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Vue 9 render. Tree geometry is xfrog. Grass and tree textures are custom. Please let me know what you think.

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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work, featured here [link]
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artech7 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_O!!!

I love the atmo and plants!

You stun me yet again with your amazing work!

:O
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orinoor Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Stunning!
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talespin Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
majestic! i love your work!
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KiyaMM Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
oooh yum Vue render.. and a terrific one!

Thank you so much for adding your work to Digital Delicacies :heart:
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
You are welcome :)
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bamako Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Very impressive. :+fav:
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Thank you thank you :)
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bamako Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
My pleasure. :)
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MountainInspirations Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. this is amazing!
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
thank you for the compliment. :woohoo:
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Gojira2006 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Sweet color & light . . . !
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Thank you very much!:headbang:
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely wonderful. :heart:
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
:joy: Thank you!
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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MasPix Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
I think ure developing a strong distinctive 3D style... This is a beautifully crafted image
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
Thank you very much for the kind words. I have received some great advice so far and hope to keep improving.
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MasPix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
YW i think u should stay true to ur instict....
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
For sure. I have a picture in my head and all the advice I get just helps me to put it out so others can see it too just the way I do. :)
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MasPix Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
best way cool
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
:bow:
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I think the composition looks a lot better now. I like the colors of the ocean too. Maybe the ocean needs a higher AA value in the render settings. What values did you use?

The only thing that maybe you could improve would be the light on the tree leaves. The leaves seem too opaque. That's normal with xfrog trees. This could probably be improved by changing one or all of these settings of the leaves materials (to better learn the effects of each, I'd recommend to change one by one and do comparative renders):
- set backlight to 100% (tab Effects)
- set highlight color to white and set intensity to a high value (highlight size to a medium value)
- set bump depth to a low value
- set material to one sided
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I suspect my AA settings were too low for this version. 4/8 60% with crisp. Am trying some stuff right now on the tree. I had actually turned down the backlighting to about 60 but figured I would try to crank it up again. The render time was really fast so I guess I could up the quality some :).
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Yes, that AA is definitely too low and that explains the aliasing on the water.
My average AA for finished images is 8/25 90%.
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
ohhh..... I will sure have to change that one a little. Tree is still giving fits and staying dark. I will crack it sooner or later.
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
If all my other tips fail, there's another one, more radical: make the leaves a bit more transparent.

The leaves are probably made with variable transparency driven by a bitmap, in the "transparency production" of the Transparency tab. The bitmap is surely pure black and white, which means totally transparent or totally opaque. You can make the parts that are totally opaque a little bit transparent by simply playing with the filter called "transparency", that sits just next to that image in the material editor. Edit the filter and raise the zero value a lot, until it almost reaches the upper left corner. If you put the zero value totally in the upper left corner, the material becomes totally transparent so put it just slightly below. Experiment with various positions until you're satisfied.
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
The new version is up! Whaddaya think?
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Yes! Now it's perfect, both water and tree. :)
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
:jedi: :dance: :dance:
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I really need to get a second box so that I can run 2 renders at once :P
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ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Rays look lovely!
For such a strong sun right in front, it seems that the tree has too much light from behind, like if there's a second light source. I would say that the shadows should be a bit stronger.
I really think the horizon line should be moved higher, to 1/3 of the image. This would not only make the horizon in a more "compositionally correct" position, according to the standards, but it would also put the sun in the correct position (also from the compositional theories point of view).
For such a calm scene, I would also move the tree a bit away from the border.
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Check it out! Another compositional update :() I am liking this new look!
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fizzoman Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
meant to be :)
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