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Old 05-27-2007, 11:48 AM
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Thanks Craig for the tip about the tabs. Unfortunatelly I don't have that in IE6 and don't feel comfortable with FireFox
Still there is something wrong that needs to be looked into, but have to get in touch with a trusted "PC guy"

Thanks also for your comment on my entry.

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Old 05-27-2007, 07:42 PM
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hi martha,

you could upgrade to i.e. 7. it has tabbed browsing and is very stable. or, you could try mozilla, not to be confused with mozilla firefox. i used mozilla a lot before i had all my hardware problems.

and you're welcome on the comments. hope it helped.
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:11 PM
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Thanks Craig, have to see first what is wrong with my system. Will probably have to format my C: HD and reinstall a whole bunch of programs. Nothing I look forward to doing
And yes your comments have always been most helpful.
Again thanks
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Old 05-27-2007, 08:27 PM
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you're welcome

you might submit your pc problem in the hardware forum. gary, and others, might be able to help.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:02 AM
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I think one of the hardest things about this contest was dealing with perspective. It's very difficult to collect items from different photographs and find everything you need at the perfect perspective.

So, since I had no luck in doing just that, like ByRo, I decided to create all the elements myself in 3D, thus allowing me to control everything from perspective, to lighting, to materials, and shadows. Everyone's commenting on how my grass looked painted. Well it was, in a way, though not by me directly, but by the computer rendering process directed by me.

The only pre-exiting imagery used in my entry was the vines on the trellis and the flowers as I just ran out of time to model them. Oh, and the reflection in the window. Everything else I built from scratch on my own in 3D and textured it. Took over a week to do it. Once all the rendering was done, I took everything into Photoshop, composited it, made some adjustments, and color corrected it to give it that warm sunset feeling.

Don't know why, but thought some might be interested in what went into my entry.
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Old 05-29-2007, 06:31 PM
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Don't know why, but thought some might be interested in what went into my entry.
Me for one! As the other 3-D entry, may I congratulate you on your effort.
I know well that this stuff ain't easy.

This contest was also good for me to see that I should stop discussing technical nuances of procedural filters and go out and actually render something!

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like ByRo, I decided to create all the elements myself in 3D,
Well, actually, I didn't create much.

The flower, vase, mug and vines were are all freebies.
The trellis, pencil and window I did make (yeah, wow!).
The rest (floor, wall, photo, paper ) are all simple one polygon planes with procedural textures.

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:06 PM
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My very feeble attempts with one of those 3D programs make me realise the work you byRo and Racc put in those renders. Congratulations to both.

Thank you to all for the nice comments and good advise on my submission

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Old 05-29-2007, 07:12 PM
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As the other 3-D entry, may I congratulate you on your effort.
I know well that this stuff ain't easy.
Thanks! And no, it's not easy.

I had orginally planned to build everything myself, but simply ran out of time. And as in the real world, as deadlines loom shortcuts have to be taken. As a result, I too used the single polygon plane with an image mapped to it, as evidenced by what I feel was the weakest part of my image... the vines on the trellis.

Well, aside from maybe the grass. But at about 4 hours a pop for rendering the grass while having to calculate all the bounced lighting from indirect illumination and shadows, I quickly setteled on a look that was only so so. Otherwise, I'd still be testing grass renders. I suppose I could have used a photo for the grass, but that would have defeated the goal I set for myself in creating the image for this contest... namely to make everything in 3D, just to see if I could.
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Thanks, Martha. Very kind.
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Re: May 07 Discussion Thread

racc, well, i was one that thought the grass was off, and the trellis. but i loved the rest of it. and, that you made this all in a 3d program is even more impressive. had you just made the grass a smaller element, that part probably would have worked better... less noticeable, less prominent.

and Ro, i hadnt even noticed you included the sketch. clever was that curved photo made with a filter forge filter? the style looks very familiar.
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