Nov 13, 2008
Yreka, Ca USA
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Rendering is the process where you add textures lighting and many additional subtleties. This process is a trial and error process. The process is an interesting blend between the technical and the aesthetic. The render software I'm using is called Kerkythea and is a free software.
This is a reconstruction of the Yreka, CA County Court House as it looked in 1897. This building with it's complex Victorian detail has taken quite a bit of research and time to develop. It is not quite finished at this time. However I thought I'd share how it is coming along. This structure is still standing however it is difficult to view because there is a large 1953 structure that was add on to the front of the building and many buildings have been built around it. The tower is no longer there.
This slide show is to give you some idea of the type and extent of the changes I would like to see in the Google Earth Timeline. This may be too memory intensive for Google Earth to handel at this time. So I will also be experimenting with combinations and links between the following programs to accomplish the historical record I hope to display; Google Earth, SketchUp, Picasa, You Tube.
This image of The Historic District of Yreka shows references and beginning modeling. The references are the current day Google Earth image. The pink area is an overlay of a Sandborn Fire Map. The Sandborn maps were created every few years to show the plan view of every building in town for the fire department reference when called to a fire. The one shown is 1901. I worked with the overlay so that it matches the current Google Earth image. Next the basic rectangle shape for each building was created to get the general layout of the town in 1901. The next step is pull the building one at a time and create a detailed 3d model of the building during that period. References to recreate these building have come form several photographic records: The Siskiyou County Museum. Our Books, local individual collections, University of California Davis. Once the detailed 3d image of the building is placed back into Google Earth, It can be called back into SketchUp for further changes and updates then returned to Google Earth. This process has been developed so that this will be "Living Document".
Google Earth is a program from Google that allows the viewer to travel anywhere on the face of Earth in cyber space. In this program one can map areas where they want to travel, See 3d building and features of almost any town, go to one of the National Parks, or just fly about the Earth to your whim and pleasure. If you haven't tried it, I suggest you give it a try. This image of Yreka, CA is taken from over 5000 feet in the air. You can see Mount Shasta in the upper left of the background.
The purpose of this blog is to be a working reference for the individuals working on the creation of this project. Its second purpose is for the research and information of interested persons. The goal of the project is to have a living timeline in Google Earth that will show the changes that have taken place in the architectural history of Yreka. It is intended that it will be a "living document" which means that many individuals can add and modify information in the future. Source programs for its development will be, Google Earth, SketchUp, Picasa, You Tube, others to be announced