X+S+R 010.1 The Rock, Part II

Here’s the second installment of images from SImon’s explorations around Gibraltar, with more emphasis on ground detail this time out. Enjoy!

Aerial tramway towers up the back side of the mountain!

Yes, the light and sky tones are REX enhancements, which adds a good deal of “atmosphere” to the images (sorry, bad pun), yet the lighting is far from unrealistic. It’s more like a late afternoon thunderstorm is brewing, and the rain streaked images kind of reinforce that feel.

So, that’s all for the moment. We’ll be back soon with more…from Paris! Chip


009.2 Lighting and FSX: REX Cloud Enhancements Examples

This one element, perhaps more than any other, really sticks it to us Mac users in X-Plane. The REX weather enhancements long available to MsWindows users continues to be denied Mac Users, and along with the continued absence TrackIR that really begins to chafe. There may be talented designer-developers behind these two companies, but it seems to me they’re really poor business strategists to so completely omit one key market constituency in such a narrow field of endeavor. Well, as they say, it’s there business, not mine, and stupid is as stupid does!

But we’re focusing on FsX here, and these products have long been available to the MsFS crowd, and Simon has been using them for years and knows them inside out.

Today, in this installment of images, Simon takes the default P51 out for a twilight rumble over Melbourne, and you can really see why having REX onboard is such a key element to develop a truyly immersive atmosphere:

It’s just about impossible to get this kind of “impressionistic” cloud imagery in X-Plane, or even FsX, without REX installed, and the sky colors are simply almost surreal, but not unrealistically so. REX simply seems to make uncommonly beautiful sunsets and sunrises a commonplace occurrence. These images over Melbourne, Australia, BTW.

And that’s it for this time out. We’ll seeya later in the new week with more new material on FsX. C