So I've been huddled in front of my laptop for the last few weeks poking around with some of the new features in 3ds MAX 2009 (beta). I've attached a couple images I've done in 2009 to this post so you have an idea of what's to come. Please keep in mind that these images were done with the fine tuning settings cranked way up - render times therefore were over an hour on my dual core laptop running 4gigs of ram.
The image that is lighter in overall color the geometry was already created for me, I did however setup the light, materials and render settings. The darker image is of our corporate lobby in CM - if it looks plain, well I would agree. In my opinion neither of these are done and there are plenty of things I would like to tweak, however if I kept doing that I'd never have something to show you! Please click the image for a full size version of it.