August 16, 2007

Compositing or Composting?

So, there's a Vegas trip coming up in my distant future. I hit Google Maps to figure out how to get to the hotel when what did I see in the satellite view but this odd looking set of buildings. From closer to the ground you get an entirely different view (and a hefty price tag).

It's called Turnberry Place, and whoever assembled the overhead shot for Google's database managed to turn four fairly normal highrises into a Dali-esqe image of leaning towers and nonsensical shadows. Though, it would be more fun to live in that way.

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1 That is certainly peculiar looking, and it seems to have been done on purpose. I can't imagine why, but if you compare it to some of the high-rise hotels nearby it's clear that the camera angle on those four buildings not only don't match each other, they don't match anything else, either.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 16, 2007 05:41 PM (+rSRq)

2 When I went looking for ground level images of those towers, the vast majority were promotional renders or construction photos, so they must be fairly new builds. You suppose Google has an outfit doing aerial photography to patch up outdated areas of interest in their imagery? That may explain how they don't match up with any of the other local buildings.

Posted by: Will at August 16, 2007 05:51 PM (olS40)

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You'd think they'd redo an entire area all at once, though. And it's hard to believe that they couldn't fit all four of those buildings into a single frame, given that they do their photography from high altitude.

I'd love to know what the real story is, but I suspect we'll never find out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 17, 2007 12:11 AM (+rSRq)

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