@jonathan: That’s a really neat looking image. Nicely done.
I wasn’t real satisfied with my first image so I attempted to fiddle with it to improve the background, aka, material for the cube. In my usual way of I’m not sure what this will do fashion, I tried a bit of ambience but saw things were going the wrong way. Tried a bit of specular but didn’t notice any changes. After removing the specular setting I rendered the image again and saw a big change, yet it wasn’t anything I consciously did. Render finished, in a little over a minute, and I looked to see what had changed. Apparently when resetting specular to 0 I inadvertently set metallicity to 100. The results are shown in the image below, which I find I really like.
@Dave: Thanks. I may, one day, remember nuggets needed to create a good composition. Vocal point, right, jotted down. Now if only my other boo-boos turned out as nice. (smiley generator still on the blink)
OK, throwing my hat in the ring (whatever that means). Be gentle, it’s my first render posting here after playing around with Bryce and Daz for a couple of months. It’s definitely still a WIP. There are a number of things I’m not satisfied with, but overall I like the composition.
The Tower Bridge is courtesy of Anderson Felix Soares and Sharecg.
Any comments/suggestions appreciated. Especially with how to smooth out the edges of that pizza shaped land mass in the foreground