Study on photorealism

3D art is a passion of mine, a passion I don’t have too much time for unfortunately. However, once in a while I decide to take a week off a work on a project to learn something new. In this specific project, I tried to copy a real picture I found on the web and make a photorealistic render, with the final goal of understanding how to replicate real lights in Blender. I am usually very critical of my work, but it was very well received by the Blender community (here‘s the post), and I think I can be happy with the result!

Here’s the render:

And this is the reference is based upon: