2019

August 21, 2019

One opportunity the Blended Reality team was excited to work with recently was the need for some way to “capture” the Peabody museum dioramas digitally for the upcoming year long renovation which will close off the exhibits from the public. On August 12, working with Exhibit Preparator Michael Anderson, the Blended Reality team – Director Randall Rode, interdisciplinary artists Justin Berry and Bobby Berry, photographer and video artist Seth Wenger, lighting design artist Joey Moro, and finally interns Farid Abdul and Maxwell Lovell, all set out to test different methods of capturing the dioramas. 

After the glass was removed to the bighorn sheep diorama the room became abuzz with people working, finishing setting up and moving on to each of their respective tasks. A total of five different methods of capture were used, Seth and Joey worked on taking multiple 360 degree videos for use in headsets to see the exhibit as if you were in person. Bobby used the Realsense depth cameras to try to capture a 3D model, Justin took many high resolution photos and later stitched them together to create an extremely large final photo, Farid and Max with the help of Michael to get in and close to the diorama set up and used the Arctek Eva Lite 3D scanner to get a model of the sheep, and finally the many photos captured were put into photogrammetry to get a large realistic model of the site.

At the end of the day, fun was had and much was learned about what to do next time and what steps to take going forward to best capture these outstanding models.

Men removing glass panel protecting the bighorn sheep diorama.
The glass panel being removed from the diorama, while everyone else set up.
The camera and stand used for Justin's Deep Photo in front of the diorama.
The camera and stand used for Justin’s Deep Photo in front of the diorama.
A 360 degree camera being placed inside the exhibit by Seth Wenger.
Seth hanging the 360 degree camera into the exhibit.
Seth positioning the camera as Michael watches
Seth positioning the camera as Michael watches
The bighorn sheep along with the 360 degree camera in front of it.
Another look at the 360 Camera, along with the bighorn sheep behind it.
The data collected from the Realsense device being looked at by Bobby and Farid.
The data collected from the Realsense device being looked at by Bobby and Farid.
Michael inside the exhibit scanning the sheep using the Arctek Eva Lite 3D scanner as Farid helps.
Michael inside the exhibit scanning the sheep using the Arctek Eva Lite 3D scanner as Farid helps.
Another photo of Micheal inside the exhibit.
Another photo of Michael inside the exhibit.
Justin, Farid, and Max all working on the laptops that were brought.
Justin, Farid, and Max all working on the laptops that were brought.
Justin, Farid, and Max all working on the laptops that were brought.
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Justin, back at CCAM, working on the post processing of his Deep Photo
Justin, back at CCAM, working on the post processing of his Deep Photo
A 3D model of the diorama, created with photogrammetry.
The initial photogrammetry model of the diorama, using only 67 photos out of the hundreds taken.