It seems like ages ago when I read some first tutorials on how to create “tiny planets” thanks to advanced photo editing tools, good graphic skills and a lot of patience. I tried once. It took hours. Now I have RollWorld!
The App for iPhone and iPad is so much simpler; it’s intuitive, offers different distortion settings, comes for free and allows you to create your own mini world in under a minute (ok, under 5 minutes if you play with all your options). Let me give you some examples before listing a few tips:
Planet building in RollWorld (Paris)
Tunnel building in RollWorld (Auckland)
In between planet and tunnel building in RollWorld (Maisons-Laffitte)
the App works on both photos and videos (videos require a one time in-App purchase)
even if you start with 1 photo only, the App can make a video of your morph (tap the + icon at the bottom of your image)
loading an image will bring you by default a tiny planet — play with all sliders to spin, warp, scroll, spiral and zoom your creation to your liking
play with the spiraling effect to create abstract art (droste effect)
for better results, straighten your horizon in Snapseed before opening the image in RollWorld
apparently, the iPad version offers more settings than the iPhone version (to be confirmed)
you can reverse your last edit by tapping the bottom left arrow
you can save your creation to your camera roll or directly publish to a big choice of social networks by tapping the top right arrow
you can change the default saving settings from 1024x1024px to 4000x4000px
My final example is a sunset photo which I processed 3 times with the RollWorld sprialing effect. Admittedly, this doesn’t even come close to a tiny planet, but colourful creative compositions are maybe just what you were after!
Spiraling effect in Rollworld: Top left: source image Top right: 1st processing result Bottom left: 2nd processing result Bottom right: 3rd processing result
I truly enjoyed playing around with RollWorld. Give it a spin yourself and let me see your creations. You got nothing to lose with this free App!
I can’t recall how often I drove past Kelly Tarlton’s ever since I moved to Auckland. Last week I finally went inside the Aquarium for the very first time. Now I can’t recall what took me so long; what a lovely little place!
OK, it’s not the most convenient place for photographers. It’s much easier to capture the sea in the sun instead of moving animals in low light. I actually had to up the ISO to 6,400 for most of the photos below. Yikes.
And I reached a moment when I completely gave up the happy snapping. Me in low light on a conveyor belt leading through the shark tunnel full of moving fish…you get the idea.
A few fun facts: Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium…
…is the only in the world where you can see spiny sea horses
…is home to New Zealand’s only colony of Antarctic penguins
…has been build into former sewage storage tanks of the city
For more fun facts and information about each of the photographed animals please click on the images and read their captions.
The King Penguin is the second largest of the 17 species of Penguin – the largest is the Emperor Penguin.
Sleepy King – still majestic.
This Gentoo Penguin was in a race with a second penguin when he suddenly decided to confuse his opponent with a 180° turn. You basically see here how penguins break under water.
Jellyfish are ancient creatures which have lived in our oceans since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Nemo and Dori (search for the blue bokeh ;) ).
Spiny sea dragons are found in the ocean depths, and are rarely seen by anyone other than deep sea divers.
Despite their popularity in the aquarium trade, mandarinfish are considered difficult to keep, as their feeding habits are very specific.
Two employees are hand feeding the fish each day. On special days they also do that in the shark tank.
A hermit crab has to move several times throughout its life as it grows in size and must find larger shells.
The Octopus has an interesting aquarium location I find. Take two steps left and you’re in the Aquarium Store finding yourself sorting through cuddly toys of all shapes and sizes.
A starfish is probably nothing too special for each Kiwi; but how about a mussel eating starfish, huh? Can you see it?
If you wonder about the name: Kelly Tarlton was a New Zealand marine archeologist and diver who wanted to make the wonders of the under water world more accessible to the public. Tragically he died only 2 months after the aquarium opened in 1985.
100 years ago, New Zealand went to war. The nation was still young, its population rather small, and the war wasn’t fought on their grounds. 103,000 New Zealand soldiers (10% of the population) served in Europe during World War One (1914-1918).
18,200 didn’t return home.
Auckland’s Field of Remembrance in front of the town’s War Memorial Museum, which lit up in red and served as screen for images from WW1 (“Illuminate 2014: Duty and Adventure” by Gaylene Preston).
To remember these soldiers, New Zealand commemorates ANZAC Day each year on the 25th of April. This year, centenary commemorations started throughout the nation, and they will continue till 2018.
As the centenary commemorations will progress during the coming 4 years, the objective for all communities throughout New Zealand is to create Fields of Remembrance with personalised white crosses to honour those in their community who served the nation overseas during World War One.
100 white crosses have been installed already in Auckland Domain. More will be placed soon. (Please click on the images to see them bigger and in better quality.)