Got all excited about compositing and cycles from all the Mango goodness. Since I’m an amateur photographer as well I thought combining photographs and Blender models should be fun. Anyway, this is my first result:
The little Blender branded guy is modeled, the rest is a macro image which I did some time ago. I wanted to use Cycles for this which was not the most easy thing for me. Throughout researching tutorials and references I got the feeling that compositing with Blender internal is much easier at the moment. But I got it done somehow. Still much to learn for me as several things could be improved and in the future I want to have more “interaction” between the image and the scene, like occlusions and more complex shadows.
For rendering I used two layers, full global illumination and 256 samples.
You can see a higher resolution image and download the blend file (should contain all textures) on my blog.