Seggy - Nice one! It’s funny how the ambiguous flat-mouthed expression on the kid’s face looked happy in your previous render, but in this one, with the reflection mimicking a tear, he looks sad. I’m not sure on the reflections, especially the deeply saturated blue windows reflected on the right of the vase, whether they fit with the scene. I like how you have the incense glowing on the plate. I guess we have to wait a few days for people to start adding smoke to the scenes.
Barrymcw - Doing technical things is 100% optional on this challenge. If you want to replace the flames with volumetric fluid dynamic simulations, create bokeh effects, use sub-surface scattering, you can. But if you just want to use simple tools to render the scene, that’s great too and it could come out just as well.
MasterZap - Your scene is looking great. A religious icon type image in the frame makes a lot of sense. It looks as if the right side of the vase is getting some blue fill light that isn’t hitting the right side of the candle next to it, maybe it’s just confusing because something that’s really a reflection looks like a kick of diffuse illumination, but still it looks like the candle should be getting some.
fulg0re - Great start! It looks like the shadows need work, it looks like a combination of some lights that don’t cast shadows at all, and some that cast razor-sharp raytraced shadows. If you could find some middle ground and make all the lights cast softer shadows, it would add greatly to the image.
Captain Obvious - Thanks for the LWO scene, it is on-line now. I ordered a new computer too, I bought a BOXX workstation after seeing them at SIGGRAPH. I’ll test out the candle scene on it after it arrives.
Kadazil - Welcome. Wow, that’s a fresh, interesting take on the scene. If I had thought that vase would be rendered transparent I would have modeled more of the inside. I like the depth of the colors you are using. Some areas look as if more shadowing or occlusion could help, especially underneath the front candle-holder, right now it looks as if it could be floating above the ground because there aren’t the shadows there to establish a solid sense of contact.