chedda wrote:A couple of things stand out, the harvest moon has an orange glow, the scene does not. Also the window frames do not meet the wall. The shadows are not really that realistic either. Being a loft and the fact you are looking up to me means that you wouldn't really see the top of the trees either. I've never use IRender nXt it looks like it renders fast is there anyway to increase the quality ?
Thanks for taking a look and for your comments. (I am always amazed how artistic people can see things that I do not see when they view a rendering.)
I just wanted to get a quick version out - hopefully to inspire some other people to render it with their own favorite rendering engine.
IRender nXt is a multi-pass renderer - meaning that the longer you let it render the better it gets. The image below was rendered for 500 passes and about an hour. To get better and better resolution of the shadows I could let in render overnight.
I liked the trees - so lets assume our loft is in a valley near a hill.
I could have placed the background on an actual surface - further outside the window - and then made it a light. I will do that for my next version.
Even better would have been an actual HDRi sky - which would have then used all the actual objects in the sky as light sources. But it is always a challenge to find a good night sky as an HDRi.
Also, I made the window itself the light source - which means that the shadows are all coming from the point of the window. Using the moon as a light source would make them more realistic.