It’s called a sinusoidal grating because the grayscale values vary according to the sine function.
If you plot the values along a horizontal line of the grating, you’ll get a plot of a sine function
Sinusoidal gratings can have different orientations…
…and different frequencies—these are spatial frequencies, not temporal ones
There's one more parameter that defines a sinusoidal grating: the phase. Gratings with a different phase are shifted with respect to each other…
Or even better, you can use a function of both x and y to make any grating
Now, here’s the “magical” part of #Fourier theory.
Any image is made up of lots of sinusoidal gratings. So, the 2D Fourier Transform of an image gives you thousands of pairs of dots, and each pair represent a sinusoidal grating.
And therefore, you can reconstruct the image by adding all of those sinusoidal gratings together.
The more gratings you add, the closer the result is to the actual image
Here's another example
and another one…
There's a lot more than can fit in a single thread.
If you want to read more detail, and go through the step-by-step writing of the code to decompose & recostruct *any* image, read full article here:
So, this thread could serve as my my #introduction
I'm Stephen. I used to be a physicist (as you can guess from the thread above) but now I focus on communicating about Python and programming and teaching coding
You can expect more varied content from me, all related to #programming in #Python, from science-y stuff like this, to fun animations using the `turtle` module (no not those boring ones!) and general Python for those learning to code at beginner and intermediate levels
Not sure whether you’re only meant to get a single shot at an #introduction, but I’ll extend on mine a bit now that I’m starting to find my feet here
However, my first career was as a physicist
Most of my science work centred around novel retinal imaging technology with the primary aim of early disease diagnosis, plus a bit more about the optics of the eye.
I learnt to code as part of my PhD work and then relied on programming (mostly MATLAB, at the time, before the Python-era) for all of my research work, from simulation and modelling, to running the lab experiments, to analysing the data.
When I left academia, I decided to focus on teaching programming to both children and adults.
I spend a lot of time creating learning content, including The Python Coding Book and regular articles on the blog.
I also run codetoday which runs live lessons for children from age 7 to learn coding in Python (only Python, no kids-platforms. Yes, starting from age 7, you’d be surprised how well they pick the basics up)
I’ll be sharing bits on content regularly here too, typically aimed at intermediate learners (including those aiming to move from beginners to intermediate), including steering towards scientific programming and related fields.
OK, I’ve abused #QOTO’s longer character limit too much, so I’d better stop!
@s_gruppetta In my 35 years as a sotfware engineer I have seen a lot of code that looks like it was written by seven year olds. 😆
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