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    Hi guys...I've brought this model back to life because of the fantastic photographic exposure controls and photometric lighting capabilities of the newer versions of 3D Studio.

    I'm pretty happy with the model, and the lighting is also kinda cool. But this "Scene" is missing a lot. I want to compose a scene that really makes the instrument pop, but doesn't overpower the instrument. Something that makes it look like its on display.

    What do you guys suggest for composition? Or any other feedback would be useful too.

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    That's very cool indeed. Perhaps darkening the background. That would pull the focus of the image onto the compass with the highlights. Another option would be to place it on a pedestal and have the background slightly blurred with a depth of field effect.
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    It is an amazing render - very cool.

    Maybe put it outdoors where the 'sun-dial' portion comes more into play.

    -or-

    Center it on a table with a old dilapidated map underneath it along with some other navigation stuff.
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    Post Awesome rendering, Robby!

    That's an awesome rendering of the clock piece, Robby!

    Don't really have any immediate suggestions. I'd probably place it somewhere it looks in use. Have some REP!

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    Yea put it on top of a map.
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    I would put it on some kind of pedestal - possibly the type used when it was in actual use. Then try to do some depth of field stuff to get the background out of focus.

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    I like the map idea....hmm...pedestal from when it was actually in use...Thats a good question...what kind of pedestal would that be? Is this a nautical device? I dunno.

    Anyone wanna contribute a map? Its gotta be old-style like old parchment I think to do the trick.

    Thanks for the suggestions/feedback guys!

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    /Digs around
    Feel free to use this one:
    http://www.fantasticmaps.com/Gallery.../StGeorges.jpg

    That's about the closest I've got.

    As for the pedestal - I'd go for richly varnished wood from a sailing ship. This looks nautical to me. Looks like it should be mounted in front of the wheel of a 17th-18th century spice cutter (he says with no historical backing at all).
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    The current wooden stand it's sitting on looks like the stool I sit on at work...so my thought is that it is too pedestrian to be used as a proper display pedestal. I'm with torstan all the way so far and the map idea is good as well but it should probably be a map of the area where it was found. Possibly a good idea for a challenge map would be to add a second map which shows the actual archeological site (as was suggested some months back). If I remember right, it was found under water but if you're just doing this for fun then any two maps would be cool. I might suggest a glass case with a small plaque that has all of the pertinent information about this archeological find and maybe a photograph of the dude who found it. BTW, awesome render.
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    That is one beautiful render!!! The glass.....the glass...if only I could get that subtle glass effect with Bryce.

    From a colour point of view if you really want the render to pop, I would use a complimentary colour to the dominant gold of the instrument....use a colour wheel. I make it this bluey colour attached below.
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