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Concentric Quilt Full
|| 12/10/2007 || 9:26 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt Full || ||

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Concentric Quilt - FULL

This is the final installment of the series. The source imagery was reduced to 1 foot per pixel. I am thinking about sampling one to make a derivative map.

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Concentric Quilt SE
|| 12/8/2007 || 8:59 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt SE || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NE

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Concentric Quilt SW
|| 12/7/2007 || 10:57 pm || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt SW || ||

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Concentric Quilt - SW

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Concentric Quilt NE
|| 12/6/2007 || 1:54 pm || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt NE || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NE by Nikolas Schiller

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The Dissected Map …continued
|| 12/5/2007 || 11:57 am || Comments Off on The Dissected Map …continued || ||

I mentioned before that I had scanned the postcard I obtained from the Special Collections Department at the University of South Florida. What I liked best was learning more about Columbia and what she represents. The Columbia wikipedia article does not fully explain her syncretic nature. But what I like best is the contemporary use of the phygian cap. It looks almost exactly like the prevasive Santa caps people wear during the holiday season. It makes historical sense too. Lastly, I have not read or heard any political commentary comparing Columbia to, of all people, Hillary Clinton. I won’t be voting for her (or any democrat or republican for that matter), but the allegorical parallel is there to be exploited.



Concentric Quilt NW
|| 12/4/2007 || 8:51 am || Comments Off on Concentric Quilt NW || ||

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Concentric Quilt - NW

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Concentric Development Dissected
|| 12/3/2007 || 4:58 pm || Comments Off on Concentric Development Dissected || ||


the intersection of 4 St. N and 62nd St. N. near Mystic Lake north of Saint Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida.

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Orlando Quilt
|| 8/20/2007 || 12:19 pm || Comments Off on Orlando Quilt || ||

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After spending much of last week working on the LA Interchanges series, I decided to switch it up a tad and make a map of Orlando, Florida. I am not sure what maps I’ll be making next….

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Jacksonville Quilt #2
|| 7/31/2007 || 8:42 am || Comments Off on Jacksonville Quilt #2 || ||

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Jacksonville Quilt
|| 7/30/2007 || 5:37 pm || Comments Off on Jacksonville Quilt || ||

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In an effort to cover more areas that have available imagery that I haven’t mapped yet, I decided to make a couple maps of Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to downloading the Jacksonville imagery I made an attempt to get some imagery of Connecticut because I have yet to map the Constitution State. However, there was only black & white imagery and false color imagery, both of which I don’t like to use.

When preparing to download the Jacksonville imagery I had the choice to download .3 meter imagery from 2004 and 1 foot imagery from 2005. Both equal roughly the same spatial resolution (.3 meters = about 1 foot), but what I discovered after viewing the imagery was that Google is currently using the 2004 imagery. Thus I chose to use the 2005 imagery so that I can add another city where I beat Google to the map.

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University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds
|| 8/27/2006 || 11:16 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt with Clouds || ||

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I’ve only made one other map with clouds. Yet in that map the clouds did not take on any extra meaning beyond the subtle religious commentary on behalf of the Mormon Church. Yet this map relates to a conversation I had with my sister when she moved to Tampa Florida to teach at the University of South Florida. I asked “Are you prepared for a hurricane?” and her answer was what I expected, “Not yet.” The synthetic clouds in this map represent her likelihood of her experiencing a hurricane while living in Florida. I was unable to make the clouds look like a hurricane per se, but I was able to make them symmetrical, which aesthetically I like better. Regardless, I am worried about a major hurricane hitting Tampa and my sister being in the middle of it. Ironically, my two sisters & I all live in geographic locations that have some level of risk to them: one sister lives in San Francisco (earthquake), the other sister lives in Tampa (hurricane), and I live in Washington, DC (terrorism). Good thing my mom still lives in the midwest…

This rendering took 27 hours to complete, and it’s only half the normal size I usually make my maps. I originally tried to make it at the normal size(216 megapixels), but after 5 minutes and only 5 lines rendered, I decided to cancel the rendering and make it only half size. The reason for the extra rendering time is the nature of how the clouds are made. The depth of each ray of light that hits the clouds has to be determined, which slows down the entire rendering considerably.

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University of South Florida Quilt
|| 8/26/2006 || 11:07 pm || Comments Off on University of South Florida Quilt || ||

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This map was made for my sister. She recently joined the faculty at the University of South Florida and will be teaching art history. I am so proud of her! I hope to print this out for her and give it to her for Christmas. I’d love to have it hanging in her office…

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Miami Lenz
|| 1/6/2006 || 7:20 pm || Comments Off on Miami Lenz || ||

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Thats only a half signature :-) Check the google map, but imagine you can zoom in even further into the map above than you can on google maps! And my maps do not have my name embedded in them like Google’s do….



Miami Quilt #2
|| 1/5/2006 || 2:20 pm || Comments Off on Miami Quilt #2 || ||

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I am really digging the 45 degree switch up. I think I might have to add a secondary category of two seamed quilts that are rotated. The rest of quilts do not show very much difference when rotated compared to the 2 seamed quilts.

Up next will be the finalized graphic of what I would have sold to the client, but made anyways… It’s going to be the standard lenz projection but with a new style of signature –its 2K6 and its time for a signatory remix.

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Miami Quilt
|| 1/3/2006 || 1:13 pm || Comments Off on Miami Quilt || ||

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Life is funny sometimes and when it rains it can pour…. So I obtain the Miami imagery on Sunday and I start making this map. Then yesterday I got a call from a former client asking if I can make them a map like I had made for them in the past… but of all places they want me to make a map of its– MIAMI! Too cool right? But alas, my swift (I do mean swift) turnaround draft map was not what they were looking for :-\ To add to the coincidence, when I was at the club last night, one of the DJs played this Bad Company (UK) tune called Miami Flashback, which has a vocal sample of my old friend Stacey K. on it!

As for this map, it is your standard 3 seam map. These are my favorite quilts because in most maps they create a beautiful Star of David in the center….simple as that. And well, ummm, I really like the colors of the water. I made two versions of the source imagery, but so far I’ve only used one (NE). I have another 2 seamed map on the docket.

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Ivan Memory
|| 5/1/2005 || 5:39 am || Comments Off on Ivan Memory || ||

Ivan Memory by Nikolas Schiller

Using an aerial photograph from NOAA of Pensacola, Florida taken shortly after Hurricane Ivan, I’ve modified my old “memory” template to produce this rendering. Instead of keeping some background imagery, like in DC Memory, I’ve made this rendering to show only the two primatives used to make the rendering. The result is what I think to be the future of my next renderings (as in expect more renderings in the “memory” series). I really like the way the reflection of the source imagery makes the bridge over the water appear to be an oval. I can’t wait to get this map printed!

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