Sign in to follow this  
ohsirus

Restore Xplane 10's Water Color

Recommended Posts

Not sure when/where/why but my water color has become too blue and  I miss the darker color. Tried HDR OFF/ON no change and nothing in MAXXFX seems to have caused it, No sure if there is some tweak I mistakenly made along he way. Any Ideas?

 

Current Color too Blue

 

newimage001_zps11729895.jpg

newimage004_zps0def8223.jpg

 

Original Darker Color

 

image002_zpsc538f786.jpg

image003_zps07d44fa4.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

I agree. Something in the last beta made the water way too aquamarine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMO the "too blue" looks much much better , if you find out how it happened please post here

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ohsirus are you using the Real Terra Haze plugin? I am but can't use my PC at the moment to test if it's that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see lots of other changes in the "current" pictures.  I think it looks great.  Perspective I guess....

 

John

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ohsirus are you using the Real Terra Haze plugin? I am but can't use my PC at the moment to test if it's that.

 

Yeah, just traced it down to it being the cause v3.0. No options that affect the water color sadly to darken it up, probably something in the lua script.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In fact I also like a lot that new water color, I'm in beta 7, is beta 8 already out?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The runway markings look more relistic in the first 2 pics, The last 2 ,it looks like they were colored w/black marker.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Perhaps some lakes may look that dark but it would be a good idea to have different tones of water depending on the geographic location like the Caribbean with light blue tones, hope someday this feature may be included in future versions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Perhaps some lakes may look that dark but it would be a good idea to have different tones of water depending on the geographic location like the Caribbean with light blue tones, hope someday this feature may be included in future versions.

Austin did mention water in his interview !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see better reflections. Is the new color just trying to match the sky?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I see better reflections. Is the new color just trying to match the sky?

 

It's not the Beta that changed the color, it is my TerraHaze plugin.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wonder if it's just TerraHaze doing it's job? Blue skies will mean blue reflections in the water making it appear blue or bluer. Dark skies will often result in dark looking water with hardly any blue in it.

 

That's an over-simplification, but something to think about.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Perhaps some lakes may look that dark but it would be a good idea to have different tones of water depending on the geographic location like the Caribbean with light blue tones, hope someday this feature may be included in future versions.

 

As someone who grew up in the South Florida/Caribbean area I've never liked the color of X-Plane's water, but I don't think whatever Austin & Co. end up doing to improve it can be based just on latitude or wide areas like "the Caribbean."

 

The reason you get those intense aquamarine colors in the 'Crib and other places like the South Pacific is a combination of high water transparency, white sand on the bottom, and shallow water near shore and over reefs. Just tinting the overall water wouldn't cut it, it's pretty specific to what's actually under the water and the water quality. For example, it's common in the Caribbean to see that color extend over a large area because the region is relatively shallow. In the South Pacific, the islands are volcanic with sharp drop-offs and faster color transitions. It can all be modeled very realistically with individual scenery files and orthophotos, but it would need accurate hydrologic and near-shore underwater terrain data to do it with auto-gen. 

 

Another thing that looks very unrealistic is the color of many rivers in the Tropics, like the lower Amazon where the water should be a brown color and not blue at all. Or the reverse in some alpine streams where the water is an intense aquamarine. That's another area where hydrologic data like silt content might eventually be used for more realistic colors.

 

Anyway, I've just installed Terra Haze and I do like this better than default, even up around areas like the Pacific Northwest where the waters are darker (deeper), and shade more towards gray during the bad weather months. There's something odd about the default X-Plane water color... almost a purple tint... that looks unrealistic. To me, this looks better as whole-world compromise effect.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this