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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.
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Sunday, 10 January 2016

STRIVING. (10/01/16)

The rain is here again. Yesterday afternoon I did some more work on the murmaration animation. The birds swooping about are getting much better and the basic landscape is done; it still needs a waterfall, some trees and a hundred or so rocks.  I got in a mess with my camera flying across the landscape but I am getting there. It flys very smoothly but although it is set to focus on an empty which I can place where I want it either doesn’t or it looks for a target that isn’t there.
I decided that an MGM type opening sequence would look good but with a bird instead of a lion. I can do the light beams but am having the devils own job with the bird though I have got a little roar for it to say.bird-3 Here is the bird. It’s no good I’ll have to start again as it won’t animate properly. All I want it to do is tuck it’s tongue in and out, swivel it’s eyes, open and shut it’s beak. It does have nostrils so I could have a bit of breath coming out of them. This one is a mess. I’ll start again with a cube and do some more reading in WIKIBlender.
untitled This is the landscape the starlings will fly over and hopefully the camera will do the same. I’ve not done the waterfall yet and you can ignore the black bits as it’s a minutes job to scale the cliff when I have some boulders in the scene.
All this is very silly but I find it a challenge and much harder than I would have believed possible. What else is there to do whilst the rain pours down?

26 comments:

  1. Such a great pastime during the rainy weather.

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    1. Marie, I had a bad day yesterday but still managed to learn a few things.

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  2. Your patience far exceeds anything I could muster for the task. I'm sure it'll be very impressive when it's finished though.

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    1. Graham, I'm impressed already but then I'm biased.

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  3. Adrian, I think it's time for another pretty walk. With camera.

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    1. Frances, it is but cameras don't work well for me on nasty days.

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  4. Hey, that landscape looks pretty good.

    It is pouring here as well, but at this time of year, it never washes away all of the snow. I wish it did, and then we could start over with fresh stuff.

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    1. John, I found a new tool for helping with landscapes but I didn't find it until I'd done this one. It is editable so I'll try and give it a polish here and there.

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  5. HI Adrian You seem to have the patience of Job with all this new stuff.

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    1. Margaret, not really I just enjoy it it. I must be masochistic as success is illusive.

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  6. Fascinating stuff---can't wait for more!

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    1. Kathleen, there will be more but whether it will ever be finished is another matter.

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  7. I'm enjoying the journey...

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    1. Bill, I am but Blender does have idiosyncrasies. Depending what tool or feature you are using mouse buttons are pretty random, RMB is nearly always select but it isn't confirm. It makes life interesting when I move between this and Adobe.

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  8. I agree with Bill. It's like being along for the journey checking progress each day. A slow journey but interesting all the same. It's holding my attention.

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    1. Pauline, glad that it is of interest. I'm dreaming the damn thing.

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  9. I'm sure, in the future, that bird could be animated to say lots of nice(?) things about dithery and his cohorts?

    The landscape looks good...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, the idea had occurred to me..........Nothing much more to say about them that's the trouble.

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  10. All of this is just slightly over my head...but fun to watch! Have a great day!

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    1. Terri, it's more than slightly over my head. I'm just trying to learn to work it.

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  11. oh wow Adrian! soon you would be creating animation shows in your channel!

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    1. Ruby, I don't think it will be anytime soon.

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  12. I could just imagine your bird with the Woody Woodpecker voice. (2nd attempt with corrected spelling)

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    1. John, I now have several birds. They all look much the same and not very birdlike.

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  13. Wonderful stuff, Adrian! If that bird had been sitting in a twig, rather than a length of dowel, I could almost imagine it was real! Seriously though - I think your bird is delightful. Just don't be tempted to place it in your mountain stream environment!

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    1. Richard, don't worry I won't it may get lost.

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