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(Daily Mail)   Art photographer spent two years skillfully blending his images of modern San Francisco with images of 1906 earthquake-torn San Francisco to create utterly strange then-and-now 'shops   (dailymail.co.uk ) divider line
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2012-08-31 02:57:06 PM  
That is nice work.
 
2012-08-31 03:04:59 PM  
That's pretty cool. Thanks, Subs!
 
2012-08-31 03:09:35 PM  
Wow! Great stuff. My Grandfather was 8 and living in SF when the quake struck. He died in 1943...what I wouldn't give to have a chance to meet him and hear about the things he saw...


/csb
 
2012-08-31 03:14:18 PM  
Nice find, subby!

/some haunting images in there
 
2012-08-31 05:14:28 PM  
I assume the 2 years was spent photographing, and about 2 hours was spent erasing layers.

Pretty neat though.
 
2012-08-31 05:21:13 PM  
Why not set the modern photos to grey scale to improve the blending? This looks rather sloppy.
 
2012-08-31 05:26:38 PM  
woah!!!
 
2012-08-31 05:32:46 PM  
What? No Lootie?
 
2012-08-31 05:32:58 PM  
biatch stole mah fish.

To help sell post cards on ebay I would hunt down the modern day scenes shown in the post cards.

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I really enjoyed doing that. I could find the most obtuse locations and get a similar view.
 
2012-08-31 05:33:06 PM  

DerAppie: Why not set the modern photos to grey scale to improve the blending? This looks rather sloppy.


I like the color/black and white. But you're right, is extremely sloppy.
 
2012-08-31 05:51:07 PM  
Skillful? Mmmmm, no. Interesting concept, but ham-handed execution.
 
2012-08-31 06:12:25 PM  
Aside from the lame shopping skills, he didn't even care to take the photographs at same time of the day in similar weather conditions as the originals were taken. The differences in contrasts and shadows are ruining it all.
 
2012-08-31 06:24:29 PM  
These look shopped. I can tell by the pixels.
 
2012-08-31 06:36:27 PM  

traylor: Aside from the lame shopping skills, he didn't even care to take the photographs at same time of the day in similar weather conditions as the originals were taken. The differences in contrasts and shadows are ruining it all.


I see differences in contrast and sharpness between the old and new images, but the lighting and shadows look pretty consistent. And the photographer says he took this into account:

"'My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood,' he adds. 'Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc.'"
 
2012-08-31 06:43:07 PM  

common sense is an oxymoron: traylor: Aside from the lame shopping skills, he didn't even care to take the photographs at same time of the day in similar weather conditions as the originals were taken. The differences in contrasts and shadows are ruining it all.

I see differences in contrast and sharpness between the old and new images, but the lighting and shadows look pretty consistent. And the photographer says he took this into account:

"'My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood,' he adds. 'Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc.'"


He needs to try harder.
 
2012-08-31 07:11:19 PM  
The only challenging part of this would be trying to photograph the image in the same location with the same lighting conditions.

The actual photoshopping looks pretty clumbsy. I'd have tried to do a better job blending the images and would have courized the originals or desaturated the new photos to give more consistency to the finished product. He'll still get a showing in a local gallery.
 
2012-08-31 07:15:06 PM  
Nice idea, poorly executed.
 
2012-08-31 08:37:15 PM  

Ghastly: The only challenging part of this would be trying to photograph the image in the same location with the same lighting conditions.

The actual photoshopping looks pretty clumbsy. I'd have tried to do a better job blending the images and would have courized the originals or desaturated the new photos to give more consistency to the finished product. He'll still get a showing in a local gallery.


Mostly with you there, but I actually like the colour/b&w contrast to emphasize the old/new contrast. In his second set he actually has a couple of disclaimers re orientation issues, the one of Lotta's Fountain is tricky for all the changes to the fountain over time, height and actual location and all...
 
2012-08-31 08:58:06 PM  
Waste of time.
 
2012-08-31 09:03:21 PM  
Skillfully? Uhm, no.
 
2012-08-31 09:25:37 PM  
I think it looks nice. Bunch of art critics around here.
 
2012-08-31 09:32:14 PM  
The pics looked fine; it is an interesting concept and well executed.

So stfu and come back when you've done something equal to it.

What a bunch of whining basterds.
 
2012-08-31 09:48:33 PM  

DerAppie: Why not set the modern photos to grey scale to improve the blending? This looks rather sloppy.


You could dload them and see how it looks. Just sayin'

Cool pics, though.
 
2012-08-31 09:51:51 PM  

douchebag/hater: The pics looked fine; it is an interesting concept and well executed.

So stfu and come back when you've done something equal to it.

What a bunch of whining basterds.


Stating that his work was not done well is not whining, it's pointing out the obvious. I applaud him for taking the time to scout out the original locations to photograph. Where he came up short was the inability to make a nice transition from vintage to modern.
 
2012-08-31 10:32:17 PM  
common sense is an oxymoron: "'My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood,' he adds. 'Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc.'"

He's never going to get the same lighting conditions unless he sets a shiatload of buildings on fire so that they can cast a warm fiery glow all over and choke out the sun with a thick blanket of black smoke.
 
2012-08-31 10:38:44 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Wow! Great stuff. My Grandfather was 8 and living in SF when the quake struck. He died in 1943...what I wouldn't give to have a chance to meet him and hear about the things he saw...
/csb


My grandfather was in the army, stationed at the Presidio during the earthquake. He also served as a guard at Alcatraz when it was still a military prison. Died in 1947, never knew him. Sad. For me.
 
2012-09-01 12:29:10 AM  
He should hire someone to do the photoshop work because he is pants at it. The concept and photography is cool mind, if hardly wildly original.
 
2012-09-01 12:33:44 AM  
I liked the next to last one, it had a very ghostly feel to it.
 
2012-09-01 01:30:26 AM  

gaspode: He should hire someone to do the photoshop work because he is pants at it. The concept and photography is cool mind, if hardly wildly original.


Yeah, this. Dude, it's okay to admit you're not skilled in every aspect of photography. He's clearly pretty good at matching the exact location and lens choice of the original, for the most part pretty good at lining up the right light/time of day, but...

i.dailymail.co.uk

I mean, come on. That's just awful photoshopping on the building/smoke there. 

/a lot of them would also be helped with a blur filter on the present-day shot to match the lack of detail on the originals. Like this one
 
2012-09-01 02:53:59 AM  
Me thinks hats went out of fashion with color photography.

/photo #5 may have photoshopped white hat, need to check the pixels.
//hope to see artist make enough cash and interest to make more.
///thanks subby
 
2012-09-01 06:54:43 AM  
Similar can be found on English Russia
 
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