Au Revoir Paris

We’re moving on! A few weeks ago, we boarded a plane to La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain). Since then we’ve been to El Hierro as well as Tenerife, from where I’m currently working and updating this blog. We plan to see Gomera, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in the near future. So if you’re a fan of the Canary Islands please keep an eye open for more photos and stories to come.

For now I wanted to say good bye to Paris and France, which was our home for the past 3 years. It’s been fun (most of the time)!

The following photos have been taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower during my last visit to the French capital. Au revoir Paris ! ♥️

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I can’t help it, but I always feel like the architect of the Tour Montparnasse (the black tower) photobombed Paris’ skyline.

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I didn’t aim for that, but I couldn’t change the fact that there were a dozen people posing at the moment I released the shutter. #CameraGroupies

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To be honest, I like the view towards Place du Trocadéro from the Eiffel Tower, but on photos it always gets lost and I end up…

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…zooming in on the office buildings of La Defense with the Fondation Louis Vuitton in the foreground.

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RollWorld: Spin It, Warp It, Scroll It, Zoom It — Create Tiny Planets And Abstract Art On Your Mobile Device

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:

Tiny world of Paris edited in Rollworld

Planet building in RollWorld (Paris)

Tiny world of Auckland edited in Rollworld

Tunnel building in RollWorld (Auckland)

Tiny world of Maisons-Laffitte edited in Rollworld

In between planet and tunnel building in RollWorld (Maisons-Laffitte)

RollWorld tips:

  • 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!

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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!

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C’est La Vie !

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As some of you already know, or guessed, we moved back to France after 3.5 aMaZiNg years in New Zealand. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it had to be taken! I adjusted my blog’s “About” section accordingly.

Right now, we are enjoying French food as well as Paris’ flair and history. And that’s the reason why my coming blog posts will focus more on Europe again. Moving on. C’est la vie!

You have been warned ;)