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Posted on 07/09/22 2:11:51 PM
michael sinclair
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
Here is a much-improved version of my Donner und Blitzen

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Posted on 07/09/22 10:36:38 PM
lwc
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
tooquilos wrote:

After waiting several weeks for a new computer, my Mac Studio finally arrived. I feel like I've been reunited with a long lost friend.



Well done Anna, it holds up well in full screen...

The lower fog/mist in the "Bonus Extra" is a nice touch...

Posted on 07/09/22 11:51:44 PM
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That's made a big difference Michael. Thank you

Many thanks Loyd. I was suffering withdrawal symptoms and I just wanted to keep going!

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Posted on 08/09/22 10:07:40 AM
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I think your last one nailed it David.
Nice entries Anna - keep us informed on how you like the new Mac studio.





Posted on 08/09/22 1:31:28 PM
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Posted on 09/09/22 04:11:16 AM
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
Michael I like your animation and am not surprised you didn't, as requested, blow up the abbey. After all, it looks as though it's been blown up already. So I couldn't resist adding a BEFORE Blitzen to your AFTER Donner.
Here it is:




Posted on 09/09/22 08:22:58 AM
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
First to rebuild the Abbey was Ant Snell, with a glorious fantasy construction. I really like how youíve matched the perspective and then toyed with it as you go up. This is a fabulous, exuberant and hugely entertaining image. Wonderful!

I liked lwc's Holy Grail image, with the light in the window subtly reflecting off the sides of their heads and armour. Or perhaps they were already lit, and you added the window light to match? Either way, itís very effective. I donít think the yellow glow should leak around the corner of the building, though.

A very upmarket modern conversion from Ben Boardman, with truly remarkable attention to detail: the view through the doorway (although we should really be able to see the floor from this angle), the dining table outside, the stained glass window, the ivy. I like how the modern swimming pool has been added to mask the ruined back of the building, and thatís a very neat roof. Very fine work.

A sympathetic conversion from DavidMac, with a new wing complete with rose window and very fine glazing throughout. I particularly like the subtle transparency of the side window, and the construction of the roof is immaculate. I do take michael sinclairís point about the blue/green disparity, and I agree that removing the green tint from the foreground in your second entry is the best solution.

A touch of ecclesiastical whimsy from GKB, with added graveyard neatly obscuring most (but not quite all) of the ruined end of the building. Thatís a curious location for the spire, though, as its supports would run right behind the windows and door. Maybe a little further back? The patchy roof works well, and I like the sinister monk.

Not so much a restoration as a celebration of decrepitude from tooquilos, with added lichen and a pair of vast gargoyles - although 3D modelled gargoyles would have allowed you to rotate one of them slightly.. The trees waving in the breeze in the animated version add a lot of realism to the scene, and itís great to see the interior with that spectacular light through the stained glass window. I enjoyed the ďbonus extraĒ that formed the second entry, but I have to admit that michael sinclair was right once again: sharpening up the rock does bring the texture much closer to that of the abbey.

After so much effort fixing other peopleís entries, itís good to see that michael sinclair had time for one of his own. With drama, indeed, and I really like how the lighting of the abbey changes with the lightning strikes. Talking of which, though: why does all the lightning strike the ground over the horizon? Shouldnít some of it land either side of the abbey?

A haunting image from Frank, featuring an elegantly restored abbey given a wash of evening light. The mountainous new background adds to the sense of isolation. Itís that lonely figure out on the rock that really makes it for me, though.

A convincing restoration from Mariner, with the projecting wing restored and a shiny new roof. I like the whimsy of the basketball-playing monks. But I have to pick you up on your lighting: with the front of the abbey in shadow, the light is clearly coming from the upper right. So why is the shadow of the basketball backboard on its right, rather than to the left? Also, given the near-infinite distance to the sun, its shadows are always crisp rather than soft. Something like this:



Very pleased to see your before to michael sinclairís lightning image!

Posted on 09/09/22 08:56:07 AM
Mariner
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Thanks for help on the lighting Steve. I obviously had trouble with that. Shadows can be very tricky.

Posted on 09/09/22 09:45:34 AM
michael sinclair
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
Michael, I love your rebuilt abbey in my scene.

Posted on 09/09/22 10:31:44 AM
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Thanks Steve, agree , I thought the addition of the little girl peering out into the semi darkness added to the feeling and isolation of the scene. Must admit , stumbled on this one trying different ideas.

Posted on 09/09/22 1:51:43 PM
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Thanks Steve. I got drawn into what I thought was going to be rather dull and actually ended up quite challenging and enjoyable.

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Posted on 11/09/22 00:15:51 AM
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Re: Challenge 921: L'Abbaye
Steve Caplin wrote:

I donít think the yellow glow should leak around the corner of the building, though.



I agree, I didn't think of it at the time however... thanks Steve.



Posted on 13/09/22 00:11:38 AM
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Thank you, Steve.

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