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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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Thursday, 19 May 2016

WHAT A PUZZLE. (19/05/16)

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I took this a couple of days ago as the new leaves were looking quite exciting. I then thought the image could do with a bit of a lift so had a go and made a mess. Not to worry, I’ve posted worse.
Last night, the previous evening and the afternoon before I’ve been trying to figure out how to get my animated video titles to cast a shadow on the video running behind them. I thought it would be a simple compositing job but it is proving far more complex. I now have half a result by popping a plane behind the animated text and making it pure white to catch the shadows. It does that in fine style but when I convert it to Multiply blend it leaves a grey cast on the video. I looked for a ‘How To Do It’ on the internet but it seems that Blender struggles with this job. There is a tutorial in German but I’ll have to see what he does as I understand about one word in a hundred*. If it rains today I’ll have another go. Tomorrow is forecast to be sunny so I’ll go insecting first thing then I have to go mowing. It’s all go.
 *  One word in a hundred doesn't sound so bad but Germans can make a sentence into a word. Little wonder they are often misunderstood.

12 comments:

  1. Do you ever think that sometimes you set the bar too high?

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    1. Graham, I like having a problem to ponder over. I have now moved the shadows to a separate render layer and used an Alpha or transparent channel it looks good on one frame but now I have to mask and track the shadow as the lettering changes size shape and position. This is a really tedious job usually performed by a numpty with a doctorate in film studies. I may give it a miss and watch a few episodes of Yesterday in Parliament from 2008 or see if I can find a numpty. It would make hand colouring frame by frame the Red Coat in Schindler's List seem exciting.
      I guess the answer is yes.

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  2. The effect on the photo is curious but not bad.

    We are finally having some warm weather here so the leaves may appear in the next few weeks.

    Have a great day whatever you do.

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  3. I think back to the drawing board with that image Adrian.

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    1. No way Margaret. Win some lose some. Few folk will see it and those that do a quick glance will be enough.

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    1. Bill it passed on a few minutes whilst my porridge was cooking.

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  5. Interesting image. I should have read the text before I puzzled over it for so long. By the way, love your comment about the graveyard. It works as an incentive - do what you can while you can and be thankful for that.

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    1. Pauline, I used to smile at school when teachers used. "Do you want to end up a binman?" The answer was yes but I never had the nerve to tell them. Bin men work job and finish and have more free time than teachers, were fitter and on the whole more interesting.

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  6. I'm wondering what Salvador Dali would do with a dslr, you tube, a laptop and photoshop now, thanks ;-)
    I fully understand the German thing though, having worked for a German company I often found myself baffled and banging my head against a wall. Maybe the tutorial has an English/American version on You Tube?

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    1. Douglas, Dali would make more of it than I ever will.
      I think I have nearly sorted the shadow malarkey. It is very time consuming so I will really have to settle on a title to make it worth while.

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