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Comparing Renderings to Photography

Interior 3D Rendering

Interior Photograph

The project shown here was an in house project for our new showroom in our west coast office.

As I’ve also mentioned in other posts, it is not often I get to see the final results in a project as I am usually involved early on in the process. When an opportunity comes up it’s good to see how close I was able to get it.


 

Which one is the photo?

There are a few differences in the images.  First off, the rendering was completed a few months before construction began. It was created using only the CAD drawings provided by the designer. Changes were made in the interim between when I completed the rendering and when the final photo was taken. The design of the space, the furniture, placement, and materials were affected by these changes.

The “final photography” (was not shot by me) it was shot with a cell phone by a sales-person. The format is slightly different, the white balance is off, and the verticals are not vertical. The rendering was adjusted for all of these as part of the process.

Regardless of the sight differences, the two images are quite similar. Important things to note in the comparison is the color and scale of the materials as well as the lighting. These are areas that need to be correct in order for the clients and designers to make decisions. Often times when looking at renderings we get lost in the artistic aspect of the image itself forgetting that the point of the image is not only to convey information, but to convey that information accurately. Architectural renderings really should be extensions of the architectural drawings themselves, in that they are as useful as a plan, section, or elevation.


The above images are not part of the same project, but due to the poor white balance in the photo, it’s pretty clear which one is which. 


Simulation Theory

The hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from “true” reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation.    –Wikipedia

Pretty crazy, right? I’ve been reading quite a few articles about this theory lately. It’s been around for a while, but I think with the advancement of computer graphics, it’s starting to make its it way into the mainstream news cycles. The average person these days can experience Virtual Reality through VR headsets like Oculus Rift and even using their cell phone.

After reading a some of these articles the last few weeks, I decided to play around with it and use it as a prompt for this image. The image above is the illustration that resulted from reading the articles. It illustrates a few of the ideas theorized in the text, such as we are a simulation created by humans in the future. Yeah…. just going to let that sit there.



Bowman’s Hill Tower & Wildflower Preserve

I spent most of this past week working on editing some photos. One of the groups of photos I edited was from Bowman’s Hill Tower in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Spent a few hours this past fall climbing the tower and hiking in the area, mainly in Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.  This isn’t the first time I’ve been there, but the first time I’ve made it there during Autumn to see the fall colors.

I was not expecting so much yellow and was hoping for a little more variety in color. This may be a reflection of the drought we had this year as across the county the color were not as vibrant or diverse as in years past.  


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