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euio
11-15-2009, 12:43 AM
I'm very glad I've found this site; I've been without a map contest for far too long.

Anyway, my idea is that the Large Hadron Collider they got up and running last year (or was it early this year?) ends up being just as bad as all those conspiracy theorists &c. say it is, and forms a black hole, which proceeds to eat Switzerland.

So far, I've taken a satellite image (it is amazingly hard to find a good image of a large scale centered on Geneva) and added a black hole-type effect. I'm planning to add a whole bunch of text over it, showing evacuations, descriptions of the effects of the black hole, labels, &c., to make it look like something from a briefing.
Thoughts?

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torstan
11-15-2009, 01:00 AM
Excellent idea for a map! And very fitting indeed for the challenge.

It was started up last year and then shut down again. They have beam in again now and are looking to get it all the way round by the end of the month or early December.

There's a small (!) thread on this and similar subjects:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=2356

I'm really looking forward to seeing this one :)

euio
11-15-2009, 12:28 PM
Added some clouds. Not sure what to think of 'em.

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torstan
11-15-2009, 12:42 PM
I think they look pretty cool. If you wanted to take it further you might pull them into a tighter spiral around the center of the hole, make them darker and stormier and throw in some lightning. In any event, highlighting a spiral pattern caused by the air being sucked in would really emphasise the nature of the catastrophe.

euio
11-15-2009, 01:36 PM
That's a good idea about the storms. I'll try it out.

Immolate
11-15-2009, 01:41 PM
How large is the native image euio? Can you export a full-sized one so we can see it as it is intended to be seen?

euio
11-15-2009, 02:15 PM
Unfortunately, that's the full size. I couldn't find a larger satellite image centered on the area.

If you know anywhere to find good satellite photos, please tell me.

Immolate
11-15-2009, 02:22 PM
Unfortunately all I can suggest is that you stitch one together from Google or one of the other tools. But that would look patchy unless you duplicated the elements independently. Unless you're used to doing that, you'd be hard-put to get it done on a 2k x 2k image in the ten days remaining until the challenge ends. I'm used to doing it on a much smaller scale (city sized) but regional is completely new to me when it comes to modeling something existing.

euio
11-15-2009, 03:51 PM
Exerimenting with shadows, lightning...

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euio
11-15-2009, 09:54 PM
Changing tack.

I'm done with the satellite image part. All labels, borders, highlighted areas, &c. will be on the map on the left.

Immolate
11-15-2009, 10:10 PM
I think this was a good idea euio, and suddenly your piece has some legs. Depending on your time available and your inclination, you could even put in some other perspectives, perhaps tightening the scale somewhat to show detail of a certain area with some kind of blow-up. That kind of thing can be very interesting if done well. Toff did a helluva job with that two challenges ago and he won.

euio
11-16-2009, 08:10 AM
Good idea. Perhaps photographs as well.

Here's a start on adding text & things to the right map. Probably not the best style to use, in hindsight.

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Immolate
11-16-2009, 08:43 AM
I think the style is good, just needs a more contrasting color.

euio
11-16-2009, 06:33 PM
Which should I darken - text or background?

Immolate
11-16-2009, 07:16 PM
I would try the foreground and if it's not just right, try the background instead.

Diamond
11-22-2009, 03:30 AM
Damn, this looks nice so far. The side by side maps are a good idea; that way you can have both photorealism and technical data without each distracting and detracting from the other.

I should really enter one of these things one day...

euio
11-22-2009, 08:02 AM
Unfortunately, I have no clue where to go from here. I was going to put a blown-up map of Zürich up at the top, and got as far as making a huge chasm and a couple waterfalls before realising that 1) I'd never made a city map before, and 2) even if I did, it'd probably take far to long to make for me to finish in time.

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euio
11-25-2009, 06:50 PM
Well, I guess this is it...

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torstan
11-25-2009, 06:56 PM
I love this. Simple and devastatingly effective. Good work.

euio
11-25-2009, 06:57 PM
Thanks for your constant encouragement on this, Torstan. You and Immolate and Diamond have been a great help in making this.

Immolate
11-25-2009, 10:24 PM
Based on euio's crosshairs, I'm thinking his disaster resulted from an collision-gone-wrong in CMS. The whole thing works very well. Good first submission euio!