Ryan's Notes:My first project designed and rendered entirely on my new workstation (Bucephalus). Thanks to all the Members and people who pitched in (over $3000) so I could work on such an insane tower of technology!
After the Chaiten volcano in Patagonia erupted a lot of people sent me pictures of lightning in the ash cloud and asked if I could do something similar. . I received more photos last year after the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. At long last the new version of "Vue d'Esprit" (9.5) adds the ability to limit clouds to a certain area, freeing me to make all sorts of "cloud sculptures".
This one started as a thunderstorm but as I was working on it I was reminded of the volcano and decided to go in that direction.
My son Ian drew me a picture of this scene and suggested that I call it "Death Mountain". I suppose that works too. In the end I decided to call this one "Dødenfell" because it is a Norse(-ish) word meaning "Death Mountain".