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U St. NE
|| 8/31/2005 || 8:25 am || Comments Off on U St. NE || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

11 hours later, the first of the series is finished. Logan Circle has made a meta-circle in the center of the rendering- it looks fabulous! I am slightly dissapointed that my house didn’t fall on or near any seams because it would look really cool to have my house bent on a reflection. Maybe the next one will! Right now, U St. NW is being made. Anyways, I really like this vernacular I’ve chosen, although it is slightly convoluted because the actual imagery is all from the U St. NW area. 1 down, 3 to go.

I really want to make a rendering using some of the imagery of flooded New Orleans, but I think that will have to wait.

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my next project…
|| 8/30/2005 || 8:15 am || Comments Off on my next project… || ||

I’m beginning to make what is to be one of the most interesting series yet. I’ve taken an aerial photograph of the area I live in Washington, DC, and modified it 4 different times. Using the same vernacular of DC’s quadrant system, I have named each modified aerial photograph NW, NE, SE, SW. Each name represents the location of the orthographically correct imagery. For example, if you double the canvas size of the original imagery(ie, (4500X4500) X 2 = 9,000X9,000), you get 4 different squares or tiles. Each tile represents NW, NE, SW, and SE. The first image, rendering right now, is using the NE tile as the anchor in which the other 3 tiles are reflected around. I chose this tile to start because of the 4, it was the only one that had a geographic identifier located at the center, Logan Circle to be precise. I can’t wait to see the results!

Georgetown Quilt #4
|| 8/29/2005 || 7:58 am || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :
Georgetown Quilt No. 4 by Nikolas R. Schiller

Wow! Who would have thought that I could make something so different, yet so similar with the EXACT same source imagery as Georgetown Quilt #3? As mentioned before, the only difference between the two is the location of the reflected seam in the source imagery. Instead of placing centeral seam of the modified imagery on Key Bridge, I inversed the location by placing the Key Bridge on the outside.

When preparing the imagery for a rendering there are four tiles that comprise the geographic tessellation, but only one of the tiles retains the proper orthographic characteristics (ie, its how it should look when looking at a map, the other three are flipped horizontally & vertically). By moving the orthographically correct tile to one of the different parts of the 4 tiled mosaic I am able to create to 4 completely different outcomes. I sincerely feel that this “discovery” theoretically allows me to have 4 different tessellations for each geographically specific area.

That is definitely my next project, albeit one that will take 4 times as long to prepare & render, but I think it’s worth it. I’d love to see 4 different renderings of the exact same geographic area placed side by side!!! I wonder what location I’ll use? I want to make a rendering of DuPont Circle….hmmmm…..

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Georgetown Quilt #3
|| 8/28/2005 || 5:10 pm || Comments Off on Georgetown Quilt #3 || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

Using the new modified ‘square’ imagery in the rendering, there isn’t any distortion of the buildings that was present in the previous Georgetown renderings. I really like how the Whitehurst freeway makes the seams of the center! Since I like this rendering so much, I decided to delete the old White House Sunset zoomify page, and made this new one. Zoomify is sooo much fun! :-) Up next is an another Georgetown rendering, but this one is slightly different. Using the exact same source imagery from the USGS, I created a different mosaic arrangement. I think I’d have to make an animation of sorts to show this concept adequately! While maintaining the exact same spatial resolution and geographic location, the imagery can be flipped and arranged in such a way that there becomes a tessellation inverse. I look forward to comparing the results.

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USDA Organic Bodycare – Victory!
|| 8/27/2005 || 6:59 am || Comments Off on USDA Organic Bodycare – Victory! || ||

Back in June I recorded a news segment Adam did for Dr. Bronners attacking the USDA for deciding to remove the USDA Organic Seal from personal care products. Last week the USDA backed down, and decided to continue to allow companies to keep the seal on body care products. All I can say is well done :-)


Adams Morgan Quilt
|| 8/26/2005 || 5:24 pm || Comments Off on Adams Morgan Quilt || ||

: rendered at 18,000 X 12,000 :

Finally a rendering for one of my favorite parts of DC, Adams Morgan! I actually prepared two different versions of the modified imagery. My original plan was to make two exact versions of eachother, with the only difference being how the source imagery was modified. Essentially, when I prepare the imagery I can place source image in one of 4 places (upper right / left, lower right / left) of the canvas and then reflect imagery around the placement. Usually I choose some geographic identifier to be placed at the center, so when reflected it’s noticed more.

In the rendering above I chose to place the Duke Ellington bridge at the center. Yet when I imported the “inverse,” I noticed that the colors were a bit brighter, which can only mean that adjusted the levels a bit too much on the inverse for it to truly be an inverted version of the original. Regardless, this one I came out fabulous!

Up next, Georgetown Quilt #3, this time I am reflecting it more and I’ve modified the source imagery a bit so there isn’t any abstraction of the imagery…basically, what I’ve found out that in the tessellation process, if I use a rectangle the imagery is stretched to compensate. However, if I use perfectly square imagery, there isn’t any stretch and the fidelity of the source imagery is maintained.

I’m definitely going to make a few Adams Morgan prints in the next week or so. I also want to make some of Anacostia and Columbia Heights, and maybe, just maybe one of Foggy Bottom…

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Washington Monument Zoom
|| 8/23/2005 || 8:45 am || 2 Comments Rendered || ||

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I made this animation for one of the main projects I’m working on right now, Operation Ceasefire. I’m going to make sure it ends up in the right person’s hands and hopefully it will be seen on a projection screen during the concert. I think the only real error in this rendering is that most people will be expecting to see the White House as it zooms out, but the tessellation only contains the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and some of the mall. Regardless, I think it looks pretty cool. If I had more time, I’d make a few more animations using this same imagery, but I’m not in the mood right now to do so. I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, and I’m not sure if I’ll have much time to render anything for the next few days. But I guess, as I tend end my postings, we’ll see :-)

DC Stencil
|| 8/22/2005 || 8:42 am || Comments Off on DC Stencil || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 6,000 :

Following up with my “N Prague” rendering, I decided to do the same with Washington, DC. Its not technically special, but I’m glad I made it. I see being used a cover or sign for all of my DC based renderings. I should make my name and the “geospatial art” next. I’d like to make one with different imagery for each letter- it might take a bit longer to setup, but I think it will turn out really nice.

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N Prague (or Z Prague)
|| 8/21/2005 || 3:55 pm || Comments Off on N Prague (or Z Prague) || ||

Not quite N’sync, but N’prague… Alas, I have not been to Praha yet, but some day I wanna be all up n’there. :)


Prague Quilt
|| 8/20/2005 || 2:58 am || Comments Off on Prague Quilt || ||

: rendered at 15,000 X 10,000 :

I haven’t made a rendering of Europe like this one before. As of late, I’ve been using most aerial photography from the USGS and satellite imagery from NASA. This imagery I found by scouring someone’s extensive digital map collection and randomly discovered some high-resolution imagery of Prague, Czech Republic.

The most striking feature of this map is the way the Danube bends and reflects. It really gives more definition to the lines of symmetry. Generally, when there is some of specific geographic identifier within the prepared imagery, the final product tends to be slightly more intricate. This is definitely the case with Prague. Up next, the letter N or the letter Z, it all depends on your perspective.

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