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Time For Light Reflection
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Published: January 18, 2009
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The Nogard Dragon has the remarkable ability that it is able to pass through mirrors. It is not easy to catch the dragon in the act of doing so. The reason is that the animal likes to spend most of its time "on the other side". It is not known what it does there because we cannot get there. Of course, we can send one of our mirror images. But, like our shadows, our reflections are not very bright and have sofar not been of any use in attempts to track this mysterious beast.

Many people wonder what our strangely coloured friend does on these rare occasions when it is on our side. It makes me blush just to think about it. Everyone should discover this on their own. All you need is a reasonably sized mirror, and patience. Lots of patience. Place the mirror on a flat surface, sit very still and stare at it for a long, long time.


Technical details
This image has been generated using the POVRay raytracer. I created the original scene more than ten years ago, and recently decided to created a higher resolution image. In doing so, I fixed a few bugs (I noticed that the dragon's feet were not actually touching the floor and that it also crushed the glasses beneath one of its feet) and made a few other cosmetic changes (most notably, all shadows now have soft borders).

Note: No post-processing has taken place to make the illustion work. This is the 3D scene as it is rendered by the raytracer. "How can this be?" you may wonder. That's a good question indeed.
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Korwynze's avatar
Korwynze|Hobbyist Digital Artist

the story is wonderfull and the drawing too

but what does actualy exist in the mirrorworld

is it just our reflection?

or is it another world indeed...

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eriban's avatar
Thanks! Those are good questions. If only we knew the answers...
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Korwynze's avatar
Korwynze|Hobbyist Digital Artist

i'll ask einstein

*steps into portal*

((lol))

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Intro71292|Hobbyist General Artist
So well done.:clap:
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Intro71292|Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome. :D
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inspiredcreativity|Professional Digital Artist
In the world of perspective, reflections in spheres have to be the most difficult to get right, and then to reflect that in a mirror is even more challenging. This is beautifully done.
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eriban's avatar
Thanks. In a way you get the nice spherical reflections for free when using ray-tracing as a technique to generate the images. However, that's also the difficulty. The reflection physics are as they are and reflect in a wide range of directions. This creates a few challenges to achieve the illusion, as you might imagine.
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inspiredcreativity|Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome. Life would be dull with its challenges, but sometimes life is overly generous with challenges, lol.
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Stareon|Hobbyist General Artist
This is quite a mesmerizing image. The reflections on the mirror and glass sphere really draw me in.
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eriban's avatar
Thanks, and I know what you mean. The image still draws me in every once in a while as well.
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UltimateCreature5757's avatar
Wow! Imagine the reward you'd receive for the dragon's capture! Oh my!...........You would have enough money to hire Chuck Norris to be your personal body guard for the rest of your life!
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eriban's avatar
I spot two flaws in your perfect plan though. First of all, how to capture the dragon? Secondly, the guy is seventy... But then again, he is Chuck Norris of course. Okay, make that only one flaw. ;-)
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UltimateCreature5757's avatar
Exactly, with a creature that impossible to get a hold of, that would make the most eager biologist give away their very soul just to examine it!
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Ravenswd's avatar
You said that the picture is of a dragon going into the mirror, but when my wife saw it she thought it was a tentacle coming out of the mirror. That would be scarier! :noes:
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eriban's avatar
I don't think I considered making what's now a dragon's tail a tentacle when I originally made the image. It would definitely give the image a much more ominous feel. I quite like the idea :-). Given that it should not be too much effort, I will probably make a variant of this image with a tentacle instead. Thanks for the suggestion! :thanks:
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Lachbee's avatar
:wow: that's amazing!! i love it!:love: :D:D:D:D:D:D:D :love:
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eriban's avatar
Thanks for the comment and :+fav:. Happy to hear that you like the image! :-)
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BatmanWithBunnyEars's avatar
The reflections are so perfect and true to color, they're like giant water droplets. That alone seems magical, in a gravity-defying way. The creative way you captured the dragon in several reflections, including accurate spherical abberation, without showing more than the tip of its tale subtly resting in the real world, was very creative and well-planned. Did ray-tracer help with the spherical distortion?
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eriban's avatar
Thanks for kind words :thanks:. Yes, the ray-tracer definitely helps with the spherical distortion. It does a perfect job calculating these and other reflections. So that's easy. The difficult bit in this case, however, is to create the illusion in spite of these perfect reflections. There's quite a bit of trickery involved to make the illusion work :wizardhat:. All is not quite as it seems...
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Hop41's avatar
I would stare at a mirror for a long time but I don't want to appear narcissistic.
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eriban's avatar
Ah well, your loss. It's really an interesting create to behold, the Nogard Dragon. Furthermore, don't be afraid that it thinks that you're narcistic. It doesn't see the mirror at all. Just lock the room to make sure nobody else sees you... ;-)
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