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David cgc July 14 2010 08:02 PM

"Quiet Night at the Office"
 
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3957059_n.jpg
Enterprise: Dennis Bailey
Drydock: Prologic9
Travel Pod: Matthew Parker and Henry Gibbens
Tug and Workbee: Alain Rivard
Backdrop: NASA
HD Version

I got another bite of the render bug the other day. I'm going to need that to start coming a bit more consistently again.

I originally visualized this angle with a Miranda-class ship, but I don't have a modern Miranda that'll hold up to this kind of proximity and detail. While I was assembling the scene, I found I'd already had one from soon after I did the night version of "Comparing Notes," but I hadn't been able to settle on a good angle. So I loaded in the old scene, aligned it to fit the picture in my head, added a bunch more spotlights, and rendered it.

I think this words much better as a night shot than the second version of "Comparing Notes" did. My initial inspiration for both shots, lighting and mood-wise was this photo of a cruise ship docked at night.

The background is from NASA's library of astronaut photos of Earth. It's actually a shot of the terminator. I desaturated it and then recolored it dark blue to represent a barely-visible nightside. Also, since I figured a night shot would require a longer exposure, I cranked up the motion blur well past 100%, so the various shuttlecraft that are buzzing around are barely-defined blurs.

Kaiser July 15 2010 04:45 AM

Re: "Quiet Night at the Office"
 
Very nice Render art :) :techman:

Ziz July 15 2010 05:29 AM

Re: "Quiet Night at the Office"
 
Now why can't real movie CG look like THAT! It's like they're afraid of the "Soften" filter to blend everything together.

David cgc July 17 2010 12:57 AM

Re: "Quiet Night at the Office"
 
Quote:

Ziz wrote: (Post 4243415)
Now why can't real movie CG look like THAT! It's like they're afraid of the "Soften" filter to blend everything together.

Another site I posted it to generally agreed that I was a bit heavy on the grain, but I'm with you that it helps set the image together and take the CG edge off.

Warped9 July 17 2010 01:55 PM

Re: "Quiet Night at the Office"
 
Sweet! :techman:

And I agree about the grain.


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