Project 365 – Day 110: Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna floats into Montreal

April 19 2012

I went out on a limb today to try something different. It wasn’t that long ago that I came across some cool sci-fi looking images of buildings floating in the air resembling giant spaceships and I thought I had to try it one day….well that day ended up being today.

Since tonight was opening night for Cirque du Soleil’s new touring show Amaluna here in Montreal, I thought of trying the mirror effect on the big top.

Cirque du Soleil Big Top floats into Montreal

Cirque du Soleil Big Top floats into Montreal

Once I had it in my head that I would try this effect, it was a little bizarre walking around looking at buildings and trying to imagine them reflected. Having not really studied what was involved on the processing side I was working very much by chance that my shots would actually end up being usable.

Floating Montreal skyline

Floating Montreal skyline

Jacques Cartier Bridge Skeleton

Jacques Cartier Bridge Skeleton

Complex Desjardins Insect

Complex Desjardins Insect

Something I realized after processing a few was that you really need isolated buildings for the floating  effect.

Floating Apartments

Floating Apartments

New York Life and Aldred buildings take flight

New York Life and Aldred buildings take flight

With all these spaceship like buildings floating around, I wasn’t that surprised to come across a space lagged Jedi sleeping it off by the Palais des Congrès.

A Jedi?

A Jedi?

Zeppelin

Zeppelin

Although I wasn’t able to separate the top part from adjoining buildings I really like how this last one came out, particularly the traffic lights resembling glowing red eyes.

Glowing eyes

Glowing eyes

Since I was pretty much only shooting with this effect in mind, if the shots hadn’t worked out I would have likely been screwed for posting my pic of the day. As it turned out I was reasonably happy with my first attempts and already have some other places in mind to shoot for this technique.

I imagine people either love or hate this effect. I have to say I kind of dig it, the process is pretty simple and really puts buildings and objects in a new perspective.  I would love to know what you think – Like or hate?

To view images in gallery format, simply click on one of the images below.

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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3 Comments

  1. Ellis PIctures April 20, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Hi Martin, I love this effect, very Sci-Fi, like you said in your post it kinda works best on isolated buildings to give it that ‘space ship; effect. Can I ask how you did this as I will have to give this a go on my next photo visit to London :-)
    . Ps love the sleeping Jedi shot !!

    • Montreal in Pictures April 20, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks Steve.

      I can imagine some great buildings in London this effect would work great for…I look forward to seeing your results.

      Since you ask, and I was considering it, I plan posting a quick tutorial later on the steps I took to produce.

      The sleeping Jedi was a stroke of luck given the theme of the day :)

      • Ellis PIctures April 20, 2012 at 8:41 am #

        Thanks Martin, may the force be with you ;-)