Dutch Skies 360° < preview & order page Volume 5 < 364w

February 1, 2014
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NEWS a Free sample Dutch Skies 360° from Volume 5 + workflow notes can be read on HDRLabs! When you click on the small image below you can see a screenshot of the whole article: 75 % discount on LittleCMS Color Translator! You can order LittleCMS Color Translator with 75% discount! Normaly LittleCMS Color Translator […]

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LittleCMS Color Translator < Software < 361w

December 14, 2013
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LittleCMS Color Translator For years Marti Maria is know of his excellent work on the free Color Engine LittleCMS. Recently he made a nifty application called: Color Translator. It’s the definitive tool for convert, assign and embed ICC profiles in TIFF, JPEG and PNG images. A must have for any color management pro. If you […]

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3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2013 – 4 free DS360 HDRI skies < publicity < 362w

December 14, 2013
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3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2013 – 4 free (for commercial usage) DS360 HDRI skies Made 4 sIBL/HDR exclusive sets for this years 3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2013. Its a sunset sequence. The 4 sets are based on sIBL from my friends from the HDRLabs. Currently you can import them easily in your 3D apps like: Blender , […]

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DS360XL – Dutch Skies 360 E(xtra) L(arge) < DS360XL < 360w

November 24, 2013
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A new Product Line: DS360XL – Dutch Skies 360° E(xtra) L(arge) A new product line announcement! DS360XL – Dutch Skies 360° E(xtra) L(arge)! First DS360XL can be ordered in my online store in first quarter of 2014. My new workflow is a bit different then before and will cost “a bit” more production time. Besides […]

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Infinity Blade III – Dutch Skies 360 HDRI < Showcase < 359w

October 11, 2013
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Infinity Blade III – Dutch Skies 360° HDRI My Dutch Skies 360 HDRI were used in Infinity Blade II & the – even better – news: also in Infinity Blade III! Please note: the skies are mostly used as a starting point, with various amounts of artistry applied to turn them into the skydomes in […]

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(close) Encounters Part 3 < 360° < 267w

September 8, 2013
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UPDATE 19 january 2014 How it started How did this adventure started? Could not mention this extra information because some parts of it were secret until now. Well got in contact with Tim Jenison earlier in 2009 regarding my Dutch Skies. Later he asked if I would know people in the Netherlands who can get […]

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(close) Encounters Part 11 < 360° < 356w

June 28, 2013
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About the (close) Encounters project This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 11) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go. This HDRI panorama portrait […]

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Postoffice Amsterdam, post-production company < Showcase < 355w

May 30, 2013
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Postoffice Amsterdam, post-production company Showcase Most of my clients are not from the Netherlands, but now present a Dutch post-production company that make beautifull VFX (and uses some of my Skies) in their productions: Postoffice Amsterdam Below you can see some examples where the Dutch Skies are used. Big thanks to Postoffice Amsterdam (and specially […]

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Assassin’s Creed® III – Ubisoft < Showcase < 354w

January 23, 2013
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Assassin’s Creed® III & Dutch Skies 360° Amazing news! Ubisoft Entertainment used my Dutch Skies 360° in their wonderfull Assassin’s Creed III game! Many thanks to Ubisoft for the permission to put this promo on my website! E3 Official Trailer & E3 Naval Gameplay Demo Some screenshots ps The Dutch Skies 360° are used in […]

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3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2012 < publicity < 352w

December 7, 2012
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3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2012 You can download until 1st February 2013 a free sIBL/HDRI Dutch Skies 360° at 3DWorld’s Advent Giveaway 2012. The sky is allowed to be used commercially. Time flies by…… this is already the 10th HDRI made for 3DWorld! PREVIEWS Alternative download

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Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) v9 & Free Dutch Skies 360 < publicity < 349w

November 9, 2012
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EIAS 9 & Free Dutch Skies 360° It took a long time but the speed render demon EIAS finally released his new version v9! Made a exclusive sIBL/HDR set for them + some extra BG plates…. and its free! You are are allowed to use it commercially. You can download it here. Also included are […]

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Rustem Khisamov < Showcase < 347w

October 11, 2012
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Rustem Khisamov Here a new showcase with some very nice renders from my client Rustem Khisamov from the Russian Federation. Rustem used my Dutch Skies 360° for this renders. Rustem works with 3dsMax& Vray. Thanks! Big thanks Rustem for your permission to show your great work on this website! Please note all images are © […]

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RefCube | RefTrack < products < 346w

September 14, 2012
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RefCube | RefTrack UPDATE: RefCube Test Drive – Free download! We ( Rob Wuijster & Bob Groothuis) made a free package with all the ingredients you need to test the RefCube yourself. What’s in the package? – a sIBL HDR set, that can be used in any 3D application, – a 19 K extra spherical […]

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Maxon R14 & Dutch Skies 360° < publicity < 343w

August 2, 2012
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Maxon Cinema4D R14 Pleased to announce the collaboration with Maxon Cinema4D R14! Have produced 5 sIBL/ HDR sets for Maxon’s Cinema 4D R14. R14 will be available in september 2012. Thanks Maxon (& specially Bernd Zweverink) for this nice promo! Note: 3D + Render: Copyright by Anders Kjellberg | dogday-design.com

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order page HDRI 360° products < online shop < 338w

July 18, 2012
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HDRI 360° ONLINE SHOP File sizes   Important information on the extra 11k files Currently the Dutch Skies 360° Volumes 1,2,3 & 4 (plus Dutch Light 360°) have the extra 9 exposure renders at the size of 11k of all images. So if you need a 11k HDR then you can generate your own 11k […]

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Dr Grordbort’s | Kel Solaar < Showcase < 344w

July 10, 2012
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New Venus – Izanagi Salamander | Dr Grordbort’s by Kel Solaar Another amazing new project made by my friend Thomas Mansencal aka Kel Solaar! He used for a part of the lighting one of my Dutch Skies 360° (see for more details the Lookdev / Lighting breakdown below). New Venus – Izanagi Salamander final render […]

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Maskerade | bergdesign < Reviews < 342w

June 22, 2012
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Maskerade Review Bought years ago a nifty masking tool called Maskerade created by bergdesign. It has a unique patented method masking method that still amazes me. The app is pretty unknow so perhaps it could help you speeding up & perfectioning your product photography workflow. The shooting method is a “bit” different that then the […]

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Kurhaus | 3D Artist Magazine < publicity < 340w

May 25, 2012
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Kurhaus | 3D Artist Magazine issue 42 [UPDATE 20130124] Mathias Weil sended me a fantaistic render were he used the Kurhaus HDRI. Thanks Mathias! ( you can contact Mathias – 3dmathias ATT kabelmail DOTT de) Note: render is © Mathias Weil 2013 | 3dmathias@kabelmail.de (render not allowed to be used commercially) Final Render Render set-up […]

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HollandTrade | Agentschap NL < publicity < 337w

May 11, 2012
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NL Agency | Hollandtrade interview Recently had a pleasant interview with Peter Koll, Communication Advisor NL Agency (e-mail address: peter.koll ATT agentschapnl.nl ) about exporting the Dutch Skies 360° all over the planet. * The shortened English interview can be found here * The complete Dutch interview can be found here Many thanks to NL […]

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FREE HDRI 360° < HDRI < 339w

May 11, 2012
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FREE HDRI 360° Last years made several free sIBL/HDRI sets. Cleaned up my archive so put a complete list of all FREE sIBL/ HDRI sets on this page. Some sets have a nice story attached that you can read in the article link (under some images). Most of them are hosted at the HDRLabs sIBL […]

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Anti Paparazzi Ring < products < 335w

March 30, 2012
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Anti Paparazzi Ring Was looking in my archive and found a “invention(?)” from early 2001. Problem Lots of celebrities are victims of Paparazzi photographers. Personally think it would be a true “curse” to be famous. More and more people try to get famous (all the crap shows on the television) these days…… well being famous […]

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Modo workshop Architetur < Showcase < 334w

March 24, 2012
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Modo- Workshop Architektur – Detaillerung und Rendering A brand new Modo training is released by a nice guy Tilmann Sick. He is a experienced 3D visualizer & architect from Germany. Tilmann contacted me last year with the question if I could give him some Dutch Skies 360° for his training video. Finally he made a […]

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Vredespaleis | Peace Palace The Hague < 360 < 333w

March 17, 2012
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Vredespaleis | Peace Palace The Hague Shot in 2010 several exclusive HDRI panorama’s in the famous Vredespaleis | Peace Palace The Hague. It could be possible it are the first 6 panorama’s that were ever shot within the Peace Palace. Big thanks to the Carnegie Foundation (Carnegie Stichting) for their permission to show it on […]

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Image Engine | Immortals < Showcase < 330w

February 6, 2012
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Image Engine uses some Dutch Skies 360° in blockbuster Immortals movie! Wow another great promo! Image Engine uses some Dutch Skies 360° in blockbuster Immortals movie A friend of mine pointed to the following interview on fxguidetv #126 Immortals (see 02:34). Perhaps (when getting permission) will show on this page some images from the movie […]

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Annual Free Dutch Skies 360° Render Contest Results 2011 < Dutch Skies 360° < 322w

February 1, 2012
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ANNUAL FREE DUTCH SKIES 360° RENDER CONTEST RESULTS WINNER 2011 Last year started a contest called the Annual Free Dutch Skies 360° contest 2011, to introduce (and promote off course ;)) the new Dutch Skies 360° Volume 4 DVD (s). The Dutch Skies 360° are high quality HDRI skies that can be used for VFX, […]

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ZBrush | Pulchri Studio – Pedastal HDRI < Showcase < 319w

January 24, 2012
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IMPORTANT UPDATE 25 JANUARY 2012 ZBRUSH/PULCHRI Project officially cancelled. Sorry to mention that there, due circumstances, is no HDRI available from the ZBRUSH/PULCHRI Project. Instead of that have uploaded a free HDRI that will compensate it a little bit. Yes its a kind of “depressive” one but i like it. You are allowed to use […]

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Dutch Skies 360° < Volume 5 in (post) production < 331w

December 24, 2011
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NEWS Early next week (3,4 or 5 February) will post a free sample Dutch Skies 360° from Volume 5 (and some other things ). This Dutch Skies 360° Volume 5 is the last Volume in the serie. So it ends with nr 5. Now going to focus on 19k skies aka DS360 XL (eXtra Large) […]

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Epic Games | Infinity blade II < Showcase < 329w

December 4, 2011
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Dutch Skies 360° used in Infinity Blade II ! Proudly announce that the new Infinity Blade II game uses my Dutch Skies 360°! My skies where (or modified versions of) for pretty much the entire game, with the exception of the red/orange dusk sky at the top of the castle tower, when you fight Thane. […]

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3D World Magazine issue 150 < publicity < 322w

November 28, 2011
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Another 3D World publication! [update 20130407] “Space woman” visits Scheveningen! – Fantastic 3D work from Brett Patrick Sinclair (Thanks Brett for your permission to show it!). Brett used DS360_3DWorld_08 as HDR and BG. For more work please visit Brett Patrick Sincliar’s website. Made exclusively for 3D World magazine issue 150 2 sIBL/ HDR sets. The […]

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HDRI Packs 360° < Autumn Pack 360° – 01 < 327w

October 31, 2011
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Info HDRI Packs 360° The first HDRI Packs 360° will be an the Autumn Pack 01. More versions are currently in development, not only skies also other subjects. The Packs will be only available in download. So after payment you will find a download link in the conformation mail. Price of every pack: 19,99 euro […]

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(close) Encounters Part 10 < 360° < 312w

October 21, 2011
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UPDATE: 26 November 2012 Minny Pops’ first studio recording in almost 30 years is a double-A-sided 7″ single featuring the tracks Waiting For This To Happen, and Glisterin is out now! You can (pre) order it here Pre-listening the song Minny Pops website | Facebook | Twitter Intro Shot a serie HDRI panorama portrets of […]

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A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences < Showcase < 321w

October 21, 2011
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Intro Early 2011 was contacted by students of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy, they asked if I could sponsor them for free (they had no or very limited budget) with some HDRI Dutch Skies 360°. Only needed to think about it for about 0,1 second ;). The skies are used as Background images (& […]

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Chapel in Villeaceron < Showcase < 323w

October 21, 2011
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Intro short This is a cooperation between a 3D Artist Ivo Šućur , a Film Director/ Art director Maarten Butter & a HDRI panorama photographer Bob Groothuis Shot (Bob) a complete ( 26) HDRI sequence of a sunset in Scheveningen – the Netherlands. Then had an idea to make a kind of animation of it. […]

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3D World Magazine issue 144 < publicity < 316w

June 6, 2011
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Does it never stop? ( ) Here is another publication in 3D World magazine issue 144. For a limited time (until 1 July 2011) you can download the sIBL set for free at 3D World magazine’s website here. Note that there are some more nice HDRI info on that page. Or better buy issue 144 […]

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3D Reference Cube < products < 315w

June 2, 2011
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NEWS Update 13 February 2014 Completely unexpected usage of my free Novu/Protospace HDRI’s (you can still download them here) appeared at 24ten’s website. Its used in a test 3D render for BBC’s Atlantis! Thanks to James Busby from 24Ten for the permisson to mention it on my website!. You can click on both small images […]

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Sony – Evolution Studios | Motorstorm Apocalyps < Showcase < 313w

May 10, 2011
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Very proud to announce that in the latest game from Sony | Evolution Studios Motorstorm Apocalyps several of my Dutch Skies 360° are being used! Last year they ordered my Dutch Skies 360° DVD’s, lately had a look at their site and saw some skies passing by and thought hey that looks familiar so contacted […]

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ZBrush | Sneak Peek renders 4R2 < Showcase < 314w

May 10, 2011
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Nice Sneak Peek renders 4R2. They used my Dutch Light 360° HDR set that was published in 3D World Magazine issue 140. To see some other impressive renders just have a look at the forum thread here. ps thanks Ofer Alon (a.k.a. Pixolator) for the permission to show the images on this site!

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(close) Encounters Part 9 < 360° < 311w

May 10, 2011
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Los Dedos This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 9) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go. This HDRI panorama portrait is one of […]

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(close) Encounters Part 8 < 360° < 310w

May 10, 2011
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Harbor Portrait This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 8 ) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go. This HDRI panorama portrait is one […]

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(close) Encounters Part 7 < 360° < 309w

May 10, 2011
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Ron & Nathalie This panorama is part of a bigger series (this is Part 7) that will be made in the future. Behind the scenes HDRI panorama portraits of people. More info about this project see at the bottom of this page. Not sure witch direction it will go. This HDRI panorama portrait is one […]

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Xenon Studios | Super League Promo 2011 < Showcase < 307w

February 20, 2011
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Awesome example of the use of my Dutch Skies 360° Xenon Studios UK made two fantastic promo teasers… just have a look at it Here the first teaser Here the second teaser On CGfeedback a topic on this subject here is part 1, part 2 UPDATE: 20110602 Cool Breakdown / Making of: Oh another thing […]

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3D World Magazine issue 140 < publicity < 305w

February 4, 2011
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3D World magazine issue 140 [Update 2] Free download offer is ended by 1 march 2011! [update 1] the sIBL/ HDRI sets are currently for free available (for a limited time : until 1 march on the 3DWorld Magazine website! Beneath a screen-shot of that page. And here is the direct link to that page…. […]

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Dutch Light 360° < preview & order page Volume 1 < 304w

February 1, 2011
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Dutch Light 360° Intro For several years now working on the Dutch Skies 360° project. Here is a new project that a lot off customers asked for – so sIBL / HDRI sets that differ from Dutch Skies 360°. Going to shoot for you complete HDRI Light-sets with lots off different lighting situations and will […]

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3D World Magazine issue 138 < publicity < 300w

December 31, 2010
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3D World magazine issue 138 Was asked by the editors of 3D World magazine to publish two new Dutch Skies (big thanks for asking Steve & Becky!). So made two exclusive for 3D World magazine Dutch Skies 360 sIBL (HDRI) sets. Those who have the magazine with the DVD are allowed to use those 2 […]

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Thomas Mansencal | Kel Solaar < Showcase < 298w

November 18, 2010
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Another example of the usage of my Dutch Skies 360°: this time some amazing work by Thomas Mansencal aka Kel Solaar! Thomas is a very friendly creative guy who does next to the 3D / mattepainting etc work also some cool programming programs for the sIBL platform at HDRLabs. One of the (free) apps is […]

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van Kleef Distillery < 360 < 297w

November 18, 2010
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[UPDATE 3] 13 december 2011 New revisions 2.4 compatible sIBL sets now available at HDRLabs archive page. Have fun with them! [UPDATE 2] Steampunk mobile phone mentioned in CatchUp Edition 4 Nice indepht article See page 20 – 30 of the online magazine. Congratulations Andrew! [UPDATE 1] Steampunk mobile phone Fantastic steampunk mobile phone was […]

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Gerardo Estrada < Showcase < 273w

September 29, 2010
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One of the nicest things I like is having direct contact with my clients so they can give some suggestions etc. Cool other thing is that I learn a lot from them in that way. Proudly present another interview/ showcase with a (very friendly) creative CG artist: Gerardo Estrada. (Bytheway the previous showcase – Michael […]

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The Scheveningen 360° project < Preview 4 – The Bunker <287w

May 16, 2010
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UPDATE 11 december 2011 New revisions 2.4 compatible sIBL sets now available at HDRLabs archive page. You (still) are allowed to use the Bunker sIBL sets commercially..so have fun with them! Donated the Bunker sIBL sets to HDRLabs. The Bunkers sIBL sets / Panorama’s were choosen as SIBL sets of the month june 2010 at […]

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3D World Magazine issue 130 < publicity < 288w

May 2, 2010
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Arranged another publication in the 3D World magazine. Here you can read more information about the publication in the 128 issue of 3D World Magazine. This time they are celebrating the 10th anniversary an so all editions will have the DVD that is full packet with lots of free stuff! That issue (nr 130) will […]

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intro < bftp < 191w

March 29, 2009
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bftp = Blast From The Past In this section you will find a selection of independent projects that were made between 1983 – present. In the upcoming years will dig some more in the archives and digitize them to show them here on this site. Click here to go to the Blast From The Past […]

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Intro shorties < shorties < 178w

March 25, 2009
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This section contains short stories I wrote. The stories are based on two or three lines of text. [UPDATE] The first shorty called Rosa can be seen here. Many thanks for the beautifull knife witch was made by my friendly neighbour Ed de Pauw. Please take a look at his site. Also thanks to my […]

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Privacy & Cookies information < 350w

November 16, 2012

Privacy & Cookies information This privacy policy sets out how Bob (RW) Groothuis uses and protects any information that you give Bob (RW) Groothuis when you use this website. Privacy & Cookies information Bob (RW) Groothuis is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which […]

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