Beach Environment - Cycles X

Beach Environment Animation:

This project was largely an experiment in creating a decently-sized environment with a focus on composition and vibrant colors. The assets used to create this environment were a few Megascans for the cliffs, some nature photoscans from Ian Hubert, and a Ford Model B pickup model from Voronin_37 on SketchFab - Voronin_37 (@Voronin_37) - Sketchfab .

The water shader was an interesting challenge as it was all done within a shader on a single plane. I was able to use adaptive subdivision and displacement to give a bit of depth but the real highlight was the fake caustics using some Voronoi textures, some fancy ray mixing, and some vector transforms to give the appearance of motion.

Rendering was handled in Cycles X which got render times down to about 1 minute per frame at 128 samples on a 3060 mobile. The render was then cleaned up with OpenImageDenoise to make sure that everything was grain-free.

Compositing for the render was done in Nuke. I did some basic tricks like some lens dirt and flare and also tweaked some of the passes to add more local contrast in some areas. I also put the entire image through an ACES to sRGB transform. Since the image was initially rendered in sRGB, the transform really brough a lot of saturation into the colors which fit the almost fantastical feel I was trying to get in the render.


This is amazing!!!

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Indeed. Would love a tut for the water. It is high quality.
So are you experimenting with 3.0 Alpha for the Cycles X?

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Thanks! I am using Cycles X with 3.0 Alpha. It’s to a stage where the stability is not particularly lacking and it’s so much faster. I just recorded a tutorial for the water, you can find it here:

High Quality Water For Blender - Cycles X - Blender Tutorial - YouTube


Many thanks for the tuto Hayden

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Great job! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of beach scenes these days, after all the scans Ian Hubert gave away :wink:

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I really like this project - would you care to share it on BlenderNation? You can submit it here. Thanks!

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We also shared this project on our Creative Commons re-use topic at Sketchfab:

I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!