I have not been able to work on a lot of new scenes recently because of serious backlog. I have no one to blame but myself. I can setup a Poser scene with one to three people in an afternoon. The difficult part was choosing my camera angles. I can't make up my mind between medium shots, close-ups, full shots, high and low angles. So I do them all. I usually end up with 16 or more images to render. That is why I am able to post many "revisited" images in my gallery.
But, all those angles take time to render. The advance rendering features (Indirect Lighting, Ambient Occlusion, and others) take a long time to render. And to make things more fun, I render the images at more than 2000px in height and width. I render that large so I have the freedom to use the image in a layout or elsewhere. That leads to an average render time that is more than two hours. So one simple scene leads to more than 32 hours of rendering. And that's with no snags during rendering.
For the past three scenes, Poser took all my computer's memory then ground to halt. To get around this problem, I lowered some of the render settings and tried again. I hoped that most people would not notice the blotchy shadows or grainy reflections. Every time I re-render meant I lost more time. Recently that's not been working. Over the weekend, I upgraded the desktop's memory from 16GB to it's maximum at 24GB. It helped with current scene I'm working on.
Even if there was no problems, my desktop couldn't render all the time. I usually created the scenes in the evenings and on the weekends, then rendered overnight. Quick math showed a scene would take more than two weeks to complete. That was too long. Except during the summer time, I did render while I was at work. Phoenix's heat combined with the exhaust of my desktop would kick the air conditioner on even more. Since I'm trying to keep my electrical bills reasonable, the computer stays off during the day.
To help get past the backlog, I've been rendering during the times I would normally work on scenes. It's just frustrating to wait. But, it needs to happen. I have seven scenes and a whole story in the backlog and nearly 150 images to render. I can't even Pre-Vis new stories. In the mean time, I have to write down my ideas.
Thanks for letting me vent.