A view of my world in Central Illinois and places we go.

Something a Little Different

I’ve been following the blog of a professional photographer for a couple of years. His name is Jeff Jenson, from Utah, and he done some pretty cool stuff, from light painting to time lapse photography. The other day he posted a little blog about an odd technique that looked interesting AND fairly simple (simple is good in post-processing). It involves taking an image and using a filter in Photoshop that transforms normal rectangular coordinates to polar coordinates. The resulting image is circular.

So, following his instructions, here is the original image and the resulting image in polar coordinates. From last summer, the grain elevator of Jamaica. Note that I first duplicated the original, as he suggests, so there is a bit more interest to the image (in this case, two grain elevators rather than one to fill up space in the image).

Here is the original, although I trimmed it to make it square:

jamaica 1

Here is the new image in polar coordinates:

A Polarized Jamaica

Pretty cool…and here is the same image only with the sky on the inside:

jamaica polarized inverted


Still need to work on this some. I may be doing something incorrectly or I need to trim the resulting images to avoid the radial patterns at the corners.

4 responses

  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it. You picked a great image for this technique and executed it well. The combination of the silos and the clouds is really cool. The radial patterns are normal. You can eliminate them with a crop, or you can use a mask and apply a heavy blur to the areas. Here’s another thing to experiment with. If you crop the original image, removing more of the foreground. This will move the horizon down. When the filter is applied, you will end up with a smaller “planet” and the buildings will be more exaggerated. Again, thanks for the shout out!


    May 3, 2013 at 11:24 PM

  2. Oh, the other thing you could do with the corners is clone from the clouds to fill in the spaces.


    May 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

  3. Rodney D. Reid

    Hey, this is really neat. Looks like magic to me!

    Rodney D. Reid, AIA

    Reid Studio Architecture LLC

    1904 Byrnebruk Drive

    Champaign, Illinois 61822



    May 4, 2013 at 6:51 AM

  4. Thanks guys. And, Jeff, I will try your tips and post new images.


    May 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

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