A couple of weeks ago I started playing with combining images in the browser. There are several ways to go about this, I found a nice script to blend two images on a canvas and gave that a shot. It worked well and gave interesting results.
I though that using the Flickr API I could gather a list of images and randomly blend them two at a time.
Flickr’s API will return a json list. I started using the flickr.interestingness.getList which produced some interesting (sic) combinations. However when I started to get the license of the photos most were not labled for reuse.
I switched to using a standard search (flickr.photos.search ) which allowed me to search for license that allowed reuse.
I also switched to using CSS and background-blend-mode, this allows you to have multiple images set on a background and blend them.
On interesting this was the change I noticed when I swapped from the interestingness list to a search for creative commons images ordered by interestingness-desc. The images became more subtle and less HDRish, i think thy are more interesting and less glossy. An unusual win for Creative commons.
Over in DS106 land the page was used for a daily create:
A bit of googling and I came up with this simple page. It basically produces an image with 600 random lines.
There are a few other variations. I also looked for a nice quote about ‘straight lines’ which is added to the image (this can be turned off).
Now I am wondering about making animated gifs from multiple images. done