A great opportunity to use an old photograph I took of the South Island, NZ and see how far I can take this.
I've been learning to use the Corona Renderer too, so I'm going to have to work out how to get the textures to match. Gotta love a challenge!
Adding the sun is the hardest bit so far as creating luminescent materials is quite different. I decided to create two lights: one for the sun, which doesn't show in the reflections, and one just for the refections. That way I can get the masking to blend the sun into the backplate while still having decent refections on the water.
So far this is all in C4D. Dropping the samples creates a more stylised image (which I wasn't aware I could achieve with Corona as it does all it can to output super realistic images), as does adding fog (via a Scene Volumetric). I'm not happy with this angle — I must've nudged something as the ocean looks weirdly rounded and the backplate looks like it's just that, a backplate.
Getting there now — this has the calmness I remember from that evening. Now to render all those frames.
…Somehow dropped a frame but after 5 hours rendering for 4 seconds I'm leaving it there.