Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mars Flyover

This is one of those videos that is best explained by the creator...
The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I'm afraid I won't see that kind of images during my lifetime.

It has really been time-consuming making these panning clips. In my 3D-process I have manually hand-picked reference points on the anaglyph image pairs. For this film I have chosen more than 33.000 reference points! It took me 3 months of calendar time working with the project every now and then.

The colours in this film are false because the anaglyph images are based on grayscale images. I have therefore colour graded the clips. But I have tried to be moderate doing this. The light regions in the clips are yellowish and the dark regions bluish. The clips from the polar regions (the last clips in the film) have a white-blue tone.There are a lot of opinions and studies of what the natural colours on Mars might be. But the dark regions of dust often seems to have a bluish tone. Please study this issue on e.g sites by NASA.

This film is not scientific. As a space enthusiast I have just tried to visualise the planet my way.
The video begins with a nearby approach to Mars moon Phobos.
Some of the anaglyphs used can be seen on my blog, please visit: av-creo.com/fictive-flight-real-mars


A FICTIVE FLIGHT ABOVE REAL MARS from Jan Fröjdman on Vimeo.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Baby Climbers

National Geographic selected this short film for their showcase. Destined for greatness, two infant mountaineers face off on their most challenging climb yet. Looking for adventure, neither one expected what they would find instead—each other!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Love Hate

Megan Phelps-Roper was once a leading proponent of hate as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. She has since been shown how damaging her life-long held beliefs and actions were and has left the church, choosing now to dedicate her time to more positive words and actions. Here she explains how strangers on Twitter helped her change her mind. A lesson we could all learn from.

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