23 Mar 2011

Mental Ray Rendering

Rendering Analysis:

render 1

custom settings


render 2
rendering time 0:38
bsp size 10
bsp depth 60
sampling 2

render 3
rendering time 0:41
bsp size 10
bsp depth 50
sampling 2


render 4
rendering time 0:34
bsp size 10
bsp depth 60
sampling 1

rendering time 0:34,bsp size 10,bsp depth 60,sampling 1

Motion Blur:

Maya Software 3D motion blur (Shutter angle 90)

Mental ray 3D motion blur (No deformation)

Depth of Field:
 Foocal lenghts is set to 20,  F-stop to 15

No Lens-bokeh

the setting for Lens-Bokeh in this image were :
Plane 4.1
Radius: 0.6
Bias: 1
Sampling: 12
Anti-aliasing: 0.04

The lens effect gives a very interesting effect and appears to be worth-while to experiment with . Especially interesting to me is the posibility to plug in custom bokeh shapes, which give such interesting effect

Realy really impressive...


  1. pacman will never die!!! :)

  2. Okay JJ - what follows are just an old man's thoughts in response to that conversation we had earlier about your Framing Practice assignment.

    You suggested that the problem with 'deconstruction' etc. is that it breaks everything down but doesn't then offer any clear solutions to the problems it identifies. The issue of the 'positive' effect of deconstructionism is, I'd argue, one of making a distinction between 'conscious' and 'unconscious' involvement with cultural assumptions. Arguably, many individuals are 'victimised' by binary oppositions etc. because they are 'unconscious' of their existence; therefore, if you're a woman who relates to men in a particular way because that is 'normal' and 'natural', the woman can't imagine relating to men differently. Only when what is 'normal' or 'natural' is revealed as 'constructed' out of cultural ideology, can individuals identify alternate ways of behaving/interacting with the systems of meaning all around them.

    Arguably then, there is a related idea - that of alienation: in theoretical terms, 'alienation' activates when a person is estranged from themselves or from their 'proper' nature. There are a number of different theories of Alienation - Karl Marx, Hegel, Erich Fromm, Richard Schacht - and some related ideas, principally Anomie:


    The point about arguments about alienation is that they rely on an idea that there is an 'agreed' or 'universal' state of being that is normal - from which we are somehow 'alienated'. Of course, as you'll now realise, the reliability of a 'universal' idea is itself at the heart of the problem...

    Derrida argued that binary oppositions somehow 'alienate' us from ourselves, because they impose fictional (constructed) hierachies on our relationships to each other and the world. If you follow his argument, it seems possible that we might be able - via deconstruction - to get 'back' to some original status that is 'unconstructed' and 'real'. However, Derrida wasn't interested in 'saving us' from binary oppositions and delivering us to a 'utopian' solution - rather, he wanted to 'make problems' for our world views and assumptions - to make us 'conscious' of what, before, was 'invisible' to us. Therefore, I'd argue that we end our alienation from ourselves only when we become conscious of our alienation; conscious alienation is the beginning of critical thought and a certain philosophical maturity.

    Artists, particularly, use their 'conscious' alienation to examine and deconstruct what societies refer to as 'normal' or 'natural' - poets, writers, artists are valued culturally because they 'reveal' - they stand 'outside' of culture, so that they can deconstruct it. Indeed, the role of art might arguably be to 'problematise' and 'destabilise' the constructions in which we live 'unconsciously'. Therefore, art and artists are our 'wake up' call to just how much our relationship to the world is 'built' and not 'naturally occurring' or 'essential' or 'universal'.

    Phew - not sure this is useful!

  3. whoa, I was right to think I need to get this from you :D
    I think this is the missing 'part three' of my dissertation structure.

    Thanks a lot for your efforts :]