Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

September 11, 2011

Just for Fun

Filed under: comparisons, curiosities, Non Birds — richditch @ 9:50 am
SHRIKE Mosaic

SHRIKE Mosaic

Regular readers of this blog know I “collect” birding related vanity plates with my camera every chance I can, having now built a sizable collection that started in NJ in the mid 70’s. I  now have over 240 of them posted on my web site – these include many that have now been donated by friends around the country.

I’ve also been intrigued by photo mosaics – images composed of assemblages of other images. So when the iTunes store offered free downloads of an application called PhotoMosaica I couldn’t resist. I decided to try it out with a shot of my own vanity plate:

AZ Vanity Plate

The free version of the app that I have uses all the photos stored on the device and quickly generated an 800 pixel wide image. I was able to save the image by mailing it to myself.  Upgrading for $.99 unlocks useful features including directly saving a “poster sized” version of of created mosaic and the ability to select which photos are used to build the composite. I had assumed that the image would be built using only the other vanity plate shots in the folder containing my SHRIKE plate, but the app used all the folders I have on the iPhone including those on the “camera roll” taken with the built-in camera. So a caution: make sure there are no sensitive images (I’m sure you know what I mean) on your phone before using this. Looking at my test I see photos of other vanity plates, lots of birds, a sunflower, a political cartoon, and even a bar code from a store coupon.

So, have some free (or cheap) fun with your photos and this app, but be careful to avoid embarrassment.

 

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3 Comments »

  1. That looks really cool Rich!

    Comment by Jeremy Medina — September 11, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  2. Rich, that looks like a lot of fun!

    Comment by Mia McPherson — September 11, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  3. How cool! Love your version. I’ll have to try that some time.

    Comment by Kimberly Hosey (Arizona Writer) — September 15, 2011 @ 7:09 pm


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