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26 Nov 2022 10:19:37 EST (-0500)
  Re: The Shallows - Instalment 1/3  
From: Thomas de Groot
Date: 14 Sep 2022 07:55:25
Message: <6321c12d$1@news.povray.org>
Op 13-9-2022 om 19:33 schreef Bald Eagle:
> "s.day" <s.d### [at] uelacuk> wrote:
> This is indeed coming along nicely.
> For a railroad track in a swamp, I'd suggest that you give those railroad ties a
> good amount of texturing and "rot" - especially on the ends.  Having grown up
> around them and sawed them apart on a sawmill, I can tell you that the grain
> will be deeply displaced and quite pronounced.   The ends are almost always
> crumbling away with plenty of deep cracks.
> Maybe isowood is the way to go, although that would add to the total render
> time.
>> My main criticism would be some of the textures on the train, the top of the
>> roof looks great but the wheels look too clean/smooth. I know that part of the
>> wheel is pretty smooth/polished but it looks a bit plastic rather than metal.
>> Whereas the top of the track looks correct.
> I'm sure TdG is still working on it - it's always a never ending list of things
> to tweak and adjust.
> But yes, the wheels caught my eye as well.
> The tracks I think could use some dents and striations just to de-perfectionize
> them.
>> Also, given how rusty the top of the roof looks the rest of the train looks
>> untarnished.
> I'd say a little bit of added normal to the textures ought to address most of
> those issues.
> Although the clothing could use some wear and dirt as well --- unless he's going
> for that 80's Duran Duran music video vibe...   :D    Put skinny leather ties on
> those guys, and then it'll all be good.

@Sean, Bald Eagle, and Ton:

Well, gentlemen, you have mentioned a couple of issues I hoped to get 
away with, forgetting that I was dealing with some unforgiving judges. ;-)

You are perfectly right of course about them. My only (feeble) defence 
would be that RL limits my opportunities to really perfect the scene, 
and in the end I am getting bored. A "remastering" would certainly be 

I am a bit short on time presently, so I shall come back with more 
detailed comments on your comments.


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