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Mission Bio Tapestri

Another fine rendering with Cinema4d and V-Ray. The newest instrument from Mission Bio.

Actually, there’s a bit more to the workflow. The original customer-provided SolidWorks file was opened in KeyShot, exported as an .obj file and imported into Cinema4D where V-Ray lighting and materials were applied for output in V-Ray. The resulting layered image was saved as a 32-bit .exr file, which was opened in PhotoShop where final touches were added and exported in .jpg format for use on thedude.com.

OK, That was fun!

No matter how small the job, I always learn a ton of stuff when I work in 3D! (I guess this is why I love it so much.) This time I learned that it’s possible to get really excellent results with a high-res displacement map in Cinema4D. In fact, a displacement map seems to be the best possible solution to this particular problem.

Previously, I would have traced the image and converted it to vectors in Adobe Illustrator. Then I would have lofted the resulting spline in Cinema4D. This works, but produces a mesh that is too clean with angles that are too sharp. Instead, a high resolution bitmap was blurred slightly and used as a displacement map. The blurred image produces smooth edges with a bit of a slope – a much more realistic looking result.

Xenophon 2017 Horse Show

For the tenth year in a row, I photographed the kids and the festivities at the annual Xenophon Horse Show. This year I had help from Kelly, who did a great job with my X100F. I used the Fuji XT-2 and the 90mm and 18mm lenses. Here are a few of our favorites.




You can learn more about the horse show on the Xenophon web site.

SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer

I’ll bet you don’t have one of these!

A new instrument rendered with V-Ray. It also has this cartridge thingie.

Cartridge thingie

I even made a little animation which was looped during the launch announcement. Yay!


Learn more about the SeqStudio Genetic Analyzer.

Seattle

This was our first visit. We saw most of the obligatory sites – the Space Needle, Chihuly Gardens and the awesome MoPop. We rode the monorail. We enjoyed beautiful weather during most of our brief stay. It was a bit smoky from the numerous forest fires, but we did manage to see Mt. Rainier once from our eighth-floor room at the spectacular Thompson Seattle Hotel. The food was mostly very good. The sushi at Sushi Kashiba and the wonderful breakfast at Cafe Campagne are most memorable.

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