9.16/10 rating (537 votes)
167 Comments

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Maureen
"Nostalgic"
Melancholy and beautiful. Autumn was a time when things seemed to be starting up (the school calendar) and yet winding down. I loved hiking and camping in the autumn, and this reminds me of many hikes.

Sun February 1, 2015 at 7:10 am

Marisa
"Beautiful!!!"
I is like I am taking a walk in the forests of virginia!! Awesome!!!!

Thu August 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Shawn
"9"
Brings back memories of many a path I have trodden while Deer hunting. Exellent.

Mon March 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Rob
"10/10"
One of the very few I have rated 10/10 because this picture looks more realistic than most photographs. Excellent work, kudos!

Sat February 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

Rick Heckm
"10/9"
10 for other than halloween - 9 for halloween: you need a headless horseman at the end of the path - when I first saw this wallpaper, that is what I immediately thought of!

Wed October 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Charlie
"10/10"
This is the first piece of yours that I've rated. I wanted to find the top and this is it. I judge on composition, use of light and choice of subject. This has all three. Well done, Ryan.

Sun February 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

Cheryl
"10"
I think of this as simply "November" bleak, stark and yet the calm before the storms. There seems an expectancy to it.

Wed November 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Calle
"10"
Really like this picture. The first thing it made me think of was the movie "The Blair Witch Project". It has the same foggy, spooky fell to it.

Thu October 25, 2012 at 7:50 am

Kelton
"Elegy Series"
this is one of my favorites for sure. beautiful

Mon October 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Matt
"The Best!"
Hauntingly Elegant

Mon March 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Prashant
"comment"
Brilliantly balanced light

Fri December 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

Brian
"November Day"
This is going up on my monitory today because this is the kind of day it is outside my window.

Mon November 21, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thai
"nostalgic"
this is a reminder to me why i subscribe to your art.

Tue November 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Jim
"Amazing"
I've been following DB, on and off, since the beginning. This one is very near the best.

Tue November 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Gilvan
"One of the top images!"
Elegy is a top picture, no more words needed.

Tue November 15, 2011 at 4:27 am

Hellsbells
"Beautiful"
Thank you, just like the woods down the road, stunning this time of year ;)

Thu November 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

Marc
"Color!"
Thank you for this wonderful piece. It's ugly here in New England, and now it's suddenly Autumn in my room...

Tue November 8, 2011 at 11:52 am

Donna
"ddkeil"
Beautiful and softly haunting. I used to ride horses in woods like these in Germany. Great work!

Wed September 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

Mjodvitnir
"Awesome"
This captures the essence of the autumn woods I walk through sometimes.

So beautiful Ryan

Wed September 28, 2011 at 2:03 am

catmuffet
"Wonderful"
I love 'Elegy' ....it completely captures the look and feel of a place or places I have wandered thru in the past. It brings back many memories and will be on my desktop for quite awhile.

Sun September 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

macindean
"Amazing!"
I believe that this is my most favorite yet. A true masterpiece in my estimation. Thanks Ryan!

Sun September 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

CF
"Great"
This is my favorite of all you have done. Reminds me of my childhood

Sun September 18, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Miguell026
"right side texture tress"
yes Ryan!

i have a 30' apple monitor as you know

and i sure notice those bad textures on the closest right side trees or twigs.. maybe you can quickly fix it!



or let it be :D

Sun September 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

Gilsgal
"Just a fun thought"
This is a very lovely picture, no doubt. But your picture stirs up many interesting thoughts in my mind. The name you gave it "Elegy" is nice, but I would give it another name entirely..it would be "Where Is He??" (In the Halloween theme, like what HurtzDonut suggest).. Just a fun thoguht. As always, your paintings are the best.

Sat September 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

hurtzDonut
"Halloween?"
Any chance of a night time Halloween wallpaper?

Sat September 17, 2011 at 1:25 am

Christy
"Best One Yet"
I love all of the landscape your have done but this one has to be the best. A friend saw my background and asked where I took the photo. I told them it wasn't a photo and they were flabbergasted. So am I, this is good and realistic. I know I am going to keep coming back to it in the future.

Sat September 17, 2011 at 0:36 am

kellzilla
"Binary Star planets"
ALA Tatooine: http://news.yahoo.com/planet-star-wars-tatooine-discovered-orbiting-2-suns-181404397.html

Don't know if you'd seen this yet, Ryan. Thought it was fascinating, and immediately thought of what kind of awesome wallpapers you could make out if the idea. ;)

Fri September 16, 2011 at 0:11 am

Karl
"Rendering time"
I dont know if you would be interested in this or not, but Mental Ray is an excellent renderer that I use for nearly all of my work. It is faster than lightwave and Vue and has really good quality.

Thu September 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Foz
"Re-rendering"
Perhaps a little bit of fooling around in Photoshop would be a faster solution?

Thu September 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

D
"re-render"
I'd love to see "clean" multi-monitor renders of this one but not if it delays new work. Perhaps set this up on your old machine and post when it eventually finishes?

Wed September 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Chris B
"About Re-rendering"
You could always re-render the multi-screens over holidays when you won't be working on new projects as much.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

James
"Love the genre"
The renders that look most like a picture I could take myself, are my favorites. This one looks like it's right out of a forest in the midwest. I almost expected you to tuck a person away in the far trees, or at the end of the path. Not sure what feedback you get on those little people/animals that are sometimes present. I applaud them myself.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Ted
"against re-rendering"
Although I agree that the graininess and texture issues are somewhat annoying (I am a dual-screen user), I don't think its worth taking weeks to redo. I'd rather see new projects.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

Terry
"Re: Texture Problem"
Ryan, its not a problem - live and learn as they say!

Wed September 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

Terry
"Amazing"
You've outdone yourself here Ryan, the only thing is how do you better this. Usually something isn't right, something that tells you that it isn't real, dodgy colours, or some kind of repeated element. This is flawless.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 7:18 am

Terry
"Amazing"
You've outdone yourself here Ryan, the only thing is how do you better this. Usually something isn't right, something that tells you that it isn't real, dodgy colours, or some kind of repeated element. This is flawless.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

Tatiana
""Re: Texture Problem""
I think re-rendering is a good idea. I showed this wallpaper to a friend and they immediately commented that the textures on some of the trees was the only drawback.

Re-rendering would be also be good because the trees on the left of the triscreen have lines down the middle where the colors don't match. They have lines across as well which makes the trees look like they were cut in half with scissors and then badly pasted back together.

Wed September 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

Chris B
"Halloween is coming"
so I'd start something new, but then I have a single screen ;)



and I have to agree with AlexH, that while it is an awesome piece, I like highland spring and beginning of the end better, they are more Epic, but the quality & textures in this one (at least the single screen, I can't speak for the multi.) are fantastic and it deserves to be high in the top 10.

Tue September 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Ryan
"Re: Texture Problem"
Sorry about the textures on the trees. I had wanted the trees to be mostly black but I guess on monitors with the gamma or brightness level increased you can see where the UVs were messed up when I edited the trees. Not good! It's too bad Vue butchers the UVs when you adjust the trunk/branch thickness. I didn't notice the problem until I had finished the 35hr render but I decided to get ahead and post what I had.

Still, I'm wondering if it is a problem that most people aren't noticing because they have their monitors set similarly to mine.

As for the noise level in the multiscreen version, Vue has always had some weirdness when the aspect ratio is expanded to a ridiculous level. The atmosphere quality settings are exactly the same as the single-screen version but I single was rendered at 5600 x 3500 while the multi was rendered at 7680 x 1600. Scaling down the single seemed to reduce the noise.

So yes, the multiscreen was "rushed" (if you call 115 hours to render rushed) in that I didn't render it to scale down as I did the single-screen version.. I could re-render it and rework the textures if everyone thinks it is a real problem, but it will probably take a couple of weeks of "Bucephalus-time" that could be spent working on new wallpapers. Maybe less if I figured out some hacks...

What do you guys think?

Tue September 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Foz
"Texture problem"
... is not only still there, but it's even more apparent on the close up trees.



And the trees on the right looks horribly patched together!



Still only a 9 from me.

Tue September 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Labanimal
"Elegy"
I must admit, the single version is stunning, but the triple seems rushed! many of the trees seems very fake, and you can see less of the sky in the triple version... also Very VERY grainy!

Tue September 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

Craig L
"Belated Happy Birthday!"
A belated happy birthday, Ryan! Here's to you and yours from Minnesota!



/craig

Tue September 13, 2011 at 10:01 am

Alex H
"It's alright"
I can't understand how it's become your most popular overnight though. :P It's not bad, but definitely not your best. It lacks that photorealism which a lot of your other art has. I approve of the black and white suggestion though: That would get a much higher score from me. :)

Tue September 13, 2011 at 3:46 am

Kevin
"Halloween 2011"
This one would be fun with a Headless Horsemann near the end of the trail.



Also this image in particular lends itself to a black and white version quite well. Very well done

Mon September 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Kevin
"Halloween 2011"
This one would be fun with a Headless Horsemann near the end of the trail.



Also this image in particular lends itself to a black and white version quite well.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Ryan
"2x1440p"
the dual screen 512x1440 currently links to a 7680x1440 image - the tri-screen version. interstingly, the "tri-screen" is cropped slightly differently at the same resolution.



great work, highland spring is still better though. As my wife says, every time she looks at it hanging on our wall, it's epic.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Mike
"Multi Screen Renders"
Is it just me or dose the multiscreen renders quality is not up to par with the original single screen render?



Seems be be a lot more "Noise" and the color seems to be dull compaired to the original render. The Mutli Screen dose not do your art and original render just.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Miguell026
"Happy Birthday"
Ryan time waits for no one!



Happy Birthday!



let there be many many many more happy years to come!



cheers from Portugal

Mon September 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Lance7504
"N E"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !

Mon September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Andrew
"Happy Birthday"
Well done on this latest render. "Elegy" is definitely in my top 5 favorites. Keep up the good work!

Mon September 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Lidia
"Happy Birthday!"
I'm happy to see you celebrating your birthday by having a great time with Ian. It is incredible how time flies.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Youngbull
"Father Time"
Do the fout seasons? one with snow, one with buds and pink and red, one with lush green and vines and undergrowth, and then this one. but make sure they still have the dual screen ;-)

Mon September 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Jenanne
"Happy Birthday!"
The big 4-0 - wow. When I turned 40 (some years ago, I admit), I was depressed for several days. I'm glad you had an awesome time instead. As my husband says, it beats the alternative. And thank you for the dual screens! I love this render and put in my vote for a version with rain.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Greg
"..."
I don't get you Ryan :) You're an awesome artist, but fail miserably in the basics of CG. I'm referring to the texture stretching I see in most of your works, but mostly in this one on the trees.

Additionally is the vast quantities of noise in your recent images. I know about the ridiculous render times, but that's no excuse. Optimize. You could render the volumetrics (where the noise is most apparent) in a different engine and composite it into the rest of the image.



But other than that, this is the best one (artistically) I've seen you do for a long long time :)

Mon September 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Brian
"Dual Screens"
I've been waiting for this ever since the single screen renders popped up on your site. This wallpaper is now spread across my three screens. :)

Mon September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

Bruceam
"Elegy"
I really like this piece, especially the wide screen - multiscreen versions. Keep up the great work.

Mon September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

Jonathan K
"Just another Idea"
Just had a Thought.... A image like ElEgy but with Halloween Creatures (Children in Costumes) Trick-O-Treating up and down the Path, Like they used to before the buggy but after the Horse if you cath my Drift. :)

Mon September 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

SCM
"@Kick BAck"
I completely agree, I think rain would be a perfect addition, and it would be something that I would like to see.

Sun September 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Kick BAck
"RAIN"
I want to see rain in this exact image. I imagine that shouldnt take too long to render... I think spring will look cool, but id like to see rain in this Autumn vibe. maybe a few puddles, light rain... perfect as is tho! *just want to see how real your downpour effect would look. peace!

Sun September 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Chris
"Amazing"
This is an absolutely astounding piece of artwork. Your nature scenes have always been my favorites, and this might be the best of them all. Completely captures the feeling that's inside of me when I look outside during my favorite season, and see the leaves changing color, then falling. This is top notch Ryan. Great job.

Sun September 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Dana
"Elegy"
I love this image. So quiet and calm and natural. This is great!

Sun September 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Max
"Whoa..."
You're getting very good :)

Sat September 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Max
"Whoa..."
You're getting good.

Sat September 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Lawrence H
"Serenity"
I really love this type of work. Someone told me it's the serenity aspect of it. I don't know art, but I kno what I like. Can't wait for the multi-screen render to finish. Keep up the good work. :)

Sat September 10, 2011 at 8:06 am

Ken
"I love your nature images"
The more serine, natural, even gentle, the wallpapers are, the longer I linger and savor the ambiance. This one is beautiful.

Fri September 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm

John N.
"About to suggest the same ideal! "
As hurtzDonut suggested, this would make a great Halloween wallpaper as well. Just make it night time, a full moon, and some Jack-O-Lanterns to light up the pathway! Would probably be the best Halloween wallpaper ever!

Fri September 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

JDD
"most recent favorite"
I just got my new notebook from IT department and immediately went to DB to change the wallpaper. This one looks great on my new screen.

Out of the past several new picts, I like this one the most.

Thanks again Ryan

Fri September 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

hurtzDonut
"Sorry Double post"
Sorry

Fri September 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

hurtzDonut
"Great"
I do not know if this has been suggested, but this would be a great Halloween wallpaper if the sky was darker, and maybe a full moon shining through the trees.

Fri September 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

hurtzDonut
"Great"
I do not know if this has been suggested, but this would be a great Halloween wallpaper if the sky was darker, and maybe a full moon shining through the trees.

Fri September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

Sigmaman
"Wow!!!!!"
Mate,that is one of your best! Certainly my favorite amongst your forest scenes.

Fri September 9, 2011 at 3:53 am

Randall
"Gorgeous!"
Some of your best work yet Ryan!

Thu September 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ryan
"Re: Trees"
Thanks guys. The multi-screen is rendering now but it has quite a ways to go. The trees are Adlers, "Lime", and one other that I cannot recall. There's also some bushes and other scatter vegetation.

The spring and summer versions might be a challenge because I edited the tree models to shrink their leaves down, saved those models as new "species", and then used those models for the ecosystems. Meaning I'm not sure I can populate the same ecosystems with larger leaves. I will certainly try however. Winter should be no problem however.

Thu September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Zach
"Incredible"
Like many here have already said, this is outstanding! I agree with PHillip D that "this is my taste." I can't wait to see the dual-screen versions!

Thu September 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

PHillip D
"this is my taste"
Thanks for this Vue work, this is the type of wallpapers I love..you as a long time Worldbuilder user made wallapers of tranquil landscapes I missed in the past..(although Vue is much better now) I like the rays of light from yours from old times artwork and a new one today .. I see it on this one and it is crisp clear. Congratulations......man , overall the artwork looks almost real...exceptional good...what trees are used on this one?

Thu September 8, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Magnus
"Amazing"
Amazing Image !! i give it a 10..



I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SUMMER VERSION OF THIS WITH GREEN LEAVES

Thu September 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Bruno
"WOW!!!!"
Best of all time! Great job!

Thu September 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm

John N.
"I'm Impressed!"
This is just simply...Fantastic! This is art that reflects reality! I feel like I'm actually there (This is what it actually looks like where I live). Kudos for a masterpiece well done! If I could rate it higher than a 10, I would.

Thu September 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Badbrainsg
"Breathtaking"
I gasped when I saw it full-size. A numinous experience. Thank you thank you!

Thu September 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Sangjunior
"Stressed"
To IJC, I get that way a lot too but it's been my experience that things can always get worse. It's also been helpful for me to view not only the new works on the site, but also many of the older ones. My apologies to everyone for my post, but to IJC, smile and try to move on.

Thu September 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

IJC
"Ominous"
I have been feeling very stressed lately. This pretty much conveys exactly how I've been feeling.

Thu September 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

Xris
"I think I have found my favorite of all time"
Hello Ryan,



I have been a member of yours since 1999 and have never commented on anything before but I have to say that this may very well be my favorite one of all time of yours. Your titling of it is icing on the cake. The thought that I will see this change with the seasons brings tears to me eyes.



Thank you,

Xris

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Jeremy A
"HDR Version?"
This is a fantastic photo.

I was just thinking that it may also be a good candidate for an HDR render where you put some detail in the currently "blown-out" sky...

Perhaps similar to these:

http://ahumado.deviantart.com/art/Forest-HDR-138872814

http://baktr.deviantart.com/art/HDR-Forest-86485208

http://french-landscapes.blogspot.com/2009/05/hdr-in-douglas-forest.html

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Pete
"Incredible"
My students wanted to know where this photograph was taken, and didn't believe that it was CG. Absolutely amazing work, as always, Ryan.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Chris B
"Original Pic"
The link is under Ryan's notes :)

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photos/best-pod-june-2011/

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Brandi
"Wow"
A path under a canopy of trees is one of those "standard" images that has been done so many times (even by you), it's hard to imagine someone making one stand out. Glad to say you did make this stand out.



First thing that jumped out at me is the moss on the tree bark. Very realistic to what I see when I go on a nature walk. Love this one.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Scott
"looks photoreal"
Amazing work Ryan, i dont comment often, but works like this make me happy i got my lifetime subscription, and though i do notice what Foz is talking about with the stretched textures, it is only a minor blemish on a otherwise perfect fall picture :)



Great job and btw awesome new system you got there, as a professional repair and system builder i can say that's some nice kit you got there.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thom
"Follow the path..."
I'd like to see what's at the end of the path ;-) How 'bout a sequence of renders moving toward the end of the path, ending with what's down there?

Wed September 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

wazalord
"Unbelievable"
So beautiful, one of your top images. Actually it made me rejoin for another 3 year membership! Thanks Ryan, all the best!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Cougz
"Oh WOW !"
Oh Ryan.. This is beautiful. I feel I'm getting to know you more and more through your fabulous artwork..

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Tim H
"10/10 "
Absolutely wonderful, I love it ryan ! I'm sure we'll be seeing a few seasonal variations of this one !

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Scott
"Exquisite"
This rendering of a fall scene is near perfect. I was particularly struck by the soft light filtering through the trees (very celestial, a master stroke)..I would be interested in the photo that inspired you....Again Stellar effort!!!!!!!!!!!!! Scott

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

MARS
"ME again"
in the words of Ali G, I LIKKKKEEEEE

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Jenanne
"Enshrouded (2009)"
Now that you've got your super fast computer, any chance of doing the dual screens of Enshrouded? As I recall, you mentioned doing them when you had Bucephalus up to speed. It's definitely up to speed now!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Anthony
"Wow - absolutely astonishing quality"
I have never commented on any picture before, but I have to say that this one is easily the most realistic one I have ever seen you produce. What a work of art! Great job Ryan - 10/10

Wed September 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Jenanne
"It's an 11!"
I saw the NatGeo photo on which you based this -- I liked theirs but yours is MUCH better. This is going onto my wallpaper immediately! Thank you for all your great renders since you got your dream computer (well, and before, too)!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Kick Back
"Elegy"
Amazing. Simply Amazing. Im a new member since last week, and this is my favorite from the past 2 months.



Perfect Halloween/autumn vibe here.



I just have ONE request. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, make a "rainy" version of this one. Not spring though. Keep the image exactly how it is here, but rain. Maybe a few puddles on the ground. I think that would look incredible. Please dude, I would love to see that. PEACE!!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Terry
"Elegy"
Amazing work Ryan, I think there was a really old image called High Road you did, it was very pink with a big sun in it. Could you do a variant of this to reflect that perhaps?



T.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Terry
"Elegy"
Amazing work Ryan, I think there was a really old image called High Road you did, it was very pink with a big sun in it. Could you do a variant of this to reflect that perhaps?



T.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Jason Pond
"Elgy 2k11"
I LOVE THIS!! This so reminds me of the woodlands of New Hampshire where I grew up and hunted all through my youth. VERY COOL, Man!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Dillon
"Elegy2k11"
This is amazing. It's a cool day today and it looks like it would be such a peaceful path. Jumped over to the NatGeo site to take a look and I have to say though you are good with caves and that underwater cave diving image was amazing.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

Brett
"Elegy 2011"
Looks great. I could see myself walking down this path very easily. I only noticed one thing after staring at the picture for awhile. It seems the leaves all fluttered lightly to the ground. They are all layered. I come from a windy area and the leaves would be in all directions not just horizontal. Again, Ryan, fantastic, I do not want to be a critic. Thanks.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

Littlemom
""Elegy (2011)""
Amazingly beautiful is all I can say. I haven't seen the original pic from NG but I think you did it justice, and can't wait to see this in all four seasons.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

T3chn0g33k
"Definition"
This scene defines what autumn like around here in Michigan. Contrary to a couple of your critics say, don't worry about the foreground details. Leave it as is if you wish.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

Ryan
"@Carl"
The leaves are (simple) models I created a while back in Lightwave. You can see one of them up close in Haiku (2007).

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

Joshua
"Amazing"
Wow, this is fantastic! I think this is my favorite one to date. I can't wait for the dual-screen render!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

Karl
"leaves"
How did you do the leaves scattered on the ground? That seems like something done in lightwave, vue doesnt have individual leaf models as far as I know.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

Scott
"Foreground trees"
I agree with Foz on the thin trees in the foreground; they don't look good. Redo those and it will be perfect!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

Dan
"Superb"
Absolutely amazing. This looks like a photograph for more than just the first glance. One of your best to date!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

AriW
"A Fitting Salve for September"
I work at the World Trade Center and really appreciate this calming, tranquil scene, and the fact that you named it "Elegy," it seems appropriate. I find this very comforting. Kudos!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

Gary
"Fantastic"
Great wallpaper... I had been using Haiku2K recently, but this is now my favorite.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 7:39 am

Schaff
"Awesome, Thank You"
Ryan,

Since fall is my favorite season and being from Pennsylvania, this render really hits home. It reminds me of several places here at home that I can picture right now in my minds eye. You've captured it for me. You have evoked an emotion in the viewer. I simply love it. Thank you.

Wed September 7, 2011 at 6:19 am

Foz
"Texture problem"
Very good... but!



The three thin trees on the left and right hand side closest to you - the textures look like they have been stretched all the way up the trunk!



I can only assume that that software does that for thin branches where you can't really make out the detail... but for trunks of trees that are visible? Ouch!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 3:57 am

mischa
"simple and stunning!"
thank you Ryan,



Elegy is beautiful, simple and perfect!



mischa

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:26 am

Roberto
"Wonderful"
I love it, it is my favourite picture in quite a long time: nature related pictures are the one I love most. Excellent job as always Ryan!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:11 am

dujeon
"Perfect"
Ryan this is absolutely amazing, one of the best of the year,

Wed September 7, 2011 at 2:03 am

Nightwynd
"Very beautiful, but...."
I've said this before...I'd really like to start seeing some more of your original art, instead of the re-makes like the last several offerings have been. Maybe you are having a slump? I hope not...

Wed September 7, 2011 at 1:21 am

chris
"Awesome"
nuff said! good job, ryan!

Wed September 7, 2011 at 0:39 am

Hoverwolf1
"Elegy"
Love the latest - would love to see a night version.



@ Khyren - Given the title, I'm thinking something somber and creepy at the same time; something akin to "Forest of the Shades".

Wed September 7, 2011 at 0:36 am

Chris B
"@ Khyren"
yes, YET!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Chris B
"Wow"
I thought this was the photo at first when I saw the thumbnail... Got to tell myself It's no a real place for the first time lol

The Texture on the trees is AMAZING! The bark & moss, Awesome Job Ryan. It does have a creepier feel because it gets darker the deeper you go into the woods where the actual picture has a light at the end of the Tunnel.

@Angelique: It's not glowing so I'm going to assume it's not a mushroom jk.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Khyren
"Love it."
I have to agree with David M. Best Autumn wallpaper yet. It's kind of Sleepy Hollowish but in a more subtle no headless horseman(yet) way. Can't wait for the Dual and more importantly, the tri scereen.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

PHiL
"Beautiful"
Simply beautiful. Especially the wood of the trees and lighting. I agree with the others, too me this is one of your best Autumn wallpaper!



Question - how come sometimes when leaves are rendered on trees bunches of them look like they are unnaturally in the same plane? Anyone else notice this? This images has very little of this, which is probably why it seems so "real" to me, but I do notice it on the more yellow leaves in the upper left.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Randy
"Beautiful"
This one may stay on my screen for a long time, or at least until your next Winter scene.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

David M
"Best Autumn Wallpaper Yet"
Ryan - this is truly great! The blend of color and the different light aspects are so well balanced. The intricate work on the tree branches and the sun's rays must have taken a while. I think this is the best of all of your Autumn works to date.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Phillip
"Love it"
Immediately set it to my desktop image. Thanks!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Logan
"Sun Rays"
I'm still trying to decide what I think of the rays. They would seem to indicate it is a bright sunny day beyond the trees. The NG photo does seem sunny too.

If the goal was to mournful, as you put it, seems like it should be overcast, foggy, and gloomy.

Don't get me wrong, I still love the picture, just not sure on the rays.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Luis Garza
"Simply amazing"
Ryan, this is one of your most impressive creations. I love your woods renders, but this one stands higher than the others.

Thanks

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Brian
"Breathtaking!"
This has to be one of your best works since Highland Spring (which I have as a huge canvas in my office :D ) Great job, Ryan!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

horcruxhp
"Thank You!"
Ryan, I have to tell you... this reminds me of the woods behind the house I grew up in. It brings back many fond memories of my various treks through the woods. I think it's a wonderful addition to my many DB wallpapers!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Jo Jo
"WOW"
This is great, makes me want to go to that place!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Lidia
"Elegy"
Very, very, very nice wallpaper... I'm not ready to see autumn on my desktop yet, but once autumn actually arrives here, this will be very nice to have on my screen.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Dave T
"Fantastic"
Major props for this one. Keep up the good work!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Miguell026
"ELEGY -2011-"
uau!



a very realistic and.... brown'ish October look!



definitely needs some pickle jar variations! (season mod's)



another EPIC piece of Art from Ryan!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Alex
"Incredible"
This one definitely goes in my top 5. 10/10! Can't wait for the triple-screen.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Wayde
"Amazing"
I keep thinking I couldn't possibly have another favorite of yours but NO, you went and created Elegy! Beautiful!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Ryan
"Poster on Zazzle"
Thanks everyone!! I'm so glad people seem to be enjoying the latest wallpaper! I rendered it over the weekend at 5600 x 3500 so I could post it on Zazzle right away. Here's a link:



Now to get busy on the multiscreens!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Michelle
"Wow"
This is beautiful. It really does look like a photograph. Your autumn themed ones are always lovely, and this one is certainly not an exception.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

William
"Elegy"
This has got to be one of your most beautiful works. It depicts something so simple that I can immediately identify with it, yet it contains enough drama within the mysterious pathway to pull me into the scene. The rendering is realistic enough to capture the mood, while at the same time never straying from an artistic, computer dream-world feel. Definitely a 10/10!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Kirk
"@Ryan"
Wow, I didn't realize Autumnwood was from way back in 2005. I suddenly feel old.. haha.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Jase
"Summer and Spring, too?"
This is beautiful..were you going to make it multi-season like the Autmn/Spring/Summer-wood series?

Tue September 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Michael
"Can't wait to see this high-res!"
Specifically, I'm looking forward to the dual 2560x1600 resolution... :)

Tue September 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

dmackoy
"Amazing"
Like others, I thought this was a real photo. Great work.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Walo
"huh?"
I'm not lying when I say that I thought this was a real picture when I first looked at it. And I'm still trying to convince myself it's not teal. Kudos to you Ryan, this is one of your most realistic renders if not the most realistic one.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Markus
"Wow!"
Don't know what to say...Wow. The light, the colors, the scene, ..

Tue September 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Manu
"Beyond Awesome!"
This is the best yet!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Celeborn
"Speechless"
I feel this need to let you know how beautiful this is, but I can't find the right words to really describe its beauty... I'm speechless... wow

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

TL
"Incredible"
I'm going to have a hard time explaining to people that this is computer generated since people are always asking, "where is this?!"



I also think my rating scale may have to change as of late since you are just putting at stellar piece after stellar piece! BRAVO!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Geep
"Just like a picture!"
Wow, the realism of this just blew me away when I saw it close up. This is just plain awesomeness. :D

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Ken
"Awesome..."
I can't wait for the multi-screen version...and the winter, and the spring.... :-)

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Henry V.
"Breathtaking"
Title says it all. I love this piece

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Eric
"Is it Live or is it Memorex!"
@Ryan,

Remember the old saying - Man you knocked it right out of the park this time. Yours is by far the better "picture" - somehow more "real" looking. Also, I get a little "sleepy hallow" feeling. Way cool!

Cheers!



and the crowd is chanting ... "multi-screen, multi-screen, multi-screen, multi-screen, multi-screen" lol

Tue September 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Angelique
"Elegy (2011)"
Is that a mushroom at the base of the tree?

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Angelique
""Elegy (2011)""
Oh my - so impressive! It's very photorealistic :)

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Dan
"Wow."
This is stunning.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

SnowWolf
"Great detail!"
Which of your many rendering programs did you use to create this stunning image?

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Stewart
"Wow!"
Stunning. Those rays of sunlight are not quite right yet (they seem somehow not part of the scene but floating over it, like an onion skin or something) but ... wow!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Labanimal
"Elegy"
...the mood of this image you can't compare to Autumnwood...

The rays could be a little bit more dramatic, but overall love this image. I love the red and yellow leaves, almost feels like they pop out at you... Elegy certainly raises the bar, and will be on my triple setup for some time. 10/10

Tue September 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Brian
"Moods"
For me "Autumnwood" is September and "Elegy" is November.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:52 am

Greg in CA
"THIS. IS. AWESOME."
Nuff' said.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

Jlowry
"Amazing"
Absolutely love the colors in this.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:37 am

Bruceam
"Elegy"
Outstanding. It reminds me of several places I knew when I was growing up. I can't wait for the multi-screens.



Bruceam

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:27 am

c
"wow."
This is sooo gorgeous. Are you planning on doing a multi-screen version of it?

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

c
"wow."
This is sooo gorgeous. Are you planning on doing a multi-screen version of it?

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

Ryan
"@Kirk"
Well, it started out as a remake of "Autumnwood". That was why I was sent the photo in the first place. In the end I thought the two, while structurally similar, had such different moods that I changed the title.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:15 am

Chris H
"Absolutely amazing!"
Gorgeous as always. I agree, clicking through to the lossless thumbs is a must. The level of detail is not to be missed.



Makes me want to take the day off and go for a hike in the woods.

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:12 am

Kirk
"Beautiful"
It's beautiful, but at the same time it's very similar to Autumnwood, so it loses a few points there... But I really love the blue color!

Tue September 6, 2011 at 12:11 am

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