There were some brilliant ideas in last week's cabin and woods challenge. For this week though we have had enough fresh air and are going urban, specifically into the subway. I created and rendered this image in Blender 3D, and used Adobe Substance for texturing.
Now the scene is set, what will you do with it? What story will you tell with your edited image? You can do anything you like, just don't get mugged!
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I became interested in the discussion of shadows and tried to apply it. Did I get it anywhere near right or is it entirely out of whack? I considered that the light fixture is sort of between the people.
In such soft overhead and multiple lighting, the shadows will be much softer than that. They won't be casting shadows on the walls. They also fall away quickly the further way they move from the object. Finally don't forget the shadows on the subject due to the soft overhead lighting, not just from the subject.
Something like this:
Dave, seeing your version next to mine makes all my mistakes very clear. I even got the direction wrong.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give such easily visible advice.
I've got the advantage that I was working on the 3D model for a few days so I had a good feel for the lighting. But as Trevor said in an earlier post, things like SFTW are a great way to practice and improve 🙂
Rista, this brings back vivid memories of when I was 20 years old, heard the door burst open behind me at 3:00 AM, looked in the reflection of the doors in front of me, and saw two scruffy men standing exactly like that with their guns pointed at me.
Is this a photo you took?
Jane, that sounds very scary.
It's not my photo. The figures originally came from one of the free image sites and I had used them before, cleanly selected and saved. They just happened to come in handy here.
I'm walking down the stairs and continuing onward when I hear skittering. I stop to look behind me...
I'm out of there fast ! I would recomend viewing Warunicorn's image at full size to see it properly. Properly spooky it is - nice job !
Hah! That actually sent a wee tin gle down my spine. I so wish we could add sound to these images. You can often find a short mp3 clip that you can at least link to, but it would be great to include in a GIF type image.
I thought it might be fun to make it a topical meme, but it is way less spooky than your's James.
Dave and Trevor, thank you very much for mentioning the lack of grounding shadows and for your helpful hints and suggestions. Here is what I came up with.