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GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 19:07

70KB 800x600

took kinda long to render (20mins). and these are low quality settings.
comments?

Slime
Lunatic (VI) Mad Scientist

From: Massachusetts, USA
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 21:02

Actually, those are pretty good settings for focal blur. The only place I see artifacts is where there's light right against dark. Sometimes I just smooth these out with photoshop. I think this focal blur may be the smoothest I've ever really seen =)

I like the way it looks. Have you tried a camera angle that doesn't look straight down a row?

Also, you might try an area light for soft shadows.

(hint: since you can't see the shadows in the blurred areas very well, you don't need soft shadows anywhere but the places where there is no blurring. you can make your area_light a spotlight to light up just the non-blurred areas. Then, to light up everything else, add a regular point light in the same place. Of course, this will make the spot lighted areas twice as bright, so make another spotlight the same size and shape as the area light one, but don't make it an area light, and give it a color that's the *opposite* (negative) of the point light. This will exactly counter the point light's influence in that area, leaving only the area spot light lighting it. Just make sure the boundaries of the spot lights are in the focalblurred areas so that you can't see them.)

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 21:13

yes, there are some extremely annoying pixels in the middle. PS is a good idea!

meanwhile i already made a version with area lights (without your hint of course).
50K or so 1,5 hours rendertime

i'll try your hint with the spotlight later.

thanks for your feedback!

Das
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Houston(ish) Texas
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 21:42

Are the cubes floating above the surface?

Indus
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Maine
Insane since: Aug 2002

posted posted 09-10-2002 22:30

Nice Grumble.....I thought they were little marshmallows...lol.

I was wondering what 3D program are you using...and you to Das what program are you working with.

I just didnt want to start a new thread for such a simple question.

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 22:47

Das, yes they are. is it confusing you?

indus, im using www.povray.org and i think Das preferrs 3dStudioMax

Das
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Houston(ish) Texas
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 09-10-2002 23:38

Yeah, kinda. I assumed they were on the surface, and couldn't get my eyes around the shadows.

And yeah, I use Max. With finalRender as my primary renderer atm.

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-11-2002 16:59

maybe i should put them on the surface.

here is another one at 1024x700 with slightly shifted colors.
90k

Shard
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Richmond, VA
Insane since: Nov 2000

posted posted 09-18-2002 20:35

Ahhhhhh... attack of the killer chiclets!!!! <<<Runs off waving his arms>>>

Das
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Houston(ish) Texas
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 09-18-2002 22:00

Not chiclets, pipless dice!

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-19-2002 15:29

what's a chiclet?

Das
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Houston(ish) Texas
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 09-19-2002 17:01

GRUMBLE
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist

From: Omicron Persei 8
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 09-19-2002 21:42

candys ey?
well, i prefer the marshmallow association.

Shard
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Richmond, VA
Insane since: Nov 2000

posted posted 09-23-2002 02:50

<<< Remains in the fetal position in the corner of his cell until those damned chiclets go away >>>

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