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Nightjars Close to Completion

My "Frogmouths, Nightjars & Goatsuckers" bird model set is finally getting close to completion with fine-tuning and beta testing next on my list.  I'm expecting a pre-Thanksgiving Day release.

The Goatsuckers

European Nightjar

Sand-colored Nighthawk

Sand-colored Nighthawk with SSS (Sub-surface Skin Scattering) applied to the feathers

SSS experiments with Songbird Remix

As the image above shows, I've been experimenting with SSS (Sub-surface Skin Scattering).  Earlier attempts I've done proved unsatisfactory, so I shelved the idea.  Recently I decided to give the experimentation another go, and fell upon a very simply process that yielded good results.  I still want to refine it and only have the Poser side working, but wanted to share at least that simple formula for great looking feathers.  Go to the Hivewire Forum Post for details.

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Real Birds: 100 Years of Listening to Nature 

by Cornell Labs

Cornell Labs of Ornithology have just released a great hardcover book that celebrates the joyful and complex relationship between birds and people. The large format volume weaves together photos by award-winning photographer Gerrit Vyn with essays by Barbara Kingsolver, Jared Diamond, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Scott Weidensaul, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology director John Fitzpatrick. Itís published by Mountaineers Books and lists for $29.95.

The more than 250 images capture the ineffable beauty, variety, and kaleidoscopic color of birds, while the writers contemplate the meaning and connection that these creatures hold for those of us who stop to look and listen. Vynís lens probes beyond the surface, too, capturing birds in moments that reveal their unique poses, behavioral quirks, and attitudes.


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