Amazing! Photographer captures unique images from on top of the world

A photographer from Sheffield has created these beautiful out-of-this-world images using panoramic photos and manipulating them to make them appear as if they are mini planets in their own rights.

The one above shows Sheffield city centre looking rather spectacular - but he's been all over the world creating beautiful perfect spheres.

Adventurer Dan (who clearly doesn't suffer from vertigo) says he wanted to create images that look as if they were taken from on top of the world. Travelling to some of the nerve-jangling peaks of the world, including the Dolomites and Ben Nevis, these pics show some iconic landscapes as you've never seen them.

"I tried using conventional photography to capture this feeling, but even with a wide angle lens I couldn't get all the view in the image," he explains.

"I then tried stitching photos together to create long panoramas. This captured the skyline well, but made everything look far away, so the viewer didn't feel part of the picture.

"One of the most difficult parts of making them is to find the right spot and compose the image in your mind."

Arkle says he spends ten hours or more getting each image looking perfect, and is pleased with the reaction to them – which tends to be 'how is it possible?'

"My favourite is the Ben Nevis one. I had just done an ice climb on the north face, and reached the top as the sun was starting to set. I had climbed the mountain several times before but had always got to the top in mist and fog, so I had never seen the view.

See all his images here:


Dan Arkle's mini planets
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Amazing! Photographer captures unique images from on top of the world

"This one was great fun to make. I really wanted climbers in the photo, but no one was available when the light was right. So I took some spare clothes, and had a frantic half hour of getting changed into different outfits, putting the camera on a 10-second countdown and running into position for a self-protrait."

Monte Rosa, Switzerland's highest peak and the second highest in the Alps. The Matterhorn is just right of the cross.


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