only a road sign silhouetted against a yellow sky, trying to wake up.
I loved both of these photos and although the landscapes were vastly different, there were many similarities. Both were taken in the early hours of the morning while the sun was just starting to rise. Both had very yellow and orange skies and both had silhouetted features across a flat skyline. I started to wonder what I could do with them.
I had seen people make planets and tunnels from panoramas and though I didn’t have panoramas, I decided to give it a go anyway. I made a tunnel from one and a planet from the other and then put them together to make my planet with a core using Adobe Photoshop.
Tomorrow I will share with you the steps to make a planet or a tunnel out of any landscape photo you have. The secret is to have a landscape where the horizon is fairly straight but has some interesting higher features like the palm trees or the road sign. It is best if both sides of the photo is uncluttered. Find a photo you think will look good and tomorrow we’ll go through the steps to make one. They are effective and with a bit of imagination, you could make some pretty amazing art out of them.