Looking through my creations this year it occurred to me that (with some exceptions) the colors have been rather muted. With this render I just wanted to create something colorful and minimal that would make for a nice background. I thought about adding something in the foreground but I think it stands pretty well on its own.
I'd considered "Morning Has Broken" for the title, but since the sun is still below the horizon here (thanks to Vue's "spherical scene" mode) I chose another line from the hymn instead.
I must comment on the clouds. IMHO, the problem is not the elevation of the clouds to the mountains that throws people off. It's the fact that the clouds are about the same size. If the mountains were as large as depicted, the clouds should be much smaller than the clouds that are at the foreground of the picture. No depth. It's all two dimensional. No infinity. The rays are are a good attempt but again perspective and depth are missing.
Sat September 22, 2018 at 8:47 pm
I prefer this one to your purple version. I can see more details.
Thu August 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm
Overall, I really really like this one! The blazing sunset is truly gorgeous and I love the ray effect of the sunlight blazing past the islands. However, I agree with others that the clouds being lower than or in front of the islands confuses my eyes and makes the perspective of the scene a little strange to me.
Sun August 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm
Seems like going backwards but I prefer the night version more. This is really cool but has a slightly washed out look to it somehow as though looking through a filter or something. Layout is great though and the concept is stunning.
Wed August 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm
Another home run, Bliss!
The shadows created by the primary island breaks up the warm colors of the sunset [which of itself is simply grand] with a tinge of cool colors and simply turned out marvelous. I've often seen the shadows from trees and such but never applied to a sunset/rise. The moon amongst the shadows was another great touch!
Wed August 1, 2018 at 10:10 am
"She could see Carcosa behind the rising moon, and as Jayda dropped the torch and flames began to rise around her, catching her skirt and enveloping her sleeves, she saw the distant spires glowing gold."
Sat July 28, 2018 at 1:53 pm
I added this to my desktop right when I saw it.
Perfect for Summer.
D. C. Sessions
"Background is precisely right"
Thu July 26, 2018 at 5:59 am
After all, that's what we use them for. Good choice.
Colorful, distinctive (I use them to keep my Linux screens straight), and cheerful. Besides, the raytracing shows, and that's a good thing.
Thu July 26, 2018 at 1:46 am
Yay, verily, I love this scene. The soft reds and oranges do wonders for the scene, and are easier to look at as well. :)
"Oh. My. GOSH...."
Wed July 25, 2018 at 5:09 pm
My new favorite. This will give Highland Spring a run for its money! ;)
Wed July 25, 2018 at 4:32 pm
"Hello Vice City!"
Tue July 24, 2018 at 3:40 pm
Epic sunset which immediately takes be back to 1985 cruising around the Goonie's beach, and also to 2002 cruising around GTA: Vice City listening to V rock.
Tue July 24, 2018 at 8:56 am
I rarely review but this is one I had to comment on. It took my breath away and I couldn't wait for the multiscreen view! It's currently my desktop wallpaper at work. I do want to say though, to those who are commenting on the clouds - consider instead that the rocks are so high that they surpass the cloud layer. In that context the clouds absolutely belong in front. It would make everything look much smaller otherwise. To sum: I love this one! Thank you!
Mon July 23, 2018 at 7:14 pm
Really love the colours and the lighting, Very stunning, it reminds me of being in Thailand, and at the same time it is very other worldly, AWESOME RENDER!!! Great job my friend.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm
This is the first time I have reviewed any of your work. I've been a member for many years and always have enjoyed your work. That being said, I had to write how absolutely gorgeous this rendering is. This has to be my favorite that you have created since thus far.
"Great Work again!"
Mon July 23, 2018 at 5:13 pm
Did a GREAT job with the light rays streaming past the bergs. Really adds a feeling of depth. But I will say the clouds being in front of bergs (assuming they are ice bergs) is a bit odd. I would think they'd be a bit more diffuse so close to the point of view.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 2:12 pm
I actually like the way the clouds are in front of the rocks, not behind. Turns a mere great view into more challenging art.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm
The One Light is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!
Mon July 23, 2018 at 2:05 pm
The colors and lighting are gorgeous. Agree that clouds should not overlap rocks but otherwise this is an instant classic. Please fix the clouds and release multi thank you!
Mon July 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm
I agree with previous comments: the red clouds should be behind the rocks.
"one change I would make..."
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:53 am
One thing I might change is the clouds. I think it might look better if the clouds were above the rocks.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:52 am
Just simply amazing! I am blown away in yet another example of your work. I would love to visit a place like this, if it existed. In fact, I would live there. The serenity of the water and the sun coming over the horizon is just astonishingly beautiful.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:42 am
This is great! I'll be waiting and ready for when the triple screen versions come out. Love your more minimal stuff so I can see all my files well.
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:23 am
COLOR! Sunrise/set! What's not to like?
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:16 am
Now that we like....
Love the colours.
Dual Screen pretty please.
"Love the Light"
Mon July 23, 2018 at 11:02 am
Wow Ryan this is amazing. I love the colors and the lighting in this render. It really gives a very peaceful serene scene.
"A Grand View"
Mon July 23, 2018 at 10:53 am
I love this place--I want to live there
"I love it."
Mon July 23, 2018 at 10:49 am
it's like "red sky morning" all grown-up.
"Ooo! That's a beauty!"
Mon July 23, 2018 at 10:49 am
Very striking. Love the colours in this one. Very nice indeed!