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Hi,

I made a 3D illustration of Tibet and would like to get opinions for future improvements for similar images.
Here is the link to the preview image on my site:

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Could you add your link or a larger version of the map?

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M.

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Could you add your link or a larger version of the map?

Thanks,
M.


This is a link to the webpage:
Maps of Tibet

and here is a link to a larger image (1024x560):
http://www.aridocean...3d_1024_wmk.jpg
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Could you add your link or a larger version of the map?

Thanks,
M.

Hmmm - somehow I can't add a reply - let's see if this goes through...
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Could you add your link or a larger version of the map?

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M.

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Hi,

I made a 3D illustration of Tibet and would like to get opinions for future improvements for similar images.
Here is the link to the preview image on my site:

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I like 3D as it gives more details than 2D. I'm wondering what software do you use to build them ?

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Hi,

I made a 3D illustration of Tibet and would like to get opinions for future improvements for similar images.
Here is the link to the preview image on my site:

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I like 3D as it gives more details than 2D. I'm wondering what software do you use to build them ?


In this case it is a combination of a self-written C++ program and a commercial renderman-compliant renderer - AIR.
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It would be helpful to get a sense of the purpose of the illustration, and the context in which it is to be used.

I found the mottled gray edge distracting. It made me think of tectonic models, and it also made me wonder:

1. should there be earth-curvature evident at this scale?
2. is this being used to show drainage patterns, and if so, should hydrography be shown more clearly (maybe it is at a higher resolution)?
3. what is the red line? Political? then it should be accompanied by other lines and by labels of adjoining similar labels. Watershed? then why is it landlocked? Couldn't think what else it would be.
4. Should it really be a rectangular slice? Perhaps it should be viewed as a framed image, or vignetted?

All that said, I like the balance of relief and surface detail, the use of land use data, and the lighting angle. It certainly makes an interesting picture.

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It would be helpful to get a sense of the purpose of the illustration, and the context in which it is to be used.

I found the mottled gray edge distracting. It made me think of tectonic models, and it also made me wonder:

1. should there be earth-curvature evident at this scale?
2. is this being used to show drainage patterns, and if so, should hydrography be shown more clearly (maybe it is at a higher resolution)?
3. what is the red line? Political? then it should be accompanied by other lines and by labels of adjoining similar labels. Watershed? then why is it landlocked? Couldn't think what else it would be.
4. Should it really be a rectangular slice? Perhaps it should be viewed as a framed image, or vignetted?

All that said, I like the balance of relief and surface detail, the use of land use data, and the lighting angle. It certainly makes an interesting picture.


I really made the image for fun, not for any particular purpose - it wasn't made on a client request, for example. The red line is the political border of Tibet. Making framed or vignetted images like this is something I have to think about. Thanks for the suggestion!
Michael Schmeling
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A little follow-up to this old thread:

A german TV magazine bought the 3D map, and it appears this week in 'Gong', as an illustration for an article about Tibet.

The map was sold some more times in the meantime, but I never knew how it was used. Nice to see it in action this time.
Michael Schmeling
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