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Spot the Ball

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

One of my favorite childhood memories of football when I was a child was “spot the ball”. There would be a picture in the local newspaper and for 25p, you got something like 25 chances to put an x in the center of the football. The catch was that it had been removed from the image.

As an example, look at this very misleading image from a game last fall (Blitz United Red ’97 vs ESC Black ’97):

Which player is it near? :->

Which player is it near? :->

In this case, the action suggests that it is near one of the players. I would tend to rule out a header just due to the stances. And of course, I am probably right about the lack of header, but I think the player in red (ESC) has just booted it and the player in white (Blitz) missed on a tackle.

Here is the ball:

Up, up, and away

Up, up, and away

I can’t remember if the real game was as rigged as my images. And while I know how to do this with Gimp, I couldn’t tell you how to do this pre-digital.

I also tried another image trick, I wanted bobble heads. I took an image and removed the heads. I then shrank the original and added in the heads I had saved to the side. I didn’t try blowing the heads up, I didn’t want the extrapolation of bits too make the faces look fake:

Bobble heads

Bobble heads

I think I probably needed to shrink it some more. Or I needed a higher number of bits in the original.

By the way, all of the originals here can be found over on Barry’s smugmug. Even with a course in high school, I can’t take good pictures…

Instead of adding color, take it away

Friday, April 10th, 2009

My friend Barry will take an image, remove all color, and then create focus by coloring just an item in the shot:

See how the soccer player pops out of the image

See how the soccer player pops out of the image

I was playing with an image my wife took of me three years ago:

Me, grinning in the snow

Me, grinning in the snow

Which actually provides an almost good close-up:

grinraw

The raw face

While everything else looks vibrant, the face is too pale.

So I did the opposite of what Barry would do:

A black and white face

A black and white face

I also added some color? Perhaps, but the biggest filtering was to Oilify it:

The face has been run through the oilify filter

The face has been run through the oilify filter

And finally, I got started down this path because of this tutorial: Create a statue effect using Gimp (nsfw). Trying to apply that to a ‘clothed’ figure does not seem to work:

Statue effect, can you tell?

Statue effect, can you tell?