JCBug - Nice! I’m sorry if my little historical comment forced you to change images in your picture, but I guess the new image fits perfectly with the scene. Is there any way you could shift the face up and to the left in the frame? Right now the look direction sortof shifts your focus in the image away from the whole left side. Minor crits: the screen still seems to have too much occlusion, the shadows could still be softer, and the smoke lines up too perfectly with the candle behind it.
kiko77 - Nice scene! I think there are trace-depth problems (shadows not appearing in reflections) and that’s why the base of the left candle holder seems to reflect a brighter table without shadows. Maybe what’s going on behind the screen could be made softer, with softer shadows and blending the warm light onto more panels?
ACamacho - Thanks for those great break-downs! Nice looking scenes followed-up by some really useful information there. I especially love the one with the tree.
Pranish - Good start. Maybe you could get some variety in color, or at least in saturation? Right now many parts of the scene are that same yellow color, even half the candle wax looks just the same as the flames. Also, try to get some light sources radiating out from the candles, right now that light coming from the left seems to dominate the scene.
Malene - Great scene! The composition would be better if that candle flame weren’t cut-off. I don’t know if you need that much of the upper smoke, especially the white area to the upper left of the picture, if that’s all smoke. See if you can light the vase better, the dark red line looks nice but the kick from the candle just cuts a diagonal and doesn’t really bring out its roundness. The flames are off to a good start, really just some transparency at the base and tip could nail it.
LiquidStorm3d - Thanks for that terrific break-down! With that picture, you just have to have a candle blown out – you know, like a candle in the wind! You don’t want to miss an opportunity here! That middle candle, the one in front of the picture, has just the right amount of translucency, really natural-looking glow near the flame. Some of the others could use less of that or blend out more smoothly. Overall really nice, subtle scene!
Silvia - What a great scene! There really isn’t much to change. If you render again, you might zoom-out a little bit, just to avoid cropping the flame-tip and candle-holder base, and you might try a little polygon smoothing on the metal candle holders, and tone down the highlights a bit on them, and maybe turn down the brightness of the SSS a bit.
GaazMaster - Welcome! That’s a really nice scene. I think things need to be balanced out a bit in terms of the lighting, the candles look bright and have a lot of glow running through the wax, and yet the rest of the scene seems like it’s lit mostly by a ceiling light, with very bright white highlights reflecting it. Maybe that other light and its highlights could be reduced, and the set could be lit more by lights radiating out from the flames and decaying with distance from the candles?
jucaduarte - Nice scene! I think the snow could be lit more softly, so it wasn’t all white but depended on being near the candles. The shadows on the back screen could be softer, and so could the smoke. Maybe the brightest parts of the flames could be a little less saturated?
HowieFarkes - Welcome! That’s a nice, clean scene. I might like to see it with a little less overall fill light, and a little more lit by the candles,but it’s solid and believable already, and I appreciate the break-down.