February 12, 2004 :: 8:24 PM
final step in the whole procedure: post-processing the solo shots
of the "Lethbridge teapot". In this case, there wasn't
a whole lot of post-processing to be done... what you see is very
nearly what was done in POV-Ray. Notable exceptions include...
two images, one with the teapot very bright (an extra light shining
on it) and one that was darker (for the background and shadow)
the color just a tad... it wasn't quite red enough when it rendered
the last time.
the edges of the shadows. One of POV-Ray's downfalls is it's tough
to soften the edges of raytraced shadows. That's where The Gimp's
blur tool comes in handy!
for the final rundown... Teapot? Check. Post-processing? Check.
Final blog entry? Checkity-checkity, check.
that, as they say, is all she wrote.
| I'm a Little Teapot, Short and Stout...
11, 2004 :: 7:46 PM
(From the waterfall
who's got the teapot?
Where do you
put a teapot in the middle of the mountains? How did it get there,
anyways? Such are the mysteries of life, I'm afraid. Seems there's
been a mysterious new variety of conifer sprouting in the midst
of the Rockies... of the teapot variety. Now the only question is...
can you find it?
Oh? And did
I happen to mention that I added another 3 trees -- well, 1 "bush"
(scaled tree), one tree, and one... um... "teapotree"?
That brings our grand total up to... (drum roll, please) 418.
Enter "Oooohs" and "Ahhhhhs"
1, 2004 :: 11:21 AM
Photoshop, where wouldst I be without thee?"
I love my texture
for the "Lethbridge teapot". And it only took seven tries
to get it "acceptable". Basically, I extracted bits and
pieces from the three photos supplied and put them together in Photoshop.
It's a little bumpy some places, but believe me, this is the best
of the seven attempts. When I put in on the teapot, I thought it
looked mighty fine, so I threw up my hands, and declared victory
over the evil teapot texture... bwah, hah, hah.....
momentary lapse in sanity, I should also note that I managed, also,
to color match a back plane and a ground plane pretty close to what
was in the original pictures. We'll have to see how it all shakes
down, but, personally, I think it looks pretty close. Maybe if I
have time (ie. remember), I'll see if I can't get it a bit closer,
but for now, I'm pleased with it.
|Making Meshy Thingies
January 31, 2004 :: 1:32 PM
Now, I think
that whoever came up with Moray deserves a medal. Or at least some
kudos. I was originally going to model the "Lethbridge teapot"
(No, you're not going crazy it's not REALLY a teapot like Mrs. Potts
or anything... what now you're going to tell me that she wasn't
real?!? That neither was Belle? Or Beast?!?!?) in POV-Ray, using
a couple of cones and a difference. Maybe a rotational sweep if
I was feeling really ambitious. "But," I thought, "we're
allowed to use Moray, so what the hey!" Turns out that was
a really great move... there's no way I could have done it as well
by hand. I ended up using a bezier-patch-cylinder, which I could
twist and turn and bend and... well, you get the idea. I think it
looks pretty spiffy... but you're gonna have to wait for pictures!