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

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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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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 || ||

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

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

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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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White House Warp – geospatial animation
|| 8/19/2005 || 5:33 pm || 1 Comment Rendered || ||

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Wow. This is probably my favorite animation yet. Its not technically special, it’s just fun as a hell to watch. Using Quicktime Pro, I can set it loop back & forth and I’ve spent the last few minutes marveling at my latest creation. If you look closely you can see the White House replicating into a perfect circle.

Up next, I’ve got some imagery of Prague, Sioux City, Iowa, a few topographic maps (a new dimension to Geospatial Art!), and even a subway map of Moscow I want to geographically exploit. Fun.

Yeah for the 9 day weekend- I took next week off!



Boston Quilt
|| 8/13/2005 || 8:49 pm || Comments Off on Boston Quilt || ||

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I’m digging these Boston renderings too much! I am very happy with how it turned out and I am looking forward to the next Boston rendering. Should I throw it into a Lenz? I guess we’ll see…. Nonetheless, this probably one of my favorite renderings from the Quilt Project yet. Up next, of course, a Boston Mandala.

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Georgetown Quilt #2
|| 7/31/2005 || 7:36 pm || Comments Off on Georgetown Quilt #2 || ||

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This rendering marks a new stage in my artistic development. Through better understanding of my tools, I have switched from using flattened cylinders to using infinite planes. The geographic tessellation can now be projected to infinite without any degradation in spatial resolution. While the old way allowed me to do the same, I like having a new way to make new lines of symmetry.

This means the gigapixel or the terapixel(wha?) barrier can be surpassed, but my digital ceiling is limited to my iMac’s processing power- I need a G5. Some of the renderings from the Abstract Series were created at 20,000 X 15,000 (300 megapixels) but I’ve realized that it takes too long to process renderings that large. I’ve chosen to keep my current ceiling at 15,000 X 10,000 (150 megapixels), this way each rendering can fit as compressed TIFF (usually about 400-600mbs each) on a CD so I can easily back them up and make duplicates.

As for the outcome of this new development, the only drawback that I’ve found thus far is that the center tends to be darker. Due to the location of the radial light source and the artificial construct of infinity, the center appears darker and the edges appear lighter. I’m going to experiment with lighting and adding more lines of symmetry for my next rendering.

I’ve also learned that I need to make sure my modified imagery is an exact square in dimensions before I import it. In this rendering, the modified Georgetown imagery is like 4 times wide as it is tall and I noticed that there is some slight stretching of some of buildings on the ground and I want minimal distortions when possible.

Like Georgetown Lenz #2, I sincerely enjoy the way the Whitehurst Freeway and the Key Bridge make some of the most notable elements of this rendering. The lines of symmetry used were (0,60,120) and with each line of symmetry there were two more reflections from the imagery which created a total of 6 lines of radial symmetry. If you look closely you can see the bee’s wax hexagonal shape- love it!

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Buena Park Quilt 2
|| 7/30/2005 || 1:39 pm || Comments Off on Buena Park Quilt 2 || ||

: rendered at 9,000 X 6,000 :
 Buena Park Quilt no. 2 by Nikolas Schiller

Over projected, but looks nice. more later….

…later has arrived.

I think its interesting that this rendering is probably one of the smallest in pixel size. I think it will look great printed out. Flora Buena…

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Buena Park Quilt
|| 7/28/2005 || 8:00 pm || Comments Off on Buena Park Quilt || ||

: rendered at 12,000 X 8,000 :
Buena Park Quilt by Nikolas Schiller

This rendering is an example of found imagery. An old friend gave me her address in Buena Park, California and on a whim I downloaded the aerial photography of her neighborhood. A few weeks later I decided to open up the TIFF file and prepare it for a rendering. And then a few days later I finally used the imagery in a rendering. Is it found or just delayed? Regardless, it looks cool to me :-)

I truly love the way suburban houses resemble watersheds, albeit square instead of fluid. I would say this rendering and the Mall Quilt are currently my favorite Quilt renderings.

This entry has a better zoom of the center, even though it only has two lines of symmetry.

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