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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 8 January 2016

RAIN AWAY. (08/01/16)

The rain has stopped and the temperatures dropped from the high units to -3°C last night. We had a good walk this morning, it is still very wet and boggy underfoot but at Least we got back dry.
I see these are the first photographs I've taken for a month, I had to think about the workflow and forgot to adjust colour temperature.
This bit of the forest path is blocked by newly fallen trees and a small lake.
A dry bit.
Do we have to swim through this?......'Fraid So.
Blue sky, this is the first I've seen since Christmas Day. I'd forgotten what it looks like.
I'm still spending a good four hours a day with Blender. I have a story line for a four minute video but it is a challenge and a half. The waterfall is now going to flow with virtual water but when I used a fluid with the same S.G. as water it looked awful when I baked and rendered it so I am now experimenting with thick smoke or high mass smoke. Lots to do. I will have to move files from file to file and I'm having problems. I can open a file to append but then have to select the object, material and anything else I want one bit at a time. It's still quicker than re-doing them but is a real pain.
Here is a bit of bird video that I did whilst learning the system. It is supposed to wink at you as it goes along but I got it's eyes going the wrong way. The sky imported perfectly and is going in the right direction. All these little things can take an hour to work out.


You will see it's beak also has a bulge, I missed that bit when weight painting vertices out.
I would have made this a Gif file but with the sky it was far too big.
Have a good weekend.

28 comments:

  1. It's good that you managed to get out for a dry(ish) walk at last Adrian.

    Oooooh!...scary eyes on the Stealth Starling, especially when it pops them out like that!!...[;o{

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    1. Trevor this job is harder than it looks I coloured in it's beak and managed to colour a bit of throat. I haven't found a foolproof method to undo things though CTRL+Z works on some operations.

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  2. I'm glad it stopped raining for you. Enough of those gray days for now. The bird is curious and brings a smile, interesting as it is. I wish you sun this weekend.

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    1. Marie, it is just playing but they slowly get more complex. The clouds are working pretty well now, forming and evaporating almost like real ones.

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  3. The bird is incredibly clever, but I'm so glad you're going outdoors again. Lovely photos.

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    1. Frances, the bird id very silly, I'll get it right one day. The photos are a change. I'm out twice a day but it's not been worth taking the camera.

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  4. I'm glad you managed to get out with the camera it's quite scary how quickly we forget how to work our cameras when we haven't used them for prolonged periods. Judging from the photos it looks like things got very waterlogged. We've even got snow forecasted for Wednesday!
    I'm still enjoying the video's but having problems accessing You Tube (issue at my end) have you/is it possible to put voice over on it so the starling speaks?

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    1. Douglas, it is. These are not what i was expecting but I was in a hurry.
      A voice over isn't a problem but the bird is. They are getting better but I'm having trouble rigging them and controlling the bones.

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  5. Its nice to have a bit of brightness for a change

    peter

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    1. Peter, it is wonderful but -5°C this morning with rain later.

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  6. Yes, we've had lots of rain here recently too. Everything is soggy! I like how your bird video is progressing.

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    1. Linda, it is progressing slowly. I will try several more as I want an opening beak and a flapping tail.

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  7. Nice to see that you got out--- I enjoyed the pictures. The bird as well. Trying to recover from an annoying bout of breathing/hearing clogging. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Bill we always get out but it was good to walk without driving rain. I hope you recover quickly.

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  8. I watched for a second time and agree your clouds look good. Good to see you out with the camera again, it must be quite a mission with all that water underfoot.

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    1. Pauline, the clouds are done to my satisfaction now. They are much easier to adjust.
      The place is a swamp and we are quite high up here. The glen is a mess.

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  9. You mean to say Moll didn't jump straight in the water?

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    1. Jen, she doesn't change. Always in mud or water. You are up late or early.

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  10. Enjoyed your outdoor photos, but LOVE the bird---amazing!!!

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    1. Kathleen, still a lot to do on the bird but it is heading in the right direction.

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  11. A tus perros les gusta el agua ;)) Buen video !!
    Un abrazo

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    1. Laura, Molly le gusta nadar, pero Alfie no tiene mucho interés.

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    1. Graham, it is difficult I look at things like Shrek with total admiration since I tried to animate things myself.

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  13. Hard to beat the expressiveness of your dogs on that wet path.
    41C here tomorrow and a severe risk of fire. (Finally gave up on trying to get Word Press comment to work and got new Google password. Sorry for being a lurker- if that's the term - meanwhile) Jean
    Jean

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    1. Jean, don't apologise the more the merrier.

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  14. Great shots of the forest - looks primordial.

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    1. David it is looking more and more like a swamp.

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