This photo manipulation is called a stereographic projection, which takes a standard photograph and stretches it around in a circle creating a Globe or Planet like image!
Planet Photo Manipulation in GIMP
When wanting to combine two or more photographs for a higher dynamic range (HDR) or correcting an overexposed photograph, I mostly use programs like Photomatix, however it is sometimes too difficult or frustrating fiddling with the settings for minutes getting nowhere. So, there is an easier way and in certain cases much better than an HDR especially if you want to avoid those really surreal photographs – Digital Blending is the way to go, you can be much more selective with your increases/decreases in dynamic range and get more realistic results.
Digital Blending - Petronas Towers, Malaysia
If you don’t have a zoom lens or you’d like to manipulate a certain image in this style then this tutorial for GIMP should help you achieve a similar effect!
The final result!
I was recently in Penang, Malaysia and relaxed on the beach for a few days. I took some interesting shots of the locals as you might see in photos to come as apart of my shot of the day series. So stay around and I hope you enjoy my photographs :) !
By the beach at Sunset - Penang, Malaysia