Underwater Competition Results
FinalistsThese are the entries that stood out to me and almost won:
In regards to composition, detail and completeness, you win. The turtle alone is a huge task, let alone the coral reef and fish. It falls short of realism however when inspecting the turtles skin and also the lighting on the underbelly. But it's almost there! I could definitely see something this hanging on the wall of someone's house. Just a little bit more detail and this will be amazing. Great effort.
The winner of last month's competition returns for another shot at the title! Another fine image. The detail and depth separates it from others. From the rusty chain to the schools of fish swimming around, you can see the amount of work that's gone into it. The low camera angle assumes dominance, and makes the sea god look big and powerful. Nice! However, artistically I think it fell short in the composition. The bright light in the background draws the viewers attention more than the main figure, which is wrong. It's tricky to create backlight shots, so I don't doubt you spent a while on this. But in future, high levels of contrast (ie. bright lighting) needs to be on the main area of focus (the sea god's face), not the background. But overall this is a fine image. Great attempt!
This one is just cool. The smug look on the octopus' face makes it easy on the eyes. It's far from realistic, but I'm sure that wasn't your goal. I like the natural frame that the ground provides and also the caustics shining through the water. Definitely an ambitious project to attempt with Luxrender! The repetitive texturing and lack of detail on the octopuses (or is it octopods?) are it's biggest downfalls, but overall I like the simplicity of it all. Well done!
With 121 entries, deciding on a winner wasn't easy (as every judge inexplicably states), but I finally narrowed it down to my favourite: