Circle Pictures Redux

Back in December, I posted some images I’d made by dropping non-overlapping circles on an image, larger or smaller based on the brightness of the underlying pixel at that spot. I called them Circle Pictures.

At the time, I was happiest with the black-and-white images; I liked the color ones less. I think I’ve figured out how to make the color images work better; a lot of it comes down to picking the right kind of image to start with. (High-contrast images of recognizable objects works well, especially isolated images.) I also used a broader range of circle sizes, added borders, and played with how the circle size is decided: based on brightness, or saturation, or the amount of blue…any data in the pixel is fair game. The code is basically the same, so I won’t bother re-posting it.

Here are some of the results, including a repeat of the sunflower images. I’ll be showing prints of some of these, and some others like them, at City Wide Open Studios at the Armory space, October 11 and 12, if you’d like to see them up-close.

Here are the source images:

Image Credits

The tree is my least-favorite outcome, but the source image is from John Buchanan’s poetry site. The gorilla source image is from what looks like a Rwanda tourism site. The sea turtle source image is by digivangelist. The turtle with fish source image is from The yellow striped fish source image is by FarzinPhoto. The sea horse source image is from this National Geographic article.


Public Domain Pictures

Maybe old news, but news to me: 4 collections of photos in the public domain, and they’re not too bad:

Now this blog posts looks like it was generated by a spam-bot. :(

I haven’t delved too deeply into these yet, but I will be in the future.

Two Copyright-Free Photo Collections

I’m always looking for interesting photos to hack on, so I was glad to find these two sources of free images, both via Vormplus.

New Old Stock: “vintage photos from the public archives free of known copyright restrictions.” Old photos with the fuzzy haze you’d expect. Some have no indication of age besides the color fading, but others have elements that clearly mark them as old.

Unsplash: “Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.  10 new photos every 10 days.” You can subscribe via email, too.

SuperCollider: 3 introductory posts

Scott Petersen has put together three tutorials on getting started with SuperCollider:

I’ve been reading the new Manning book on ChucK, titled  Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists, but I think ultimately I want to head to SuperCollider, and play more with overtone.