Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Los Angeles Imagery

Updated Google Earth imagery makes 3D models look better

Today I noticed an imagery update to the Los Angeles area where some of my Google Earth models are located. In my opinion it is an ideal imagery update, for several reasons:

1) Color correction. The color is beautiful and true to life. It looks like you are really there. My own models look much better as a result of this new backdrop.

2) Clarity. The imagery is fairly sharp.

3) Angle. These pictures were taken for the most part from a straight-down point of view. This helps in making the models and creating a realistic atmosphere.

4) Consistency. Covering a large area (I haven't found the edges yet) this new imagery is seamless and again, helps to make the area look very real.