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The first inspiration for this piece was a passage I read in "Best Served Cold", by Joe Abercrombie. Except the paragraph described looking up through a valley. I created the valley geometry using Geocontrol and then placed my Vue d'Esprit camera at the bottom of the scene. After a few mediocre renders I decided to move the camera to the top of the valley, turn it around, and look down.

I was as blown away as some of the comments below when I saw the render. I added the water and colored it to match some photos a good friend of mine had taken at Glacier National Park. I had always been taken by the almost turquoise water in those pics and had wanted to include it in one of my scenes.

The foreground tree was a tough call for me. I wanted something in the foreground to give the scene a sense of distance and scale, but I didn't want it to distract from the scene. I think it worked out well however. This is the only one of my images to rate over 9 after 2 weeks.

I hope to create fall and winter versions at a later date.


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Holger
"10/10" Thu May 15, 2014 at 4:17 am

Wayne
"10" Tue April 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

Eliott
"Amazing detail 10/10" Thu February 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

Charlie
"9/10" Sun February 10, 2013 at 8:00 am

Chris
"10/10" Tue September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Kerem
"This is blasphemy ..." Thu August 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Alex H
"Still mega keen for an Autumn render" Sat February 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Vicky
"So many compliments..." Fri December 16, 2011 at 6:35 am

Ali
"great on 47" TV - not washed out at all !!" Sat August 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Aaron
"Best Dual Screen Image on the website!" Thu June 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Travis
"Time Lapse Video @ 01:55 Looks like this scene" Wed April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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"Awesome! " Mon March 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Jeff R.E.
"Simply Immaculate" Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

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"Everyone loves this on my desktop" Sun December 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Lecheman
"Familiarity" Thu September 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Sebastian
"photorealistic" Fri September 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Medea Jade
"Fantastical" Mon August 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

S.S
"Hmmn" Sat August 7, 2010 at 7:39 am

Michael
"Beautiful but could be better" Wed August 4, 2010 at 11:26 am

Fandeboris
"Highland Spring 2010" Wed July 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

Kempeth
"Breathtaking!" Tue July 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

Glenn
"Must agree: Wow!" Tue June 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Maneesh
"Stunning" Mon June 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Ash
"beautiful" Thu June 10, 2010 at 2:02 am

Christy
"Just...wow." Tue June 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Dan
"Simply Breath Taking" Tue June 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

Brad
"Epic!" Mon May 31, 2010 at 7:48 am

Michael
"Amazing" Tue May 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm

DiaMair
"It's dreams that make life tolerable" Tue April 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

MarkB
"Where's that?" Sat April 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

Terry
"A Complaint..." Fri April 9, 2010 at 5:06 am

Tom
"Tweak?" Sun April 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

Luccio
"Something Special" Fri April 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Lee
"All it needs" Tue March 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm

S Drown
"Defect-Artifact" Tue March 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

Chris
"Excellent" Sat March 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Chris
"Excellent" Sat March 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Chris
"Excellent" Sat March 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Brian F.
"A Hike I Will Love to Do" Fri March 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Alex R
"Not your masterpiece..." Fri March 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Scarr
"Beyond an image" Fri March 26, 2010 at 2:53 am

Terry
"Highland Spring" Thu March 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

Justin
"Just Gotta Say.." Wed March 24, 2010 at 2:25 am

Chris B
"The Only Thing Missing is..." Tue March 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

DigitalPix
"Like It!" Tue March 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

dejerdejer
"I'm with John A" Sun March 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

John A
"This is your masterpiece" Sun March 21, 2010 at 0:05 am

Jeff K
"Still one of the best" Fri March 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Jeff K
"Still one of the best" Fri March 19, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Archaon604
"convinced" Fri March 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Reuben
"Subtle Differences" Thu March 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm

celmendo
"Thank you!" Thu March 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

celmendo
"Thank you!" Thu March 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Rich A
"Cropping" Thu March 18, 2010 at 9:22 am

Liam
"Absolutely Beautiful" Mon March 15, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Katie
"Picture perfect" Mon March 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Aras
"How?" Mon March 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

Ryan
"Dual Screen Split" Mon March 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

Aras
"But..." Mon March 15, 2010 at 8:53 am

Kris G
"Wonderful!" Sun March 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Miguell026
"Highland Spring (2010)" Sun March 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Andrew
"Your best work in my opinion" Sun March 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Andrew
"Your best work in my opinion" Sun March 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

suab
"10/10" Sun March 14, 2010 at 7:30 am

James
"Fantasy" Sat March 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Brian
"If Anything Deserves a 10, This Does!!" Fri March 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Ronnie B
"Like a vista from my dreams" Fri March 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

Andrew
"Amazing" Fri March 12, 2010 at 0:29 am

Andy
"Epic!" Thu March 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Melissa
"WoW" Thu March 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Craig
"Morning/Evening Version?" Thu March 11, 2010 at 7:32 am

gunslinger
"time for a membership" Thu March 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

John B.
"640 x 480" Wed March 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Tyler
"@Patrick" Wed March 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Patrick
"More a fjord than a spring" Wed March 10, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Brian
"One Suggestion..." Wed March 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

BenC
"One suggestion..." Wed March 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

Tammy
"Wow !" Wed March 10, 2010 at 4:55 am

AlexH
"Win" Wed March 10, 2010 at 1:23 am

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"pic" Tue March 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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"Just Outta Curosity..." Tue March 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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"Emperor of the Universe" Tue March 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Clayton
"Definitely the best one so far..." Tue March 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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"Put it this way..." Tue March 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wraith
"Zee oh em gee" Tue March 9, 2010 at 12:07 am

Pastor B
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Smithd132
"Ryan youve topped yourself again mate!!..." Tue March 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

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"WOW!" Tue March 9, 2010 at 0:10 am

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"Got to be One of your best." Mon March 8, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Deanna
"I want to live here!!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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"Poster" Mon March 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Fizzrate
"NEW FAVORITE!!!!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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"32 gigs of ram..." Mon March 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Reuben
"New Favourite" Mon March 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

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"@Eric B- Kings Canyon!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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"Highland Spring" Mon March 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm

JK
"LOL!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Ryan
"@JK" Mon March 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

GreatWhite
"Into the Light" Mon March 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

JK
"Confused?" Mon March 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Jon H
"Marvelous" Mon March 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Andrew Kil
"Beautiful" Mon March 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Matt Beyer
"Perfect for my setup" Mon March 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

RIch
"Windows" Mon March 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Rich
"Window" Mon March 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

DPrescott
"Highland Spring" Mon March 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

dmackoy
"I Finally signed up" Mon March 8, 2010 at 12:47 am

Brian
"This is what I'm talking about!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

Heather
"love it" Mon March 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

dujeon
"DUUUUDE" Mon March 8, 2010 at 11:02 am

Eric B
"Great!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

LauraS
"This is what I love!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

RG
"beautiful" Mon March 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

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"Wow" Mon March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

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"nnnnniiiiiccccceeeee....." Mon March 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

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"Just to make my last post more clear." Mon March 8, 2010 at 8:34 am

GeneralB
"You need a Mount Doom Style" Mon March 8, 2010 at 8:30 am

Chad
"Love it!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 6:51 am

Brian
"Something about this makes me go wow" Mon March 8, 2010 at 6:34 am

Weigraf
"Duel Screen render?" Mon March 8, 2010 at 6:06 am

Aaron M
"Striking" Mon March 8, 2010 at 5:52 am

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"Awesome!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 4:37 am

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"Amazing" Mon March 8, 2010 at 3:10 am

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"Awesome" Mon March 8, 2010 at 2:37 am

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"Stunning" Mon March 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

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"Scotland Forever!" Mon March 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

Dan M
"Wow" Mon March 8, 2010 at 0:03 am

@simon
"Bird" Sun March 7, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Simon
"Really awesome... but..." Sun March 7, 2010 at 7:38 pm

John
"Am I Dreaming??" Sun March 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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"The Master Returns" Sun March 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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"amazing" Sun March 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm

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"distance" Sun March 7, 2010 at 12:58 am

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"Truly a 'high' land spring." Sun March 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

Pritesh
"Nothing less than BRILLIANT!" Sun March 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

Rare1
"Holy Sh*#" Sun March 7, 2010 at 8:05 am

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"gasp" Sun March 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

Mister M
"WOW" Sun March 7, 2010 at 5:37 am

Pin
"Astonishing" Sun March 7, 2010 at 4:56 am

Hunter
"Perfection !" Sun March 7, 2010 at 4:20 am

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"Incredible" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Luke
"Awesomeness. " Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:32 pm

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"scotch moss!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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"HIGHLAND SPRING (2010)" Sat March 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

MUZIKMAN57
"HIGHLAND SPRING (2010)" Sat March 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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"NICE!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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"Wow..." Sat March 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

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"awesome!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Will
"awesome!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Ryan
"The tree" Sat March 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Phillip D
"great" Sat March 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Littlemom
"Amazingly Beautiful" Sat March 6, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Mark
"is it real?" Sat March 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Robert
"Oh My Gosh!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Shane
"A Gem from DB" Sat March 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Alex
"Amazing" Sat March 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Gandalf
"GREAT WORK" Sat March 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Mike
"Success" Sat March 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thom
"Incredible" Sat March 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Steve
"This is awesome" Sat March 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Miguell026
"Highland Spring (2010)" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Miguell026
"Highland Spring (2010)" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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"Wow!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

celmendo
"Ahhh" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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"Gorgeous" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:05 pm

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"Gorgeous" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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"good but......" Sat March 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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"Interested......" Sat March 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm

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"Well done!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

Walo
"Awesome." Sat March 6, 2010 at 12:46 am

Josh
"Wow" Sat March 6, 2010 at 12:31 am

TwoWolves
"The Grass" Sat March 6, 2010 at 12:20 am

Sly
"Highland Spring is in the air" Sat March 6, 2010 at 12:09 am

Paul
"Fantastic" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:52 am

Toetenel
"stunning" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

Timmo
"EPIC!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

Lidia
"Highland Spring" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

Mithun
"Brilliant!!!!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

Kevin
"Love It!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

Isaac
"Nice Grass..." Sat March 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

Jason
"Nifty" Sat March 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

dejerdejer
"Amazing" Sat March 6, 2010 at 8:51 am

T7
"Awesome." Sat March 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

Jason
"WOW!!!!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 3:09 am

mozza444
"Amazing" Sat March 6, 2010 at 2:02 am

Bradley
"Simply wow!" Sat March 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

kellzilla
"Epic" Sat March 6, 2010 at 1:22 am

Brian
"Raising the Bar" Sat March 6, 2010 at 0:52 am

Justin
"awesome scenery" Fri March 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Ari
"DB pwns all :)" Fri March 5, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Gage
"Marvelous" Fri March 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Will
"I love it! -10-" Fri March 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Ryan
"@The Guru" Fri March 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

nate j
"Maybe best ever?" Fri March 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

nate j
"Maybe best ever?" Fri March 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Jesse
"Phenomenal" Fri March 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The Guru
"So close to truly epic..." Fri March 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Mike R.
"one of the best" Fri March 5, 2010 at 7:42 pm

JD
"NICE" Fri March 5, 2010 at 7:12 pm

pete
"Forest Citadel" Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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scott wray
"my kinda BG" Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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"Wow." Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Matt
"Astonished,,," Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Nick
"Awesome work" Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Kyle
"I agree with Jenanne" Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Jenanne
"Didn't mean to repeat myself..." Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Jenanne
"Keep the tree! " Fri March 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Jenanne
"Keep the tree! " Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Samuel
"Sweet, but" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Jenanne
"Worth the Wait!" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Tim H
"Incredible" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Valwit
"OMG." Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Ray
"(insert jaw-dropping adjective here)" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Mairead
"Highland Spring" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

easone
"Mist / haze" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Joe
"Perfect" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Tyler
"Insano..." Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Travis L.
"Greeeeaaat Stuff. 4 Thumbs Up!!!" Fri March 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Travis L.
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Ben
"Great work" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Ryan
"Stunning" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Pim V
"Absolutely Incredible" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Ezra
"Whoa." Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Tim Morris
"Stunning." Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Rachael F
"WOW" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Psyclone
"Holy..." Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Nate F
"Love it" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm

John
"Sweet" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Greg in CA
"Now THAT'S better!" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Kev
"Beautiful!" Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Jeff K
"All I can say is...." Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Mike
"Wow..." Fri March 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Ryan S
"Breathtaking" Fri March 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm


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