Rocks past the coast


Bridgewater, Australia

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Vue 6 image (CGI). Science fiction/fantasy/landscape.

Reptilian leather-wing gliders wheel over rocks on the Glittering Stone Coast in the milky Northern Sea. It will be dark in a few hours but sun is finally showing through previously stormy clouds and the leather-wings are enjoying the warmth.

Vue 6. Earlier and simpler image of mine redone with more dramatic weather and some tweaking (about two weeks worth! Damn you, time!) plus some translucent bat-like creatures crafted by gluing two copies of a freeware dino wing end to end! Ahem. Unfortunate creatures are not only headless but legless too which must limit their lifestyles… but they definitely look alien :) Translucent material created to let sunlight show through thin parts of the wings brightly. The foreground rocks now use displacement mapping for all textures providing a lot of detail (even though the shadow of the lead glider creature is lost in it all :( ). Fringing of turbulent water around the rocks were generated by placing invisible cones below and using the Distance to Object Below function in mixing two water materials. Rocks are built-in Vue creations with dynamic subdivision turned on with foreground rocks to eliminate jagged edges. The plant life is default corral with a colour distribution map and the green stuff is just what happens when you turn on displacement mapping with a moss texture (tweaking up the quality slider there significantly improved the look). No post-work outside Vue.

Full resolution is 2200 × 1250, 10 hours to render (E6600 2.4 oc 3GHz). Uploaded resolution 1024×640. Will upload better version ASAP.

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