dcbeatty - Nice work! The fruitbowl is a good start, I think the apple leaf attracts too much attention right now, with the highlight on top and the black shadow underneath. You could probably fill-in the black part of the pear too, and add some reflectivity. The kitchen scenes are nice. The first one is good for a romantic look, although it’s not clear how that much light is coming from a moon that looks dimmer than the table, maybe the moonlight could be toned-down and be warmer and less green as well. The one with the wine bottle made prominant looks a bit like the POV of a drunk, but it also looks very CG. Not just because of the lens flare, but also the contrast, going to black on parts of the ceiling fan and wastebasket, which objects that could look more washed-out in an overexposed scene. Your sci-fi one is nice. I’d like more interactive lighting from the portal onto the set, especially pouring onto the counter and reflected in the sink right near it, and on that cabinet right next to the sink. The murder one is well defined by the camera angle and blood, but I wish there were more shadows, especially on the lights cutting through the counters, and under the fruits. Maybe reflections and highlights would let you get away with more dark areas in the diffuse tones.
NAYAK33 - Nice candle scene. I’d love to see more contrast in the table-top, with bright areas illuminated by the flames, and dark areas in the shadows or further away from the flames. Some of the metal parts could also use more lightness and luster. The candle wax seems a little too bright compared to everything else, especially in the mid and lower parts of the candles. Your four script ones are great. The first one is nicely textured, even though I can’t tell which script it’s based on. Second one is a very nice image, a little blocky looking on the right, but the view through the window and the fog are nice. The last one I also can’t tell which script. The texture with the wood slats works OK on top of the table, but the sides of the chairs and cabinets should have a different wood.
kanooshka - That’s a very good scene overall. In terms of “big picture” goals, one thing I’d love to see in that challenge is the sense that the scene contains more than one lighting environment. The lighting inside the garage, from overhead flourescent fixtures, is different from the light from the near at the door, and different from the outdoor light in a city at night. Getting different-looking lighting inside the garage, with a different color, intensity, and softness, could really add to the scene, especially since you can see that some of the florescent tubes are turned on. Maybe there could be greenish light, with some spilling out through the doors? The truck looks nice, I’d like to see the front headlights brighter, with reflections in the front bumper of the lights on the ground. The set lights could cast more shadows, on the right side of frame there’s a yellow column that doesn’t appear to shadow the ground.
phil-w8 - Welcome! Post your scene before this thread closes at the end of the month. In January a new challenge will be announced, I hope you can try that one.