new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

the quest for realism - james blinn, 1980

in the 80s, executing the hide command on a large 3d file could have taken hours -- or days! today, rendering an image is not instantaneous, but it's fast in comparison.

here's a nice little video explaining the basics of rendering in a historical context.

jim blinn became widely known for his wonderful computer graphics for NASS's JPL and carl sagan's cosmos -- in my opinion, the greatest science documentary in the universe.

thank you, joel schlosberg!

... by the way, notice who's narrating* in the end....?

cross-posted at infostudio

* leonard nimoy

©2010 helen sotiriadis

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