Hello everyone, my name is Alex.
I’ve recently been working on a stoney beach type scene in Blender and any and all critique is welcome.
Here is the latest version of the scene:
My main concern with this scene is how computer generated it looks. I’m aiming for complete photo-realism which I know I’m currently not achieving.
The problems I’m currently aware of and will fix in the morning are that the colour correction is making it seem unreal and another problem is that the dry parts of the rock look too dry especially compared to the soaking areas on the bottom of the rocks.
Another problem which I’d like to fix but I’m not entirely sure how to fix is making the water (made with the ocean modifier) to transition smoothly into the ground. I’m also not entirely sure the shader is quite right.
The areas I’m not sure about are:
-Pebbles. Are there enough? Is there enough variety? Do they look realistic?
-Rocks. Are there enough or too many? Are they right size? Do they look realistic? Right now, the dry parts of the rock is using the generic diffuse / glossy mix with a bump map. The wet part is the same with some emphasis on the gloss.
-Focus. I’m not sure if there is too much depth of field.
-Balance. It seems a bit biased to the left. If there is a bias, I’d ideally like to fix it in a subtle way, so no boats or suns in the sky in the background etc.
-Lighting. Not sure to go with sunset or a brighter sun to get more exciting lighting and contrast.
-Colour Correction. Too strong? Does it look fake?
-Mist. Too much? Right colour?
These are the main areas I’m not sure about. I’ll address the problems I’ve already noted in the morning as it is currently 0:46 where I am so I need to sleep now but I thought I may as well obtain some feedback whilst sleeping hence me posting it now.
Anyway I’d like you to be brutal about every aspect even if it’s just a personal preference type thing.
Also, I’d like to keep everything subtle. I don’t want to have anyone walking along or have a landed wale or a dead body floating up to shore or anything like that. I just want a peaceful, realistic looking rocky beach. I want the environment to speak for itself in this scene if you know what I mean; I’d like it to be the focus.
If there’s anything else you notice that I haven’t mentioned, please do say. It’s easy to overlook flaws in one’s own work.
Thank you in advance for any feedback you give me