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Challenge: Country Music Song Titles (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II LD for Canon
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Date: Jun 14, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2011

Nope, not Dallas. Just a few miles to the west is Fort Worth.

I figure after a few more expert editing challenges, mini-planets will become a new cliche entry. I think I got mine in early enough in front of the trend to (hopefully) still be unique.

The sky is not as perfect as I would prefer, but it's my best mini-planet to date. The key to to getting a nice round planetball is a 360 degree panorama.

Expecting a few comments guessing this as mine. Pretty easy guess.

[Jun. 21st, 2011 01:38:23 PM]

A few of the comments have asked how to do these. Here's the quick n' dirty overview:

-Take a panorama, at least twice as wide as tall. 360 degree stitched panoramos are best. The 360 degree view gives a nice round looking planet ball.

-Resize to a square. It will be distorted of course.

-Rotate 180 degrees so it is now upside down

-Apply the polar coordinates filter.

-Add cow. Longhorns are best, but those shaggy cows they have in Europe are pretty good too.

-Touch up as needed.

Here is a more detailed tutorial with examples. Doing a web search for how to make a mini planet should turn up a few more how-to's on the subject.

Post-challenge notes:
A ribbon in a challenge I suggested! How cool is that?!

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.9412
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
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Avg (non-participants): 7.2105
Views since voting: 4518
Views during voting: 318
Votes: 119
Comments: 36
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06/27/2011 02:00:31 AM
Such a good combination of process, colour and composition, you nailed it, well done.
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06/26/2011 02:44:32 AM
Very nice use of this filter. Congratulations!
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06/25/2011 02:07:31 PM
Ohh I wish I would have voted in this challenge. This is amazing. :) Congrats!
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06/25/2011 09:55:08 AM
The cow is perfect! Congrats on a super entry and the ribbon!
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06/25/2011 07:20:56 AM
Great shot, Steve. Many congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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06/24/2011 11:30:47 PM
I must try one of these but need to find the right location. Great image Steve. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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06/24/2011 08:26:23 PM
Congrats. I really liked this one. To add to your comments you could also google steriographic projection photography. I made a cool one of our state capital a while back while trying to learn how to do this. Fun to do for sure and yields a great image.
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06/24/2011 05:09:11 PM
Ha....I can't believe all the fours and twos!
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06/24/2011 04:23:34 PM
That's a crazy little world you live in Steve. Congrats and well done. :)
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06/24/2011 03:36:57 PM
Hey Dude!! Congratulations!! I was sick n went to bed and forgot this ended last night... So better late than never!!!! Just showed this to Tom he said how come that one didn't win I like it best!
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06/24/2011 11:22:27 AM
congrats, cool image, must try the process some time.
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06/24/2011 10:52:38 AM
I like our planet! Nice work :)
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06/24/2011 08:13:55 AM
I shoulda known. I'm never very good at describing how I got the finished result. Fabulous and well deserved.
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06/24/2011 07:19:09 AM
Nice work, Steve. Great entry.
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06/24/2011 06:33:26 AM
whooo hooo!!! Way to go, spiff! It's the cow that did it. :)
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06/24/2011 06:01:55 AM
Nice finish, dude! Study group rocks!
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06/24/2011 05:49:05 AM
Well done! And thank you so much for sharing the info.
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06/24/2011 05:42:04 AM
Really nice stuff,Congratulations.
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06/24/2011 04:23:04 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. That's a sweet pic.
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06/24/2011 02:10:11 AM
Well done, nice vision.
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06/24/2011 01:56:52 AM
Congratulations. Steve. Love this, it's one of the most interesting mini planets I've come across. The longhorn is a great addition to avoid the typically featureless central void, and the pov is perfect.
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06/24/2011 01:30:07 AM
Congrats, Spiffy!
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06/24/2011 01:02:39 AM
love these mini-world shots, congrats
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06/24/2011 12:48:26 AM
Spifferrific! Congrats!
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06/24/2011 12:18:54 AM
Totally never picked you as a mini-planet kind of guy!! Surprised me!
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06/24/2011 12:11:51 AM
Way to go, Spiffy!!! Love this and well deserving of a ribbon!
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06/24/2011 12:09:02 AM
Congrats Steve on another ribbon and great photo. This is excellent!
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06/24/2011 12:03:39 AM
Way to go! Looks like the addition of the cow really made the difference.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2011 02:04:03 PM
These shots are fun but often they all look very similar but I think the bull statue really makes a difference. Well done.
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06/20/2011 12:10:25 PM
Muuuuch better without the animal, IMHO.
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06/20/2011 10:12:47 AM
I must try doing this one day. The bull looks like its jumping out of the photo and the PP is spot on.
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06/20/2011 09:06:39 AM
Please teach me how to do this?
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06/17/2011 08:14:20 AM
Oh the longhorn makes it for me. Fantastic.
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06/17/2011 01:34:57 AM
A Wow! creation (Yo_Spiff?) 10
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06/17/2011 01:34:36 AM
This turned out really wonderful, Steve. Looks great. Guurl see no halo
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06/17/2011 12:34:22 AM
Good one Spiffy... At least I see the stock yards THIS TIME! LOL
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