My original plan was to showcase groups of my Deep Dreams over a number of blog posts . . . that was Plan A.
It turns out that Hawaiʻi is twenty-intercontinental-missile-minutes away from North Korea. By some estimates, we’d have roughly eight minutes “to prepare” . . .
There’s a mad scramble on the islands as people search for vintage school desks. Frankly, even as in good a shape as we are, I don’t think we would fit under one of those.
All of this was precipitated by our intellectually, ethically, and morally challenged Supreme Leader calling out what more and more appears no more than the mirror image of himself a half a world away. The similarities are uncanny; both “leaders” exhibit obvious shortcomings in the reasoning department and both have followers who refuse to see them for the dangerous buffoons that they are. The only difference appears to be Sean Hannity advises only one of these nutsos. Score one for our side.
Anyway, because of this latest development, I decided to dump all my current Deep Dreams efforts in this one post and hope to go live before the end of the world. Because who wouldn’t want these as the last thing they see as we go up in a fireball?
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Let me start with this . . .
That is one of my favorites and it involves the blending of a lion from the Cheyenne Zoo with a shot of the dawn in San Leon, Texas.
By the way, all of these are blendings of two photos and I’m exclusively using my photos. That’s the case for all of the ones below, but that wasn’t the case for some of the earlier ones as I used their styles when I was learning about the tool and its options.
I did create a SmugMug Gallery that has all my efforts to date (good and bad). Just click HERE.
OK, then, back to all the previously unpublished Deep Dreams.
This is another lion treated to the same style photo.
I like the first one better, mostly because of how the light falls on the eyes and nose of the lion versus this one, where the eyes are in the shadow and the throat is lit up.
That’s one of the things with this tool. You can only control a few things (aside from choosing the photos to blend). It’s still a visually striking shot.
You’ve already seen this rendition of Bob Bones melded with a photo of a lava wall. I previewed on the last post. The lava wall in question is from the Place of Refuge. I mention these things for people who want to go back and see the original photos. I will remind you that if you go to my gallery at the Deep Dream site and hover over the photos, it will show you which two photos were blended to get the final result.
That wasn’t the only appearance of Bones in my Deep Dreams.
I like the effect from blending these lava walls (three different photos of lava walls). So much so that I tried it on a few murals.
I then tried blending some helmet urchin with one of those murals . . . also a good match, I thought . . .
One of the things I was curious about was how the AI would handle hand-drawn stuff. Specifically, some of my Bagel Faces.
Of course, I have a soft spot for my Bagel Faces. Terribly clever, I think they are. Some say they are just terrible. I was all set to run a whole series of them when . . .
That looks a whole lot like a certain demented putz threatening nuclear war. So much so that I was all . . .
. . . like, and decided I had enough of Bagel Faces for now.
Early on, I tried my hand at a number of automotive macros . . .
. . . and then, I tried some actual automobiles . . .
It was a bit of a hit and miss. Notice that I occasionally use the same photo and try different blends. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.
I did a lot of blends with this horse and I still haven’t found one I like.
Here are a couple of trains I tried . . .
I then tried a ship . . .
I wasn’t particularly happy with that effort so I tried blending it with a leaf.
Better, but still not awesome . . . Maybe I should have put the lions last since it appears I’m going downhill as far as quality.
But, no . . . they say you should lead with your best lion forward.
Anyway, I then tried an airship . . .
If you are older than the iPhone, you likely recognize that helicopter. That particular shot was taken at a Vietnam War Memorial park on the border between New Mexico and Colorado. Here’s the statue of the soldier near the actual helicopter.
Statues generally fare pretty well . . .
. . . although the bright green and red are a bit much. I’ll probably try again with that one. This next one, though, I think is pretty good.
I should clarify . . . I took these photos, so I’m already predisposed to liking them. Someone who’s never seen them before might not find them all that interesting. And that’s fine.
Here are two slightly different treatments of the same shot . . . very subtle difference even though the style photos were quite different. I’ll probably try again with some other style blend.
Blending rock patterns seems to work relatively well . . . most of the time . . .
Inanimate objects can, on occasion, come off pretty well. Not always, of course, but most of the time. Here are a few examples . . .
Sometimes, you can envision what you will get, but other times you get surprised. Some are still striking, but seem to have a more limited appeal. I, of course, like them all.
One thing this tool has me doing is looking for the strange and unusual I can blend into something also strange and unusual.
This next one is a shot from Epcot blended with a shot of flowers.
Sometimes, it’s too strange and it becomes unrecognizable . . .
Colorful, yes, but few would recognize a wave splashing over rocks blended with Disney’s Cinderella’s castle with a backdrop of fireworks.
But, I can take the same castle and blend it with the flower shot and . . .
As we’ve seen, architecture is a hit-and-miss affair. Still, on occasion, the results can be visually striking.
Rosie’s Diner in Monument, Colorado, and The Navy Pier in Chicago.
I’ve done little with flowers other than to use them as the style photos (the style photos are the ones that get blended into the original photo). This next photo if a local flower treated with a macro of a fern.
I seem to have the best luck when treating insects, birds, and mammals.
You’ve seen a number of buffalo treatments . . . here are two more. The first blended with a decaying leaf, and the second one with a bed of flowers.
Some birds are difficult to blend . . . the “right” combination for this hawk photo still eludes me, although this isn’t bad.
The goat photo is another that is difficult to blend well. This next shot blends a macro of a Sand Dollar.
It’s OK but it lacks the punch I’m looking for.
The gorilla shot also eluded my best efforts to make it striking, but this blending with a photo of the Chicago Bean with a Da Vinci treatment turned out pretty well.
Insects are a bit of a hit and miss but in general, retain their photographic impact.
The bee was blended with a photo of one of my spinners.
Small animals can turn out OK (blended with a cactus) . . .
. . . but larger subjects fare better (squirrel blended with a water scene).
This next shot is of a bird blended with a crystal pineapple . . .
OK, we’re nearing the end of this post . . . I honestly can’t pick which of these next ones I like the best, but all of these rank high up there (per my preference, of course — your preference is likely different).
This is a photo of a buck blended with a photo of a flower.
Next, a Hyalophora Columbia moth blended with the same flower photo.
How about a Muscovy Duck blended with a partially eaten away leaf?
. . . or a Magpie blended with a bunch of flowers?
I’ll end with a Yellow-billed Stork blended with Cinderella’s castle and fireworks.
Well, that’s it . . . that’s all my Deep Dreams to date. One hopes there are no nuclear warheads headed our way and that I will do this again sometime
In the meantime, I’m going to savor some snack or other as it may be our last.
The originals of these photos have all appeared on this blog. You might even recognize a few. And now, here’s the gallery.
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