Chateau By the Sea  

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Uploaded: 02/14/06 3:19 AM GMT
Chateau By the Sea
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At least one of you asked for more of my castles. This is one built in several styles over the ages. The foundations are 12th century. It sits by the sea on the west coast of France. I have to model some banners for the towers...I keep many little details. I hope you enjoy this one. It took 6.8 hours to render on a very fast maching with two gigs of ram. That's mostly because of the volumetric atmosphere and the fact that the entire set has nearly a half billion (I'm serious) polygons in it. It's actually much bigger than what you see here. I just took a snapshot looking West at the Chateau but there is a forest and mountains etc. behind the castle.


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02/14/06 4:09 AM GMT
There you go showing off again. Another great image Petter. You never stop amassing me.
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02/14/06 4:09 AM GMT
Very nice job :D I must say...looks great :D I really do like everything about this..except for the horizon...seems to be too sudden for me...the sky meets the water really badly to me...idk how to describe it..I'd give this an 8/10 great job and upload much, much more :D
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02/14/06 5:22 AM GMT
Really cool. How do you do that?
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02/14/06 9:15 AM GMT
Oh my goodness! I get shivers just thinking of the beauty of this castle . I just get into a dreamstate looking at this. Peter, you should post a castle every now and then for us who LOVE them so much.But I would love more than anything to see the "real" ones you have seen. I would love close ups of every nook and cranny..hehe One day I want to do a canvas painting of one, but I want one with snow or at least fog...this one is gorgeous. I love the birds. It feels so soft and yet so gently dramatic and very very passionate! It is a rare thing when I like computer made pictures..but this is so close to real that its easy to love it. Bravo my friend, bravo..............verena
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02/14/06 9:22 AM GMT
Another great picture. How about showing us the other side of this one sometime? Is there a little harbor there with some boats, or just a sheer cliff with the ocean beating against the rocks?
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02/14/06 11:29 AM GMT
Oh my.. I'm moving in.. More please..
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One bead at a time
02/14/06 12:55 AM GMT
Another Magic imago..Great Work.Bravo
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02/14/06 6:38 PM GMT
Again, excellent. My favorite parts are the excessive (if possible) detail in the spires and the resemblence of a town next to the castle. It is cool to see buildings half hidden in trees bcause they are generally left out of such renders. The biggest hang-up from what I can see is the horizon. The sky looks a little too much like a mountain range, but it is way to flat to be one. Perhaps you could accentuate the cloud-ness of the sky by making it look less green? Give the horizon a very slight curve? Just as the sea gets brighter way out, try thining the clouds there and lightening them as well. I know you are going to hate me because it already took so long to render, but hey, what do you think digital artists sleep for? (You do sleep, right?) :-D
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02/14/06 9:41 PM GMT
OUTSTANDING, Peter! Great work! Wen
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02/15/06 2:12 AM GMT
Agree with all the above, especially the attention to detail -- plus excellent sunlight/shadow effect.
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02/15/06 3:46 AM GMT
I agree with the horizon and I didn't really realize how bad it was until the render completed after umpteen hours. And yes this castle looks cool from many angles and there is a little cove and no, I've not yet put in the little row boad. I'm thinking about adding the pennants flying from the tops of the towers with Richard the Lionheart's wonderfu red and gold lion logo. I also am missing textures on two towers and didn't realize it until the render was complete. This afternoon I passed a half billion polygons in this scene. You don't see all of them in the picture, but they're there. After seeing the horizon my wife suggested I make the sea into a lake with distant show capped mountains on the far side. I am going to do that. I will post more as this is my current passion.
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02/17/06 9:18 AM GMT
Holy cow, you're good at this! I can see all the things that you mention, but they don't detract from the overall beauty and incredible detail of this scene. Still great, regardless of those teeny tiny little errors.
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02/21/06 6:48 AM GMT
Flabergasted!!! I think this is exceptional, and all I can say is - I hope you have all the files backed-up! THis is inspiring and beautiful to look at as a desktop. Love the subdued tones, and I have to say that a favourite bit is the way the light catches the walls of the castle, fantastic! Cheers...
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02/24/06 4:16 PM GMT
I've got to say, while I do love the environment and atmosphere of the other post, I have to come back to this one for the castles construction. I can see your early twelfth century elements but as any castle it has expanded and evolved over time. A wonderful creation.
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03/07/06 6:16 PM GMT
I don't know much about photography with the correct terms and such, but as I look in this castle I can almost picture a story waiting to be written...great job here :)
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08/21/06 6:59 AM GMT
I like this image, but the Horizon seems to meet the water too suddenly for me. Might have worked with clouds meeting the water? appart from that it is a fantastic image.

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02/26/08 11:32 PM GMT
i agree with stuffnstuff on what to do about the horizon. I love the whole thing--it's just cool to look at, but it you do decide to add pennants, make them tiny and hard to see. i think that they might take away from the whole image a little if you make them too bold. you've got something going for you here. keep it up.
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03/01/08 3:59 PM GMT
Excellent suggestions all.
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