Google image search is becoming my first source for unexpected
inspiration... as usual, I was searching for something else, when found a
nice aerial pic of the Amazon river.
Here are some details about this "quick hack":
+ The base terrain is a heighfield, hand-painted over a googlemaps
+ The river is just a plane, with a bump map also hand-painted in The
Gimp, and a simple orange scattering media for the "muddy water" effect.
+ There are 50,000 POVTrees, using only 4 different meshes. The tree
sizes and distribution are half-guided by a pigment function.
+ The huts were made with Wings3D in about a minute (well, maybe two...)
and the smoke column was borrowed from my office scene (the cigarette smoke).
+ Of course, skylight.inc was used for the lighting.
+ render time was 40 min for the first pass, and just 20 for the final one.
Jaime Vives Piqueres
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