I like both versions. Maybe dialing the blur back a pixel or so would give the best of both worlds! I know another commented on the sunbeams effecting the image. Did you do the sun-beams in post, or are they Carrara’s light cones?
BTW, the detail is amazing!
Thank you. The sun beams were done in post (I posted the background and foreground layers earlier, and those are the only things that came out of Carrara, the glow on the water, the sun beams and the blur was done in post), but I am using the Distance pass to control the appearance of the beams… and blur… and water glow… The Distance pass is the best thing since sliced bread! I don’t know how people live without it .
An extra note: I had to do some work on the Distance pass, though. I rendered the original background layer image with 4-pixel object and shadow accuracy (to save render time). And those are the things that show up in the passes. So I had to first blur the pass to get rid of bad edges. Also, each Distance pass has relative grey-scale gradation (a scene with one object close to camera and one very far will have different value=distance relationship than a scene with 2 objects close together). So when I was combining Distance passed from my 2 layers I had to first apply some curves to bring them to a more similar relative scale.
Fantastic! Literally Ahh I like the one with the blur the best too, It concentrates our attention even motre on the woodland sprite. Beautifully done, you’ve pulled off what might have been an unbalanced compostion with ease. Now I’m looking for a bird or tow flying through the trees. And butterflies in the shards of light And a sparkle in the wood sprites eyes? Maybe not
I’ll give you sparks in the eyes I actually forgot that I reduced opacity on my Specular layer when I was exporting these as jpgs, so the sparks were always meant to be there . No birds, but I will look into butterflies, if I have time. (not likely)
But seriously, thank you HeadWax for starting these monthly contests, and Antara for doing such a great job leading this month, and the participants (like FD, etc) for generously explaining what and how you do what you do. I hope that more people with my level of experience/skill choose to participate. I feel like a high school baseball player who gets a chance to attend a pro training camp. (For you Aussies/Brits, baseball is a sport :>)
P.S. Wendy, please, please, please, render one of your frames as an entry. You are such an inspiration.
I am very happy that you are enjoying this challenge. Your work here has been an inspiration to me, so I am very selfishly happy about you joining too . I think this is the most fun way to learn something - with like-minded people, doing something interesting together and helping each other. So I hope these challenges continue.
and yes Antara has done an amazing job! I hope she wins this one as well
Um, no. Not happening. And even if the collection of excellent images in the entry thread do not convince you, I’ve got a rule to prove it! So,
...You, however, are no longer safe this month…