Morning Coffee (redux) by DustRider ()
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Sorel greets the morning and contemplates the coming day's activities as she savors her first cup of coffee.
I've always wanted to redo what has turned out to be my most popular image that I did in 2015 (both here and at DAZ). Of course, the danger in that is that the second version won't be as popular as the first. TBH, I don't think this will be nearly as popular, simply because so many artists are now extremely good with Iray. I finally decided to just go ahead and do it just for my own satisfaction, as there were several little things that I wanted to improve on. I think I finally met my own expectations with the scene/image, I hope everyone enjoys this revised image.
The scene lighting with an HDRI (seen in the background), several mesh lights (the ceiling lights in the model converted to emitters, one plane primitive near the ceiling directly above the figure, and one plane primitive placed where it "intensifies" the light coming from the the HDRI sun) and two spot lights for rim lights. The figure is a highly morphed version of Sahel from DAZ (she was just too "skinny" :) (Smile)) with some skin tweaks as well. I also modified the shader settings for her cloths to make the colors match better, and to tone the brightness down a bit. I did some minor post work (levels and unsharp mask), but the image is quite close to what the original looked like.
The biggest change in lighting from the original was the addition of a second spot light to provide the rim lighting on the front of her legs. I also changed the mesh and spot light temperature (color) to be closer to morning sun light, and made minor brightness value changes. The original image had a Genesis 2 figure, which I replaced with a genesis 8 figure. I also did not start with a purchased pose for this image, I did the pose myself (this often works much better than fixing all the issues with a canned pose).
This version was set up in DS 4.12.x beta I used Iray to render it. As usual, please zoom to full resolution to see all the fine details.
Thanks for stopping by!
Edit: Duh! I should have added a link to the original .... so here it is: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/morning-coffee/2642968/?p&ca
Image Comments (39)
eekdog () 7:41PM | Sun, 19 January 2020
I would sip some java with this sweetie. Great description on your work.
Greywolf44 () 9:33PM | Sun, 19 January 2020
The original was very nice but this exceeds that version in several ways. Technically the lighting and textures have much more bite to them and the overall look is more dramatic by simply moving our main subject off center and going to a rectangular framing and not that square-ish presentation of the original. I do believe that by going to a 16x9 format you would even increase the visual effect, but as is, it is still very, very nice!!! Great re-do of an old treasure!
Thanks so but for the in depth review! I may have to just try it at 16:9 and see how it looks. I did it in this aspect ration because I may at some point order a print of it from DA for my wife (could go else where probably with the 16:9 aspect ratio?). Thanks again!!
Richardphotos () 9:59PM | Sun, 19 January 2020
what a posterior that she is the proud owner of!. very good lighting and the view
Kordouane () 2:32AM | Mon, 20 January 2020
A very realistic scene so realistic that it looks like a photo. The smallest details are there (the smoke from the hot coffee for example), the light, the depth of field. Everything is there to please the spectator who can't be ecstatic about this splendid work.
JoeJarrah () Online Now! 4:43AM | Mon, 20 January 2020
exceptional. the composition, dof and lights are outstanding; overall a lovely naturalistic feel and very evocative
jmattatall () Online Now! 3:50PM | Mon, 20 January 2020
I think the lighting really brings out her form, beautiful work!
STEVIEUKWONDER () 4:11PM | Mon, 20 January 2020
This is impeccable art! I'd love to see the original, but I'm sure this has improved, as your skill has grown! First-class!
shedofjoy () 4:35PM | Mon, 20 January 2020
Brilliant image, I don't think images are rated as much as they used to be, ive got images that are frankly aweful and have my highest ratings but they were done 15+ years ago, rosity is a different place now.
GrandmaT () 5:35PM | Mon, 20 January 2020
This is INCREDIBLE!!! I love the way the light reflects off her body and the wonderfully realistic DOF. I think you have a winner here.
cloudwatcher () 1:55PM | Tue, 21 January 2020
Fantastic character & lighting! Plus coffee. Thanks for the redux!
Darkglass () 5:15PM | Tue, 21 January 2020
Absolutely fabulous and stunning on every level.....top notch....enough said...image speaks for itself.....!!!!!
BarbieDahl () 8:38AM | Thu, 23 January 2020
This is absolutely gorgeous. You did an amazing job with the lighting.
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RRun () 2:41AM | Fri, 24 January 2020
I love before and after renders (apart from the statisfaction of having improved after all it helps others to see that with changing of small details a bettering can be achieved).
Sure, props like hair have changed over time, but I think the key element of improvement was lighting.
So, thanks for showing both versions, and well done!