15 January, 2011

The Home World

It was Earth all along.

After a close encounter and narrow escape from The Space Dolphins (click to see them), I was obsessed with finding their home world. After hours of tedious searching, a few cups of coffee at the gift shop, (and after spotting the giant planet icon on the map), I set a direct course to this lonely place in the cosmos.

I triumphantly set up to shoot 5 handheld exposures from -2 to +2 (not an easy task in low light) when I noticed something oddly familiar about this strange new world… It kinda looks like… OMG it’s Earth! The Space Dolphins have been hiding here all along!?

Pull yourself together, I kept thinking as I took a few more shots. The planet was changing colors rapidly and I had to snap off exposures while it remained in the same hue. Keep your focus on the project! Eye on the prize man! We can deal with the Space Dolphins later…

The Space Dolphin Saga Continues: “Approaching The Home World.”

Daily Banana – The Home World

(move the slider to compare before and after)
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About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • Larry Temple

    Your photos have an almost epic quality to them. Beautiful.

  • moliazana

    Honestly..amazing u are

  • WOW! I really love this one! Can I ask you Camera, Lens and (above all) the exact place?

    I really enjoy the Before/After effect too, how can you do it?

    • Hey Luca, this is shot in the London Natural History Museum with a Nikon D3 and 14-24 lens.