Turning a normal scene>arctic scene

The next brief set for this weekly project is to turn a scene we have photographed into an “arctic” (snowy scene). In order to do this I will need a photograph I have shot in 1920 x 1080 resolution. Alex did not clarify what software but I think I will be using Nuke mostly but maybe with Photoshop and Maya. I have created such scenes in Photoshop but not in Nuke so it will e a fun challenge.

Analysing some Snowy scenes. 

I began this process by analysing such scenes! This way I will have visual confirmation what I am envisioning in my head.

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Above are two photos that I took a couple of winters ago. I wanted to analyse for my composite scene. What can I note from the above images. 1. The further away something the lack of detail. Almost creating the illusion of a 2d. Furthermore there is a lack of red and greens, focusing more on whites and blues. Browns are more prevalent.

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Above are snow scenes as well as VFX built snow films in TV and film. I wanted to create a mood board of this to look at the difference from say my photographs above and this. There is a lot more atmosphere. A huge part in creating VFX is creating a sense of atmosphere. This is something I should consider when trying to create my snowy scene.

Experimenting


Attempt 1 – Shot in 34c in Tokyo this summer 

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Original

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The above I tried to take into account some of the depth perception Sean was talking about during his lesson of Matte Painting. I blurred out the furthest away from the camera and increased the blue as it was further away. Further more from my studies from the above I tried to make the stuff which is furthest away look more 2D. I also added snowflakes in the foreground in order to distract the viewers like Sean said.


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I experimented with using rotoscope but in the end sued photoshop to separate the different elements. And work with roto after.


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Plotting down some ideas for how I wanted the piece to look like.


Attempt 2 – Photographed in Norfolk two weeks ago

I wanted to carry out another experiment playing around with atmosphere of the piece. A big part of putting such scenes in films.

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I really enjoyed paying around changing the tone of a piece through atmosphere and changing the temperature of the image. It is a technique I want to improve more. For instance on this experiment I want to add more realistic snow. I think it looks fake and not realistic I could have added elements of real snow or adding a blur node or grain node to loose the sharpness of the snow.


Other versions

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Sketching out ideas
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