Some of you already know, and for the ones that don't, I hate to tell you but the whole drone thing is a hoax. It's just a talented 3D artist
playing with you all, and its way easier than you think.
The dead give away of it all is this picture:
Those who are unfamiliar with any 3D rendering software, this above image is a final scene render from 1 of many available 3D software. Be it Maya,
or 3D Studio Max. Once a person is done creating the mesh of the object, they will then apply a material and texture map and reflection map. When
that is done, they just place lighting nodes and camera nodes, and click "Render". It will then calculate everything including lighting and give you
a clean clear picture like the one above. Except the one above has been messed with to add noise and age.
Anyway, I have been looking at final renders of 3D objects for years now, and when I seen this picture, it just clicked, my mind just knew from
experience that this is just another render. It has that familiar never ending white floor and back drop, and the familiar soft shadows created by the
lighting in the scene, and just has that "too perfect and flawless" look to it.
I will show you some more renders of knowingly fake, 3D models:
The above pictures are just quick examples, I could probably find unlimited amounts of examples at the following address:
To explain the drone pictures that are seen with real life backgrounds is simple. Within the 3D modeling software, you can actually take real life
pictures and include them into the render. So If I made a 3D model of a jet, I could easily take a real picture of an airport, and place the jet at
the right angle and position, and then, I can even move the lighting node placed in the 3D scene to match the picture, and when I render it, it will
look almost realistic. You can play with the render until you get it just right. So trying to debunk these drone pictures because of "lighting" can
be difficult, because all the 3D artist has to do is position the light node anywhere he believes the background image's light source is. Then they
can simply change the settings of that light node, like brightness and contrast and color. So the object will have all the shading in the right
places. Here is an example of a 3D modeler placing his 3D model of a car in a real image, to make it appear more real.
I believe the Drone hoaxer is using the Lightwave add-on software. You can see it here:
Well, that's my explanation, if you need more proof that this is a hoax, let me know, I will provide it.
drone image resized to fit forum.
[edit on 27-6-2007 by 11 11]