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#1 2011-11-19 00:10:14

Bloodstar
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From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Wallpaper experimentation

I mentioned I'd been toying with making my own wallpapers in the screenshot thread - figured I'd might as well post them here!

The general style of them came to be after I was playing around with SymbOS - I figured I'd might as well see how well it applied to other things. I think it's a nice effect, personally.

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1280x800 // 1440x900 // 1920x1080 // DA link

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1280x800 // 1440x900 // 1920x1080 // 1920x1200 // DA link

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1280x800 // 1440x900 // 1920x1080 // 1920x1200 // DA link

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1280x800 // 1440x900 // 1920x1080 // 1920x1200 // DA link

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1024x600 // 1024x768 // 1280x800 // 1280x1024 // 1440x900 // 1680x1050 // 1920x1080 // 1920x1200 // DA link
(1680x1050 and 1024x600 use smaller "pixels" - this is due to either strange vertical resolutions or the base image otherwise just being too small. I'm debating using higher resolutions anyway, however...)

e: Updated links to point to my new rustedlogic address, as exaltedlegion is going under in about a week.

Last edited by Bloodstar (2012-01-27 10:38:32)

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#2 2011-11-22 10:10:41

kowloonboy
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Nice, very colorful. Thanks for sharing. smile


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#3 2011-11-22 13:30:53

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Different and ...eerie, `n` quite cool.


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#4 2011-11-24 18:34:11

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

The more I look at them the eerier they get, not the soothing #! feeling, if you know what I mean. Should fit the "BlairSwitch Linux Project"  though.


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#5 2011-11-24 18:45:46

kowloonboy
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

vicshrike wrote:

"BlairSwitch Linux Project"  though.

Classic.... lol


"To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is." - Bruce Lee

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#6 2011-12-13 13:05:49

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

@Bloodstar: Have finally tried them out, and works great, in fact they fit the OB minimalistic approach very well if you want to get some colour into your life. Yes they are still wonderfully eerie.


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#7 2011-12-13 21:50:22

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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I am oddly reminded of the good ol' pre-2K times when technology wasn't so huge as it is now. smile

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#8 2011-12-20 23:33:51

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Glad to hear everyone likes them! They do give off a bit of an eerie vibe under the right conditions, especially the Halloween ones... it's not exactly what I was shooting for initially (save the halloween ones, of course), but I do like the effect.

I'd try to get some good Christmas themed wallpapers, but it seems as if my iPod's camera does not like taking pictures of lights in the dark. Yikes. (Granted, I haven't tried a still position, but judging by some of the other photos I've taken it wouldn't look very nice.) Not to mention it'd be a bit hard conveying it in four colors, and sixteen just seems to be a bit much.

However, I was playing with another photo I'd taken a while back of the Raven Motel in Media, and much to my surprise it worked REALLY well.

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Wallpaper images from 1024x600 to 1920x1200 // DA link

I'm linking to the wallpaper's folder from now on - it's easier on me to add in resolutions should I realize I missed one, or should someone ask for one.

e: oops, somehow broke the DA link
e (II): updated links

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#9 2012-01-10 18:30:32

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Really cool stuff Bloodstar, the Raven Motel should fit #!/OB perfectly.


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#10 2012-01-11 12:05:33

Eren
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I made this 4 years ago.

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#11 2012-01-27 10:37:11

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

That's an interesting wall, too - I might use it sometime if I need a 4:3 wall.

I've got three more wallpapers ready... one was made in December, one was made earlier this month, and with how hectic and busy I've been, I kinda forgot to post the previous ones here.

This one was of the Springfield Hospital in Springfield, PA. Unfortunately, due to the events that have brought me there (Grandmother hospitalized (and as of the 17th, she passed away after being rehospitalized for ten days... though she was doing fine until the 14th and looked to be making a recovery), there's little to no chance that anything at all will happen this year, nor will I get some shots from NJ like I'd hoped. Oh well.

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Wallpaper images from 1024x600 to 1920x1200 // DA link

This one was taken at a cemetery where an uncle of mine was buried recently. I figured it'd make a nice shot as we drove on the road... and considering the subject matter, grays seemed appropriate.

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Wallpaper images from 1024x600 to 1920x1200 // DA link

This was taken at MacDade Mall in Ridley Township.

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All resolutions from 1024x600 to 1920x1200 // DA link

And no, I never did get those aforementioned shots from NJ.

e: I missed a wallpaper. Oops.

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#12 2012-01-27 12:54:33

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

You Bloodstar are a genious for creating the eeriest, weirdest, off the wall wallpapers I have ever seen. Beautiful work! Sorry to hear about your Grandmother though, but that hospital shot is the freakiest of them all!


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#13 2012-02-06 22:16:12

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

...Haha, thanks! Glad to see some appreciation, and thanks for the sentiment. I didn't quite INTEND that hospital shot to be as eerie as it is... but you know, it really, really fits.

I've come with a new wallpaper, too: a non-monochromatic (although the monochromatic option is still available, I'll explain) wallpaper! This one was taken just inside Delaware.

Unfortunately, due to the dithering not quite wanting to cooperate when trying to do lower resolutions (too much detail loss in the lower part of the image), I've only got this one available in 1680x1050, 1920x1080, and 1920x1200.

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All resolutions from 1680x1050 to 1920x1200 // DA link
(The thumb was downsized from 1680x1050... it's not perfect in the least.)

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#14 2012-02-08 09:02:18

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Hi it is me again Bloodstar, the bloodfan of your wallpapers, just wanted to comment your latest effort. The blue sky is very blue and beutiful, and it does not do it for me, sorry. But keep `em coming, please!


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#15 2012-04-07 11:34:00

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

... Yikes. February 8th was my last wallpaper post? Let's fix that.

Too much has been happening, that's all I'll say. However, I'm back with a new camera to take pictures with and a huge range of new resolutions!

This one is a less creepy red wall! I figured I'd go for a red shot again, considering the last one I took was ... overly creepy, in a way. Perhaps the events over the past four months for me have tainted the wallpaper in my mind! Ah well, I don't regret making that one! This was actually going to be me experimenting and making something with 16 colors, and it actually looked INCREDIBLE (Nice muted colors without losing TOO much!) ... but I happened to catch actual people in the shot, and due to my paranoia I'm making the wall four colors to make their faces mostly unrecognizable just in case.

Go figure, eh?

This wallpaper was taken on the Media campus of Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania - through a window in the building with the cafeteria, bookstore, library, etc... not the academic building, I guess, but I don't know the proper term for it. This is actually my second attempt at such a shot. ( You can see the first here here). It wasn't really an attempt at a wallpaper but more a "hey, something odd's happening, snap a shot of it" type thing, but I found it worth attempting to turn into a wallpaper in December. It didn't pan out, sadly - I found it a bit too dark around the top, and ultimately a little too "weird" for what I was aiming for. I may try to make it into a wall in the future, though... it won't be available in resolutions above 1920x1200, though, being taken on my iPod!) I find this one captured what I was aiming for a lot better than the first one... especially considering the second one was taken on a whim!

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All resolutions from 640x480 to 2560x1600 // DA link
Also featured are some oddball resolutions, like the PSP/Vita and iPads.

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#16 2012-04-12 08:50:36

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Nice shot Bloodstar. But the real gem is the first try in your link, incredible, really weird stuff, gives me vertigo. Great shot!


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#17 2012-04-12 22:42:16

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

vicshrike wrote:

Nice shot Bloodstar. But the real gem is the first try in your link, incredible, really weird stuff, gives me vertigo. Great shot!

Thanks - I may actually finish out the wallpaper from the first attempt. It's grown on me since digging it back up. Can't figure out why I didn't like it initially... The only thing that bothers me now is that I'll have to drop a couple resolutions from my support list for it because of the original image's lower resolution than what I've been using. Could be worse, I guess... (Well, that, or I can just use the 4x4 pixels from the days of old again for some of those...)

I've actually finished another one (record low time between two walls? only if you discount the Halloween 3-pack I made) today - this one's unique in two ways in that not only does it contain more total colors than my other wallpapers, but I also made it out of a stock photograph. I really loved the original, and couldn't resist with the fact that they actually allowed it to be used as stock! I'll toss in a link to the original photo with the usual links.

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All resolutions from 640x480 to 2560x1600 // DA link // Original stock image by LydiardWildlife on DA

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#18 2012-05-30 23:28:20

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I've been lethargic. This one's been done for over a month. Haven't made anything since. I'm also double-posting. Whoo.
(kinda hoping a reply sneaks in, I'm feeling some slight urges to make a new one sometime soon)

Taken through a window at my college. I've since graduated.

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All resolutions from 640x480 to 2560x1600 // DA link

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#19 2012-05-30 23:53:55

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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

great stuff, might have to post some myself...not as cool...

btw your homepage -sig- link goes to your old domain...
found my way to your cool games though.:)

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#20 2012-05-31 11:08:17

vicshrike
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Great shot! And good to see you posting again. smile


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#21 2012-07-14 22:58:51

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I have been phasing in and out of motivation.

Took this one after leaving a country club in NJ for a birthday party.
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All resolutions from 640x480 to 2880x1800 // DA link

This one was taken right outside my house, actually! We were getting a pretty good storm that day, and I figured I'd try to get a nice cloud shot before the rain started. I can barely tell this one is only 16 colors, sometimes...

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All resolutions from 640x480 to 2880x1800 // DA link

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#22 2012-07-19 09:09:54

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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I bet those would look nice with some kind of retro theme (computer retro that is, not retro retro). Unfortunately I'm somewhat artistically challenged and really bad at conceptualizing and making them (or any themes for that matter) but I will save the wallpapers for when I come around anything it goes really well with.

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#23 2012-07-30 04:13:38

Bloodstar
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

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Just toying around a little bit, here.

Generated some wallpapers in Starfish, reduced their colors, and overlaid them atop each other. And, of course, doubled the size. It wasn't quite so necessary this time, but it does show off the different layers.

I still have to experiment a bit with this if I want to make some really usable tiling wallpapers as well. This one's actually not too bad (it resembles waves, to me), but I don't see things getting too far without some real figuring out how I want to handle this.

I'll probably get more photographic ones soon. I wanted to make SOMETHING, and I'm just starting to feel insanely pressed for time for various things and I really didn't want to spend a good hour on optimizing a photo for various resolutions.

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#24 2012-07-30 04:32:15

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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

I like the gray sky from posting 21. smile

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#25 2012-08-02 13:00:00

brontosaurusrex
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Re: Wallpaper experimentation

Bloodstar: amazing, interesting stuff.

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