Exploring a fairytale forest for scans

Bijgewerkt op: 25 mei 2021

My last texture trip was in July 2021, because of the corona measures it was not possible to cross the border after that. Because I often make long trips and do not stay overnight in a hotel it was not possible to look for beautiful locations because of the curfew. Last month the opportunity arose to go there anyway and I could further supplement my collection with beautiful scans.

During the trips, I am mainly busy with conservation and making reference photo material. Not all locations are suitable for making scans, especially in the woods it is good to look for beautiful places.

Because there were no leaves on the trees yet, this was an extremely suitable moment to make several textures of forest ground where leaves were lying on the ground. I had never scanned this before, but I have seen some nice scans pass by. Because of the sharp sun, there were a lot of shadows, which made it difficult to find an even piece that I could scan. I also scanned in some tree trunks as a variation to mix in.

The next day I traveled to another location and found myself in a real fairy tale forest. Due to corona, this forest was closed to the public, however, I was allowed in because it was a weekday and it was quite quiet at that time.

In the forest, I was enchanted by waterfalls, beautiful rocks, and rivers. This was the perfect place to take scans. With my drone, I was able to scan in large areas, and with my camera the more detailed areas of terrain. Sometimes in combination where I couldn't reach all the corners. For all scans I use a color checker to capture the correct color values, this is essential if you want it to look natural in post-processing. Especially when combining different photo sources you want the colors to be right.

It was the first time I scanned rivers. Because of the low water level, I was able to get to everything quite easily. The scan was even able to provide scan data for the pieces that were partially submerged. From the river scan, I was able to cut individual pieces that I can combine to make variations. The light caused a lot of shadows so some scans seemed unusable. However, in post-processing, I found a tool from Agisoft to filter out the hard shadows without losing too much quality time. This process is called delighting. My experience with this tool is very positive and it motivates me to choose to scan even when there are a lot of shadows.

The scan trip in the Ardennes has yielded a lot of data that I am still working on every day. The goal is to build a nature collection that I can use in my future course. Until now I have focused mainly on grass and plants, however, my collection is now starting to grow so much that I can also look at building scenes that are wooded or filled with rivers and streams.

In the fall I will definitely visit this forest again. It is rich in beautiful trees and forest floors that I have not been able to scan all of them by a long shot. In addition, you learn a lot from the process and I would do certain things differently now. All in all, this was a very successful trip of which you will soon see some scans on polyhaven.