Mount St. Helens volcano eruption by SpaceGfx ()
Terragen posted on Jan 16, 2003
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A compositing between a Terragen landscape and a Lightwave Hypervoxel cloud.
Post processed volcano cloud reflection on the water and shadow on the mountain.
This is a test image, just to learn and improve various blending/compositing tecnique
Your feedback about the overall "photorealism feel" is greatly appreciated.
Image Comments (20)
Overall an excellent job. On the subject of realism, Christian captured the obvious. Allthough well done, I'm not sure the reflection of the smoke cloud would be so clear. I don't know about that one. Also, just a question to those who may know, is'nt this the terrain of Mont St-Helens After the eruption? It would look more real if it was the terrain of it before ince the pic is the initial explosion. I have seen terrain file of the mountain before the explosion before. Excellent!
Very good idea: this is great blending/compositing tecnique. Agree with the above said and just have one minor thing (that I am not even sure about, but anyway): I noticed that you even remembered the shadows the cloud cast on the mountain, but would those shadows not resemble shadow darkness/coloring of the other shadows on the mountain (in this case a bit more blue/grey than black. Just an idea. Excellent picture :-)
Thanks to all of you for the useful feedback. I will try to fix the image using your guidelines. The Hypervoxel cloud water reflection is a postprocessing in Photoshop (cloud layer duplicated, vertical mirror and 50% overlay). After testing that a "almost photoreal" compositing is possible, I will try to do some other massive volcano explosion !