if you look at the back plate it has a sunset look to it and i wanted the mech tobe standing directly infront of the sun, so when you look at the mech it would be dark. The mech was lit up with two maya lights thrown into the scene, one for sun and shadow the other just to punch some brightness to the front of the mech and an hdri(.. created from the backplate..) was for the ambient lighting.
the final image(above..) i had to brighten it for the web. for some reason on my two monitors(both calibrated with spyderpro..) it looked good, as it did on my nephew`s monitor( also calibrated..), but on the web it went slightly darker. not to sure what happen there. maybe just me, one to many DR tablets..lol
As for the grit/dust etc i did think about doing that to help with it sit within the backplate that much better , but again i overlooked it because i was to much in hurry for the deadline( a week and a half..) we had for the poster( 4ft * 3ft) printout with a printing firm.
must say it looks real good hanging up on my wall.:attn:
The OC pass was composited over the beauty in Photoshop as was the spec and shadow.
an action shot, mmmm sounds good to me, will have to get to that idea later, as we have already started talking about our next project, will try to fit the action shot in there some where...
again guys, thankyou