Pure sci-fi (added short animation)

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Pure sci-fi (added short animation)

Post by BbB » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:22 am

Hey guys. Been working on this for the past few days. It's a 1.0.9 render since I had trouble making the scene work with post 1.1.1 versions (mostly due to my own stupidity plus a few Blendigo problems which Smart has now ironed off).
The version thing is no big deal, though, as this is a good old-fashioned scene that uses neither shift lens nor displacement.
There's a bit of post-prod work, but not a huge amount (some atmospherics, contrast work, colour correction, motion blur and chromatic aberration). The sky is a background plate that was placed in the scene.
The scene is quite low-poly (130,000 polys, including lots and lots of instances) so despite the many tiny emitters, it rendered pretty fast (7 hours were enough on my quad at a resolution of 3000x1500pixels).
I'm attaching a few crops from the full-res render.
As always, happy to hear your comments, criticism, insult and injury

PS: Heavily inspired by the wonderful work of Rudolf Herzog and Stefan Morrell.

PS2: See short, buggy animation here: http://bertrand-benoit.com/GalleryVideo.html
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Post by jenujacob » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:31 am

aha! so this is what Mars would look like after we HUMANS take over it in a 100 years time! LOL
excellent work B cubed! i love the sky and the textures... beautiful!

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Post by PureSpider » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:03 am

you sick sick freak! :D
another piece of awesome work ;)

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Post by Kram1032 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:07 am


nah, that will be in 75 years, 123 days, 6 hours, 58 minutes and 6 seconds, from the moment of posting this ;) :P

Great render, again :D

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Post by pixie » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:42 am

I especially like the glow in those windows!

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Post by aleksandera » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:43 am

Great stuf man!!!
Didn't know 1.0.9 has motion blur, hehe.
Maby a tuto for the apperture difraction?
I can't get it out my head since the VW Bug scene
and I can't achieve it also.

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Post by BbB » Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:11 am

Thanks guys. You're all darlings as always.

Basically the key to nice aperture diffraction is a high f-stop (i.e. small aperture). You won't see much of it at all below an f-stop of 16 unless you have one small very bright spot amidst a big dark surface. This, incidentally, means it's also quite hard to get aperture diffraction AND shallow DOF in the same image since DOF requires a wide aperture.
So for big, nice diffraction effects, take f-stop of 16 or higher, camera tonemapping, and play with the iso and exposure time values to get the right amount of light (since you can no longer play with aperture).

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Post by aleksandera » Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:49 am

Thank you very much. Will try that out.


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Post by zsouthboy » Fri Jun 13, 2008 11:49 am

Excellent as always.:)

You know this is poster material, right?

I'd buy a poster for my wall with this on it...

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Post by crojack » Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:16 pm

Great, Great work, love this.
makes me want to by a ticket and leave this world behind!

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Post by Neobloodline » Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:16 pm

I already said this in a different way at the other site but.. U R THE MAN.

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Post by OnoSendai » Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:51 pm

Any chance you can throw up the full res image somewhere?

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Post by tobak30 » Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:16 pm

First time i saw this the name Stefan Morell hit me. Cause i have him as one of my favorite artists over at renderosity.

This is some great work.

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Post by BbB » Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:44 pm

No problemo

Neobloodline: Cheers man!

Sure. Very happy to e-mail the full-res to anyone who'd like to take a look at it (or print it for that matter). Just drop me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll send it away.

Yep, he's one of my favs too. And sooooo productive!
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Post by suvakas » Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:51 pm

Very cool indeed!
Specially the details on high res crops.
I'm not much into a sci-fi so the topic is a bit booring for me, but those details, man.. 8)

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