Meda102 – Assessment 2: Digital Coding/Processing Sketch

The processing sketch I have created was inspired from what is most aesthetically pleasing to me. Mainly, this sketch was inspired by Aurora Borealis (also known as the Northern Lights) as well as the Bokeh camera effect. Both of these are subjects I could spend hours observing, so that is what I aimed to incorporate with the creation of my processing sketch.

Source  A – Lindsay Silverman       Source B – Patrick Endres

I drew inspiration from Canzona’s YouTube video (2010); “VIDEO ROOM 1000 COMPLETE MIX — All 1000 videos seen in sequential order!” that was discussed during the workshops. I aimed to create something repetitive that slightly changed each time the repetition occurred. The blur to the ellipses in my sketch is due to the fact that is presented more of a glow-like effect. By producing a softer effect, the ellipses resembled the Bokeh shapes typically seen in photography. When the shapes blurred completely, the outcome symbolised the Northern Lights.

sketch

Code:

<pre>

int x =0;

int y =0;

//sets up interface
void setup() {

//sets up canvas width and height
size(800, 600);
//sets background colour
background(1, 1, 1);
// eliminates stroke from background
noStroke();
}
//set up ability to draw
void draw() {

// selects mostly random colours for shapes
fill(random(255), random(255), random(255), 60);
// sets size for shapes
ellipse(x, y, 165, 165);
// adds blur effect to shapes
filter(BLUR, 1);
//creates stroke to shapes
stroke(x, y, 150, 150);

//this next set up allows the shapes to repeatedly move, not remain in one specific place
x = x+100;
// X slightly moves down to start the next repetition
if (x>width) {

x = 0;

y=y+11;

}

// allows mostly random colours to appear in shapes
fill(random(255), random(255), random(255), 60);
// allows for shapes to appear at random location and sets size
ellipse((int)random(800), (int)random(600), 150, 150);
// blurs shapes
filter(BLUR, 1);
// adds strokes to shapes
stroke(x, y, 150, 150);

}

</pre>

Reference List:

Source A – Silverman, image, Nikon, viewed 20/09/2016, <http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/i24iqk33/photograph-the-classic-holiday-light-bokeh-effect.html&gt;

Source B – Endres, image, AlaskaPhotoGraphics, viewed 20/09/2016, <http://www.alaskaphotographics.com/photo-tours/aurora-borealis-photo-tour/&gt;

canzona 2010, VIDEO ROOM 1000 COMPLETE MIX — All 1000 videos seen in sequential order!, online video, June 9th, YouTube, viewed 20/09/2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icruGcSsPp0&gt;

 

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