What to GIF tonight? I was recalling a few photos I took of something in West Texas I spotted on my trip home in December. Then the lightning bolts flew, so thanks to Rowan Peter for the idea on my Who GIFs to include some Pete Townsend Windmill Powered GIFness

pete-windmills

I had a series of 10 sequential shots of these windmills in motion:

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

At the same spot I had done a Cinegram one, playing with freezing the rightmost tower and making the others move in a fun but not so useful for generating electricity fashion

From my series of photos, I imported them all into Photoshop as a Stack. In the animation palette, I converted the layers to frames. By examining the rotation, I was able to find 6 frames that did a smooth repetition, and deleted the rest,

I used this clips of Pete Townsend’s windmill guitar work from Youtube

I believe this was the footage of the Who’s last live concert performance at Shepperton Studios that was used in the film The Kids are Alright, the windmilling happening at the end of Won’t Get Fooled Again. (I am hoping a proper Who scholar will set me right).

After converted the downloaded video to a.mov file, I imported this into Photoshop via File -> Import -> Video Frames to Layers at maybe every 4th frame. In the animation palette I searched for 6 frames that would work well as a cycle (it might be two). I then selected all frames from the Pete file, used the Copy Frames command from the animation palette window. Over in my Texas Windmills, I selected all frames, and used the Paste Frames command from the animation palette window and the option to “Paste Over Frames” which superimposes Pete on the Texas windmills.

By linking all of the pete frames, I aligned his chest with the hub of the front most windmills, resized him to fill the frame more, and then dropped the layer opacity to 55%. It was still a bit square and I felt like the background windmills were a bit hidden, so I applied a feather edge layer mask to Pete’s action.

Shazam! Another Rock ‘n Roll GIFtar hero.

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1 Comment

  • rowan_peter

    That’s a totally awesome electricity generating Townshend powerhouse windmill gif!

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