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  1. #1
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    Challenge #746 Voting CLOSED

    This week's theme: Natural crystals

    After 2 days of voting, a winner is declared: The voting will close on Wednesday.
    The winner picks the theme for next week.

    [ If the winner doesn't supply a theme before Thursday 22:30 GMT, the organizer will select the theme. In this case, the winner's theme will be used the next time we are lacking a theme on Thursday 22:30 GMT. :-) ]

    Having selected the theme, the winner will not be eligible to enter that week. They may however still submit an image, but it won't be included in the voting.


    Pure Entries


    • didierv
      Ice crystals on a branch



    • joshwinkler3d
      Cave of Glowing Crystals



    • RayVelcoro
      Scarlet Andara Crystal



    • MACEPRODUCTIONS
      Crystal11



    • PyBlend
      Programmer Art



    • yashwanthCB
      pre3



    • astiero
      Kida



    • KyleSan
      Found it, Kupo!



    • Fulip
      kristal



    • Sci-fi-Guy
      Cave of Crystals



    • Millani
      Kaboomtonite



    • paddywwoof
      natural_crystals



    • fdo
      crystal cave



    • mattthecat
      The Turtle



    • purbosky
      Hatchery



    • david.speer
      Fluorite Islands



    • FlyingBanana
      Look at the pretties



    • usernew
      Crystal



    • skadoosh
      (Philo)Sophie's Heart



    • robproctor83
      ba-crystal-final



    • fcharr
      Cavern



    • M2o
      v1_ok



    • Photox
      The Great Monopoly Heist



    • bazevedo
      Professor Farnsworth's Healing Crystals



    • DM9
      Chrizzy



    • Mastermind!
      Crystals



    • BladeManEXE
      Flame Sword



    • NadirP
      Amulet



    • str11
      Amethyst Crystals



    • Miatpi
      Rough diamond



    • NATIVO
      renderFinal




    • appie.123
      Lost crystal




    Open Entries


    • caz747
      It's cold outside.






    Non-competing Entries


    • DM9
      Cover B



    • OLG
      Alien crystal hive



    • RobertT
      AGATOID



    • Helge
      The Gemcutter


    Last edited by Helge; 11-Oct-17 at 18:47.



  2. #2
    cast my vote!



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    Great entries everyone!
    And we have new entry records (again):

    New 2017 records:
    Total entries: 40 (#746 "Natural crystals", theme by HIST0R)
    Competing entries: 33 (#746 "Natural crystals", theme by HIST0R)

    Still standing:
    Non-Competing entries: 7 (#732 "City Lights", theme by Photox)

    Nice!



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    Ooh I see I made a mistake,
    I said that my image was open, but it is of course pure despite the Ivygen used.
    A well... doesn't really matter I guess



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    Does anyone have any criticism or points for improvement for me btw?



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    Originally Posted by appie.123 View Post
    [...] I said that my image was open, but it is of course pure despite the Ivygen used.[...]
    Changed. :-)

    Originally Posted by appie.123 View Post
    Does anyone have any criticism or points for improvement for me btw?
    I hope you don't mind, and since you have been asking, I thought I'd give it a (rather quick) try:
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    Things I touched: framing, contrast, saturation, vignetting, crystal lightness, a little (probably too much) halo.

    I tried to force the focus onto the crystal a little more and to enhance the kind of magical atmosphere of your cave. It must be quite a sight if you walk around the corner, exploring, and discover this spot.

    (If you plan to remove/steal the crystal from the cave, Id suggest to replace it with something of equal weight - and run like hell.)
    Last edited by Helge; 10-Oct-17 at 04:57.



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    As someone already said the quality of the entries has skyrocked! Acouple of months ago I won with that flying teapot, I doubt I would have any votes now :P



  8. #8
    Some might argue that the focus of my entry was the sword and not the crystals.

    ...Carbon steel is a crystal.



  9. #9
    Originally Posted by BladeManEXE View Post
    ...Carbon steel is a crystal.
    But is it a natural crystal ?



  10. #10
    @Miatpi I wanted to comment on your entry, I think it's really awesome. I definitely think your getting better with each entry too, but this last one is really cool. I like the spark effect too, very good. The crystal shader and the motion blur on the hammer are also both very good. My only real critique would be the bottom of the hammer, not sure what is going on there. That black plastic looking gear thing is what I am referring to, what is going on there? Your background is also a bt bare, but I like that you added a touch of atmospheric lighting, so I think it works well, you also picked a good color/gradient for it. So yea, very cool. I'd be interested in hearing how you made those sparks if you got a minute and don't mind divulging your secrets.
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    Oh one more thing, I was talking about the challenge with a co-worker and he mentioned that I should have done a bismuth crystal, have you guys seen this before? It's really cool so I figured I would see what I could come up with so last night I tried to create a shader for it but no luck. After some research and digging I wasn't able to find anything.

    Do you guys have any thoughts on how to create an iridescent materials? I tried a bunch of tutorials blend examples but I only found stuff for light colors and soap bubbles.

    I'm looking for something like this

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    try this thread



  13. #13
    My vote went to photox "Monopoly heist" ... The image is still too funny and apart from that also a very well done scene and rendering.

    @robproctor - I believe the "hammer" in Miatpis image is a rotary tool in the process of cutting the facets into a diamond.



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    Originally Posted by Helge View Post
    Changed. :-)


    I hope you don't mind, and since you have been asking, I thought I'd give it a (rather quick) try:
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    Things I touched: framing, contrast, saturation, vignetting, crystal lightness, a little (probably too much) halo.

    I tried to force the focus onto the crystal a little more and to enhance the kind of magical atmosphere of your cave. It must be quite a sight if you walk around the corner, exploring, and discover this spot.

    (If you plan to remove/steal the crystal from the cave, Id suggest to replace it with something of equal weight - and run like hell.)

    Wow, that looks a lot better.
    Thanks for actually taking the time to help me out.

    The halo and glow effects really add tot the atmosphere, could you show me the node setup you used? Or didn't you use blender for this?



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    @robproctor83: Thank you very much for the feedback, which I must say is suprisingly positive.
    To be honest I got a little lazy with this one and kind of threw it all together... so cool that you liked it.

    Yeah about the sparks, they are actually quite simple to do. It's a particle system blowing particles around, rendered with a motion blur to make them all appear like streaks.
    The particles are spheres with this material:
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    Last edited by Miatpi; 10-Oct-17 at 15:36.



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    Really all nice jobs!
    What you are, I was. What I am, you will be.



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    Originally Posted by DM9 View Post
    @robproctor - I believe the "hammer" in Miatpis image is a rotary tool in the process of cutting the facets into a diamond.
    Correct!



  18. #18
    I do like ur entry Miatpi, it got my vote!
    'Not obsessing about absolute precision would also be wise. This is polygonal modeling which is approximation, and the precision required is for visual purposes. In other words, not a CAD.' - JA12



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    Thank you!
    Last edited by Miatpi; 10-Oct-17 at 16:26.



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    Wow, it must be the third time in the last few weeks that we broke the record on the number of entries. And it seems to be growing quite fast. Soon we will be needing tiers :P



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