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Old 09-27-2002, 01:52 AM
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C.J., your "Mrs. Peel" is a wonderful picture! Love the simple lines and the black shapes-- so simple, yet soooo effective. Just goes to show you that sometimes less is better. You have a good eye!

Wanda, Lisa in "her house" is a great pic too. Great composition, wonderful blend of textures, and an imaginative idea as well. Unlike you, I picture Lisa in a modern high rise apartment furnished with lots of leather and chrome. Maybe she will put our curiosity to rest and invite us all to a dinner party real soon.

Visual, what can I say? Once again you astound us with your creativity and skill! And thanks for the POVray site...my copy is downloading as I type this!

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Old 09-27-2002, 02:08 AM
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POVRay?

VisualEyes, I successfully downloaded and installed the free POVRay software but can't get it to do anything except open windows full of code! No pictures. And no way to draw any pictures that I can find (the "help" wasn't much help). And it keeps telling me to unlock "locked" folders (and all of them are) but I have no idea how. Is this a program for computer coders? This is way beyond me...too bad. Oh well, get what you pay for I guess...LOL!

But if you or anyone else knows of a site that explains how to make this program work for computer illiterates like me, please post a URL. Thanks.

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Old 09-27-2002, 09:54 AM
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Phyllis, it's great to get a compliment from you since your work is so good! I downloaded POV also, although I think I've looked at it before and gave up... Did you try the tutorial yet?
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"3.1.1 Understanding POV-Ray's Coordinate System
First, we have to tell POV-Ray where our camera is and where it is looking. To do this, we use 3D coordinates. The usual coordinate system for POV-Ray has the positive y-axis pointing up, the positive x-axis pointing to the right, and the positive z-axis pointing into the screen as follows:"

Hmmm, I doubt that I'm going to figure this out...
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Old 09-27-2002, 09:59 AM
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Lisa, you have motivated a lot of folks to work with your images, and everyone is obviously having fun and doing good work! Wanda -- your impression of Lisa's home is lovely, and perhaps Lisa has the leather and chrome that Phyllis envisions inside. Lisa's pose does seem to be inviting us in...
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Old 09-27-2002, 10:26 AM
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Well... I'll put your curiosity to rest by telling you that much of my furniture is indeed black leather!!!!

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Old 09-27-2002, 01:07 PM
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re: POVRay

It's a raytracer, not a drawing program. A raytracer is a metaphor of photography. The photographer (curious raytrace user) takes a camera (POVRAY) and shoots (renders) photos (2-dimensional computer image files) of something in our world (text describing 3D objects composed into a scene). POVRay, as well as other raytracers, can simulate realistic optical attributes such as reflection, refraction, specularity, shadows, texture, color depth, etc. POVRay uses a scene description language that is coded into text files which are then rendered into 24bit images. Another description might be "POVRay: Bryce without a GUI".

The initial learning curve may seem a bit high, but once you play around with some of the basic objects you can rapidly reach that "aha!" stage of understanding and begin creating some truly dynamic, blow-your-mind images. 3D objects can be mapped with images create simple stuff like balls and checkerboard (see attachment), or more complex objects such as heightfields can be imagemapped to create cool effects (see next post).

If this is a tool that interests you, my suggestion is to go through the packaged tutorial, visit websites dedicated to POVRay, and basically play around until you get the hang of it.
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Old 09-27-2002, 01:08 PM
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re: POVRay

A more complex raytraced example.
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Old 09-27-2002, 01:51 PM
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Visualeyes -- I would have been impressed with your images even without knowing how difficult the POV program appears to me, but am even MORE impressed that you have been able to learn how to use it AND make creative images with it!!
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Old 09-27-2002, 03:01 PM
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Mystery ... Woman ... !!!

Mystery … Woman … I think that this photo needed to be kept in black and white … I can’t decide if it’s high or low key !!!

Duplicate … Filter > Render > Difference Clouds … Filter > Render > Lighting Effects.

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Old 09-28-2002, 03:37 AM
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Ditto, CJ, on Visual Eyes' talents. To make those images with a user friendly interface would be amazing enough, but to "see" these images through numbers and code alone...wow!

Poor Lisa...VE has her being knocked around a pool table and Don did a great job of putting her in a fog! I'd be willing to bet that Lisa is NEVER in a fog, however.

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