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Thank you to everyone who participated!  I now declare the Challenge closed at 29 images excluding mine.  That's a great turnout.  Be sure and have a look at everyone's entries before you go!

Rules:

1.  The render must be somehow related to darkness.  It can be at night, but any sort of darkness will do.  If you're not sure how to light a night scene in Iray, here's some help.
Tutorial: Lighting and Rendering Night ScenesHere is the YouTube version of this tutorial, and here is the accompanying tutorial on using Canvases.
Working with the Iray render engine, and seeing what people do with it on deviantart, over time I've seen the same mistakes repeated many times.  One of the most common that I see has to do with rendering night scenes or other scenes that are meant to be dark.
The thing is that the human eye is bad at seeing in the dark.  If you render literally what someone would be seeing, your scene will look terrible, but this is exactly what I see many people doing.  Hollywood movies often use two specific techniques to create night scenes: lit foreground objects against dark backdrops and "blue-for-night" lighting.  There's a third option (used more in horror) that I will also cover, the use of strong specular highlights and/or rim lighting.  Let's take them one at a time.
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2.  It must be rendered in the Iray render engine. 
4.  It must be created on or after 06/17/18.  Challenge closes on 07/01/18.  There's not a prize, we each get to have our work seen and see some fun images from others on the same theme!
5.  Postwork, doing sims in other programs, etc., it's all fine as long as the render itself is done in Iray.  It doesn't matter what figures or models you use either.  You don't have to list anything about how the render was made, but it's always interesting to see what techniques people use.
6.  NSFW is fine, but please make sure you set your image as Mature if it contains nudity, sex, gore, lethal violence, or something unusually terrifying, like going to the dentist.
7.  You may do a maximum of 3 entries.  I normally do 2 to serve as examples/inspiration.  They're at top left.


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Post a link to your image in the comments and I will add it to the journal post!

  








Index of previous render challenges:


 
  • Listening to: cat fountain running
  • Reading: Lovecraft stories
  • Watching: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
  • Playing: Minecraft
  • Eating: nothing
  • Drinking: nothing
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:iconzenosisuk:
ZenosisUK Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AH oops forgot to submit mine, oh well :(
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Carraig 2018 by Mavrosh
Just in time! :D
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thank you!! :)
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
Today is the first of July... do I still have this day for the challenge?
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! Last day.
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:iconfyranuanser:
FyraNuanser Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Hope I can slip this in at the last moment as it was inspired by this challenge but took longer than I expected to get the skin and hair right.

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Feeling the Heat II by FyraNuanser

It's lit with an HDRI environment which is completely black except for ceiling lights. I used one disk mesh spot for fill on the character and another to bring out the background and provide a bit of backlighting for the character.


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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You bet, I'll take entries all through today and cut it off at midnight my time (or whenever I go to bed).  Thanks for joining!
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:iconfyranuanser:
FyraNuanser Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Great :) You got a very good turn out—31 I make it.
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well, 29 without mine.  One short of tying the record. :D  Still I'm very pleased so many people are participating!
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:iconsaradoc1972:
Saradoc1972 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 1, 2018
Here is my entry. Began as an extensive study on god rays. Uses mainly contrast set to .5 and a mellow yellow as white point for darkness effects.
Honestly up to no Good

SchoolhouseFinal3 by Saradoc1972  
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining in.  I've added it to the journal. :)
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:iconmrtibetanfox:
MrTibetanFox Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you for inspiration. Here is my night scene.
Ms.Kitty: Night shift by MrTibetanFox
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining in!  I've added it. :)
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:icong-abi-k:
G-abi-K Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My contribution to the challenge :)
I hope it suits the topic

Fireflies attack  - Fantasy Art by G-abi-K
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)  I've added it to the journal!
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:icong-abi-k:
G-abi-K Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many Thanks :)
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:iconjoepingleton:
JoePingleton Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2018   Filmographer
I thought that my experiment from last night might fit into this theme. What do you think?

Traffic Stop by JoePingleton
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely. :)
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:iconjoepingleton:
JoePingleton Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018   Filmographer
Hug 
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:iconsleta:
sleta Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Well let's try!

Mature Content

Looming Night by sleta
 
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I've added it to the journal!
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:iconsleta:
sleta Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Haa thanks you!^^
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:iconpratev:
Pratev Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I decided to give it a go! I couldn't decide which view I liked better, so here are two versions:
 

Mature Content

My Hero by Pratev

Mature Content

My Hero (04) by Pratev
 

I've never really done nighttime renders before. Thanks for inspiring me to expand my abilities a little!
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Saucy and clever.  I'm adding them both.
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:iconsoup-sammich:
soup-sammich Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry for consideration! :D
Chinese Balloons by soup-sammich
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous!  I've added it to the journal :)
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:iconsoup-sammich:
soup-sammich Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and great challenge idea! :)
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:iconsoup-sammich:
soup-sammich Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I can submit a second one, I'd like to put this one up for consideration! Coming For You by soup-sammich
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:iconphilopp:
Philopp Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here is my entry: The expedition, or the discovery of Alexander's tomb

Expedition by Philopp

Expedition
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. :)  I've added it to the journal!
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:iconbubblecloud:
BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the inspiration, I made my first night scene in Iray :aww:

Tink 01 by BubbleCloud
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for joining us!  I've added it to the journal!
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:iconbubblecloud:
BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:party:
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:iconthecrymsonwolf:
TheCrymsonWolf Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018
Ambush by TheCrymsonWolf  
Probably a lot I could still do on this one, still trying to figure out this lighting thing.
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining us, I've added it to the journal!

Rim lights?
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:iconthecrymsonwolf:
TheCrymsonWolf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018
Fallout Tribute 20180630 by TheCrymsonWolf  
Added spotlights to the light post, as I couldn't find the lights themselves to illuminate, also put a fire in the burn barrel, finally got it to about what I was wanting.  Rim lights would probably help the audiences night vision to see the characters better, I need a better video card and more RAM before I can go too much further in this, four character and a scene is about the max my system can take
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:iconjepegraphics:
jepegraphics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018   Digital Artist
I would like to submit this one. :)  Machines by jepegraphics
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I've added it to the journal. :)
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:iconjepegraphics:
jepegraphics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018   Digital Artist
Love 
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:iconcrowndigitalart:
CrownDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I may submit another I did inspired in part by this challenge/theme :)

Mature Content

Aftermath of Survival by CrownDigitalArt
 
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Sure!  I've added it to the journal!
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:iconcrowndigitalart:
CrownDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would like to submit:
Digital Ascendant by CrownDigitalArt
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've added it to the journal.  Cool idea, and a good read of the silhouette against the backdrop!
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:iconcrowndigitalart:
CrownDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconkholettedrake:
KholetteDrake Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
A wild entry appears!

Mature Content

Some People Wrestle With Their Inner Demons... by KholetteDrake
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining us, I've added it to the journal! :)
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:iconpsideschain:
PsiDeschain Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018
My render for the challenge: Dru - Haunted Woods by PsiDeschain  
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I've added it. :)
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:iconkittenwylde:
kittenwylde Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's mine.
Kitty At Night by kittenwylde  
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:iconsickleyield:
SickleYield Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for joining in, I've added it to the journal :)
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