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Now I am taking baby steps here: I recall telling my 3D friends (kelvinhughes, drag, Maxine, Jocko, Richard and others) here on RR, that some day, when I am a big boy, I am also going to try my hand at 3D programs. I have made a few renders over the past few years but now I bit the bullet and made my first render of the desert I know, for upload. I had to start off working from memory, which caused me to redo it many times.

I would love to add a sidewinder snake, but I lack experience where to find good props, so please feel free to advise and write to me, even if it is just to tell me that my work sucks, lol.

Thank you for your comments on the previous upload:

March 5, 2011
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Mar 5, 2011 3:54:58 pm
I looked at your image, and was just about to make a comment about the superb dof, when I read what you said and realized this is a 3-D render! Wow. This is outstanding! You have an excellent future before you, my friend. :P Really fine work!

by auntietk Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 4:07:53 pm
I, too, thought it was a photo until I read what you wrote. I know absolutely nothing about 3-D but I can tell you that I sure like this. I look forward to more postings like this in the future.

by barbdennist Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 4:26:12 pm
Piet, this is absolutely WONDERFUL!!! You've done a fabulous job with it! Talk to Kelvin about the props...he knows where to get everything for Vue. I swear I thought this was a photo till I read your note--you're really doing great! I was starting to like Vue too till I realized I had to make major expensive upgrades to the thing every year. After that got Carrara and Bryce but haven't had the time to play with them. When I do I'll be THRILLED if I can turn out anything as nice as this!

by VelvetMoxie Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 4:35:55 pm
Yeah right Piet - "your work sucks" hahahahahaha
It's absolutely stunning and to be honest - for this one, the side winder would've been too distracting. The focus you've brought onto the patterns in the sand is perfect :-)

(For the record.... I'm seriously green with envy here.... just for the record)


by Eutopia Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 5:02:24 pm
excellent capture Piet my friend well done sir

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 5:57:52 pm
This is very good! I particularly like the distant terrain - very interesting.
DAZ used to do a free snake I think - for Poser/Daz Studio. Don't know if they still have it.

by gillbrooks Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 8:01:03 pm
Hi Piet,
I agree with Eutopia that a model in this particular pic may have distracted from the serenity of the pic and unless you used a grey-ish texture on the snake(scorpion??) it would also bring in color to what is a two tone black and white image, that may be good or bad. You could try a distant 2d image of a camel train if you can find one or a bird in the sky if you wanted to add a 'living element', but personally I would make it peripheral so as the eye is led back to that lovely rippling sand. Ask about a snake in the modeling forum, someone there would know where to find or may make one for you.

The composition is lovely and you really have an eye for detail which is not surprising given your photography gallery. If this is your first attempt I am REALLY looking forward to seeing more my friend.

by Boofy Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 8:36:49 pm
As Tara mentioned, I would have thought this was a foto!! Beautiful work!!

by beachzz Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 8:56:21 pm
Excellent work. I, too, was thinking photo.

by drace68 Homepage »

Mar 5, 2011 10:56:55 pm
I also thought it is a photo.Outstandin firs 3-d.Looks very realistic. I also want to try using the 3-d.

by kgb224 Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 12:02:44 am
Looks fine to me! A beautiful desert view.

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 12:13:48 am
NICE done ! :)

by Imaginatos Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 12:38:29 am
Very nice work... Aloha

by sharky_ Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 3:45:18 am
beautiful desert view.

by jclP Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 4:12:01 am
A stunning work, Oom Piet.It is very beautiful, You have done a grand job of it. I really like it. Hugs. Di. xx

by rainbows Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 4:29:05 am
An oustanding composition!!

by BorisB Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 7:19:27 am
I'm so glad you decided to post this .. A sidewinder would have been cool, too, but this is a beauty without it! You're in great hands here with any help you need; good luck and have FUN. I'm proud of you! :)

by tizjezzme Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 7:43:19 am
Excellent image!

by SIGMAWORLD Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 8:29:55 am
Well well Piet, you are joining is crossover photogs then. Good to see and I actually thought this was a photo till I read your bit so very impressive work. Now I should bite the bullet too and learn how to do it as well :)

by Chaosphoto Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 8:54:13 am
Maybe it sucks because it is a desert ;-) But this is a superb render and I think you did a great job and you almost fooled me, untill I read it is not a photo.

by helanker Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 10:47:51 am
amazing work ,its really wonderful..

by Minda Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 12:53:35 pm
fantastic photo!!!!!

by flora-crassella Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 1:48:49 pm
Wonderful image. I agree: no sidewinder.

by kansas Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 2:23:42 pm
I would have sworn this was a photo Piet, outstanding!!!

by 1010 Homepage »

Mar 6, 2011 5:52:20 pm
Wow, I thought this was a photo until I read your script. This is a wonderful realistic looking desert you have created with amazing sand textures. I will really have to look closely at your postings in the future if this is a sample of your work. I hope we see more. Excellent work.

by npauling Homepage »


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