1906 - San Francisco Demolitions, Wiggle Fail

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1906 - Dynamiting dangerous walls on Market St., after the fire, San Francisco Disaster, U.S.A.

1906 - Dynamiting dangerous walls on Market St., after the fire, San Francisco Disaster, U.S.A.

There are so many great images I pass up because of warping and fading.  You hear me complain about that a lot, this one is a good example.   The buildings on the left are warped, and it’s a bit stretched and uneven.  The flashing is from areas that have faded out over time, and would have to be evened out to really make it a good animation - and still, it’s hard to get them all.  To fix this image enough to make it passable, no coloring or extra animation, would take 2-4 hours.  I was layering it up and thought this would be a good picture to explain that.

For those of you that don’t know, this is a photo taken after the great quake in San Francisco in 1906.   It was around 7.9 magnitude, and 3,000 were estimated dead.  There are some great pictures out there, especially panoramas, that detail this disaster.  Check out the wiki page here.

Find out how these are created here.  View the original image here.  Get page updates on Facebook here.

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1904 - Willie “The Terrible”, Wiggle

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1904 - Willie, "the terrible," under grandma's care for a few days in the country.  (Small boy with geese and ducks, with reflection in pond.)

1904 - Willie, "the terrible," under grandma's care for a few days in the country. (Small boy with geese and ducks, with reflection in pond.)

5 sections on the geese were cut out for movement here.  Then they were cut out again in the reflections and lined up to match the animation on the top.  Then my brain exploded.

I would have liked to animate the ducks to the left, but the wiggle is so strong there I don’t think it would have been very realistic.

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1900-20 - Well of David, Wiggle

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1900-1920 - Bethlehem and surroundings. Well of David .

1900-1920 - Bethlehem and surroundings. Well of David .

*Just wanted to note the new ratings system at the bottom of these posts.  You don’t have to register to rate or comment, just click away…*

I finally got it down to two repeating background frames.  This stereo was in excellent condition, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to pull it off.  They tend to get large faded and darkened areas, which I have to mask out in order to eliminate the flashy effect it creates.  With this one I had maybe 10-12 level adjustment layers, that’s about 1/4 of what I usually have.  This image is a total of 8 frames, I lost count of how many layers after I hit 70.  It took about 6 hours total to create.

There was a lot of great detail lost when I shrunk this image down.  There is a cross at the top of the well (colored in bright blue), as well as writing down the side.  View the original image here.

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1900-1920 Fun at the Dead Sea, Wiggle

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1900-1920 - Around the Dead Sea. Man floating with book and umbrella in hands.

1900-1920 - Around the Dead Sea. Man floating with book and umbrella in hands.

I learned a lot creating this image.  Getting water right has been a challenge.  I used two different techniques on the water.  The bottom area is a repeating pattern, the top is just a bit of semi-transparent movement in 3 areas.  Besides the wiggle and water, there are three animated elements in this image, can you find them?

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1900-1920 - Trajan’s Kiosk, Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 02-11-2010

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1900-1920 - Egyptian views; Assuan and Philae. Kiosk at Philae, looking S.W., taken from a boat.

I believe this is is Trajan’s Kiosk, on Agilkia Island.  Here is the wiki page, which also has a current image. Seems in the 1960′s, they moved this monument from the island of Philae because of high waters due to the construction of a dam on the Nile.  I believe they got the date from existing images of the site.  With a quick search I was able to find another flooded view from 1906 here.

I had trouble dealing with the warping of the kiosk on this image, but wanted to try out the water effect.  I used a free program, Sqirlz Water Reflections, available at CNet here.  The resulting gif was then chopped up so the top is wiggle between the two sides of the stereo, and the bottom was the Sqirlz gif.  I added too many frames, which is why I’ve sized it down a bit.  I would prefer to do the water by hand, but that’s taking some practice.  There just aren’t any tutorials about how to create flowing water in an existing animation, especially with only 2 to 4 frames.  And then taking that water and integrating it into the animation in a way to retain the 3d effect.  There are, however, plenty of tutorials on how to make crappy ugly fake looking water in just a few frames.  Maybe if I figure it out with a simple technique I will post one.  If anyone knows of some good water tutorials, I’d love to get a link.

Find out how these are created here.  View the original image here.

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1903 Thames at Night, Colorized Wiggle

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1903 - Overlooking the Thames at 11 o'clock at night, London, England.

I was a little disappointed in the depth of this image, there’s not all that much wiggle.  The lights are natural flares from the lens angles being different between the two sides of the stereo.  I’ve actually done this wiggle before, but it was at a time when I wasn’t very good at aligning, and didn’t colorize yet. But I liked how the star came out.  I was wondering when I started, what purpose they would have for noting the time of night.  Then I noticed, if you look closely on the right side, you’ll see Big Ben.  The time is very clear on the original here.

(If you’re new to this site, find out how these are created here.)

I’ve been taking my time a little more with these because I’m trying to learn how to integrate animation into the wiggle more seamlessly and realistically.  It’s taking a lot of practice and patience.  But I wanted to let my regulars know it’s not at all a lack of interest that’s caused my infrequent updates lately.  It’s just the opposite.  A lot of it is also a push for quality.  So many nights I sat up trying to pump these out to keep people coming back, and when I go back through I always see things I wish I would have changed.  For now, I may only be able to add animations once a week, or twice.  But soon enough I’ll be much better at creating this extra movement and be able to get them out more frequently with a higher quality - both in regards to the animation itself and the restoration work I have to do to make these more pleasant to look at.  In the meantime, I’ll put more of an effort to provide some more interesting links.

Also, a big thank you to all those linking my blog and sharing my posts on facebook and twitter.  I had to pay a bit more for my hosting, and that little bit of extra ad income has *almost* broke me even again.  Every little bit helps, thanks for your support!

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1907 - Mark Twain, Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 21-10-2010

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1907 - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), three-quarter length portrait, standing by window, facing left.

View the original at the LOC website here.  Find out how these are created here.  And I always forget to mention, you can get updates via facebook here.

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1906 - Cascades, Colorized Wiggle

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1906 - Mt. Tacoma or Rainier, Patriarch of the Cascades, 14,528 ft. high.

View the original at the loc website here.

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1901 - Tower Bridge, Colorized Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 11-10-2010

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1901 - Tower Bridge, London, England.

View the original from the Library of Congress website here.

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1906 - Sphinx & Pyramid, Colorized Wiggle

Posted by admin | Posted in Wiggle Animations | Posted on 10-10-2010

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1906 - The Sphinx and pyramid at Khufu, Gizeh, Egypt.

Find out how these are created here.  View the original from the Library of Congress website here.

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