Synthesis of textures and bump maps of tiled surfaces – Part I

First of a three-part series about generating texture and bump maps representing tiled surfaces for use in rendering of computer generated imagery. The method is based on real-life tile layouts coupled with color generation using  various noise functions. The article was written in the form of a tutorial, where the usage of each parameter is described along with the generated texture maps and renderings. Find the article in the Projects section or read it HERE.

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Bias lighting – your eyes will thank it

A short article about another hardware/software project. To reduce eye-strain, an RGB LED light strip was installed behind my monitor. The lights can be programmed to simulate crackling flames, sunrise or other calming effects while reducing eye-strain from the high contrast ratio between a monitor and the darkness behind it. Read all about it here.

A new bird joins the flock; a Northern Parula

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) - Acadia National Park, Maine

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) – Acadia National Park, Maine

We met this nice fellow while hiking the Ocean Path, near Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park. Amazingly, the bird moved closer and closer, so I had to retreat because it was too close for my 400mm prime lens to focus! Thank you little bird!

See more of my bird photography here.