As a proud resident of Rochester, NY, I've experienced more than my fair share of lake effect snow in my life. Having lived in Cleveland and Chicago and also travelling all over the world there have been times where I missed my hometown. I wanted to create an effect that combined the best parts of Rochester for other to enjoy and share which are snow and our iconic city of rochester flower logo. Conveniently, the Rochester flower logo looks very similar to a snowflake!

What it does

This effect turns your instagram camera into a snow globe! Take to pic or record a video of it snowing Rochester snowflakes all around you or a scene and share with your friends.

How I built it

I leveraged the Rochester Flower City logo as my graphic in a particle system. I also segmented a person in the camera view to have the effect snow in the foreground and background. I used Gimp to edit the images and Spark AR Studio to configure the world effect scene. This effect works with both the forward and back facing cameras.

Challenges I ran into

I am a graphic design novice so my ability to create 2d and 3d objects and animations were limited.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

I am happy with how much I learned about Spark AR Studio. I was happy I was able to create foreground and background effects and getting the effect published to an instagram handle to share with others.

What I learned

I learned a lot about Spark AR Studio.

What's next for It's Always Snowing in Rochester

I want to spend more time learning the Patch Editor and scripting to make more interactive effects. I also want to learn more about creating 3D objects and animations.

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