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She’s Just Getting Started

October 23, 2017 Leave a comment

As Halloween approaches I’m starting to see Christmas stuff appearing in the stores. Yes, things have truly commercialized. But, that’s not stopping me
from creating images and sets for the spooky night of candy fun.

When my brother and I were younger and at a time when we lived in Santa Monica many years ago. We were out trick and treating and after knocking on this one door
where a very very drunk old lady invited us in because she had no candy to give us.  She tried to figure out what to give us and we each left with a quart of milk. Boy was mom pissed off
that we even went into a persons house. But, we had breakfast milk. 🙂

Here is the completed image for this post.

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments. I also find and
use a few free items on occasions. And, when possible will point all to valid links. But, links change, so please let me know if you’ve
tried any of these links and they don’t work. I decided that it is better for you to copy and paste into a browser rather than have clickable links.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Settings Used

SCENE SETUP AS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Overall view from above to show item placements
  • Top view showing camera selected

Witchy Women

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

When I get an idea for an image it stays around in my head while it seems to build what I want. Then after I have a clear vision for something, I start piecing together
the items that I’ll use in the construction of an image. Sometimes I’ll have a start of a set waiting around incomplete for a long time before an idea hits me. Other times, I’ve used parts of a set with something entirely different and that leaves me with a good start to build off.

As we move into the holiday season we’re first confronted with Halloween. Not a typical holiday but one filled with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. 🙂 Hence the reason to post some Halloween
images. Although I’ve since changed this image around, you know more bats, and a couple of extra trees. I’ve kept this pretty simple.

When I added Oremus, I hid all the walls so that I could keep the base for this image. I raised the base up so items in the back would look more authentic. The Ivy over the top is just there. 🙂 Hey it’s my illusion. 🙂 Once I positioned, worked on lighting I rendered this image.

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments. I also find and
use a few free items on occasions. And, when possible will point all to valid links. But, links change, so please let me know if you’ve
tried any of these links and they don’t work. I decided that it is better for you to copy and paste into a browser rather than have clickable links.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Settings Used

SCENE SETUP AS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Images of scene during contruction

Supply Chain Movement

October 16, 2017 Leave a comment

I thought it was time to do some space sci-fi sort of renders so this is another attempt at an outlying world. 🙂 What started out with only a few items, I thought it made more sense to work the image like I did. I tried to make this image appear like it was early evening as the sun was setting.

Princess Martha, thanks to you the additional fleet escorts seem to be working. Supplies are now getting thru.
What are your next orders?

Here is just a screen capture after placement of items. 

Rendered Image

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Settings Used

Happy Experiments

October 11, 2017 Leave a comment

You know I have so many happy little experiments, that on occasion I wish I could duplicate some of them.  🙂 I was rendering with Daz 4.9 studio utilizing IRAY and had different issues with the actors in the scenes.

When I started to create this set, I kept it pretty open. Meaning no walls, ceiling etc. I did want to try a new camera tool that I picked up at DAZ studio. https://www.daz3d.com/iray-envirocam This IRAY camera has some great features I’m still investigating ways to use in my renders. It allows more depth to an image via multi layered panels that can be adjusted to suite many types of images. And, it’s simple enough to use for many proof of concepts. I actually used the cameras rainbow and haze on this image, https://josephkravis.com/2017/09/18/summer-is-drifting-away/ . These are a few of the effects. Depth Haze, Dust, Ground Fog, Rain, Snow, Darkness, Clouds, and an Explosion! I’m using the multi panels with explosion for this image. And, this is where the strange issues with image creation cropped up.

Marcela

Marcela G3

I had started with (Marcela G3) first but when zooming in I did not like how the skin started to look like polygons gone crazy. :-). This was also based on DAZ’s genesis 3 model form.  I actually chose Marcela as I liked the provided skin. https://www.daz3d.com/hpvyk-marcela-for-genesis-3-female But, now not sure If I’ll keep Marcela due to skin issues at enlarged size.

Drusilla

Drusilla G8

For both images I started off with a resolution of (10,000 x 13,000) which I think makes for a nicer image when viewing and is a good opportunity at learning how to do book covers and promos for myself and others if they’ed like. But with this image using Drusilla https://www.daz3d.com/drusilla-for-genesis-8-female, at about 29% I saw that this was starting to resemble the Russian Lomography camera images that had all this very cool double exposure and even multiple exposure happening. I stopped the render which I shouldn’t have done perhaps a little too soon.  Sometimes time is a factor and as I try new things I save and reopen projects often hence the stopping of is render. Bummer for me.  I also want to point out the different actors used in the scene as the two had a vast difference in rendering issues.

The skin in Marcela, needs more research as the face looks great it’s parts like the legs that require note. With Drusilla, Not sure if its a real issue. But, I found when using geo shells to add underwear and such at least with this shirt the hidden part of the shirt keeps coming back into the scene and the items utilizing the geo shells don’t appear correctly. More research and experiments are on the way. 🙂  I don’t really have a final version or test of this image done. But, once complete I’ll update this post with the final image or idea. The actors and cloths may change but I’m keeping the set for testing. Well, actually it’s simple as saving as 🙂 to get multiple sets out of this.

 

By the way save your projects often as I’ve had DAZ crash right after doing a lot of work. I wish there was a smart auto-save configurable feature so that right before the render button is selected perhaps run a save. And, there isn’t truly a versioning mechanizm of saves. For example. I:\ArtProjects\DAZProjects\project 001.duf, I:\ArtProjects\DAZProjects\project 002.duf. Could even append date on file name. Still would be nice to have this auto-save feature. 

As always comments are always welcome.

Joseph

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Environment
    • DAZ 4.9++, will move to 4.10 when further along in dev versus pre-release.
  • Filtering
  • Tone Mapping
  • Camera
    • Ring Flash Camera
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    • Raw EnviroCam
      •  
  • Set Overview

Boys And Their Magazines.

September 27, 2017 2 comments

Always one to experiment with digital creations, here is another one. As I started to set this up, decided to use no backgrounds and just lighting.  Since that looked kind of funky I put a rug in the scene and did not like that so I applied a mirror shader to the surface of the rug. I thought it worked really well.   Even the bottom of the feet look like they’ve been walking around awhile.

I had rendered this as a 10×13 with 8330/10000 pixel size. When the render was done this morning I noticed a fine line across the image. At first I was bummed because this rendered while I was sleeping and I thought I’d have a great image in the morning.  After really thinking about it, the thought crossed my mind that the line kind of made the image appear that it came out of the center of a magazine.  So, I left it in. What kid in the days before the internet did not cover their walls with images from magazines? I know I did.  Therefore that is the theme of this post. Well not sure about that either but it works but I like it nevertheless. 🙂

I have multiple cameras in this open scene and will share the settings. I have lots of tools but have been rendering in DAZ studio.  It’s easy to setup, configure and work with many settings using Iray and PBR based images and settings go a long way towards more real looking final compilations. I still do a lot of work in my other programs like 3ds, Miya, and blender for different set parts. And, bring them in when needed.

Here is that magazine page. 🙂

Summer Is Drifting Away

September 18, 2017 4 comments

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Wow, such a great summer!  Did a lot of things with family and then there was this overwhelming loss that kind of overshadowed

all the fun activities.  But I’m marching on and keeping memories alive.

Categories: Technology

Equafaxs personal data on you was hacked 143 million times.

September 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Well not really but it is concerning as you’ve might have heard on one of the news sites. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/equifax-says-cyber-intrusion-affected-143-million-customers

We are all pretty fucked if you ask me. Sure not a professional way to answer or reply. Consider this…firms and governments with the computing power have been silently breaching these types of institutions for quite sometime. Knowledge is power and as the computers move worldwide into huge data centers, imagine the complex underpinnings that have open gates, wide open gates, that cause this type of breach. People will eventually suffer due to the breaches taking place but at nation state levels think of the bargaining chip 143 million records has. As of 2016 there were 323.95 million people in the USA alone. Anyone of age who has attempted, tried and received credit in some form that could represent up to 65% of the population. I could speculate that with this breach and the others reported and unreported someone or some persons have a record of every man, women and child in the United States. Ah just some thoughts.

As companies move towards automation, thefts like these will be more common.  Currently there are no true checks and balances for automated processes with AI.

In starts as simple automation.  You make a list for a task you do often. I’m sure eventually your list can be used to order groceries. Wait that’s happening with amazon and those little dots you can buy.

Anything that has definable steps and patterns will eventually be automated by AI or a robot. Or a software bot that handles just items that are on your list.  There will be no hiding as this is already happening.  Alexa, Cortana, Siri, Googles OK google. How lame is that no name or a sexy voice? Come on google get a clue.

Simple examples are. Full service gas stations to self-serve gas stations to now some stations have no attendants except for the many cameras on the premise.  The convenience of ATM machines has replaced tellers and will continue to do so as banks also offer the ability to deposit by taking a photo of a check to deposit. No teller no driving, plain convenience.   As we get use to the simplicities of these features we’ll soon learn to forget many things. Do you have a cell phone? Do you engage with people?  How do you engage via text message or actual voice call? Now lose your phone and try and remember the many numbers that you might have in your contacts.  Lost in digital heaven.

The easier the technology is the more people will adopt it.  Kids that are below the age of 10 at this date 2017 will mostly know technology. So, what do we do.  Kids must learn how to deal with issues that don’t involve technology at the core.  Security should begin at home and taught to all family members.

Breaches are just the tip of the iceberg.

Joseph. #Kravis