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BRYCE RENDERING CHALLENGE   Inaugural Challenge   NEW BEGINNINGS.
Posted: 06 April 2013 09:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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  I also wonder where the final judging thread is, or will it just be added at the end?

  Here’s what I have at the moment, unless people think there should be changes to it.  I was worried about the deadline, but actually with the advance notice it came together fairly well and didn’t take a week to render each time, which helps.  (That and I have WAY too much free time right now.)
  I was inspired to create an alien scene, hence the strange mostly blue plants and other oddities, with the “new beginnings” theme being the stranded spacefarer managing to create a new home here out of very little.
  Are the clouds too dark?  They started out whiter, but there were washed-out bits that looked odd.  I couldn’t get a spectacularly good balance between too light, too dark, to thin, weird edges, and layers.  I think this is ok, but I’m worried it might not be good enough.
  Go ahead and pick it apart.  I may or may not agree and change anything, or I might totally agree and make changes.

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Posted: 06 April 2013 09:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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GussNemo - 06 April 2013 10:51 AM

General question:  For the past couple of days when I’ve tried to submit a post I’ve been getting another window saying Login Requested to Access this page.  It usually takes 2-3 tries before the post is submitted.  What gives?

I don’t know, but it’s not just you.  Sometimes when I hit submit, it just erases what I type and puts me back on a blank screen.  (luckily I’ve gotten into the habit of copying text to the clipboard since the forums occasionally eat my posts in the past, though much less often.)  I’ve seen the login too sometimes, and if I do that, it just gives me an error.  I’m just ignoring it and hoping its temporary.

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Posted: 07 April 2013 12:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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@Sean:  Personally, I think the clouds look real good.  This coming from a person who has yet to create any worth spit.  I suppose you’re calling that image Space Family Robinson?  It’s a really fun looking image with all the bits and pieces.

So far, knock on wood, I’ve been able to post normally.  And I too have begun C/P my posts before submitting.

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Posted: 07 April 2013 03:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Login screens, blank boxes, etc etc, and also some cloudflare errors, Yes they are becoming more and more commonplace at the mo, and no one seems totally certain as to what is causing it. It did start for some of us around the same time as the DDoS attacks against SPamhaus, and so made sense that it could maybe be connected, becuase DAZ 3D uses CloudFlare as a caching and back up service, and ClouFlare is helping Spamhaus to cope with the DDoS attacks. At fistst it dod appear to be only affecting users on the European cloud, but it has spread now, so we more uncertain that our original premise may be the right one.

I will remember to put up the Actual entry thread sometime soon, but didn’t want to do it too soon, and have it get lost somewhere, as I haven’t stickied the challenge.

Stickies tend to get ignored.  Plus it gives more of an indication of how things are going if the thread is left to find it’s own level in the forum.

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Posted: 07 April 2013 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Sean Riesch - 06 April 2013 09:28 PM

  I also wonder where the final judging thread is, or will it just be added at the end?

  Here’s what I have at the moment, unless people think there should be changes to it.  I was worried about the deadline, but actually with the advance notice it came together fairly well and didn’t take a week to render each time, which helps.  (That and I have WAY too much free time right now.)
  I was inspired to create an alien scene, hence the strange mostly blue plants and other oddities, with the “new beginnings” theme being the stranded spacefarer managing to create a new home here out of very little.
  Are the clouds too dark?  They started out whiter, but there were washed-out bits that looked odd.  I couldn’t get a spectacularly good balance between too light, too dark, to thin, weird edges, and layers.  I think this is ok, but I’m worried it might not be good enough.
  Go ahead and pick it apart.  I may or may not agree and change anything, or I might totally agree and make changes.

No complaints from me! Looks awesome! Very detailed and unique smile

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Posted: 07 April 2013 02:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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David Brinnen - 06 April 2013 11:24 AM

OK I’ll play.

Model from here http://graphics.cs.williams.edu/data/meshes.xml
Lit like this Bryce 7.1 Pro Experiments - Hyper Surface Scattering - by David Brinnen
With Horo’s GarageOpen_3840.hdr that came with this http://www.daz3d.com/practical-bryce-7-1-pro-volume-1
And an impossible one sided box shape made according to the tutorial here Bryce Mentoring DVD  it an inside and no outside!
All viewed through one of the new wide angle lenses from this http://www.daz3d.com/new-releases/bryce-7-1-pro-lenses-and-filters - currently on special offer along with other things too!

Very creepy sort of “assembly line”, but as a render, it’s very realistic and well done smile

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Posted: 07 April 2013 02:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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GussNemo - 06 April 2013 05:31 PM

Adjusted haze color and settings, and think I’ll stick a fork in it.

Simple, but nice! I think the chosen colors for the entire setup are the best part smile

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Posted: 07 April 2013 11:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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It is easy for a thread to end up somewhere down the line, as fast as new threads are made.  When the entry thread for the challenge gets posted it gets posted.  No rush on my part.

I’ve noticed a lot of garbage being picked up by my ISP’s spam filter, it had me wondering.  Nice to finally understand what’s taking place.

@Mr Silus:  Thanks.  I always try to tell myself to use the KISS principle in many things, landscapes included.  For some reason I seem drawn towards that color.  It could be I’ve seen more of that color in the RW than actual granite type mountains.  Perhaps with more practice I’ll get to the point where I feel real comfortable doing landscapes.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Here’s my second WIP. I only started working on it recently, so there’s still a lot to do, but this will be the basic gist of it
This actually serves as a connection to my first WIP, since this is right next to the island I made in that scene.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 02:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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MrSilus, there is a free shipwreck model here http://www.planit3d.com/source/meshes_files/wreck.html  which may fit in a bit better.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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chohole - 08 April 2013 02:44 PM

MrSilus, there is a free shipwreck model here http://www.planit3d.com/source/meshes_files/wreck.html  which may fit in a bit better.

Thank you!
But I’m not done with the scene yet. I just composed it and will be making many changes, including the ships. They certainly won’t stay as they are in the WIP smile

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Posted: 08 April 2013 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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OK, I just happened to know where that wreck was, as I have used it before myself, and free is always a good price.

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Posted: 08 April 2013 03:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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chohole - 08 April 2013 03:07 PM

OK, I just happened to know where that wreck was, as I have used it before myself, and free is always a good price.

Indeed smile
Thanks again!

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Posted: 09 April 2013 01:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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@Mr Silus:  For a WIP it still looks good.  I’m another one whose friend is anything that’s free.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 08:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Just trying some scenes and did come up with this.

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