The 2013 Stonemason Catalogue Contest

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  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Bobvan said:
    Agreed very nice

    Thanks :)

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Geminii23 said:

    Wow! Amazing image!

    Thank you

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Kyoto Kid said:

    ...well done.

    Thank you

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    Ok that is enough of that we don't want Laticis to think we all love his image..do we. ;)

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    Szark said:
    Ok that is enough of that we don't want Laticis to think we all love his image..do we. ;)

    Your mom says hi mate :)

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    The whole house heard me laugh with that one.

  • LaticisLaticis Posts: 355
    edited December 1969

    he he ;)

  • staticstatic Posts: 257
    edited March 2013

    Woe is me; I have been DAZ-ing for years for personal enjoyment and self-teaching of 3D Art, but when I saw this contest, I just knew I had to try something public. I have been drooling over Stonemason's works for years, picking up one every now and then when I could afford it. I had to try...

    I was "in the zone", I was hyped, I was ready to enter the world of competitive artwork...

    I picked my elements carefully, I worked on the positioning, the color, the ratio of foreground to background... I even delved into depth of field issues. I bled through the lighting, I sweat through posing, I cried through post-work!
    "I could'a been a contender!"

    My computer disagrees...

    My computer doesn't feel up to the task; for the first time ever with Studio, I received video card issues, lack of memory, and just plain lock-up. It was so frustrating. I have a powerful setup here, not top-of-the-line, at least, not anymore, but a good solid graphics PC. I can play all but the very latest (2013) PC games without glitch, I can open more than a dozen windows and not worry about crash, but my baby has just gotten old, poor girl...

    So, as fate would have it, I could not enter. But congratulations to all who did. I have seen wonderful works displayed here. Items definitely worthy of the prize. You have the courage to go for it and you all deserve something for your efforts, even if just a very hearty, "Well done, you!"

    Makes me wish I could've helped judge. Something, anything, just to be a part of this event. So, there it is; my sob story for the ages. Best of luck to all and look for me in the future... I don't know when (PC needs help first), but I'll be out there. And it will be my first public showing, so please, no laughing.

    To Stonemason, please allow me to say thank you for the opportunity! And for the elements you have made for us all!

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  • KeryaKerya Posts: 7,188
    edited March 2013

    Staticdrifter: very poetic! :)

    Challenge Deadline: 15th March

    Sooooo, maybe - if you split your scene up in parts, forget about DOF, or create it in postwork (http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/depth-of-field/) - as postwork is encouraged ... I did the sunrays in my picture in postwork.

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  • staticstatic Posts: 257
    edited December 1969

    Kerya said:
    Sooooo, maybe - if you split your scene up in parts, forget about DOF, or create it in postwork (http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-effects/depth-of-field/) - as postwork is encouraged ... I did the sunrays in my picture in postwork.

    Oh, hadn't thought of that... Thanks, I will try that, but I am not even at the bottom of my game with postwork. That's the part I hate the most...I have destroyed so many of my renders trying to "better" it with postwork. I will try again, though. I have a hard time with many of the tutorials, because many of them are for Photoshop, and I simply can't afford Adobe. But I use Gimp, Paintshop, and I just got a new thing (new to me) called PD Pro, so I will make an attempt. I can't promise anything, though, If I break it up and destroy it through postwork, I will not post it into this contest. I, personally, do not think that it would be worthy to say I am worthy of the prize by entering less than what I would consider a personal best.
    Thanks for the idea, I'm back to the drawing board, so to speak. :)

  • wweswwes Posts: 444
    edited December 1969

    Random winners:at the end of each week(Saturday) one random entry will win Any 1 model from the Stonemason catalogue(random winners will still be eligible for all other prizes),these prizes are given on the basis of participation.

    This has been MIA for the past two weeks. What happened to random winners?

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 8,765
    edited December 1969

    They were randomly missed. ;)

  • srieschsriesch Posts: 2,007
    edited December 1969

    Second entry, title "Into the storm"
    Software used: DAZ Studio
    Stonemason products used:

    Level 19, http://www.daz3d.com/level-19
    SkyRider, http://www.daz3d.com/skyrider
    Regenerator, http://www.daz3d.com/regenerator
    Sci-Fi Crates 'n Containers, http://www.daz3d.com/sci-fi-crates-n-containers
    Cylinder001 freebie
    Holding Chamber freebie
    Heavy cable freebie

    into_the_storm_1500x1001.jpg
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  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 15,792
    edited December 1969

    Woe is me; I have been DAZ-ing for years for personal enjoyment and self-teaching of 3D Art, but when I saw this contest, I just knew I had to try something public. I have been drooling over Stonemason's works for years, picking up one every now and then when I could afford it. I had to try...

    I was "in the zone", I was hyped, I was ready to enter the world of competitive artwork...

    I picked my elements carefully, I worked on the positioning, the color, the ratio of foreground to background... I even delved into depth of field issues. I bled through the lighting, I sweat through posing, I cried through post-work!
    "I could'a been a contender!"

    My computer disagrees...

    My computer doesn't feel up to the task; for the first time ever with Studio, I received video card issues, lack of memory, and just plain lock-up. It was so frustrating. I have a powerful setup here, not top-of-the-line, at least, not anymore, but a good solid graphics PC. I can play all but the very latest (2013) PC games without glitch, I can open more than a dozen windows and not worry about crash, but my baby has just gotten old, poor girl...


    ...I know the feeling all too well.

    The "new kid" is finally over her teething pains, but alas too late as I still need to install everything and set up the runtimes before I can render the first scene.

    ...so instead, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

  • Geminii23Geminii23 Posts: 590
    edited December 1969

    Kyoto Kid said:
    Woe is me; I have been DAZ-ing for years for personal enjoyment and self-teaching of 3D Art, but when I saw this contest, I just knew I had to try something public. I have been drooling over Stonemason's works for years, picking up one every now and then when I could afford it. I had to try...

    I was "in the zone", I was hyped, I was ready to enter the world of competitive artwork...

    I picked my elements carefully, I worked on the positioning, the color, the ratio of foreground to background... I even delved into depth of field issues. I bled through the lighting, I sweat through posing, I cried through post-work!
    "I could'a been a contender!"

    My computer disagrees...

    My computer doesn't feel up to the task; for the first time ever with Studio, I received video card issues, lack of memory, and just plain lock-up. It was so frustrating. I have a powerful setup here, not top-of-the-line, at least, not anymore, but a good solid graphics PC. I can play all but the very latest (2013) PC games without glitch, I can open more than a dozen windows and not worry about crash, but my baby has just gotten old, poor girl...


    ...I know the feeling all too well.

    The "new kid" is finally over her teething pains, but alas too late as I still need to install everything and set up the runtimes before I can render the first scene.

    ...so instead, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

    I too understand your frustrations...especially considering I am on a MAC. I have found that with the new DIM things are working much better. But this is also because I removed all of my 3rd party content and have not installed any of it back in yet.

    It has definitely been worth the journey so far. I am having so much fun creating stuff with DAZ.

  • BiakoBiako Posts: 309
    edited March 2013

    Geminii23 said:
    Kyoto Kid said:
    Woe is me; I have been DAZ-ing for years for personal enjoyment and self-teaching of 3D Art, but when I saw this contest, I just knew I had to try something public. I have been drooling over Stonemason's works for years, picking up one every now and then when I could afford it. I had to try...

    I was "in the zone", I was hyped, I was ready to enter the world of competitive artwork...

    I picked my elements carefully, I worked on the positioning, the color, the ratio of foreground to background... I even delved into depth of field issues. I bled through the lighting, I sweat through posing, I cried through post-work!
    "I could'a been a contender!"

    My computer disagrees...

    My computer doesn't feel up to the task; for the first time ever with Studio, I received video card issues, lack of memory, and just plain lock-up. It was so frustrating. I have a powerful setup here, not top-of-the-line, at least, not anymore, but a good solid graphics PC. I can play all but the very latest (2013) PC games without glitch, I can open more than a dozen windows and not worry about crash, but my baby has just gotten old, poor girl...


    ...I know the feeling all too well.

    The "new kid" is finally over her teething pains, but alas too late as I still need to install everything and set up the runtimes before I can render the first scene.

    ...so instead, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

    I too understand your frustrations...especially considering I am on a MAC. I have found that with the new DIM things are working much better. But this is also because I removed all of my 3rd party content and have not installed any of it back in yet.

    It has definitely been worth the journey so far. I am having so much fun creating stuff with DAZ.

    You stuff usually looks great too :)


    Edit: Also to the people complaining about slow rendering times and whatnot, solid state drives my friends :)

    Trust me, it makes a massive, massive difference in terms of overall performance. (which ultimately impacts rendering times as well).

    Honestly I've been purchasing the 'latest RAM' or the latest 'top of the line graphics cards since like the mid 90s (usually a year or two later they don't look so top of the line anymore :S). And it goes on and on and on... But I've never seen a bigger difference in terms of overall performance than when I replaced my primary spinning drive for a solid state one. So, so much better. Everything is just so much faster... booting, reading/opening files, opening programs obviously... rendering, and none of that endless disk spinning/thinking when the render's completed. (My old laptop was just a nightmare with that... like when you're done rendering it just stalls processing 'something' non-stop even with the render either canceled or completed).

    But yeah, I couldn't recommend SSD drives more when it comes to rendering. Lol, I sound like a commercial but they really are that amazing.

    Can't wait till the prices come down for the 1gig drives so I can replace my secondary.

    Post edited by Biako on
  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 15,792
    edited March 2013

    ...there are a lot of things Daz just doesn't offer which is why I depend on content from other sources. For one I am into the near future Cyber theme and there are just not enough sets/props/clothing available here that fit the genre.

    Stonemason's "contemporary" urban sets (as well as Urban Future 4 Street Level) are a standout as they can and do work very well with the theme and can easily be combined with sets/elements from other vendors.

    Because of this, I have yet to even install, not much less use, the DIM even with the daunting task of setting up the new system as I am building custom runtimes since I also will be using the 64 bit versions of PoserPro 2012, Carrara, Blender, and MarvelousDesigner 2, as well as Studio 3Advanced (for plugins that have not or will not be updated for 4.5).

    Post edited by kyoto kid on
  • FixmypcmikeFixmypcmike Posts: 11,668
    edited December 1969

    Kyoto Kid said:
    ...there are a lot of things Daz just doesn't offer which is why I depend on content from other sources. For one I am into the near future Cyber theme and there are just not enough sets/props/clothing available here that fit the genre.

    Stonemason's "contemporary" urban sets (as well as Urban Future 4 Street Level) are a standout as they can and do work very well with the theme and can easily be combined with sets/elements from other vendors.

    Because of this, I have yet to even install, not much less use, the DIM even with the daunting task of setting up the new system as I am building custom runtimes since I also will be using the 64 bit versions of PoserPro 2012, Carrara, Blender, and MarvelousDesigner 2, as well as Studio 3Advanced (for plugins that have not or will not be updated for 4.5).

    I find DIM very useful for this sort of purpose, as it's really easy to filter by application.

  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 15,792
    edited March 2013

    ...but it won't work with my content library purchased at places like Rendo and RDNA as well as freebies from various sites, all of which is fairly sizable.

    My past experience with Daz installers has admittedly soured me on their automated processes which is why I am pleased they are finally moving to .zip files.

    Post edited by kyoto kid on
  • CypherFOXCypherFOX Posts: 2,233
    edited December 1969

    Greetings,

    Kyoto Kid said:
    ...but it won't work with my content library purchased at places like Rendo and RDNA as well as freebies from various sites, all of which is fairly sizable.

    My past experience with Daz installers has admittedly soured me on their automated processes which is why I am pleased they are finally moving to .zip files.

    At the risk of derailing an awesome thread of beauty, I should note that I totally used DIM to install _OVER_ my existing content library, and it didn't cause me any problems. The software warns about it, and I thought long and hard about it, but it worked for me. If you have good backups (and hey who doesn't, right? ;) ) then it's worth trying to use DIM on top of your existing content. The updates alone have been amazingly helpful.

    Of course I also did a lot of my downloading from work on a Very Fast Pipe. (1680 DAZ items installed so far...) And I use Dropbox to synchronize all my machines content libraries...

    -- Morgan

  • cwichuracwichura Posts: 1,000
    edited December 1969

    This is a non-entry, since the contest requires posting images to this thread only, and I will never upload an image to the DAZ forums. But the environment and mech enforcer are Stonemason products:

    That Way

  • John MalisJohn Malis Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Title: End of the Shift

    Software used: Poser Pro 2012 and Corel PhotoPaint X3

    Stonemason product used: Urban Sprawl

    EndOfTheShift.jpg
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  • ReverendusReverendus Posts: 26
    edited December 1969

    Second Entry

    Title: Reporting As Ordered
    Software Used: Daz 4.5 Postwork Photoshop CS5.1
    Stonemason product used: Fairytale Collection -- Tower Interior

    Reporting_As_Ordered.jpg
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  • FSMCDesignsFSMCDesigns Posts: 1,178
    edited December 1969

    My second entry

    Title "Wastelands"

    Stonemason product used "The backstreets", with genesis and a few of my models.
    Set up in DS4.5. Rendered in Luxrender with postwork being sharpen and contrast filter.

    I also ran this thru a toon/comic filter and liked the results also, will post that one after the contest.

    wasteland.jpg
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  • StorypilotStorypilot Posts: 1,426
    edited December 1969

    My second entry

    Title "Wastelands"

    Stonemason product used "The backstreets", with genesis and a few of my models.
    Set up in DS4.5. Rendered in Luxrender with postwork being sharpen and contrast filter.

    I also ran this thru a toon/comic filter and liked the results also, will post that one after the contest.

    Nice image, I like the sand concept.

  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 15,792
    edited December 1969

    cwichura said:
    This is a non-entry, since the contest requires posting images to this thread only, and I will never upload an image to the DAZ forums. But the environment and mech enforcer are Stonemason products:

    That Way


    ..very nice. I like the rain and light effects

    I hear you about images posted in the forums here. There seems to be an odd sort of compression that, even when viewed at full size, which messes with the contrast and colours. I 'll look at something I posted here and say "yecch, that looks like crap," then look at the original .jpg in my pics folder or on DA, and everything is fine.

  • BobvanBobvan Posts: 1,429
    edited March 2013

    So I was not the only one to post none entry stuff interesting...

    Post edited by Bobvan on
  • kyoto kidkyoto kid Posts: 15,792
    edited December 1969

    ...yep, though all of mine were via links to my DA gallery (even "fixed" the one I accidentally posted in the thread).

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