Saturday, August 3, 2013

meet fiddleoak

I don't normally use the word genius unless I'm being sarcastic, but Zev (a.k.a. Fiddleoak) is a genius.  He's 14.  Check out his images here.  Is anyone willing to contact him and see if he'd talk with us online about how a picture can be worth more than a thousand words?


  1. From what I know about digital compositing, it's very difficult. Not only do you have to make sure the two photos match physically (for example, he had to make sure that he was sitting at the same angle as the rock, then position the photo of himself correctly over the background, etc.), but you also have to match so many other things like lighting (meaning the brightness of the light, its color, as well as its position; you can't have shadows going one way in one photo and the other way in the other photo), focus (you can't put a sharp photo on a blurry background, or vice versa; this becomes even more difficult when the focus varies by depth, as it does in many of these photos), the interaction of the two photos (for example, in the picture of him running on the stairs, he had to cast his shadow on the background image)... the list goes on and on. I'm an image editor myself, but I usually only work with one image at a time-- things like general beautification, pop-art style effects (as in my profile picture), minor in-painting (to remove distracting things from the background), and occasionally transparency. Since I have some skill in image editing, I could volunteer to contact him, but there could be someone else in the class more qualified than myself. I'd like to see who else is interested first :)

  2. Hello again! I guess I'm bringing this back from the dead. I didn't want to commit to this post before proving myself-- my only image editing work that exists on the Internet at the moment is my little 200x200px profile picture, which really isn't much. However, I tried my hand at a photo edit like Fiddleoak's, and this is the result. It might not be perfect, but it was actually really fun :)