‘Old Da Vinci’ Art Cam mode

August 21, 2010

Latest painting mode implemented in my Art Cam app, giving the look of an old cracked oil painting.

The shots of the park and trees make use of a an exposure lock feature I just built in too – I can point the phone to a bright part of the sky, lock the exposure, and then recompose the shot lower down on some shaded glade areas in the trees – picking up some nice shadows and warm evening greens and highlights.

Suprisingly I’m still not playing around with colorzing the palette – the painting algorithms seem to do a good job of taking the actual image from the camera and reproducing the colors in an artistic way without actually changing the color. One aspect of this is perhaps how the video noise (fluxuations in RGB values based on thermal interference etc) combined with the space/color averaging technique from my Mosaic code, are naturally creating an artistic impression of the colors.

I’m having a lot of fun going about taking snaps like this, as immediate ‘paintings’.  You’re constantly looking at the world through an impression of it, which subtly is synthesizing the notion of art and photography.  Painters after all strive to give an impression of the real world through the veil of brush strokes and color mixing.  Why shouldn’t computer algorithms be doing the same?


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