July 2, 2009 in Services (E)
[prMac.com] Scheveningen (The Haque), The Netherlands - The Dutch Light is famous all over the world. The great painters captured the Dutch light in their paintings. Today there is a online shop that will bring the future version of the Dutch Light in the form of Dutch Skies 360 to the customers. The Dutch Skies 360 are affordable - Royalty free - HDRI images that will be available in the sIBL 2.0 format. The images can be used for Visual effects, 3D, architecture, game development etc.
In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.
sIBL is a short name for Smart Image Based Lighting. In short its a single click preset ready-made lighting solution to make very easy photorealistic renderings that works with most of the important 3D apps like: Lightwave, 3ds MAX, Maya Modo and XSI. Currently there is a promo action on the HDRLabs website that is a cooperation between HDRLabs and Bob Groothuis: you can visit the promo action in the link below.
What's in the package? Every sIBL set that is available in the online store contains:
* 8k (8000 x 4000 pixels) spherical JPEG background
* 4k (4000 x 2000 pixels) spherical HDR for reflection
* Lowres lightmap ( 360 x 180 pixels) spherical blurred
* Thumbnail JPG (128 x 128 pixels)
* The sIBL document
All 9 spherical renders (exposures) at JPG at 11K (11.700 X 5850 pixels). These extra renders are all exposures that were made to generate the HDR. So you can make a bigger HDR at 11k by yourself if you need it. Or you even can exposure blend / enfuse the images. This means that you are very flexible in post production.
Previews and The analog Panorama Previewer
All images have big previews in the online shop. (What you see is what you get). Next to the big previews another preview is available. A very special 3D model was created for the online shop: the Analog Panorama viewer. To show the potential of the individual HDR images as a light-source, they are used in a 3D scene, and rendered in Modo. The 3D Testmodel is an Analog Panorama viewer, or what it could look like, if such a device should exist. (The mechanism is used to clean the reflective Sphere.)
Exclusive First Pick
In the store there is a special area called Exclusive First Pick. Customers can buy the exclusive images directly for $413 USD (299 euro) excl. VAT. The big advantage is that the buyer is guaranteed that the images are only sold to the buyer. The images are visible in JPG/PDF. Every two weeks new Exclusive Pick images will appear. The images sold through Exclusive First Pick will not be available in the online shop. After the 10 days the Exclusive First Pick Images will be, if not sold, appear in the online shop.
* Platform independent - You need one of the following 3D applications: Lightwave, 3ds MAX, Maya Modo and XSI.
Pricing and Availability
$9.99 USD (7,50 euro) excl VAT for each sIBL. After online payment the sIBL images are immediately available for download. The download link will be included in the confirmation e-mail. Now there are about 10 sIBL's available in the online shop. In July 2009 a DVD will be available with 25 sIBL sets. Its planned that the shop will grow rapidly. By the end of 2009 there will be about 50 or more sIBL sets available. The Licenses are Royalty free.
Located in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, Bob (RW) Groothuis - HDRI panorama photography for film, video, VFX and more. Copyright 2009 Bob Groothuis. Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.