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Strange Ring
Strange Ring


Strange Ring
Description: Somehow inspired by Richter's Deflection (though I've installed and played around with Apophysis but then didn't use it). DAZ3D Michael v.3 base in the diamond has Richter's Haematite material (though specularity doesn't catch here), the ring (a squashed torus) and the support for the ring (made in Wings3D) have a gold material by David. The ground plane has a self made material (I have to do something, too) with 1% transparency. Lit by an HDRI I made from a large picture of the Eagle Nebula (M16 = NGC 6611; see Spaceagles). I choose to use only 16 lights and no soft shadows, because the reflection of the inner part of the diamond spheres is soft already and I liked the contrast. IBL settings are: Intensity 16, HDRI-Effect 100 at Linear 100. Renders in under an hour.
Added by: Horo
Keywords: DAZ3D, Wings3D, michael, diamond, richter, davidbrinnen, haematit, gold, ibl, hdri, eagle, m16, ngc6611
Date: 07.15.2007 21:01
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Downloads: 94
Rating: 5.00 (4 Vote(s))
File size: 216.3 KB
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Join Date: 01.03.2004
Comments: 2224

The nebular reflection makes the sphere look very realistic (the shadows are at fault - not your fault, a long standing issue with bryce so no blame). It seems we can see the stars through the floor, which is like a grey finger print or a piece of elephant hide - a good choice for a still life. The gold seems a little dark compaired with the ground and the crystal but not out of the way. Adding a figure is an interesting choice, I'd have probably been tempted to put in something more abstract, but the human element makes it seem as if there is some kind of message to consider here about our palce in the universe? Impressive render time! And on creating such a crisp and clear render (no evil ambient lurking in this image) 5/5
07.15.2007 21:18 Offline davidbrinnen mail at

Join Date: 06.23.2007
Comments: 73

07.16.2007 08:27 Offline miklos

Join Date: 04.15.2004
Comments: 1092

it Is beautiful, with those reflections. Excellent job on the hdr image! The choice for the gold is also very good - frosted reflections and such, though the material itself seems altered by the hdri you used. That isn't bad, just slightly darker than expected. Interesting shape of the support, I'm not sure if it will look "better" if you smooth it, then again the angularity opposed to the fine shape of the sphere brings an aesthetic contrast in-between. I'm glad you used the Haematite, although in this mat it is its specularity that does the magic. Pity it isn't triggered here. One more lightsource maybe? Making the ground a percent transparent is an interesting move. But what this transp shows is that Bryce cannot deal well with starfields if the fov isn't adjusted. Hopefully I'm not gettin' overboard with criticism here but your image is a potential masterpiece with just a couple of things to outsmart. here's one - either play with fov angle 100+ and make the starfield with max number of stars (coloured halos are always a plus) or you can swiftly get away with dof, focused on the whole ring. If you're up to this, good luck, if not, this is still of the images that is most pleasing to the eye in your gallery.
07.16.2007 09:49 Offline richter richter at

Join Date: 06.04.2006
Comments: 2610

I agree fully with all of the technical comments made so far. I must say also that I agree with Richter that this is an incredible image and one that fits nicely into your gallery. With you it's always a treat because your technical skills are through the roof, but you also have a delicate artistic sense. The two forces combined make your scenes very pleasing. You know what you want and how to get it. Beautiful, stunning, gorgeous. You kept the shadows hard on purpose, a fine choice. The caustics from within the ball are nice too. Love it! 5/5
07.16.2007 11:50 Offline rashadcarter1 rashadcarter1 at
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Join Date: 08.07.2006
Comments: 254

This is very cool! I love this piece! The ground is awesome and the shadows from the sphere awesome! The light inside and outside is just beautiful. The only critique I will give is the gold on the ring is a bit too grainy. You definately earned a 5/5.
07.16.2007 12:57 Offline tina gazcon pecasg62 at

Join Date: 12.21.2006
Comments: 667

Good work I like this kind of renders. Is there two men in there or is it just the way the lighting is?
07.16.2007 21:55 Offline gat brshkv at

Join Date: 05.26.2004
Comments: 4721

Thanks all for your kind comments. You encourage me to try some tweaking. Richters idea about a higher FOV is among the things I will try. The stars are not Bryce stars, these bleed from the HDRI through the floor. And yes, the gold would probably benefit from a bit more brightness and less bump. There is only one man in the ring, very tiny, too. It's the high refraction setting that makes it look stooped - almost pressed into the sphere. There is more than one light source in the picture, therfore there is more than one shadow. It took me a while to get the shadows the way they are.
07.17.2007 17:26 Offline Horo h.-r.h.wernli at

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