I’m writing articles for a 3D Artist Magazine for a while now. Usually, I was working with Solidangle Arnold as my main render engine (it still is), but on this occasion I got an opportunity to play with a Vray 3.6 for Maya. 3D Artist Magazine and Chaos Group were kind enough to provide a licence for the latest V-Ray release. So, here is the screenshot of the article:
During the November of 2017. I had an opportunity to do something I haven’t done yet – to share my knowledge at the CGA conference as an Arnold Workshop Tutor. I decided to go with a basics of skin shading in Arnold 5, as the new SSS in Arnold 5 was a bit mysterious for a lot of people. As a model I used scanned head of Emily O’Brien, also known as Digital Emily from Wikihuman project. The Workshop and the entire CGA conference were great, I had fun with a lot of friends that I haven’t saw for a while and also met a lot of new people interested in the computer graphics. Here are some shots from the workshop:
And here is the Emily in Arnold 5:
Couple of years ago Sam Burford from Chelsea College of Arts contacted me and asked if he can use Coffee Table for his academic journal. I said yes, and eventually forgot about it. Few days ago I received a package containing a copy of Philosophy of Photography, featuring images of Coffee Table. Thanks to Sam Burford for this amazing surprise! Here are some images of this great academic journal:
Couple of days ago I have received a TLR (twin lens reflex) camera as a gift from my girlfriend. She bought me an old Mamiyaflex C2, made somewhere around 1960. It’s a fully mechanical camera made like a Swiss watch – no batteries or any digital parts.
Due to its old age and mechanical nature, the only way to test it is to shoot some film. I took a roll of 120 Ilford HP5+ 400 and used the lunch break at work to take some photos. But, because of the holidays, the only place that can develop B&W film was closed. Then I have decided to develop the film myself. Although I have never developed any film, there are a lot of guides on the internet, so I wrote down all the stuff needed for the process. I borrowed a Paterson tank from my friend Marina, bought all the chemicals I needed for the process and here are the results:
I was amazed by the results. Mamiyaflex lenses are probably the sharpest set of lenses I’ve ever tried (I have 3 analog cameras and at least 10 lenses and also a dslr) and the entire development process is really interesting. It adds a whole new level of fun to photography. I recommend anyone to try it.
Here is some technical info about the process:
Prewash: 1-2mins, distilled water
Developer: Kodak D76, dilution 1+1, 12mins, agitation first 10s every 60s
Stop bath: just a 3 full rinses with tap water, around 60-90s
Fixer: Fomafix, dilution 1+5 for 5mins, agitation for first 10s, every 60s
Wash: distilled water + a drop of “Taš”, local detergent for dishes
This blog post is not a tutorial or anything similar, I was so mind-blown by the whole process and a new camera that I decided to share my thoughts.
Now, back to CG 🙂
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