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Old 02-09-2006, 07:38 AM   #106
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Hello - here is a bit of an update.

I did a bit more work on the textures and have added a barrier to stop people falling off the cliff.

I have also been working on the lights - what a headache! At the moment I am having problems with the shadows - I thought that using a directional light would give me parrallel shadows, but as you can see, I must be doing something wrong.

I also added some artificial fog - I spent the last couple of days messing around with the settings without much luck - when i zoom into my scene and render, things start to look very murky as you can see in the next picture.

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Old 02-09-2006, 07:38 AM   #107
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This is the same scene from a different angle - very foggy.
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:20 AM   #108
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nice touches arran - is the wall like a forcefield as it'd be cool to have it translucent and maybe glowing a little

the fog closeup actually looks quite cool and gives the scene a different mood. Would a play on the depth of field give the objects further back a murkier blurry look and would that look good? Maybe not but just a thought

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Old 03-09-2006, 09:38 AM   #109
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arran, this is really comming along! As far as the fog is concerned, I cant reccomend a solution. I think it's looks good with or without.
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I personaly like the fog, reminds me of that planet Luke skywalker is from... what it called?
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Tatooine

Its actually named after the place in Tunisia where they filmed. Little bit of SW knowledge. Sad but geeky

Nice work Arran. Bit too foggy for my taste...
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Hey R@nSiD, thats a very intresting avatar you have there. Looks very much like something out of a movie that I have seen.

Anyway, back on topic. Arran, have you tried Mental Ray on your scene yet?
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Hey there,

arran it's coming along nicely. I agree with T1ck about the fog creating a different mood with the camera zoomed in. From a distance the scene looks rather idyllic but the narrow shot makes it look like it's in the middle of a dust storm.

Take it easy,

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Hey everyone - thanks for all of the great feedback.

yeah, i've actually been to Tunisia and could have taken a trip out to where they filmed star wars, but I think we ended up sitting on the beach instead.

I haven't done too much over the last few days - I imported the last few details, such as the tree roots and the hot tub (which you can't really see, but is important nonetheless ) and I also sorted out the shadows and added a few backlights.

The atmospheric fog is still giving me a headache, but I seem to have it working a bit better. I have also increased the glow on the forcefield, though I am still not sure about that.

Here are a few screen shots.
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I think this image will be fairly close to my final entry. I am also planning to include a few close up shots as well.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone else who participated and also a big thank you to the Simply Maya moderators for running these challenges. It has been really helpful to take part and I look forward to the next one.

Good luck to everyone else!
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excellent work arran! Its come out fabulously
I think its a definate contender up there! Good luck

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