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A daytime rendering of my "Elegy" winter scene (without wolves). I hope folks using "ChronoWall" to change their wallpaper with the time of day will enjoy this one!

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Pritesh Mistry
"Great, Bring a 4K"
Great series, perhaps some higher res versions are needed now, ex. 4K.

Sun November 8, 2020 at 10:32 pm

Rick (Horseman)
"Elegy (Winter/Day) from the 2011 gallery"
Bundle up, fill your flask, and hit the trail. This rendering is creative and seasonal. Reminds me of my days on the winter trail riding horseback and hiking. I look forward to returning to the riding and hiking after my post-op physio recovery.

Thu February 15, 2018 at 8:05 am

Mark A.
Does anyone else notice some discoloration on each of the main trees on each side (right up front)??

Sat December 30, 2017 at 10:51 am

Rick M. (Horseman LR)
"Elegy (Winter Day)"
Howdy _ details and colors of this country trail makes me yearn to saddle up and ride \Horseman LR

Thu January 5, 2017 at 1:42 pm

"Tree Pictures"
This is one of my favourite tree scenes

Wed February 17, 2016 at 6:46 am

Just the classic nature and incredible artistry... Will there ever be a spring and summer treatment for this?

Fri October 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm


Sat August 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

"Half the fun is the anticipation..."
...just like Christmas itself! Merry Christmas, Ryan, and Happy New Year!

Fri December 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

"Vote change"
I voted 4 for your original "bright" version, I didn't know there would be a re-work. This version is MUCH better, I would like to change my vote to 9.

Thu December 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

"X-Mas render"
It can't be said that you don't push the software hard...

Thu December 15, 2011 at 6:08 am

Greg in CA
"Don't worry about the Christmas render, Ryan..."
I'm sure it will all come out good in the end? What? Too soon...? ;-)

Wed December 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

My Christmas render has been a real struggle this year. Using the new version of Vue (and one insanely detailed mesh) has lead to many strange crashes during the render process. For my part, I think it goes against the spirit of the piece for me to complain too much about the setbacks during its creation. I'm just going to shut my mouth until it is ready to post (hopefully soon).

Wed December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

"Guess Christmas wallpaper came late this year :("

Wed December 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

You may need to hit CTRL-R to see the new thumbnail. I uploaded the new version over the the old one and your browser cache may not have fetched the updated thumbnail.

Mon December 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

"Thumbnail on the dual screen"
The thumbnail on the dual screen still shows the old "bright" version.

Mon December 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

I really like the new renders of the multiscreen. Thank you.

Mon December 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

Yes, I tried messing with the first render in Photoshop myself. Sometimes you just have to re-render...

Sun December 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

"New multiscreens are much better"
I tried fiddling with it in Photoshop, but the new renders are much better than I could come up with. Thanks!

Sun December 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

"The updated multis"
Look really nice now. Awesome all around.

Sun December 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

Appears they fixed Fraps for desktop recording in recent builds. Works great now but the files are pretty darned HUGE. Of course I was recording at 60FPS and 1920x1080. Still, somehow, I think there is likely something better for what you want to do.

Sat December 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I have used Fraps for years, it's geared more toward games recording. The desktop recording leaves alot to be desired, IMO, but to each his own.

Sat December 10, 2011 at 12:29 am

Try this
I believe the free program FRAPS does screen recording.

Sat December 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

Try this
I believe the free program FRAPS does screen recording.

Sat December 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

Try this
I believe the free program FRAPS does screen recording.

Sat December 10, 2011 at 7:46 am

"Thanks for the 1600x900 addition!"
Appreciate it. :D

Fri December 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

He is obviously on a Mac, I'm lost there. Might try starting out here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

Fri December 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Do you know what software he uses?

Fri December 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

"Video capture..."
Vlad @vladstudio.com has been doing this recently, creating a video of his desktop as he creates. His art doesn't thrill me much but it was interesting to watch the video (for a short while anyhow).

Fri December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

"Amazing Stuff!"
Hey Ryan, this is really great stuff. I was wondering if you could upload a video capture of you creating one of these pictures. I've watch similar videos on youtube but would love to see one of your images from start to finish just to see how you go about it.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 8:52 am

"Yet another "
To start, I really like this series. I do have to vote on it being "too bright", however. A possible solution to split the difference would be to do a clear-sky version so the light plays better, and an overcast/showy version to lend to it being a darker scene.

Keep up the great work!

Thu December 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

"Exhausted Pharmacy Student"
Love images like this because it combines aspects of a dreary winter seen with a hopeful energetic quality. One of the talents you have compared to others by being able to successfully merge two different feelings into an image.

That's what makes your work so attractive. It's not so much the beauty or the realism, but the ability to invoke emotion and wonder by merely creating an image. It's what made classical artists great after all.

Thu December 8, 2011 at 1:53 am

I hope it is worth the wait. I'm also re-rendering this multiscreen so I should have an fixed version soon!

Wed December 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

"X-Mas render..."
...it will be a real Christmas present. :) Looking forward to it.

Wed December 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

"Something has gone awry"
The multi display renders look awful here... reminds me of when I first began gaming on my LCD and the brightness was set way too high. The single monitor looks awesome, something has gone awry with the 2 and 3 screen downloads I got.

Tue December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

"another vote for "too bright""
A lovely scene, but I'm also in the "too bright" camp. The blue is a bit glaring and the purple and green in the trees offputting.

Tue December 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

"Corner bug"
I like it a lot but like previous comments said - there seems to be a bug in the bottom right corner. Will it be fixed?

Tue December 6, 2011 at 5:50 am

"Wrong link"
The link for the dual 16:9 5120x1440 is linking to the triple 16:9 7680x1440. The same problem exists for your Helios (2011).

Mon December 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Chris J
"Art Theif"
That was so cool you forgave somebody that confessed to stealing your work.

Mon December 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I was afraid of that. I will see what I can do about putting one up that isn't so glaring.

Mon December 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

"Too Bright"
The dual screen is unusable to me. It looks overexposed and really causes purple and green on the trees to stand out.

Mon December 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

I love that dual screen version is brighter but it looks to me like the trees are purple and green? Maybe a little tweaking is in order even though I do love the brightness of the blue.

Mon December 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

I think I was uploading these files as you were posting. The dual and triple-screen versions are now available and I hope they work out for everyone. The render came out a bit brighter this time, I think because there is a much larger "snowy area" before the camera to account for in the global illumination solution. I could tweak it a bit further in Photoshop if it is a problem for too many folks.

Mon December 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

"Very nice..."
Looking forward to the dula screen version (3360 x 1050).

Keep up the excellent work. :)

Mon December 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

"Missing size"
Could you possibly make this into a 1600x900? Beautiful work as always.

Sat December 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm

"@ jlpilkin and @Ryan"
Thank you for the suggestions, jlpilkin. I do have the home version of Photoshop, so I'll give it a try. Ryan, I can completely understand you not wanting to use your valuable time creating and posting different color variations of previous work. It would take away from creating new masterpieces here for us! :)

Fri December 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

"One fun feature to consider one day..."
... would be some sort of way to link the related wallpapers. What I mean is something like an Elegy main which showed the day/night and seasonal variation thumbnails. And even show previous year's versions when you decide to recreate an image.

I realize that may be a significant software effort and non trivial, but it would be nice for those of us who enjoy your wallpaper series.

Thu December 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

It would be cool if you added some birds as a finishing touch. You could get some more colors into the scene this way, (maybe red).

Wed November 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm

"Small Request"
I hope it's not too late for the multi-screen renders, but when you start rendering the dual-screen version, would you be kind enough to make sure the focal point of the piece isn't in the center? The edges of the monitors would distract terribly.

Wed November 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

If all you want is different color variations, you can always use Photoshop or any other photo editing software to create static images of most of the color variations in ChronoWall. There are a few image effects that are custom made, such as the Hue (preserve brightness), Colorization (which is different from Photoshop's) and Bloom effects (this can also be done in Photoshop but with more effort). You won't be able to enjoy having them slowly change color through different time intervals, though (without having to create several different color variations and numbering them sequentially, for each image). Not saying it's impossible to do without ChronoWall, but definitely time-consuming.

Also, ChronoWall does allow you to create your own groups with your own time frames, or better yet create what are called "on-demand" groups that you enable/disable on your own time. This would function similar to the way you set your wallpaper in the native Windows 7 Control Panel.

Wed November 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

I supplied Josh with a number of wallpapers to bundle with the program but the color variations are all performed on the fly. Actually one my favorite parts of the app is the fact that I don't have to create and post different color variations...

Wed November 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

for the double post. And I didn't even hit "submit" twice. Oh, and "sections" should have been "selections." In case you were wondering. Sigh....

Wed November 30, 2011 at 0:22 am

I couldn't help but notice that a LOT of your work is on ChronoWall, not that's there's anything wrong with that! :) Any possible way of getting some of the color variations without signing up for ChronoWall? With Win7 I can arrange my own sections and set it to any time frame I choose, which I like better than slooowly waiting for the time to change.

Wed November 30, 2011 at 0:18 am

I couldn't help but notice that a LOT of your work is on ChronoWall, not that's there's anything wrong with that! :) Any possible way of getting some of the color variations without signing up for ChronoWall? With Win7 I can arrange my own sections and set it to any time frame I choose, which I like better than slowly waiting for the time to change.

Wed November 30, 2011 at 0:16 am

I have to be honest and say that I'm not sure if spring/summer will be doable with this one. The trees were created in such a way that it would be difficult to add full leaves to them. If I had created the scene with leaves to start with it wouldn't have been a problem, but it will be tricky to go the other way.

I will certainly try however and I am thrilled the folks are enjoying the Autumn/Winter versions.

Tue November 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Is there a possibility that you make an Elegy for every time of year? I love this wallpaper - I think it's one of my fav's of all time. The 3 versions are on shuffle on my background, it's great!

Tue November 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

"Elegy (Winter/Day) (2011)"
Very nice picture. I assume, based on the title, that you are thinking of doing an "Elegy (Winter/Night)" under a full moon. Now THAT would be a beautiful picture!

Tue November 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

"Elgy Winter"
I Love the peaceful feeling this image illicits. Is that a small Fox or Bobcat just to the left of the large tree on the right side of the image? I like looking for the small life forms you sometimes embed in an image.

Tue November 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

"Excellent Picture!"

Ryan, Great work on Elegy Winter-Day. I love it. I especially like all of the winter details. Question...Will you do a Christmas rendition of Elegy?

Tue November 29, 2011 at 11:21 am

"Elegy (Winter/Day)"
Very pretty, although you can never get enough snow, maybe you could add more snow so there's a thick layer of snow on the ground and in the trees :-)

Tue November 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

@Walo: You're not the only one who's asked. I just responded to an email to another DB Member who wanted a Mac version. There are enough requests to warrant it. It may take some time though, as I don't even own a Mac at all. It'll happen though. If for some reason I am not able to get a Mac to develop this in a reasonable amount of time, I can always share profits with a Mac developer.

@Chris B: Thanks for your support :) Glad you like the software - If you would like to see other options/features or encounter a bug, as always, please report them in the online forums.

@Ryan: Appreciate the comment! Reese's are my favorite candy.

Tue November 29, 2011 at 8:46 am

I would gladly purchase your app if it came for Mac. I like to support the people who supports Ryan's art and your app seems to be amazing. Looking forward for a Mac version in the future.

Tue November 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

Chris B
"@ Ryan"
You need to try Nutella & Peanut butter if you're going that rout lol

I like the day version, you can see all of the texture of the bark & the frosted grass & leaves. I don't know if it's possible, probably not with this many leaves but I got some awesome pics of a Japanese maple tree that had frosted ice crystals all around the edges of each leaf.

I decided to give chronowall a shot it really is awesome, all of the options. can take the fun out of which DB wallpaper do I feel like today, but I think I'll live ;) The amount of options are incredible lol Good choices of DB wallpapers too, esp Red & Gold :)

Mon November 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm

"Purple Christmas version with lights or something!"
I do love that this one is daytime, though.

Mon November 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

"Love it!!! More snow, MORE SNOW!!!!"
How 'bout a render with that dark overcast, blizzard look-n-feel?

Mon November 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I am more than happy to plug ChronoWall because, as someone said before, it really does seem like the program was made especially for my gallery. The two go together like peanut butter and chocolate.

I've always enjoyed exploring how a scene changes personality with the time-of-day and your program automates the experience for my users. Thanks for writing it!

Mon November 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

"Special Thanks"
And of course, Ryan, thanks for your help. I would have said thanks earlier, but I'm sure by now you are getting tired of hearing it. It's awesome that you advertised an image specifically for my product.

Mon November 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

"Looks great... one thing seems off, though..."
The daytime version of this looks great! One thing stands out, though that's bugging me. The snow on the bottom right of the screen looks warped and distorted. Is is supposed to look like that?

Other than that, the picture looks incredible. Looking forward to multiscreen.

Mon November 28, 2011 at 12:26 am

"Awesome... but"
This is gorgeous, but there's something about the light or the texture of the snow that seems a little off to me. I get a kind of uncanny valley feeling that I don't usually get with any of your nature scenes since about 2003. It could just be because I've never been in a forest like this after a snow storm. My wife tells me Elegy has a more east-coast style to it, whereas I've lived on the west coast most of my life.

Mon November 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

"Like it"
Nice wintery feel to it. I wonder what is causing the red tint on the branches on the upper left corner?

Mon November 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love it, and hope to use it, but I am noticing a bit of weirdness in the bottom-right corner. Almost like that area isn't quite done yet. Just seems a little too wavy, almost like the snow wasn't rendered on the underlying landscape.

But it is still beautiful! Keep up the wonderful work Ryan!

Mon November 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

I love your winter scenes, and I was hoping you'd do Elegy in snow in daytime -- wonderful!

Mon November 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

This is awesome. Love the bright whites and blue contrast. This is pretty much what I envisioned a daytime Holiday/Christmas scene to be (only without the holiday elements). The only nitpick would be the weird texture/geometry going on in the lower-right. If it wasn't for that, I'd give it a 10/10. Already added it to my winter group.

Mon November 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

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