As if some sort of time bandits plunked down a bunch of 1906 earthquake aftermath right in the middle of contemporary Valencia Street

It was actually local photographer and blogger Shawn Clover, and there’s lots more where this came from. Here’s how it’s done:

To put these photos together, I first create a catalog of historical photos that look like they have potential to be blended. Unfortunately most of these photos end up on the digital cutting room floor because there’s simply no way to get the same photo today because either a building or a tree is in the way. Once I get a good location, I get everything lined up just right. My goal is to stand in the exact spot where the original photographer stood. Doing this needs to take into account equivalent focal length, how the lens was shifted, light conditions, etc. I take plenty of shots, each nudged around a bit at each location. Just moving one foot to the left changes everything.

Read on for more story and lots more photographic mashups.

[via Burrito Justice]

6 Responses to “As if some sort of time bandits plunked down a bunch of 1906 earthquake aftermath right in the middle of contemporary Valencia Street”

  1. nofishtoday says:

    eerie

  2. Obsession — that’s how Art is created!

  3. namegoeshere says:

    that valencia hotel was a sad story. They pulled over 100 bodies out from what I recall reading.

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