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From: Bill Pragnell
Subject: Balcony background
Date: 29 Sep 2020 21:35:06
Message: <web.5f73a773afe03c931b6c6b3a0@news.povray.org>
Prompted by Thomas' musing that we don't see as many images posted here as we
used to in past times, I thought I'd share a recent creation. I've been working
from home of late in these interesting times, and I invested some effort making
a dedicated background image for use in Zoom meetings.

As part of this, I finally managed to get somewhere with my own tree generator
macro, which I've struggled with in the past. It's not really complete, since it
just uses spheres for a sparse finish - ideally it should do something with
triangles, and I need to add better texturing options, leaves, presets for tree
types etc. Good enough for this though!

Bill


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From: Ash Holsenback
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 29 Sep 2020 23:14:08
Message: <5f73bfc0$1@news.povray.org>
On 9/29/20 5:30 PM, Bill Pragnell wrote:
> Prompted by Thomas' musing that we don't see as many images posted here as we
> used to in past times, I thought I'd share a recent creation. I've been working
> from home of late in these interesting times, and I invested some effort making
> a dedicated background image for use in Zoom meetings.
> 
> As part of this, I finally managed to get somewhere with my own tree generator
> macro, which I've struggled with in the past. It's not really complete, since it
> just uses spheres for a sparse finish - ideally it should do something with
> triangles, and I need to add better texturing options, leaves, presets for tree
> types etc. Good enough for this though!
> 
> Bill
> 

very nice


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From: Kenneth
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 29 Sep 2020 23:15:00
Message: <web.5f73be9f489a2030d98418910@news.povray.org>
Beautiful, exotic and peaceful. And not 'cluttered'. I especially love the
crescent-moon motif, and its repetition. As to your trees being 'just spheres',
they look really nice, no matter how you managed to do it.

I sense the need for an exotic-looking but simple fishing boat in the distance,
like an Indian(?) dow. (Chinese dow?) And maybe a bit more detail in the water,
like the Sun reflecting in it-- which may not be physically realistic in this
scene, but would add a visually-interesting detail, to give your Zoom audience
more to look at (or more to be distracted by when they get bored, ha.)  ;-)


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From: Thomas de Groot
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 30 Sep 2020 07:04:54
Message: <5f742e16@news.povray.org>
Op 29/09/2020 om 23:30 schreef Bill Pragnell:
> Prompted by Thomas' musing that we don't see as many images posted here as we
> used to in past times, I thought I'd share a recent creation. I've been working
> from home of late in these interesting times, and I invested some effort making
> a dedicated background image for use in Zoom meetings.
> 
> As part of this, I finally managed to get somewhere with my own tree generator
> macro, which I've struggled with in the past. It's not really complete, since it
> just uses spheres for a sparse finish - ideally it should do something with
> triangles, and I need to add better texturing options, leaves, presets for tree
> types etc. Good enough for this though!
> 
> Bill
> 

Oh! I am sure you are going to attract all the focus and attention 
during a Zoom meeting! You may take psychological advantage from this :-)

Yes, I like the design. As Kenneth said, the Moon phases are a 
particular touch that work very well here. The trees are nice, a bit 
severe probably but that - again - might work well in a meeting ("this 
guy is a serious guy").

-- 
Thomas


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From: Bill Pragnell
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 30 Sep 2020 12:15:01
Message: <web.5f74764e489a20301b6c6b3a0@news.povray.org>
"Kenneth" <kdw### [at] gmailcom> wrote:
> to give your Zoom audience
> more to look at (or more to be distracted by when they get bored, ha.)  ;-)

Well since my good self tends to occupy the middle of my screen, I designed this
image to have more around the edges. More interesting images tend to be obscured
by the attendee in the foreground, and end up infuriating a curious audience!

Thanks for the comments!


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From: Bill Pragnell
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 30 Sep 2020 12:20:00
Message: <web.5f74779e489a20301b6c6b3a0@news.povray.org>
Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> ("this guy is a serious guy").

Haha, we're pretty informal - anybody who might get that message from my
background imagery would swiftly be disabused of it once they knew me :)

Most people who don't show off tasteful libraries or gleefully cluttered home
offices employ a huge array of backgrounds, taking in holiday pictures, cartoons
and memes, video game scenery and so on. The BBC released a gallery of
photographs depicting empty studio sets from classic TV shows - Dad's Army,
Porridge, Doctor Who - I've seen many of these crop up too.


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From: BayashiPascal
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 30 Sep 2020 13:15:07
Message: <web.5f7483de489a2030acc53c020@news.povray.org>
I'd like to think of these crescents on the balcony as perfectly aligned with
some recurrent solar eclipses in this virtual world, the squared floor being
used as a calendar by its inhabitants... ;-)


"Bill Pragnell" <bil### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
> Thomas de Groot <tho### [at] degrootorg> wrote:
> > ("this guy is a serious guy").
>
> Haha, we're pretty informal - anybody who might get that message from my
> background imagery would swiftly be disabused of it once they knew me :)
>
> Most people who don't show off tasteful libraries or gleefully cluttered home
> offices employ a huge array of backgrounds, taking in holiday pictures, cartoons
> and memes, video game scenery and so on. The BBC released a gallery of
> photographs depicting empty studio sets from classic TV shows - Dad's Army,
> Porridge, Doctor Who - I've seen many of these crop up too.


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From: Paolo Gibellini
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 5 Oct 2020 13:36:24
Message: <5f7b2158$1@news.povray.org>
Bill Pragnell wrote on 29/09/2020 23:30:
> Prompted by Thomas' musing that we don't see as many images posted here as we
> used to in past times, I thought I'd share a recent creation. I've been working
> from home of late in these interesting times, and I invested some effort making
> a dedicated background image for use in Zoom meetings.
> 
> As part of this, I finally managed to get somewhere with my own tree generator
> macro, which I've struggled with in the past. It's not really complete, since it
> just uses spheres for a sparse finish - ideally it should do something with
> triangles, and I need to add better texturing options, leaves, presets for tree
> types etc. Good enough for this though!
> 
> Bill
> 

Very nice!
Waiting for clouds and birds...

Paolo


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From: Mr
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 5 Oct 2020 14:30:01
Message: <web.5f7b2d88489a203016086ed00@news.povray.org>
"Bill Pragnell" <bil### [at] hotmailcom> wrote:
> Prompted by Thomas' musing that we don't see as many images posted here as we
> used to in past times, I thought I'd share a recent creation. I've been working
> from home of late in these interesting times, and I invested some effort making
> a dedicated background image for use in Zoom meetings.
>
> As part of this, I finally managed to get somewhere with my own tree generator
> macro, which I've struggled with in the past. It's not really complete, since it
> just uses spheres for a sparse finish - ideally it should do something with
> triangles, and I need to add better texturing options, leaves, presets for tree
> types etc. Good enough for this though!
>
> Bill

Very clean shadows and radiosity gradients, nice final image contrast. thanks
for sharing.


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From: Bill Pragnell
Subject: Re: Balcony background
Date: 7 Oct 2020 22:20:01
Message: <web.5f7e3e38489a20301b6c6b3a0@news.povray.org>
"Mr" <mauriceraybaud [at] hotmail dot fr>> wrote:
> Very clean shadows and radiosity gradients, nice final image contrast.

I've given up trying to juggle the default radiosity parameters, I pretty much
use UberPOV for everything these days! Artifact-free radiosity every time, at
the price of very slight graininess.

Bill


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