Flickr Mosaic: Belated Valentine 1.2 (2006)

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    Mosaic made from about 3300 candidate Flickr images containing one of the tags love, heart, kiss, hug or venus.

    Target Image: Detail from Botticelli "The Birth of Venus"

    I wrote my photomosaic software in Perl, making use of ImageMagick, and the Flickr API. I describe some techniques for making photomosaics such as these, in the book Flickr Hacks, from O'Reilly.

    This is the third version of this mosaic that I have posted on Flickr. The previous one was made a year ago, a little after Valentine's day, hence the title. This one is not actually belated, so perhaps I should say elated valentine ?

    This version shows some of the improvements in my mosaic-making software over the course of the year. The obvious visual improvement from the prior version is mainly due to the use of duplicate tiles. The previous versions use all unique tiles, which greatly decreases fidelity to the target image. The tradeoff is that there are far fewer individual tiles making up the image, which reduces the fun of examining it up close.

    If you like this image, check out my other mosaics and my posters.
    More stuff by jbum:
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    zsoltika, Curly Top, and 88 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. OliveEyel 107 months ago | reply

      That's Incredible!
      I loved looking at it in the Original size.
      Just simply amazing!
      ; )

    2. myriad-mosaics [deleted] 106 months ago | reply

      Nice job! I make mosaic myself (marble and glass) that's why it caught my eye. Well done!!

    3. L ucille 106 months ago | reply

      I can't believe it! just wow!

    4. AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora 104 months ago | reply

      i will neeeeeever get this level of perfection!!!! gaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

    5. han han han 98 months ago | reply!
      thats amazing!!!

    6. cidsa1 92 months ago | reply

      It´s astonishing what you can do with a mosaic!!! It´s gorgeous!!

    7. ∑nder 90 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art Bandits, and we'd love to have this photo and any others you may have, added to the group; thanks!

    8. tsevis 87 months ago | reply

      Nice one! I love Mosaics.

    9. ndh 86 months ago | reply

      This is one of the best photomosaics I've seen. Sometimes they have a choppy, pixellated look that would be totally unsuited to a portrait of Venus, but this mosaic is amazing: it has a soft, glowing look to it.

      It amuses me that someone tagged a photo of the General Lee's door with the word love, heart, kiss, hug, or venus.

    10. krazydad / jbum 86 months ago | reply

      ndh - thanks for the nice comments! There are two factors which can help keep a mosaic from looking choppy.

      One is sub-sampling, which helps insure that the content of each tile (and not just the average color) matches the target image.

      The second is to use a very large collection of candidate images for tiles (even though only a small number of them may appear in the final mosaic). This insures that you have a lot of good matches.

    11. LavenderLou 85 months ago | reply

      dear krazydad,
      I loved your mandala site - awesome!
      this is for you

      the faces of love -

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    14. Venus Oak 73 months ago | reply

      Your picture is DIVINE.
      Please add it to the VENUS - APHRODITE group.

      Venus - Aphrodite

    15. Venus Oak 73 months ago | reply

      love this mosaic

      Your picture is DIVINE.
      Thanks for adding it to the VENUS - APHRODITE group.

      Venus - Aphrodite

      Thanks for joining......I really like this one a lot

    16. Venus Oak 67 months ago | reply

      You are invited to add this cool picture to the art bandits venus contest. For more details go to the group page:

    17. Faddoush 65 months ago | reply

      fantastic work!

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