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04 April 2003, 04:40 PM (

Hi guys.

just finished another job. Architecture isn't mine btw.

04 April 2003, 05:18 PM
very cool!

aside from maybe adding a bit more noise to have it much up a little better with the photo's grain... i'd say it's pretty right on :thumbsup:

:surprised -ill

Green Grass
04 April 2003, 09:48 PM
Good work Strat. Totally believable. I've seen your work on cgarchitect and this holds up to the quality you've set before! Great job!:beer:

04 April 2003, 09:56 PM
What!?! I cant even see what building is CG... The white "flowery"-shaped one (since it seems to be in focus)?

Very very good job.


04 April 2003, 11:38 PM
It is very hard to tell which building is CG so it looks like you did your job! I assume that it is just the building in the middle. Just a touch more grain would help it to blend some more but other than that it is excellent work!

04 April 2003, 02:09 AM
Wow, thatīs a great job man; only suggestion is that seem to me, youīve added the building shadow, and forgot to retouch the top of the cars that are on the street, and before seem to have direct sun over them, so they are like glowing in the shadow.

But man, itīs just a datail, the hole image itīs very convincent.
:applause: :applause: :applause:

04 April 2003, 02:29 AM

04 April 2003, 04:29 AM
Hats off, great job, no new crit here.

04 April 2003, 11:43 AM
The image looks really cool.

But the shadows look a bit strange to me.
Shouldn't the angles of all shadows be the same?

I marked it in your picture what i mean:

Red are the natural shadows
Green is the CG shadow

04 April 2003, 11:58 AM
I need wires so I can be sure of what is real...seriously.

04 April 2003, 05:49 PM
Looks great Strat.

BTW, What app did you use? :D ;)

~ paul

04 April 2003, 06:14 PM
amazing work! I really love this, its very photorealistic, and well modeled:thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 06:16 PM
Really, really good architectural work, I love it, congratulations!
Please put a wire, thanks. :applause:

04 April 2003, 06:28 PM

shadows look wrong

04 April 2003, 06:29 PM
Love it, looks great :bounce:

04 April 2003, 06:31 PM
That's awesome STRAT!!!!!! Have you used C4D as usual for rendering? That shadow needs some work tho, fix it and it will be totally photorealistic :)

Yo RoBoT
04 April 2003, 06:35 PM
really awesome.
but I have a question...
what is that strange shade? did you maybe replace a building that there was in the picture it originates and did you forget to erase the shade of this?

Excuse me i canīt delete my other post

04 April 2003, 06:49 PM
still looks the same to me ;)

04 April 2003, 06:58 PM
What that shadow problem looks like to me is that biggest building in the back is casting that shadow...but not casting it on that building in the middle (think thats a real building?) and i think its too dark.. and the edges of the shadow are too strong.... looks like the angle of that shadow is also off... but that is the only problem... fix that and i think it will look like a photo :)

04 April 2003, 07:19 PM
Nice work ! :)

Enzo Ferrari (

04 April 2003, 07:27 PM
Great work. I really like the comments being given also. You guys are being very smart about what looks right and what doesn't :)
So... good job everybody!


04 April 2003, 08:03 PM
It's unbelievable real looking in this resolution. What's the production resolution? Those shadow problems are only visible after studying the image for some time, and I don't think the normal audience will notice them.
A really great job. :love:

04 April 2003, 08:38 PM
You should use a direct light, and put the light source higher, the shadows doesn't match. The integration is really well done, now it's just time for tweakings.

Great work ! :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 09:04 PM
Amazing work. Had to really stare at it to see which building (s?) were CG.

I noticed a blurred shadow area at the top of the white building, but again. I was staring.

04 April 2003, 09:49 PM
if this was just a panning shot or something it'd be perfect as you wouldn't notice anything out of place otherwise. gj :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 09:57 PM
I have to agree with Harald. Great looking image but this is the one thing that reall looks strange to me. A little noise might be good too. :)

Originally posted by Harald
The image looks really cool.

But the shadows look a bit strange to me.
Shouldn't the angles of all shadows be the same?

I marked it in your picture what i mean:

Red are the natural shadows
Green is the CG shadow

04 April 2003, 10:20 PM
it looks very good but i feel like the building is leaning towards the street or something.

04 April 2003, 10:25 PM
AWSOME composite...the only thing i noticed were the shadow angles and intensity...seems like the natural ones fall off a bit, and the cg one goes too far onto the building thats closest to us.

Otherwise awsome...i had to look hard to find the shadow inconsistancies

04 April 2003, 10:26 PM
wait... wtf?! that's CG?!?!!? :scream: :scream:

04 April 2003, 10:32 PM
HEY! We don't have a photograph category here. Please, delete this theread...:deal:

Just kidding :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 12:13 AM
looks goood :surprised

but you know he's chest looks really weird?

04 April 2003, 12:29 AM
Are you sure this is recent?
I thought I saw this image a few months ago......

cant remember where though....
was it a work in progress for some time?


nice though.......

04 April 2003, 12:30 AM
looks really good man, had the people witha better eye then i, not pointed out the lighting i wouldnt have noticed

gj :-).

04 April 2003, 12:41 AM
why dont you do a tutorial on the modeling process ?:drool:

04 April 2003, 12:45 AM
Great Job but theres another problem in the shadows witch is the building inside the shadow made by CG model... wasnt supose to be darken? it has some places iluminated by the sun

Keep tuning until it blows lol:thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 02:07 AM
for a people like me that just know a little bit of 3d really cant tell that pic is combine with cg....great......terrible n incredibe amazing...

04 April 2003, 02:13 AM
Maby I'm wrong since nobody else has mentioned this but there seems to be an odd thing (rendering-texturing glitch) at the top of the building, the section of the building that is pointing straight towards the camera (on the roof) has a strange line running across it. In the same area there is a bit that looks like it has a plane lambert material. The same section looks a little fuzzy to me as well (don't know if that would be DOF though)

I agree with the shadow orientation and length needing to be tweeked.

Hope this helps and makes sense.


04 April 2003, 03:41 AM
Not sure if I misunderstood a previous post, and someone has already included this in their comments, but there are some 'double shadows' - the fake cast shadow was applied on top of some real cast shadows, in reality any two shadows cast from the same light will merge... I also think that fake shadow is maybe slightly too light.

Otherwise very well done! :)

04 April 2003, 04:40 AM
Originally posted by dbach
...Maby I'm wrong since nobody else has mentioned this but there seems to be an odd thing (rendering-texturing glitch) at the top of the building, the section of the building that is pointing straight towards the camera (on the roof) has a strange line running across it...

I agree with the shadow orientation and length needing to be tweeked.

Hope this helps and makes sense.


the line is no texturing error is a drop on the roof design. you can see the same thing on the other side of the building from a better angle.

excellent job! I wouldn't have ever known there was anything fishy about it if nobody else pointed it out :D

04 April 2003, 05:29 AM
quite nice :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 07:00 AM
Strat, care to feed us with a Building modeling tutorial ?

:drool: :surprised :drool: :surprised

04 April 2003, 07:26 AM
this area shows a couple of details that could easily be improved.

I marked an area that is too clean, it needs a texture.
Also the wall right below it receives too much light.

The dotted line is just to show what a comparative shadow would look like for the cg building. Like Steven said, even with the direction of the shadow your cg bulding casts, you can still see the original shadow below, and the difference is very strong.

Try modeling boxes that represent the surrounding structures, algin the shadows, this may correct your perspective, because it may be off be a little, although it's not a big deal.
You'll notice where shadows overlap and then decide how to merge the shadows.

Is this for video?

04 April 2003, 07:55 AM
It is very hard to tell which build is CG.really look great.
may be shadow imperfect:>
I would like to see wire ,thank you so much!

:buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock:

04 April 2003, 08:30 AM
Great work!!! really nice building too ;)

04 April 2003, 09:02 AM
WOW!!! replies. lol. thought you guys had died or something ;)

kewlies! ok -

this is an up-date of a job i did about a year or so back. more info can be found here in my cgarchitect thread -;f=4;t=000193

there are shadow annomolies, ur all right. the original photo was given to me by the client at a resolution of only 800x600 px 72 dpi, so i had to blow it up best i could.
Also, it's camera lens was most difficult to gauge, so after a long time sorting out where lights and camera matching should be it totally pissed me off some what. nobody's perfect eh? :rolleyes:

anyway, as you can see from the stills there are a shed load of shadow/matte plains in the model, and i've also ammended the shape of the shadow being cast on the main building's roof in the foreground too.

it's all modelled in AutoCAD, tweeked/camera matched and shadow plained in max and rendered in cinema 4d. final resolution is 2000x1500 px.

havent any time for tuts i'm afraid, but similar stuff of mine can either be found at or by looking at an older tut i did a couple years ago -
it's a bit old and i dont go in for personal web sites.

anyway, thanks for the comments guys. here are some more pics for you -

finished product:

original photo:

wire frame (with older roof design):

wire frame shaded (with older roof design):

another montage:

animation tester:

04 April 2003, 09:36 AM
I got it :p Well done. :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 09:51 AM
Whoh, really impressive, i have seen many times bad integrations, really bad ones, but i have to tell you that is one of the best i have ever seen as cg architecture lol

04 April 2003, 10:01 AM
Dangit Strat that's beautiful man, very very tough time telling CG from real life. Besides the casting of som of the shadows it's flawless. Your client and yourself should be extremely proud.

Please be sure to enter this into Expose you definitely have a chance

You have received the CGtalk choice award .Please feel free to display this image anywhere you like! Stunning work.

upon receiving this award, it guarantees you a spot in the cgtalk gallery hall of fame ( - which you are now placed

P.S. Please email me @ for the award .psd file


04 April 2003, 10:09 AM
cheers lildragon :cool: :cool: :cool:

i'll try expose :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 11:23 AM
And could you guys give Strat a break with the shadows ...

stop winning and forget about them

04 April 2003, 11:27 AM
Congrats. If you ask me the shadows are fine due to how tall the buildings are. Great job.

04 April 2003, 12:24 PM
heya, check this out man! damn cooL! whole thang is CG? or part of it i cant see the diff except the shadows..:drool:

04 April 2003, 12:58 PM
It`s really full of surprizes:eek:
awesome baby
:wip: :applause:

04 April 2003, 03:36 PM

04 April 2003, 03:55 PM
sweet work man. is that cardiff? looks familiar, only been there twice tho. very cool.

04 April 2003, 04:00 PM
Fantastic :bounce: :bounce:

Coming from an architecture vizualization background this is some of the best intergration with a photo I have seen.

We are picking your image apart with the shadows and such because we as artists that have done that kind of work, know what to look for to find out if it is CG or not. and also to you critiques to watch for next time
The average person would have no idea that the building is fake.

Again fantastic work!!!!!

04 April 2003, 04:06 PM
clusterfuq - yups, that be in Cardiff

cbutlerc - i understand completely. i'd do the same. if i'd have thought about posing here (or in cgarchitect) during time of creating the image i would have put more time and effort into the shadows (they've always bugged me to be honest)

but dead lines and all that...

04 April 2003, 06:02 PM
Tell me how can one start modeling a building like that ?

im really curious about how to make something similar :)

04 April 2003, 06:27 PM
awesome modelling, about the shadows, technically when u render the image its usually through a camera, which has perspective, soemtimes changes things in weird ways, still looks good, great modelling once again. I cant imagine how long that took to complete...

Yo RoBoT
04 April 2003, 07:09 PM
Your work is really awesome. :buttrock:
it's truth, when i look this for first time I am difficult to discern that building was true or false, :drool: and this is very good!!!! excelente!
now, the only thing that I have to say is... I canīt downlad the animation tester: (when start the video the connection is interrupted at 2 seconds of playing) :eek:

please correct this!!! i wan't this video NOW!!!:applause: :thumbsup:

Well, i don't know what happened before. now I download the animation tester perfectly... Wonderful :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 08:02 AM
thnx again guys :)

Yo RoBoT - try right clicking and saving target as (aahh, just read ur edit. :thumbsup: )

Pyroscroll - a megga rush job. about 2 working weeks. that included 8 still images, the small fly round anim i've link to and a few basic internals of the lobby area.

Vash T Stampede
04 April 2003, 08:13 AM
Exclellent work!

04 April 2003, 04:07 PM
indeed! :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 07:56 PM
Originally posted by BurrowingDuck
the line is no texturing error is a drop on the roof design. you can see the same thing on the other side of the building from a better angle.

My Bad. :D

05 May 2003, 05:45 PM
Sorry, where is 3D here? :curious:..
Is it really 3D? ..

Cool! It looks very real.!..:xtreme:

07 July 2003, 04:22 AM
So it's just a picture of buildings, i don't see any CG...
wait... eheh
excellent lighting job.

07 July 2003, 07:33 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

07 July 2003, 08:05 AM
Really cool ,nothing to say! :thumbsup:

02 February 2004, 06:21 PM
Breath take`n Perfect view. Can you show me whats wrong with animation I`m not finish yet, but thats the finish I`m going for:bounce: :thumbsup:

02 February 2004, 07:06 AM
very nice job.. it is very close to real life! i really like the lighting

1st time, i couldnt find which is CG and which is real. But after some thinking, i found that the tall building is CG. the reason was that the shadow of that building is not in the same direction as other buildings.. its shadow it is not parallel to other shadows.

if you make the shadow of the building parraller to other shadows.. it will be a real building:thumbsup:

02 February 2004, 01:40 PM
you must be joking

02 February 2004, 05:26 PM
Nice job Mr. Clark. Now I need to go polish up my skillz as I've been out of the loop for a while with the AEC stuff. A never ending chase...

02 February 2004, 10:32 PM
VERY NICE WORK :applause:

02 February 2004, 05:23 PM
If you look at the cars in the shadow of the building, you can see that something is wrong. If I were you, i would try to remove the highlights on the car roofs, so it doesn't just look like a dark picture.

I also think that the side of the building that is facing you is too bright. Look at the building with the weird roof in the lower right part of the pricture. The windows are darker, and the white color near the street is more blueish. Shadows often have a blueish tone, and look at the cars in the shadows. No highlights.

The overall of the building stands out because of the warm colors. There's a greenish tone to it, while the rest of the picture is reddish. The contrasts are also bigger because of the sunlight.

All this is just minor details.
Great work, I wish I could do the same.

02 February 2004, 11:33 PM
wow very good job

09 September 2005, 02:34 PM
very nice job :)

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