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The Sun
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Foothills Morning
Foothills Morning


Foothills Morning
Description: Experiment with terrain-in-terrain and each doubly stacked. The terrains are from the High Resolution Terrains 2 set, the materials used from the same set and the High Resolution Terrain 1 set, the sky from the HDRI Enhanced Skies set (everything available at Daz 3D). The sun is in the east, early morning well before mid morning.
Added by: Horo
Keywords: IBL, HDRI, stacked terrains
Date: 03.10.2017 08:13
Hits: 9903
Downloads: 57
Rating: 0.00 (0 Vote(s))
File size: 330.6 KB
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Join Date: 10.15.2010
Comments: 863

In this version, the clouds look more natural.
How much does the scene file weigh?
03.10.2017 18:37 Offline slepalex slepalex at

Join Date: 05.26.2004
Comments: 4574

Thank you. The clouds are a Bryce sky, rendered as the 6 faces of a cube several times with different light settings but without visible sun. Combined and transformed to spherical panoramas and then merged to an HDRI. This HDRI is blended to 50% with the same sky but offset by 40 degrees. With quality 32, saturation 100 and HDRI Effect 75 it gives the ambient light with a cool colour. Saved file size is 51 MB, loading needs 210 MB if memory and once loaded 142 MB.
03.11.2017 08:01 Offline Horo h.-r.h.wernli at

Join Date: 05.20.2017
Comments: 16

My ol' 2.4 GHz Macbook gets very sluggish with stacked terrains (depending on their materials) - what sort of machine are you using, Horo?
06.06.2017 22:29 Offline Raven

Join Date: 05.26.2004
Comments: 4574

I'm on an old i7 2.6 MHz computer running Win7. This scene was rendered Premium with Soft Shadows, 9 rays per pixel, max Ray depth 4 and IBL Quality 32. It took 1-1/4 hours.

The problem is less the stacked terrains but the materials applied on them can make a render quite long. Depending on the scene, there are several strategies to make it render faster - or longer.
06.07.2017 06:25 Offline Horo h.-r.h.wernli at
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