Perched by Rtesian ()
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While browsing the you-know-what, I came across a photo, which I posted in the comments, of a woman illuminated by light from a window. With no apparent window opening in the picture, the only hint the light in fact comes from a window, is the band of light outlined on the wall behind her. Intrigued, I sat down to see if I could duplicate the image in 3D.
I pulled up a wall prop with a window opening, scaled it down, parented it to a spot light, pointed at Delilah, and clicked render.
'Oh la vache!' Why didn't I realize it !! Pointing a light at a model or object, no matter how angled, will break up the light's coherence and produce a shadow. Nothing I tried allowed me to light the model AND place a band of coherent light on the wall. I don't know how the photographer did it but after thinking a few minutes, I decided some graphic slight of hand was in order. My solution? Two spotlights. One to produce the illusion of light from a window, the other angled to illuminate Delilah. Sorry. Tee hee !! :-).
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OK, now you have me sitting here and analyzing the lighting in that photo - and admiring the really lovely job you did with your own render.
As someone who has done some model photography (years ago), I'm looking at the original and thinking... It looks like the photographer had the key light set right next to the wall, and using a snoot to make the light very directional. The model seems to be right next to the wall as indicated by the slight shadow from the fill light. It looks like the light was angled just a bit to avoid casting the model's shadow, and to give her face the classic "Rembrandt" lighting. There's also just a touch of the key light on her dark dress just below the neckline. Regardless how it was done, I'll bet it took more than a couple 'shoot and adjust' tries.
Of course now I'm going to have to try this... You do know that don't you, you rascal.. 😆
Oh, I did it again! Ever since you posted and explained that marvelous render using Rembrandt lighting, I became inspired to try something with it and here I missed another opportunity. :-/
And now you know that I excel at rascalarity, lol. Thanks as always, Rod !! :-)