Apache

Just finished this Blender project, started out trying to make a jungle, check. Hmm, why not a jungle river? Check. Hmm, still a bit boring. Enter the Apache. Some ripple effects on the water, a smoke sim for the water mist. Starting to look like something now. Some final tweaks in Photoshop. Done. Hope you like it!

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Very, very nice.

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man this looks really great,
these trees are really dens to see anything behind. how many partical did you use for this ?
who you did the water smoke ?

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Thx! There are about 50.000 3d trees in this scene, about 100.000 2d trees in the background (although barely visible from this angle). The water mist is a separate smoke simulation linked into the scene.

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This is a really compelling image. I feel like the Apache needs to take up more of the frame though, you could probably bring it closer to the camera to really sell the scene.

Great work.

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I see what you mean Joshua, this composition needed something extra, the apache, but I don’t want it to take up all the attention, for me the actual subject is the jungle, took me a while to make it! :sweat_smile:

I totally get where you’re coming from. Jungle is well done, very lush :wink:

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The river works really well. How did you do that?

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I think it’s mainly because of composition and camera angle, the river is the s-shaped leading line in the composition and because of the camera angle I got some nice reflections of the trees (effectively doubling my tree count) and sky (the sky is only visible in the reflection of the river) giving the image extra depth.

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What I meant was “Bloke who knows very little about materials and lighting is wondering how you got the surface of the river to look so realistic”. :smiley:

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Ah, well that’s easy to answer, I’ll show you the node setup of the water material (pretty basic but it works).

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Thanks for that. I’ll try it on some renders.

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Looks very nice… I’m learning Blender and not this good with it yet… you did very well

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Annnnnd… #featured!

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Very cool render. Nice…well everything.

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Terrific. :scream:

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It is a nice image but a mistake that really catches the eye is the trees growing like the ones on the left. Trees growing on sloping ground usually still grow upwards. Or at least they adjust the direction towards the sky pretty close to the ground.

The trees in your image appear to simply grow in the direction of the grounds normal.

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What i sick scene! I think the ripples coudl be much stronger though, the Apache is just above the water. Also the tilting is perhaps a bit off, when the chopper makes such a angle at that speed, it would be tilted a bit more forward. But perhaps its flying slow.

I think tilting it forwards will give it more movement and the nice look :slight_smile:

I also think it should get more procent of the framing. It such a nice model.

The tree line is very well man, stunning how much objects there are. Some would grow more upwards instead of sideways. Thats looks a bit off… still very sick image

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I really like the overall photo real look, but for some reason the Apache looks like a toy rather than a big thundering war machine. And also the (already mentioned) the sloping trees make it look like a scene from Inception.

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Thanks for the comments guys, makes sense, I’m by no means an expert on jungles (nor helicopters), just looking for that cool shot. I’m planning to do a second render of this scene soon (so many cool angles to choose from!) so I’ll try to fix some mistakes. Do more people feel the Apache is a toy btw? I don’t really feel that, but maybe it’s a depth of field thing? (also I have the render as a wallpaper, so it’s quite big when I view the image)