View Full Version : Environment: Hagia Sophia

10-28-2003, 03:13 AM
Hello to everybody ...

Here is my first "serious" fiction work. It is inspired over old drawing of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

Modeling and rendering ussing Lightwave 7.5. Textures and final compositing done with Photoshop 6.0

I hope you like it ....


Best regards,
Juan J. Gonzalez

10-28-2003, 04:09 AM
thats amazing, 5 stars for def

reminds me of naboo in ep1

10-28-2003, 05:05 AM
Better than the real thing - which is spoilt by odd bits of maroon colour, and a mismatched minarette.

A very nice and appropriate sky too - though I', not sure if the lighting direction in the cloud quite matches?

Incidently, I have loads of photos of the real one if you want to twiddle or fine tune...

Some are online at:


It's a holiday snaps page rather than a reference work! But may be of interest anyway... :-)


10-28-2003, 05:10 AM
That is incredible! That is just an insane amount of detail and the textures and lighting are terrific. All I can say is "right-click, save as". Excellent work.


10-28-2003, 05:45 AM
Inspirational!!!!!!!! five stars indeed.
:) :) :) :) :)

10-28-2003, 06:28 AM
There IS a God, and you is it.


10-28-2003, 07:26 AM
Very, very nice work. I only wish I had the patience to spend as much time as I'm sure you did on modeling and texturing that.
Did you use procedurals or hand painted textures for most of it?

10-28-2003, 08:27 AM
Stunning work, make sure to send this to the Lightwave Gallery.

10-28-2003, 09:01 AM
Wow...:eek: now that is what I call Photorealism.. damn good work!! How long did it take to do this stunning model?

10-28-2003, 09:01 AM
That is really excellent!

10-28-2003, 09:24 AM
Truly inspired! Lovely romantic lighting with a Turner-esque sky!Definately a gallery item!

Can I ask if the volumetric lighting pass was one using the .PSD saver?

10-28-2003, 11:51 AM

At print resolution (3600 lines) four 2.4 Ghz P.IV took about 12 hours to render ... so total render time is about 48 hours ... too long, but incredible quality ....

Volumetric pass is a independent render using black mate color in objects and background.

Juan J. Gonzalez

10-28-2003, 11:56 AM
Wow. Looks excellent.

Are you using radiosity for the scene?

I agree with hrgiger about it. Send it to the Lightwave gallery right now :)

10-28-2003, 12:25 PM

Image uses GI to general lighting fill ... montecarlo with 6x18 samples.

Juan J. Gonzalez

10-28-2003, 03:31 PM
Absolutely fantastic!!!!

Hey Newtek...here's another masterpiece you should use for the LW8 promo!!!

:p :p


10-28-2003, 04:55 PM
This is very amazing. Lots of little elements nicely textured to make a giant scene. Great!!!!!!

10-28-2003, 06:22 PM
incredible texturing -- how is that done? do you use a base map and then add detail to it?

10-28-2003, 06:22 PM
This is wonderfullllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!
A really c:D :cool: :D l desktop background.
Thank u man....love 2 c more of your work.

10-29-2003, 02:51 AM
Truly amazing, looks super-real and has such nice atmosphere, SUPER!!!

10-29-2003, 04:04 AM

(in italian : e sti cazzi ? )

10-29-2003, 06:40 AM

Normally I don't post fanboy replies, but now I'll make an exception.

I think I'm ready to die now. Just incredible work. Can't really find anything bad in it. Outstanding....

10-29-2003, 02:28 PM
I'll just add another "WOW! I WANT TO BE YOU" remark.

I'd be very interested in some more details on how you created those textures. They are so beautiful.

10-29-2003, 11:52 PM
[ blank stare ]

10-30-2003, 04:41 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by juanjgon

... It is inspired over old drawing of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

Awesome work, just amazing!.. But, sorry there's no more Constantinople, it is Istanbul for about a half millenium :p


10-30-2003, 05:54 AM
Great work!
Very inspirering stuff.

10-30-2003, 11:43 AM
Diya, this is very much the old Hagia Sophia - it is almost 1500 years old! So it is perfectly correct to show it in this form as in Constantinople.


10-31-2003, 03:13 AM
very impressive!!

10-31-2003, 03:30 AM
I have another question! ;)

The sky - it's a texture map right, not SkyTracer2?

I'd be amazed if it was SkyTracer!

10-31-2003, 05:16 AM
Incredible, really incredible.
I'll just repeat a comment and a question already posted here:
comment: the light on the clouds seem to be coming from the back of the picture (sunset like) while the light on the buildings comes from the right.
question: just out of curiosity, are your textures all hand-painted or did you us photographic textures ?

Anyway, this is a true masterpiece.


11-02-2003, 05:30 AM
This is an amazing structure(I think you've done a great job on the image) and I've always wanted to go visit. It is one of the many times we as humans have taken one cultures structures and put the occupying religious ideology into them.

Check out the Great Mosque of Cordoba (Cordova in Spain/Andalus). As the Islamic Ummayad Dynasty receded in Spain, the Catholic rulers created a Catholic Cathedral smack dab in the middle of the Mosque. The interior is fascinating too, with the striped double-arched pillars and trademarked Islamic patterned designs.

The Hagia Sophia is kind of a role reversal from the Mosque in Cordova where the religious occupation was that of Islam acquired from the defeat of the (supposedly dying) 'Holy' Roman Empire (if you ask me, the USA is the offspring.) Once the center of worship in the Byzantine Empire, Islam clenched a firm grasp on Turkeye eventually creating a hub for the Ottoman Turks to rule.

There are so many ancient places where people looked to as the house of or channel to god, which are so mind boggling in structure, it is nearly too impossible to comprehend the effort to be put into building such monuments today.

I'm glad you took the time to replicate it, and wish that you had more angles on your website! Keep up the good work!

11-02-2003, 06:07 AM
Wow! Chapeau! ;)

So great work on texturing...

11-02-2003, 06:15 AM
Truly Amazing! Insane details. How long did it took you to model and texture all this? How about render times?

Now i'm going back to admire it a bit more :)