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04-02-2010, 11:34 PM

I have a scene where two characters are watching sunset and I was wondering what is the best way to achieve this result. I have maya dynamics on the ocean and I tried physical sky and sun but that doesn't work very well especially with the haze that is all grey above the sea. How can I have the sun sinking into the ocean and creating the nice effect of a sunset?

I would like to have it animated but not to the full extend so all I would ideally need is sun moving slowly just to show the process.

Any ideas how to best approach this tricky thing?

Thank you very much.

04-03-2010, 07:31 AM
Something like that?

See here:

04-03-2010, 08:35 AM
Something like that?

See here:


I like the sky, its impressive. Is that from a visor?

Anyway, my sunset needs to be later. So when the sun is sunk 1/3 or 1/2 in the sea and you see the nice red and dark yellow rich lighting with the reflection from the sea etc.

04-03-2010, 09:26 AM
What's the Visor? ahahahh :)
No it's my workflow as you see on the link i posted.

04-03-2010, 10:07 AM
Oh, that looks awesome. Just a bit more red and intimate lighting but I guess I can tweak that from the great tutorial you posted :)))

Now, here is a tricky bit just incase you know that too.

I have those 2 characters watching the sunset on a beach so logically the ocean ends where the beach starts. Is there a quick way to simulate the ocean so it collides with the beach and shows the classic wave in and wave out? I would just need something that looks ok. Doesn't need to be that realistic in terms of accuracy. Just so we see the waves coming to the beach, colliding and then the sea draws it back like on every beach in real life? Is that possible with Maya? Is that hard to achieve?

Thanks for great advice so far. I hope there is a trick for this ocean thing too :)))

04-03-2010, 06:53 PM
lol , that is beautiful. :love:

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