All this painting with light, I think it would also be interesting to paint with shadow. 3D provides interesting ability to cast shadows and hide the object that' casting them for some weird effect:
Other play with translucent materials, gels, back lit stuff etc, could be very interesting.
Like this Maxwell rendering... at least I think It's a maxwell rendering If I remember correctly:
And this actual photograph:
Problem is rendering SSS SubSurfaceScattering, Blurry Translucency/Volume Fog etc etc, is pretty slow to work with still.
I'd also like to play with rendering interesting caustic patterns, but the rendering for that is painfully slow, though I hear the next Vray update has a new rendering type that makes mince meat of it. *rubs hands*
And this is one of the most beautiful images I have, a photograph of Ice, i'd love to be able to render things like this in 3D... *dreams*
Link: resurgere.deviantart.com --- gallery
They have some amazing stuff collected there, really, go check it out.
Very interesting video created with 'processing'
Link: www.flight404.com --- blog
It feels like the recently added iTunes visualizer was inspired by this:
Link: www.apple.com --- itunes
Actually come to think of it, It's taken from Magnetosphere which was probably inspired by something else
Link: www.barbariangroup.com --- magnetosphere
I guess giant mysterious balls with energy flowing round them is the in thing these days
Link: 2photo.ru --- krasivyjj_fjeshn_ot_fotografa_richard_warren
And no, you cannot die from being totally covered in silver/gold paint... so quick everybody get naked and silver up now, It's safe!
Someone else (Tony Ariawan) who has discovered the joys of painting with light.
Link: helios.mine.nu --- Painting with Light