ABOUT ME

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
ALL IMAGES WILL ENLARGE WITH A LEFT CLICK

Thursday, 25 February 2016

A COUPLE OF FLAKES. (25/02/16)

Yesterday we had a couple of snow flakes but it looked for a time as if it was going to be a whole lot worse. 
To honour another fine day I decided to make a time lapse. I forgot to set the camera to small RAW so ended up with 1200 images at 5616 x 3744 pixels, over 27GB. I popped them into Photoshop and batch processed them in the RAW editor to adjust colour balance and get rid of all or most of the pesky little grease marks, I then converted them to Jpeg files but stupidly left them at their original resolution. I thought things were running a bit slowly and it wasn’t until I popped them into Blender to convert the sequence into a video that I realised how big the damn project size was.  This prompted me to clean up my disc drives. I got rid of 16GB of Temp files and about 6GB of redundant Windows update files. I decided that I’d defragmentate the drives whilst I was in the mood so set it all going and went to bed. I woke early this morning and waited ten minutes for Windows to configure all my cleaning up. Great ……Things are quicker but then I had a little box pop up saying did I want Yahoo Chromium. I never get anything from Yahoo as their security always seems a bit lax. I didn’t do anything and couldn’t delete the little box or shut it down. Before I knew it I had lost Chrome as my browser and purportedly had a Yahoo browser on my Chrome button. I shut down and restarted. It was still the same. Another fifteen minutes disappeared whilst I found the little sod, deleted it and Chrome. I then reinstalled Chrome. What a palaver and what a way to start the day.
Here is a video of it not raining or snowing.

 I decided that the water flow simulation that I posted the other day was not any good so set about doing another that didn't involve a surface material, fluid or particle systems. I'm pleased with this and if I place it strategically then it looks subtle and realistic. It's easy to animate and saves me having to learn to Bake. I always get in a mess with Baking and don't seem to be able to get my head round the job. If I don't bake then render times are in days and possibly weeks. This is a cube on the left slimmed down with volumetric shaders in and a noise texture, the one on the right is a cylinder. I think it looks fine in the shed but a bit crude out of it. It is infinitely variable so I'll get it animated on the next wet day and try and finish the shed video.
If anyone wants the node composition for this then feel free to drop me an email.
We are going out for another wander now as it is fine but not sunny. 

28 comments:

  1. The countryside looks like this island with those rolling hills. The cloud and their shadows are lovely.

    I don't understand any of the technical jargon you refer to but I enjoy seeing your progress.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marie, it is beautiful winter weather. It is drying out a bit now.
      I was going to stop posting it but though i get few comments I do get my fair share of hits and the occasional email about this blender and photo editing malarkey. I also enjoy trying to master it.

      Delete
  2. Love your time lapse, beautiful place. Interesting water effect but the technical stuff is way over my head.
    Cheers,

    ReplyDelete
  3. Gillian, I quite like doing time lapse. It's easy as well pop the camera in a field and forget about it for a while.

    ReplyDelete
  4. thanks for all your hard work to show us the film

    peter

    ReplyDelete
  5. Peter, it took a bit longer than I thought but I just leave the machine to do the heavy lifting.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Lovely watching the clouds at play and the peaceful, moody music! Good to be back to see what you've been up to while I was away.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really enjoyed watching your time lapse... all the clouds as they rolled through. Great footage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lynda, they are fun to watch. It's a pity they don't use them more professionally. Nature programmes here use them a lot and soccer programmes ought to.

      Delete
  8. The new liquid flow looks much more realistic.
    Clouds and music match well. Do I see some glitches in the time lapse, almost as though the processing skipped a few stills at very regular intervals, only really noticeable at full screen. Unless it's a problem this end.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John, Blender has a glitch on most video at around frame 100 or 4s in. I have looked at it and can see nothing wrong.
      I must learn to use fluid particles but when I have tried it goes to rats. Smoke modified seems to look better than water for some reason. There is more to this 3D business than I thought.

      Delete
  9. That's a great time lapse. I have never done this and probably never will, but I certainly appreciate seeing them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. John, there are several Apps to do them now but I still use the old ways.

      Delete
  10. There's something delightful about watching clouds ... heightened when they hasten like this and I know they are in the other side of the world. I'd love to see what you'd make if our summer thunderstorms. Jean

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jean, I was hoping for a bit more drama in the sky but it never happened. Not in the two hours that this was recording anyway.

      Delete
  11. This was fun to see... By the way, I very much appreciate your comments on my stuff. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Buenos videos Adrian. Se ve muy buen tiempo, me gusta como avanzan las nubes.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Laura, que son divertidos de ver.

      Delete
  13. Wow- that sounds exactly like my kind of luck with the browser change. Great video!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Terri, it did provoke a few naughty words but was soon sorted.

      Delete
  14. Enjoyed the time lapse as well ~ some very fast moving crows darting amidst the fields ~ music added a very relaxing atmosphere. Thanks :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Glo, when things start growing I'll do some more. I have an urge to timelapse fungi.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great work the time lapse. The sky is so moody and obviously being in the hills they're also so low.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Douglas, It looks as if today is the last sunny day for a while but we've had a good run. It turned out better than I hoped.

      Delete
  17. Your time lapse video is beautiful, Adrian. I'm delighted to hear you've had some reasonable weather.

    Best wishes - - - Richard

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Richard, the wet and rain is but a distant memory though I see it's snowing as I write this.

      Delete