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View from a rabbit hole

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  1. Galactic Baroque Galactic Baroque April 20, 2014

    What 70s rock band is this an album cover for?

    • Kimika Ying Kimika Ying April 20, 2014

      Edison Lighthouse, “View from the Rabbit Hole” (the lost album).

      • Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse April 21, 2014

        If I can round up the boys I’ll play it live some night.

  2. Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh April 20, 2014

    Channeling Roger Dean, are we?

     

    :)

    • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood April 22, 2014

      I’ll be the round about
      The words will make you out ‘n’ out
      I’ll spend the day your way……
      Call it morning driving thru the sound and
      In and out the valley……

  3. Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood April 22, 2014

    I would love to know how this is done. Will the inimitable Mss Ying give a hint?

    • Kimika Ying Kimika Ying April 23, 2014

      I recently learned and it turns out to be easy – once you have a good 360 degree panorama image. I stitched together sixteen pictures for this one.

      One thing which was a great help was sitting on a box which I’d scripted to offset my view so that I wasn’t in the picture, and was controled by a hud which let me rotate it a set number of degrees each time. That made it easy to make a set of images from a steady viewpoint.

      Once you have the panorama its a simple matter of applying some transformations with Gimp or Photoshop:

      1 – Open a 360 panorama.

      2 – Resize the image so that it’s as tall as it is wide. This hugely distorts the image, but it’s only temporary.

      3 – Rotate the image 180 degrees (creates the “small world”, not rotating creates the “view from a hole”).

      4 – Select filter –> Distort –> Polar Coordinates

      (transfomational information source: http://blogs.esa.int/concordia/2014/02/25/advanced-photography-in-freezing-conditions/ )

       

      And I look forward to the Lighthouse concert.

      • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood April 23, 2014

        Thank you Ma’am! You are a Gentlewoman and a Scholar, not to mention a fine Artist.

  4. Jon Chen Jon Chen May 5, 2014

    Brilliantly done, art thru SCIENCE!!! :)

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