Third time lucky
The other day I was holding my old photo camera. I needed some reference pics for a project (quite huge BTW) in which I am involved these days. I was just searching ordinary objects, like the one I have in my shelves, just to watch them and doing some modeling and texturing, in order to include them in a my scene. Then it happened. Something really curious. Maybe I was too enthusiastic, but I found a really good subject to play with: a bit rusty can, who became a pencil box, a pair of pencils and a scissors on it, a clip and a little ball with a smiley painted on it, and a pencil sharpener... I prepared my camera and hen the flashlight awfully appeared. It happens to me quite often... :(
I don't like flashlight on photos. That awful white light, wiping the volume and the shadows from the scene... So my first attempt was unfruitful. Useless. So I switched off the flash light and I made another shot. But I was so enthusiastic again that my camera almost fell down from my hands.
Of course, the picture was blurred and useless, again. Even more than the previous one. But there was some mysterious beauty on it, I must say. I love blurred pics. Maybe that's the influence of Robert Capa over our collective taste.
Well, I said to myself, calm down, Juan Antonio. Now you are going to get your tripod and make a perfect shot. And, calmer and cooler, I finally got this picture.
Something ordinary. A very common scene. Nothing special, I know but, I don't know... There is something on it that blows my mind...
... What drives me crazy about the picture is its own nature. Its non photographic nature. The fact that this picture has been simmered and cooked entirely with a computer, just from a very clear and straight idea on my mind...
They say that Uccello didn't stop to wonder about perspective; he used to repeat quite often: Oh, what a delightful thing perspective is!
I do believe that digital artists (and maybe specially those we are working on 3d stuff) we should say something like: Oh, what a wonderful thing polymeshes are!!! Oh, what a beautiful thing render is!!!
Today, frontier between a photograph and a 3d photorealistic picture is so blurred. The big difference is in its own deep nature: Physical, Chemical and Mechanical in the case of traditional photography.
Mathematical in the case of the 3d graphics. Pure calculation. Beautiful calculation bringing us beautiful renderings.
With Mathematics as an ally, the only limit is your imagination and, sometimes, the money issues in order to get a more powerful machine, a smarter chip, a faster card... Just to get what it was impossible in the past: to make mind pictures, that is, to give shape, light and color to our dreams...
And here you have a variation in which I have deleted the color from the objects and HDRI in the original scene (no post production). I wanted to focus the viewer attemtion in the little ball. A little ball very special, for me...
Love and Health for everyone!!!