Alexandre Duret-Lutz is not an experienced photographer, he became fascinated by art in 2006, when he found out what he could do using a Cybershot DSC-T5, a camera well-known for its good performance in a small package. He quickly became interested in a technique called spheric panoramic photography , which allows him to turn pictures of streets, avenues and beaches into small planets, lost in a blue sky.
To create his planets, Alexander Duret-Lutz doesn't use complex photographic equipment, nor powerful editing tools. However, you're wrong if you think his is an easy task. In order to create the panoramas, which will later be converted into spheres, the artist chooses a starting point and takes pictures of the horizon in every direction - countless pictures of the ground and the sky. Afterwards, he assembles the pictures, side-by-side, adjusting differences in altitudes and colours, with the help of appropriate editing software. Finally, he transforms the horizon using Gimp, along with other programmes. That's when he gathers both extremes of the panoram in a 360º curve, giving his work such interesting shapes.
Interested in creating your own small planet? Alexander Duret-Lutz explains you how to build your own B612 asteroid in his Flickr gallery.