Wow, so much commotion over a deadline postponement. o.O; I mean, I worked like crazy this past weekend to finish it in time and thus I'm a bit disappointed, but this gives me even more time to tweak and re-render. No need to get all upset. =) Also, a quick reply to this quote my mlody:
and Yes my skills are only trained when I AM AIMING for the win. And you are aimiing for what?? last place?? I dont think You evolve aiming for something not above You and making sphere on grid. Everyone here who was rendering competition images , was aiming for the win, so they were pushing not only the software, but themselves too. I dont know if Your familiar with ESTIMATIONS...
Actually, I can push and motivate myself to go far and beyond without aiming for the win. I know I won't win and I knew it when I started this. For me personally, contests like this have two main focus-points: Having fun and having an excuse to work on a project and thus get better at modeling, rendering, etc. And in all honesty, I feel that if you're only in it for the win, you're misplacing your priorities. Also, I'm gonna assume you meant expectations instead of estimations, and I can happily say that I've met my personal goals and even exceeded my own expectations. So I can proudly say this contest was a success for me, and I genuinly hope you can say the same for yourself, first place or not.
-Patrick (Yet another loser who can't afford real software