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BRYCE RENDERING CHALLENGE   Inaugural Challenge   NEW BEGINNINGS.
Posted: 01 April 2013 04:24 AM   [ Ignore ]
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OK here we go, let’s see if we can get this on the road, so to speak

                So the first ever DAZ 3D Bryce rendering Challenge
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                Theme for this month is “New Beginnings”
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This thread is the WIP thread, so you can post here to show us how things are coming along before transferring the render to the actual Contest thread for judging.


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  All renders must be new renders.

  You can enter up to 3 renders.

  You must abide by the DAZ 3D forum TOS

  Imported content is allowed, but the render must be obviously a Bryce render.

  Post Work permitted, but please keep it to a minimum.

  Rules may be changed for subsequent Challenges, depending on the theme and the person who has selected it.

  The winner of the April Challenge will get the chance to name the theme for the June contest.

  This will then continue with subsequent winners choosing the theme for the next but one contest, which will enable a new contest to start with the
  minimum of delay between contests.

  Whoever nominates the subject for the Challenge can modify the rules to suit that challenge.

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                                          Challenge ends on 28th April Midnight DAZ 3D time. 

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A $20 DAZ 3D gift certificate will be given to the person whose render is selected as the best, by a judging method which has yet to be clarified.

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Posted: 02 April 2013 01:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Here’s my first WIP. I recently returned to working on my island scene, which ended in the worst way a while back, when Bryce crashed and corrupted my project file, which contained thousands of instances.
So I started from scratch and this is the result so far. Quite a bit of work ahead, but it’s very near what I want in the end:

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Posted: 02 April 2013 01:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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MrSilus - 02 April 2013 01:04 AM

Here’s my first WIP. I recently returned to working on my island scene, which ended in the worst way a while back, when Bryce crashed and corrupted my project file, which contained thousands of instances.
So I started from scratch and this is the result so far. Quite a bit of work ahead, but it’s very near what I want in the end:

Wow. I mean seriously….I’m highly impressed. Well worth the effort you have put into it and it works magically. Also love the look of the lighting. I assume it may be TA due to the noise, it looks very nice. Splendid work!

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Posted: 02 April 2013 01:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Rashad Carter - 02 April 2013 01:39 AM

Wow. I mean seriously….I’m highly impressed. Well worth the effort you have put into it and it works magically. Also love the look of the lighting. I assume it may be TA due to the noise, it looks very nice. Splendid work!

Thank you smile
And yes, it was rendered with True Ambience, but with very low RPP as you noticed given the noise. With the intended RPP (I was targeting 64) it was going to take almost a day to render! Since 4 RPPs were too noisy, I went with 9 for a “quick”  look (still took almost 3 hours).

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Posted: 02 April 2013 03:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Oh MrSilus, I do so sympathise with you over the corrupted file, having just had a similar and yetr completely different thing happen, with 3 working files all corrupted in a mysterious way.

Thanks for kicking this thing off.

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Posted: 02 April 2013 06:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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chohole - 02 April 2013 03:58 AM

Oh MrSilus, I do so sympathise with you over the corrupted file, having just had a similar and yetr completely different thing happen, with 3 working files all corrupted in a mysterious way.

Thanks for kicking this thing off.

Yes, it was very frustrating to lose the original project file. But I learned enough about IL and with all the advice given in the “Show us your Bryce renders” thread, I started working on this one. IL still crashes a lot, but it’s much more manageable.

The original project had just over 50 million polygons. This new one is just over 30 million…I hope Bryce doesn’t kill this one. I’ve become paranoid to the point of saving and opening the just saved project to check it everything is ok, for each instance session smile

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Posted: 02 April 2013 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’m finished with instancing to populate the island! 51+ million polygons and no crashes! Phew smile

(I have all instanced groups shown as box of course, but for the purpose of the screenshot I selected their normal view)

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Posted: 03 April 2013 04:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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The mountains in the foreground had been sitting around for some time because, frankly, landscapes are not my strong suit.  And how to set them up stills seems foreign to me.  But I pulled it out today, and added three copied terrains, repositioned on existing terrain, and repositioned the camera in the second image.  I’d appreciate comments from those of you who do marvelous landscapes.

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Posted: 03 April 2013 05:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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GussNemo - 03 April 2013 04:06 PM

The mountains in the foreground had been sitting around for some time because, frankly, landscapes are not my strong suit.  And how to set them up stills seems foreign to me.  But I pulled it out today, and added three copied terrains, repositioned on existing terrain, and repositioned the camera in the second image.  I’d appreciate comments from those of you who do marvelous landscapes.

  I like the top image better because I can see the reflections of the peaks in the terrain, but that’s just me.
  It sort of looks like your foreground terrain is floating above the water though; look at the curled reflection and what is casting it just left of center right where the water meets the terrain; they don’t touch at the shoreline.  (unless that’s supposed to be half of a stone arch and is intentional.)
  What problems are you having with setting up landscapes?

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Posted: 03 April 2013 06:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Bryce April 1

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Posted: 04 April 2013 12:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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@Sean:  What I have tried to create is the last of a few mountains being covered by water in the creation of a lake.  I’m not quite sure which area you are referring to but what I tried to create is a bit drop from the plane portions of the foreground mountains to the water.  And a little of that foreground mountain already under water.  As to what problems I have with setting up landscapes, composition, pure and simple.  I can create bang up mountains, but getting a pleasing arrangement, along with accessories, escapes me.

@bigH:  I find your image interesting.  It looks like a feeding frenzy is taking place in the water, or a localized rain storm.

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Posted: 04 April 2013 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Update on judging this at the end of the Month.

bigh has already volunteered to be a judge, and I now have a 2nd volunteer in Szark.

Or would people prefer it to be judged a different way, like a poll or something.

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Posted: 04 April 2013 04:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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GussNemo - 04 April 2013 12:26 AM

@Sean:  What I have tried to create is the last of a few mountains being covered by water in the creation of a lake.  I’m not quite sure which area you are referring to but what I tried to create is a bit drop from the plane portions of the foreground mountains to the water.  And a little of that foreground mountain already under water.  As to what problems I have with setting up landscapes, composition, pure and simple.  I can create bang up mountains, but getting a pleasing arrangement, along with accessories, escapes me.

@bigH:  I find your image interesting.  It looks like a feeding frenzy is taking place in the water, or a localized rain storm.

I through the same thing - when I saw it too LOL

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Posted: 04 April 2013 08:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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GussNemo - 04 April 2013 12:26 AM

I’m not quite sure which area you are referring to

the part circled in this attached image.  It appears to be part of a stone arch, but the part over the water doesn’t connect with it’s shadow, so it’s not a complete arch going into the water.  I wasn’t sure if it was intentional or not that it didn’t touch it’s shadow at the waterline.

Whatever you guys choose for a judging method is fine with me.

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Posted: 04 April 2013 02:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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GussNemo - 03 April 2013 04:06 PM

The mountains in the foreground had been sitting around for some time because, frankly, landscapes are not my strong suit.  And how to set them up stills seems foreign to me.  But I pulled it out today, and added three copied terrains, repositioned on existing terrain, and repositioned the camera in the second image.  I’d appreciate comments from those of you who do marvelous landscapes.

I, on the other hand, really like doing landscapes and still life scenes, because there’s so much to reference from. And it’s always a challenge to try and create something that is photo realistic. So much so, that when visiting sites like cgsociety, I love seeing those renders that people ask for the wireframe view, because there’s some doubt that that render might actually be a photo. That right there, is IMO, the 3D artist best response smile

As for your scenes, the first one looks better mostly due to the water reflections. I like the lighting, the chosen colors for the sky and water material, But the terrain would benefit from a more complex material, like something found on an actual island. But it all depends on your point of reference for what you intended to create.

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bigh - 03 April 2013 06:36 PM

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Simple but nice. That menacing cloud seems to want to disturb an otherwise calm and relaxing setting smile

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