Thanks a lot for the latest comments guys (and girlz0rs)!
Anyway, I’ve added the finishing touches now, and I’m going to upload the finals in a couple of minutes, including the story and title. Some of your suggestions have been implemented, some have not. There’s obviously things that could be tweaked further, but then again I could theoretically continue tweaking until the end of time too - there’s always something to improve upon. But this has to stop
Spending almost three months on a single stillframe is slightly more than I can endure and I really REALLY feel like moving on to another project I’ve got in mind, so I’ve made up my mind and I’m going to call it a day as far as my spectacular entry goes. On another note, it also feels like I’ve reached the point where further tweaks might potentially do more damage than good, and that fact also constitutes a good reason to put it to rest.
In summary, just like in the previous challenges, I’ve learned heaps while working on this. My main desire was to get comfortable with complex layering and compositing, and I can safely say that most of the mysteries have been transformed into knowledge, so: mission accomplished.
Finally, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to all those who have posted comments and crits in this thread! Invaluable points across the board, as always.
Update below: Final image and story. The only changes from RC 6 are some tweaks on the blur of the car to the left, and the addition of 200.000 small pieces of zoomblurred glass, emerging from the area around the airplane nose