A Wigglegram from Kyoto’s Stunning Haradanien Forest Garden of Blossoms
One Tiny Corner
of the Haradanien Garden (原谷苑), Kyoto Japan
Animatable Wigglegram (17 frames) — slowly sweep mouse from side to side to view 3D effect

I made my first visit the other day to the Haradanien Garden (原谷苑) in northwest of Kyoto, a few kilometers into the mountains beyond Kinkakuji (“the Golden Pavilion”). It was, without question, the most amazing place to see blossoms (cherry and others) that I'd ever been, by orders of magnitude. “Stunning”, “Awesome”, and other overused platitudes don't do it justice, at least when at the peak of season when I visited.

It's been a while since I've done a wigglegram, so even though I've not yet gone over the photos from the visit, I went ahead and grabbed out enough for a wigglegram.

On the left is Damien Douxchamps, who also appeared in the last wigglegram I posted (in “A Wigglegram from the Well-Named “Fallen Leaf Shrine” in Northern Kyoto”). At right is the venerable Paul Barr.

It's not for lack of desire that I haven't been posting more wigglegrams... I take the base photos used to make them fairly often, but because I still can't do it smoothly, it takes a lot of work in Lightroom or Photoshop to smooth out frame-by-frame jumpiness. I probably spent an hour aligning the 17 photos used in this wigglegram. If anyone knows of automatic alignment software, I'd love to hear about it... it seems to be the kind of thing that software could automate.

There are more wigglegrams on my wigglegram blog category.

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I really like this one, because of the subject movement. Damien is chewing, the gentleman in the back is walking behind Paul, and the seated couple are humorously animated. In past wigglegrams this kind of thing has bothered me, but this time it really works.

— comment by Mark Sirota (Philadelphia, PA, USA) on April 16th, 2013 at 12:03am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Have you tried Photoshop CS6’s “Align Layers” feature? It’s one of the coolest additions to the latest version that I’ve seen. Saves me a TON of hassle when I need to overlay two images, to erase an element from one of them, for example.

Here’s a tutorial:
That sounds exactly like what I need, but I have only CS5 at the moment. )-: —Jeffrey

— comment by Eugene from Baltimore on April 16th, 2013 at 1:17am JST (2 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink

Auto-Align Layers is under the Edit menu (at least on Windows) for CS5 as well. It may have been under CS4 (I skipped that one). For something this large quantity-wise, it might go a little overboard with the warping to make the frames match. Paul’s head is the static element, but even that rotates, so in essence, nothing is fully static for PS to work from. Can’t hurt to try though, should cut down the hour to <5 min if it works!

— comment by JasonP on April 22nd, 2013 at 5:36am JST (2 years, 2 months ago) comment permalink
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