Assassin’s Creed: Origins

If you read my about page, you may know that I used to work in game design some years ago. So of course I like to play games a lot :) But with a game like the new Assassin’s Creed, I only can think of how great the scenery looks and how wonderful photos it would make for, if it was real (or still existing). Probably would call that a professional deformation :)

How about you? Have you tried the game already?

Sunny clouds over Paris – plotagraph

For today, I have for you another Plotagraph. This time I edited one of my Paris photos. And as the clouds were very soft that day, I decide also to go with a very subtle animation, to just give a bit of live into the photo.

And if you want to see the animation points, so how it was done, check out the screenshot on the side. And for more about Plotagraph, check out my How to create plotagraphs tutorial here and my Plotagraph Pro review here.

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How to share plotagraphs in a blog post?

Since I’m posting a plotagraph today, I though I would also show you how I include it in the blog posts.

I use the video HTML tag to include the MP4 versions of the plotagraph. Of course if you just export it from Plotagraph, it would be too big, so first I compress it using Hanbrake transcoder (which you can get for free here), where I just use the default settings to recode the file. A file of 1200×800 px then ends up between 0.5 to 1.5 megabytes in size.

Then I use the tag in this form:

‹video poster=”link to image that shows while the video is loading” autoplay=”autoplay” loop=”loop”›
‹source src=”
link to the video in mp4 format” type=”video⁄mp4″ ⁄›
Your browser does not support the video tag.

You have to fill in the poster, as you need to show some image while the video is loading. Also the image shows when on mobile, as mobile browsers don’t load mp4 videos in pages. Also, if a older browser is used, they will only see the text message that you specify there. The autoplay part is for the video to start automatically on load and the loop will force the video to loop indefinitely.

Sunset clouds in Dubai – Plotagraph

I have not posted a plotagraph in a long time, so how about one. This one is created from a photo I took few years ago at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The sunset was great that day, and having the possibility to add a bit of movement here, really adds to this photo.

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Destination Budapest

I have been home for a week or two, so it’s time to travel again. For the next week I will be running around Budapet and then later Austira. And looking how hot it was last weeks, this will be a sweaty week :)

Growing white pillars

How about another Plotagraph :) This one is of the white pillars in the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. As there are this flowers on every pillar, I thougth, it would be cool to have them look like they were growing. So I animated it that way.

It took a bit of masking, as I wanted also animate the reflections to fit the overall look. But I think it came out quite nicely. What do you think? I’m also including a screenshot to the side, so you can see how it was done in Plotagraph Pro.

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Plotagraph Pro

I have not uploaded an animated photo from Plotagraph Pro in a while, so I thought I share one with you. And since my favorite recent photo is this on of the Eiffel tower, I chosen this one.

And to show that this animation was not that easy, I’m including a screenshot of Plotagraph Pro, to show you how many points it took to animate this.

If you want to know more about how to create animated photos like this, check out my tutorial on how to do it here.

The beacon of light over Paris – Plotagraph

And here is the result. It is not completely perfect, as some areas don’t behave exactly as I would like them to, but it’s close :)

I’m sorry that the video is a bit big, but my current blog style stretches it to full width. I will have to tweak it a bit.

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About this site

Here and there I get questions what I used to make this blog, and what plug-ins I use, so here is a list for those curious :)

And thats almost all I use, there are few smaller one time things here and there, but nothing of much interest :)

Danube at the Apollo bridge

I prefer a more subtle animation in my plotagraphs. Not everything has to move. So also for this shot, I only animated the water, giving a bit of scattering to the reflection. And for those unfamiliar, this is the Apollo bridge in Bratislava, during a very nice soft sunset.

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