Exploring Norway for photoscans

It has been a while ago since I posted some information about texture scans and the things that are involved in the process. My last trip was in south America, unfortunately a lot of scans did not come out well because of the new equipment I used.

When I returned in February this year the Covid virus had broken out and a lot of my scheduled texture trips where not possible because of the closed borders in Europe. I had two scheduled trips to Belgium and England, unfortunately I had to work out my backup scans and wait before I could travel again.



Last week I was able to make a trip to Norway to fully focus on making new scans. I thought it would be nice to inform about this trip and how this all worked out.



For making scans I prefer to have cloudy dry weather. The first four days where terrible and I was not able to make any scans. This frustrated me a little because I spotted some incredible scan areas. I did not sleep in a hotel or hostel, just walking in the mountains with my backpack to find the most amazing places. After four days the weather became normal and I was able to start scanning the lovely rocks and mountains.




This was the second time I used my new Z7 camera for scanning the surface, I learned to work with it and avoid mistakes I made in South America. One of the things that broke the scans was a to close angle on the terrain. This way I was missing some areas and was not able to make a full scan. With my previous camera rig ( D5300) I used a different lens type and didn’t had this issue. By holding the camera on a higher angle, it solved the missing spots. I also quipped myself with a Mavic 2 pro drone. I did a lot of testing with it and was able to make large surface scans up to 80x80 meter. You can see some of these aerial scans here:


https://texturehaven.com/tex/?t=aerial_rocks_01

https://texturehaven.com/tex/?c=terrain&t=aerial_grass_rock

https://texturehaven.com/tex/?c=terrain&t=dirt_aerial_02


I was far away from a place to charge my equipment, after some scans my battery was low and had to find solution to charge both my drone and camera. For this I dragged a Goal Zero Yeti 500 power bank with me. This way I could charge it everywhere without turning back from my trip. I also used a small Chromebook to copy the files from my camera and drone to continue making scans. I was limited by the storage of the camera; it used a very specific memory ( XQD) type and these card are very expensive. By using a Chromebook, I could easily transfer the files and continue my travel. By making a base camp I could make small hikes to find spots to scan.



After three days I collected around 50 scans and by doing some filtering and removing bad scans I had 35 wonderful surfaces captured. A combination of aerial scans and close captured ones. I already started uploading some of the scans from Norway, I like how it all worked out. It is cool to see the aerial scans are a completely new type of terrain that can be used in 3D scenes. I am new with this, but this way I can work on large terrains and make lovely rock walls or mountain hills with rocks and moss.


My latest 3D scenes is from April this year, I have to find some motivation and inspiration to start working on something new. With all these new scans I think the inspiration will come soon.



Norway was a heavy trip, did not feel like a vacation. The nature is rough, and the rain can be intense. Glad to be back home and it refreshed my mind to work on new things. I can recommend this to everyone to sometimes make a hike in nature! One more thing before I end this news post. I like to get more in contact with the community of the Haven platform. Greg and I are working hard on content, but we also like to know what is on your mind. I think I will start make some new videos on my YouTube platform and like to get into your questions. It can be anything related to 3D environments and content. In times of Corona it is good to get a bit more together to talk about our passion and the things we love to work on. Feel free to send me your thoughts and ideas to info@texturehaven.com I read everything and maybe include this in a next video.