Lighting Challenge #14: The Local Train

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Old 02 February 2008   #31
Thanks to jmBoakestein and MartinRomero, we now have a 3D Studio Max version of the file on the download page.

Any other formats people want me to host?

Anyone with Cinema 4D or Lightwave or other popular software want to contact me and offer a converted file?

Originally Posted by MartinRomero: The "Local Train" file for Maya opens only in Maya 2008. I tried it on both of my computer in Maya 8.5 but it didn't open.

In Maya 8.5, if you click the options box next to Open Scene... you can check "Ignore Version" so it'll open files saved in a newer version of Maya. I think this option was added in 8.5. In Maya 8 and earlier you still had to open the .ma in a text editor and delete or modify the "requires" lines. (Although earlier Maya versions can import the .obj or .fbx without any need to change them...)

-jeremy
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Old 02 February 2008   #32
Jeremy, you mentioned photographing local trains for reference/textures. While that's a good idea, I feel that someone should put in a word about safety. There's a simple rule to follow when photographing railroads:

STAY OFF THE TRACKS!

It is possible for a train to approach you from behind without you hearing it, especially if you're concentrating on your camera. People have been killed this way.

The tracks, and the land adjacent, belong to the railroad. These days, railroads do not take kindly to trespassers, even ones with cameras. Unless you are certain that a section of track is abandoned, or you have special permission, stay off of railroad property. Take your photographs from public or non-railroad private property.

Stay safe, and stay out of jail.
 
Old 02 February 2008   #33
thankyou

thanks for the idea jeremybirn
 
Old 02 February 2008   #34
very nice scene to work with. thanks a lot guys. i imported the obj's cuz they were spit out in to four files which made it easy to manage what elements i needed, and delete the rest.
anyways, i guess i m the first one to post some renders....played with two versions, low AA settings for the tests.


and a night version....


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Old 02 February 2008   #35
Good work tuffmutt1

This is the first challenge that I`ll participate.I like the stuff u doin here and also I`ll will improve my own render skills .Later I`ll post my own rendered scene
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Old 02 February 2008   #36
hola

Good look with your entries. I only would like to point out that all around the world, if the trainset is moving, locomotives must have got their head lamps always on, no matter it is day o night.

This is a good site to look for references:
http://www.railpictures.net/

Alvaro.

Last edited by Samo : 02 February 2008 at 07:33 PM.
 
Old 02 February 2008   #37
Hi!!
thanks to Jeremy and Alvaro for this competition!
It's an interesting challenge for me .. I'm not so skilled in locomotives ! ..but I'll try to work on it!

ciao!
m
 
Old 02 February 2008   #38
Originally Posted by Samo: hola

Good look with your entries. I only would like to point out that all around the world, if the trainset is running, locomotives must have got their head lamps on, no matter it is day o night.

This is a good site to look for references:
http://www.railpictures.net/

Alvaro.


Wow Alvaro Thanks a lot!

That website is fantastic!!


- Tuffmutt : Very nice start. On the second render (night) I love the blue tint of the moonlight on the far left side.
 
Old 02 February 2008   #39
Ok, i am downloading the file and will start to work now on this train scene
I lost the # 13 Challenge but will work on this one right now,
see you soon..........
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Old 02 February 2008   #40
tuffmutt1 -

Great start to the challenge! The daytime image looks more bright and sunny than the background shot, at least the sky in the background could be a lot brighter and the building could have some more brightness and contrast as well. I think the daylight scene could use more environment reflections, on the train and glass especially could reflect the sky more. The night scene is good, maybe the bright areas could be more localized and there could be more lights glowing on-screen to justify how bright it all looks. The cabin interior will need a new surface on the night scene if it remains that visible.

-jeremy
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Old 02 February 2008   #41
Hi all
thx Jeremy for this new challenge

here is a converted C4D R10.5 file

http://www.kodiakprod.net/LC/LocalTrain_C4D_10.5.rar
 
Old 02 February 2008   #42
My first try

Hi all, good work! This is my first try to the scene, and I've not done any texturing and all, a huge part is left. It is just a very first try to create a mood of the scene.
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Old 02 February 2008   #43
Tuffmutt: Great renders. I don't think that this is the Xmas challenge though.
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Old 02 February 2008   #44
@ edjkodiak - Thanks for the C4D file !

@ tuffmutt1 - Good start ! The first render in a challenge is not easy,
and your picture is nice.
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Old 02 February 2008   #45
Originally Posted by SoLiTuDe: Tuffmutt: Great renders. I don't think that this is the Xmas challenge though.

LOL!!! sorry dude, i had the xmas template slapped on top. me bad.

here's a update.
 
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