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Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:20 pm
by redstudio
I like the idea of the mosaic as long as we can find an overall image that is something he would really like to look at. Maybe Lorca or Anjani would know what that might be. A cool photo taken from the world tour or something meditative like a mandala.
I think we should do the video as well. He has given us all so much.
Pam

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:09 am
by Laura
Marie: the photos for video and mosaic would have to be totally different anyway, not just in size (for mosaic, they would be really tiny; probably no more than 2.5x3cm, something like an ID card photo), but also in content; I suppose a video photo would be something funny, or a message, while a mosaic one would be a portrait.
I made a few tries tonight, I'll attach them. It seem to me the background photo should be something very simple and very recognisable. (the mosaic photos are rather unclear in my tries because I just grabbed whatever I had on my HD, no portraits there)

Laura

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:37 am
by lizzytysh
I actually LIKE the 'b&w' one. It is 'more Leonard' ~ so would we send a b&w photo of us?

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:45 am
by ladydi
Laura,

Well done and very impressive! Personally I love the first photo of Leonard (the colour one where he is standing holding the beads in his hands), but the b&w is my second choice. Great work!

Still looking forward to the someone who might be able to do the video...seems like Marie has an individual in mind!

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:14 am
by MaryB
Laura,

Fantastic work! I prefer the first photo. Pam mentioned getting Lorca's or Anjani's opinion. I am thinking, why not a photo of something that is important to him and has been a constant throughout his adult life (no, not Fred) - his children, Lorca and Adam. Would he prefer to look at a mosaic of himself or a mosaic of children?

Kindest regards,
Mary

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:55 am
by Mabeanie1
Laura

Thank you so much for doing these (and Maarten, for his first go). Like Mary, I prefer the first photo. As a fan based group, I do not think it is appropriate for us to venture in to Leonard's private life and therefore I think it should be a photo of Leonard himself or something closely associated with his public life, such as one of his drawings. How about the unified hearts logo? Could you work that in to a mosaic?

BTW I voted for the mosaic over the video but I am all for doing both if we can.

Wendy

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:10 pm
by margaret
Laura, great work!

For the image used though I feel as a few others do that it is more appropriate to use something other than a photo of our man himself. The unified heart logo, maybe the newer one with the hands? Or the bird on a branch from the cover of Book of Longing? Or how about the logo from The Future album with the bird, heart and handcuffs?

Margaret

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:26 pm
by Paul Zagreb
Brilliant work Laura ... The last one you sent is my favourite I think. I notice about 55 people have voted but I am sure many more would submit photos and it really would not matter too much what size (I think) as long as they are all in the same format as presumably you could re-scale them easily (or send detailed instructions to all of us so we can do that before sending them) ... what creative people there are here!!!!

Paul

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:31 pm
by Kanga
I prefer the first 2 colour ones. I didn't think the last one was instantly recognisable as Leonard and I prefered the pictures without so much contrast

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:06 pm
by Laura
I must confess that I'm really enjoying this... This mosaic program is fun.

I did a few more tries; one using a drawing-made-after-a-photo as a background, and one using a logo (I'll post it in the next message, the photo attach here keeps giving me errors). Margaret, I really like the way it comes out with a logo. Only problem is that I have no idea where to find out a good logo photo (really good resolution, I mean). If I can't find any, I supposed I can re-draw the Unified Hearts myself; but birds and dancers are rather beyond me.

Paul: you're right. Not all photos have to be the same size. I actually used whatever I had around, all sort of sizes; the program knows to scale them. As long as they are neither tiny nor huge it seems ok. But they have to be all the same proportion, otherwise they get cropped awkwardly (I used the most common proportion for a camera photo).

Question: how big should this poster be, any ideas? The bigger the whole thing is, the bigger the individual photos will be. For example, I made the logo 75x75cm (imagine a square on your bedroom door, with sides almost equal with the width of the door; that's the size I mean), and the resulting individual photos are almost too small (2x2.7cm, less than my ID card photo). I think just a bit bigger would be better (and rectangle, not square), but not too huge.

Laura

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:08 pm
by Laura
and the other photo...

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:21 pm
by Kanga
I like the photo - but I still think a picture with a lot of variation in colour and shade would be better.

Where there are blocks of colour like the unified hearts it looks as if the program is picking up the same few photos many times.

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:14 pm
by redstudio
I like the idea of the unified hearts logo, but so far the more complex photo images look better. One could make a "collage" in photoshop by scanning symbols from CD covers, books, posters etc.. at a high resolution.
How about using a photo of the whole band in concert? I think Leonard might like that. It would be a nice remembrance of the tour.
Laura, if you need help cropping and resizing images that come to you in the wrong proportion I can help with that.
Pam

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:01 pm
by MaryB
Pam,

I love your idea of the whole band in concert. After all, he will be with the band on his 75th - what an appropriate remembrance of that day.

Best regards,
Mary

Re: POLL: Mosaic or Video for Birthday Greeting

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:16 pm
by Laura
Kanga-the program does tend to pick the same photo more times, unless it's forced not to do that. I had forgotten to set that up. I replaced that sample with a picture where there isn't a photo repetition anymore (I checked!)
Redstudio-thank you very much for the offer. Let's see if this is the voted version and how many people would like to take part in it.

Laura