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six blade knife

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Mature  |  Published: June 11, 2017
© 2017 - 2019 Laspe
DAZ Studio - Iray - Photoshop - NIK Collection


While trying things with the GTX 1080 Ti and naked women, I ended up with another artistic nude. The only studio I could find though was Barrs’ basement, and the only light available was an incandescent bulb dangling from the ceiling. Next time I should probably rent a corner from Poses17 Studio.

The idea was to try higher SubD levels for the mesh and for displacement. I could not go higher than level 3 for the mesh: for some reason DAZ Studio stuck at Compiling Shaders 0/1 stage when I increased SubD to 4 after having already set the displacement to SubD 5. I will try increasing the mesh to level 5 and removing displacement maps. I am not sure whether there is any visible advantage in using displacement, also because I have already in some way added the same maps to bump and normal channels.


Credits:

- Six Blade Knife written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. I was actually saving this title for some future scene from the main story, but in the end decided to use it here.

- Chemicq for the suggestion to play around with higher subdivision levels.


Other notes pertaining to a few exchanges we recently had:

- For BlackTalonArts: All the props and setting here use Mec4d PBS Shader Presets to some extent.

- For LmAnt: Frame width here is set to 12.52 mm, which is the frame width for Super 16 mm film I was trying to simulate. Focal length is 16 mm, i.e. focal length of one of the prime lenses used for Super 16 mm format. Focal distance is 63.45 cm to focus on the center of her right eye. As always, aperture is an unrealistic f/64. I of course do not know whether with all that the image looks like a Super 16 mm still or not.


PS: Now I am absolutely behind with comments and responses.


Cheers,
Laspe

:mafioso 

Image size
4000x2400px 6.44 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and for the favorite as well!
Saradoc1972's avatar
Great work, super realistic textures and all came out wonderful. Was is that about the camera settings? Any good leads where I could educate myself about focal length & distance, is that something to do with depth of field?
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind comment and for the favorite. If I understand your question correctly, a good place to start would be basic photography and how it works. DAZ Studio tries to replicate that, although somewhat differently compared to how a camera works, but the basics are mostly the same. Here is a link that I found on the internet just now, as an example of basis tutorials: www.geofflawrence.com/photogra…

Alternatively, you can try searching DAZ Forums and may find some information there specific to the software: www.daz3d.com/forums/
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and for the favorite as well!
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EM-FarrowProfessional Digital Artist
Sooooo goood!
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Y-PhilHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome scene: the pose, the expression and the work on her skin are fantastic :heart::heart::heart:
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the kind comment and the favorite, Phil! :)
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Y-PhilHobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome Laspe :aww:
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Chase81Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive! :D (Big Grin) 
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much! :)
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JonX67Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! All the perfect details!
She really looks alive
For now.
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much, and for the favorite too!
I do hope that she will stay alive, and whatever thoughts she may have at the moment will quickly pass!
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therat1200Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super work, Laspe
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you much! :)
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LmAntStudent Digital Artist
Your settings are definitely making this looking like a still from a movie!
The depth that's created here is pretty amazing, technically.
And the intensity in terms of the story does not stand behind that :)
It's great to know all the technical details about how you did it. I've never worked with other sub-devisions than the default. But I guess I am going to try something now :)
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I am not sure whether there is an advantage in jacking up the minimum render sub-division to anything more than 3 for few characters, or 4 for a single character. And I didn’t notice a visible difference with displacement sub-division raised to 5 as opposed to traditional 3, for example.

I see this image as the most intense I made on emotional level, be it that she sees no way out in the hands of her captor (a scenario if image is viewed in connection to the story); or be it that she is left by her owner (another possible scenario if the image is viewed as separate scene). I do hope that the thought occurred to her just for a brief moment, and she will drop that knife.

Thank you again, and for the favorite! :)
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LmAntStudent Digital Artist
You're welcome! 
I totally agree on the emotional level! :)
It actually doesn't make much difference if you look at it in connection to the story or not.
The feeling of being lost (haha!) is strong either way. And the absence of hope none the less!

I made some trials with sub-divisions meanwhile...and I didn't see any difference at all. Maybe it's something for large close-ups, which I seldom do. 
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
You observations are always spot on (lost and absence of hope)! :)
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LmAntStudent Digital Artist
:)
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subvirginsHobbyist Digital Artist
Rowrrrrr!!! So hot and amazing.  Laspe you're so talented!! :omg: :faint:  (Yes, I had to comment twice on this one. It really is sensational.)
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LaspeHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the kind words, Cheryl! Really appreciate and the second comment as well, of course! :wave:
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