hope I may ask you some question dilberts. you mentioned using lots of surfaces and your renderings do look pretty damn smooth - mine do not. so I guess you will know about what i might be doing wrong.
I found that the rendered smoothness can be adjusted in the Tessellation and Advanced Tessellation Tab in the nurbs shapeNode. but what if I have 47858 nurbs patches....?
is there a way to override specific tessellation settings of each nurb? or would i have to adjust every single nurb?
I might be on the wrong track, but how do you deal with this issue?
edit: forget about my silly question - found the answer here
Been busy at work, so I haven't had time to work on the challenge the last couple of days. I'm going to finish the modeling this weekend, and then spend the next two weeks rendering. This render is an extremely quick color render, with no time spent on textures or the environment. It's dark and generally ugly looking. Plus it was rendered at very low settings for speed. Regardless, I did it just to see how close to getting a real photo image I was getting, and even at this low quality I'm fairly happy about the look. Once I spend time on the textures and rendering settings, I think this will be my most photorealistic project yet.
The HDRI needs a lot of work, I agree. I haven't picked the final one yet, and the textures are very rushed. A lot of this bike actually has a brushed aluminum type metal rather than a chrome, but I haven't gotten around to doing that yet.
Just rushed off a quick studio style render. There's no shadows, and I had some of the pipes assigned to the wrong render layer, but it gives an idea of what a studio render will look like. I think I'll have to add a couple of regular lights with this set up because it's just too dark in places.
You're right about it being too straight up. Gotta model that kick stand some time :p