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Glassy Bubbles Abstract Texture 3000x2400 by darenw Glassy Bubbles Abstract Texture 3000x2400 :icondarenw:darenw 2 0 Glassy Bioblobs 999 by darenw Glassy Bioblobs 999 :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Fiber Optics Test900 by darenw Fiber Optics Test900 :icondarenw:darenw 1 1 Sparkly Bowling Balls (texture experiment) by darenw Sparkly Bowling Balls (texture experiment) :icondarenw:darenw 1 0 Popper - Front View by darenw Popper - Front View :icondarenw:darenw 0 2 Lousy T-Shirt by darenw Lousy T-Shirt :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Overpriced Coffee Mug by darenw Overpriced Coffee Mug :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Made Up On The Spot by darenw Made Up On The Spot :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 18.41% of All T-Shirts by darenw 18.41% of All T-Shirts :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 World's Greatest Invention by darenw World's Greatest Invention :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Runge Kutta Illustration by darenw Runge Kutta Illustration :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Focal Distance by darenw Focal Distance :icondarenw:darenw 0 0 Running Figure (abstract) by darenw Running Figure (abstract) :icondarenw:darenw 1 0 Waterfall by darenw Waterfall :icondarenw:darenw 1 0 Night Aircraft by darenw Night Aircraft :icondarenw:darenw 1 0 House at Leu Garden (artified photo) by darenw House at Leu Garden (artified photo) :icondarenw:darenw 0 0


Donut Town Commission by TheAmericanDream Donut Town Commission :icontheamericandream:TheAmericanDream 3,158 125 Wii U Girl - animated by MoonlightOrange Wii U Girl - animated :iconmoonlightorange:MoonlightOrange 4,983 133 Pvc - animated by MoonlightOrange Pvc - animated :iconmoonlightorange:MoonlightOrange 1,947 41 C-9 leg repair - animated by MoonlightOrange C-9 leg repair - animated :iconmoonlightorange:MoonlightOrange 2,227 54 Nymph by TatyanaChe Nymph :icontatyanache:TatyanaChe 606 97 Daily Paint #1226. Lemmingade by Cryptid-Creations Daily Paint #1226. Lemmingade :iconcryptid-creations:Cryptid-Creations 6,249 243 Replacement for the Stars by yuumei Replacement for the Stars :iconyuumei:yuumei 15,273 351 Sorry we're CLOSED by Ry-Spirit Sorry we're CLOSED :iconry-spirit:Ry-Spirit 11,208 1,133 Lost in Thoughts All Alone - AmaLee version by LuluSeason Lost in Thoughts All Alone - AmaLee version :iconluluseason:LuluSeason 6,576 291 Merisatama by Pajunen Merisatama :iconpajunen:Pajunen 770 114 Cat and mouse by Om-nom-nomnivore Cat and mouse :iconom-nom-nomnivore:Om-nom-nomnivore 438 32 Cat Food by Fealasy Cat Food :iconfealasy:Fealasy 878 65 Atonement by anotherwanderer Atonement :iconanotherwanderer:anotherwanderer 922 44 Surfer Girl [finalized] by VonEyEzine Surfer Girl [finalized] :iconvoneyezine:VonEyEzine 3 1 build something better by scottchurch build something better :iconscottchurch:scottchurch 209 10 new emperor by yonaz new emperor :iconyonaz:yonaz 350 64



Southern California is too warm.  Not as bad as Florida, but I am *so* looking forward to the end of summer, which around here is usually, oh, about mid-January.  Spring starts in late January.  That's much more winter than they have in Orlando! 

Warm weather, especially when lacking coolness at night, melts my brain.  I don't get far with intellectual projects, science, writing, software work.  But hand me a camera, and somehow it's more fun to capture a creative shot, find a new point of view, show interesting objects in their settings.   I also love photography on cold days.  I had a great time in Boulder during a blizzard - took a zillion photos. 

There is a huge blank wall at one church I go to.  There had been photographs from a member hanging, but after many months it's time for something new.  Now it's a large empty wall hungry for artworks.

What has that to do with whining about warm weather?  Nothing, until I start thinking about how I could feed that hungry wall.  Many people have said good things about my digitized "Marpinated" photographs.  What if I crank out about twenty or thirty of them, printed (high quality) and matted and framed?  I have no trouble coming up with visually interesting photos.  But turning one photo into an artified digital image takes much time. 

Normally I do it in GIMP.  A typical photo becomes like a watercolor or ink drawing after maybe fifty, maybe eighty steps.  It may look blah at the end, because a guess I made, a nudge to a curve in HSV color space,  during step 9, wasn't quite right, and so detail got lost during some fancy oilifying filter at step 70.  With infinite time and patience, I'd go back and do it better, but that can be a lot of work, with little chance of getting all the little nudges in stesp 10-69 the same.

So I have designed a tool, a chunk of software that reads a script of steps and performs them on an image. It'll work on huge images, more than ten thousand pixels on a side, for high-res high quality prints. Precidse colors, ICC profiles and all that. GPU for fast blur and median filters. Command line only; I don't have time to think up a fancy GUI.  I'm going to write it in D.  

But that's where I get stuck!  To write any software, I need my brain in a non-melted state.  So I tend to put this off for "winter" when it comes. I will be wating for the next ice age! 

Maybe if i take a photo of that hungry blank wall and post it over my desk at home, I'll remember, and come up with motivation to write D code and get this thing done sooner.
  • Listening to: The fans of the computer, the furnace
  • Reading: After Disclosure
  • Playing: with a 4-month old kitten
  • Eating: lasagna


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Daren Scot Wilson
United States
Crazy about electronics, physics and digital art as a kid (except digital art didn't exist back then). Formal education is in physics, industrial electronics, and TV and radio production. For last several years, did image processing for planetary scientists with Cassini, Spitzer and MSL. Love playing sax, keyboard, bass guitar.


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dessinateur777 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for adding me ;)
VonEyEzine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for fav on my surfer girl digital art