Back in the day, there was a piece of music and an album of the same name, by Vangelis O
, that partook of the mystery & magic of 2001 A Space Odyssey. See for yourself:Albedo 0.39
Brad: You ought to use Spiral in your modcast, it fits the logo so well.
I was thinking about lighting my scene in a way they didn't think of in the film. Actually, I was thinking of the scene below, looking at the earth and thinking of using it to light my scene, when Albedo 0.39 sprung to mind. For those who don't know it, albedo is the amount of light reflected from an object, relative to the amount of light shining on it. The earths albedo is 0.39. In the movie, they used a matte painting of the earth and stars, and shined a light on it. I propose to use the same painting (or a reasonable facsimile), but on a luminous panel, and let it light up Orion and the Station from the opposing side to the sun.
I'm wondering how to set this up in modo and calculate the amounts. Does modo know albedo? The Station is 322.42 miles from earth, at the closest point. Hmmmmm.
Another thing: I did a test light setting, setting the Directional Light to Physical sun, but my reference model was an ugly yellow color. Bagh Humbug! Physical Sun is relative to light on earth and time of day, irrelevant to light/location in space.
There's an ideal solution to this in modo I'm sure. One of you math genius modonauts ought to know this one.
Meandering thoughts....A Rose By Any Other Name
Vangelis O. That "O", is the initial of his last name, an almost unpronounceable Greek name. For us, it was never just Vangelis, it was always Vangelis O
. That sound pattern stuck in my mind, that "Oh" on the end. When I was thinking of a name for my 3D commercial art activities, mulling over variations, one day I was organizing folders on my computer, particularly, one for my art...I started with "Art", but then qualified that with "Leon Art". Leon Art LeonArt LeonArtO
LEONARTO! Leonardo Da Vinci...( my childhood hero, the one I wanted to be like). If that "O" was an abbreviation, what was it an abbreviation of? What do I do? I transform the products of my imagination into objective reality. They are Objectivizations. So, when I bought modo and joined the 3D community, I became LeonArtO3D. Ah, the memories, 2nd floor Victorian, overlooking St. Charles Avenue, shrouded by a canopy of giant oaks, a few blocks from Tulane & Loyola. Listening to Pink Floyd, Yes, Moody Blues, and Vangelis O.
Quote from gelmi :
The stars pictures in this link: http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/
Thanks Gelmi, these are some of my favorite space pictures. I'll use them somewhere, for sure. Chuck C will be along shortly with a tutorial on lighting these up.
Edit: I was never satisfied by the lightshow version in the movie, compared with what I was led to expect from the book, with the spaceship graveyards and space cities. If it were done today, it would be much more... Some of it was great, but it could have been so much better. One of you gamers ought to be able to come up with some scenes to fly through to boggle the mind. Just remember, the star people are watching, and will blink your weapons out of existence.
Oh yes, this is kind of important for me. One major thing missing from the original model of Orion and the space station are navigation warning lights, landing lights and such. I believe I see some places for them on wing tips, but they were not lit up. I want mine to have working lights.
I live near enough to the airport to have lots of planes coming in for landing in my night sky. For a long time I've thought of modeling a plane with lights and animating the plane coming in across the horizon to land where all you see of the plane are the lights and what they shine on. I need some resources for aircraft lights.
Message edited by LeonArtO3D on 2/7/2011 - 9:55 PM