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Wrapping Up Young’s Plantation

22 Aug

This post represents the conclusion of our pilot phase of visualizing Notley Young’s plantation in 1790.   If you are new to this site, you can follow our progress by reading back through the posts.  To immediately see our tests, you can start with this “then and now” panorama of the Plantation as seen from the […]

Panorama Camera Locations

22 Aug

This map is of Notley Young’s Plantation in 1794 overlaid and registered on top of a Google Street Map.  It shows the camera locations (magenta) where the contemporary panoramas were taken and where the virtual cameras were located to render out views of the 1790 Plantation.  Click the image or here to see a high […]

1790 Young Plantation Model

22 Aug

This is a rendered view of the model for the 1790 Notley Young Plantation that we used for our tests.  It is far from complete, but it’s a good representation of how the plantation may have looked.  More importantly, it provides a range of possibilities and challenges for how best to present this data in […]

What L’Enfant Saw

25 Feb

UMBC’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) is working to re-create Washington DC in its early years 1790-1820.  Remarkably little visual information remains from this time period.  What began as a simple effort to use 3D digital re-creation and display techniques has become full-scale research to uncover the original landscape.  In 1791, Pierre-Charles L’Enfant arrived in Georgetown […]

“Then and Now” Techniques, Part II

28 Mar

In 1813, the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe did a quick sketch of the US Capitol being built. We used this sketch as a test to see how non-photorealistic rendering styles (a technical term meaning painterly or illustrative) could work to visualize the early city of Washington DC.  The first impulse for doing re-creations is to make them […]

“Then and Now” Techniques, Part I

14 Nov

A major challenge to any historical re-creation is the “So what?” or “Why should I care?” test. Part of the success of this effort to re-create early Washington will rely on how to make historical findings compelling and interesting to the public.  In a conversation with Scott Berg, author of a book on Pierre L’Enfant, […]