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Needs some bigger multiscreen.

5760 16:9

4k, etc.

Tue October 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm

"Love it!"
This and Fluorescence are still my very favourite images. Random button brought me here today and I realized it's been over 10 years since I first discovered your stuff because I remember when this was new.

Tue April 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm

After all these years, this is still one of my absolute favorite autumn pieces of yours, and it is a perennial favorite for desktop and phone backgrounds.

One of my top 10 favorites!

Wed October 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Wow, i sa this years ago and thought it was stunning ... it still is now just as peacfull ang stunning

Tue November 15, 2011 at 3:29 am

Oh I'm pretty sure that I've commented on this before, but I still love this one! Definitely in my top 10.

Just wanted to comment again because I recently visited the 2000 version of this, and I'm amazed and awed on how much your work changes and that you never settle, and are always trying to improve yourself. Keep up the awesome work Ryan!

Fri July 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

Good work Ryan,

You have a masterful hand,

Simply Amazing

Tue May 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm

"Haiku 07"
Thanks, this is one of my favorites of all time.

Sat November 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

cm cameron
"haiku (2007)"
Your image is beautiful. Having the moment this leaf has touched the water held in time is perfect.

May 3, 2009

"Perfect for mobile"
My first post ever! (yay)

I use this for my mobile and it looks beautiful with the black design of the phone (jeez that almost sounded like advertisement).

Really pleased with it and keep up the good work!

P.S. A winter version would indeed be nice :P

November 5, 2008

"Just a thought... "
but i was wondering if you could do a winter version of this. Not like a frozen lake or anything but a frost version of sorts. If you had ever watched the original Fantasia this picture reminds me of the winter scene when the fairies, or what ever they were, danced and frosted over the leaves and the lake. I was just wondering how that would look with this one.

Just a thought...

October 10, 2008

"One of my favourite pieces..."
Simple, but tells a story.

September 26, 2008

"Another classic creation."
This is my #1 favorite wallpaper and I've squeeingly adored each version that you've come up with. I'd love a picklejar specifically for 'Haiku' with all its variations. I have to say, this one is the best. Simple elements, one focus, nothing else vying for attention.

June 8, 2008

Haiku's are cool

but sometimes they don't make sense


March 25, 2008

This is a great pic, but I mostly use dreamscenes for my backgrounds anymore, and I would love to see this as a dreamscene. Is there any plan to make it into one?

February 18, 2008

"your latest images, what a long way you've come"

Did you have any idea at all , back when everyone was encouraging you to stay w/ this whole production, Digital Blasphemy, and electronic art.. posted on the internet, yet ? Did you think it would become your lifes work? Did you know, somewhere down deep that this was what you were meant to do?

It's been a long ride, and I hope it continues forever.

Haiku (2007) always makes me smile. I have somewhat similar photo I took, in Hawaii one year back in 1988-ish .. just a leaf , in the shaddows on a pavingstone a single sunbeam illuminating the leaf.

Your addittion of the water, and the ripple makes it even more arresting. The image is strangely beguiling.

I hope you never regret, well, not for long anyway ;-), your trip down this road. Your images have graced my computers , and now my phone and my psp.. hehehe I know we , none of, us forsaw those developments.

But I would be very surprised to see a computer anywhere that didn't have at least one of your images on it.. Keep up the good work, even if you fee like kicking these electronic boxes periodically.


February 10, 2008

"A return of favorites"
Original was my wallpaper for at least 2 years during college, thanks for reviving it.

January 27, 2008

it is the best i ve found. thanks, so what about christmas?


November 17, 2007

"The best image"
The detail in the leaf is incredible. My wife thought it was a photograph. Can you put me in this world?

November 1, 2007

Brian B.
"Hi, Koo."
My first comment, this.

Leaf floating, on my desktop,

Helps me forget work.

October 11, 2007

Haikus are easy

But they don't have to make sense


October 11, 2007

"Keep 'em both"
The original Haiku is my all-time favorite, so doing *anything* to it is .. well .. blasphemy! But I guess that's your line, isn't it? ;-)

The details you touched up are all much stronger now, that was good work. But in the process, you lost the rocks in the stream bed, which were important to me.

I've decided I need them both, as a seasonal series.

October 8, 2007

I have the original image on my pda. This is probably my favorite picture of all time. Whenever I need something to help me relax I always bring this picture up. It is beautiful and simple. It reminds me of fall (my favorite season) and how the weather is perfect, just cool enough to open the windows during the day for the outside's crisp smell to come and banish away the stuffness. It also reminds me of a river in Colorado that has a ton of river stones. The water is so clear you can the see the bottom just like this. I am so glad you revisited this image. Thank you.

October 8, 2007

"much better"
I like the update.

October 7, 2007

"My Haiku"
These Haikus are crap

You're all lame. Ryan is great.

Dude your shit is tight

October 7, 2007

"well done"
Really one of my old favourites. This is a really nice follow-up

October 6, 2007

This is a beautiful update to the original Haiku, which was always one of my favorites of your wallpapers :D

October 6, 2007

"Thank you"
Thank you very much for this. Haiku has been my favorite image too. This update is priceless--since I have a widescreen monitor. I love the focus, the subtlety, and gracefulness of this image. Excellent work, and timely for the season. I agree with previous comments that more updates would be really fun. Summerwood and Autmnwood yes. Archipelago is another of my favorites. Thanks again.

October 6, 2007

The original Haiku was never something I could get into. I'm not sure why, but it just seemed a bit false to my eyes. This new revision is amazing, though. It's hard to believe that something that's so simple in concept could work so well, but it does. If all your updates are going to be this good I would be more than happy with you simply updating your old work for the next few months. Wonderful job.

October 4, 2007

Drifting summer shard,

reddened with fond memory,

flows along time's stream.

October 4, 2007

good, a little grany on the rocks though, Oh an while your re-rendering could you please find time for Summerwood and Autumnwood

October 3, 2007

"I like"
I love the original Haiku. I haven't decided yet, but I think I might like this one more. Though I have to say, I like the pickle jar version better. The darker water with just the hint of stones and reflection works better for me. But either way, Well Done!

October 2, 2007

"Haiku (2007) -An Idea..."
Heres an idea Ryan, how baout placing the camera underwater looking up at the leaf. If you put the sun directly behind it, it would either create a cool shadow or be tranparent.


October 1, 2007

I absolutely love this. Thank you for re-doing it so I could use it on my computer. :D

October 1, 2007

"My haiku"
Like this autumn leaf,

I hope to show my colors

Before I am gone.

September 30, 2007

looks good!

Frozen water it

falls from the sky I never

liked winter at all

September 29, 2007

Only yesterday I've selected the old Haiku as my wallpaper at work.(only 1 monitor)

Today at home I thought that it should be great if there were a Haiku for 2 monitors, and ...voila.

Thanks a lot,


September 29, 2007

John A
Before I was saying the ripples looked wrong. Now it's pretty nice how you can see the leaf hasn't actually hit the water yet, so they look good.

Nice one.

September 29, 2007

"Haiku (2007)"
The older version of Haiku was one of my favorites but I really like this new version too. You always come up with some great ideas for wallpapers :)

September 29, 2007

"Both work for me..."
I like both for different reasons. Each has a different tone and feels different. Great work Ryan.

That said, I do have to give the nod to the second version for my iPhone.

September 28, 2007

"Haiku 2007"

I think this one is much better than the previous one. Up close I see the rocks and, from a distance, I see the trees. Excellent work in my opinion. This one is going to become a wallpaper on my computer.



September 28, 2007

"Methinks the leaf would benefit from bump mapping."
Otherwise it looks great. The reflections are a tad to blurry for my taste but otherwise perfect.

September 28, 2007

Sir Abbado
This image is frustrating beyond measure! As I sit in my dark office pondering the day's challenges I let my eyes relax and try to focus on the reflected trees. To my dismay they refuse to focus, belying the apparent reality of the image! I can feel the muscles in my eyes relax and I notice my focus trying to fix the distant image, yet my eyes are frustratingly reminded that this image is flat and cannot adapt to the three-dimensional reality they were tricked into believing. Well played Ryan. Well played!

The water so real

Cannot focus to the trees

Frustration surreal

September 28, 2007

"good job"
good stuff. like both versions actually. depends on the current lighting conditions of my surrounding area.

my attempt at a haiku:

i love your art work

it's very renderlicious

keep it up ryan

September 28, 2007

"Yeah, that's better"
Now I can see the reflections, and the rock detail. I think this is much better.

September 28, 2007

Crinkled leaves floating

Jeweled islands of autumn

Necklace for Winter

I love both of the pictures, each for different reasons

September 28, 2007

"water disruption"
The disturbance in the water looks too perfect ( perfectly circular to be exact ). If the ripple was not perfectly circular, I think that this would improve the realism.

Granted that it took me about 5 minutes of looking at the image to figure it out, I knew almost immediately that something was amiss.

I like the reflection of the canopy in the water imposed with the bottom of the creek. This double effect as a perfect feeling of reality to this image that you don't usually see in digital reproductions.

Good stuff!

September 28, 2007

Leaf of many hues

Floating memento of change

Ushers in the cold

September 28, 2007

"My new favorite"
It's perfect. Thank you first for attempting to update a favorite in the first place, and listening to everyone's comments to make it this great.

September 28, 2007

The blushing leaf falls

Lights on the cool still water

Winter approaches

September 28, 2007

"Kudos on the Update"
The update looks better - the ripples in the water in particular looked artificial in the prior version of Haiku 2007. This is a classic Digital Blasphemy image, nice to have a new version with much improved graphics and resolution.

September 28, 2007

I agree with thanks for listening to your members and taking the criticism for what it is. Just others' opinions on your great work. We'll never all be happy and we wouldn't be a part of this site if we didn't think your work wasn't excellent. Thanks Ryan

September 28, 2007

The new angle is amazing. Seeing the shadow the leaf casts adds so much more dimension to this image. It is gorgeous, looks realistic and will be a long stay on my desktop.

Amazing how something so simple can help you to reflect on things so deep.

September 28, 2007

"Very nicely done"
The changes you made really help it out. The new ripples look really good and I really like the reflection of the trees overhead. It is very realistic and the more I look at it, the more it grows on me.

As always, I love the work you do and keep them coming. I look forward to your new works all the time.

September 27, 2007

"New Haiku"
Put it simply, I love it. Very elegant.


September 27, 2007

Something must be amiss because I see no ripple, no water, and no rocks. All I see is a leaf against a black color background. :-((

September 27, 2007

"Dual Please"
I don't know how I could have forgotten the original version as it was on my desktop for quite some time.

Perfect timing on a new version and very well done! I can't wait for a dual monitor version so I can start enjoying it again!

It would also be interesting to see more leaves in the dual/tri monitor version.


September 27, 2007

"I don't comment much..."
But this just deserves it. Fantastic. I <3 your work so much. I like this even more than the original haiku.

Thank you!

September 27, 2007

"I'm glad others complained"
I really thought people were too harsh on the first version, but I'm so glad they complained and you listened because this version is definitely a great improvement. I still love the original, but this one has earned a place in my collection.

September 27, 2007


September 27, 2007

"Rarely do I comment"
But this is amazing dude.

The water effects are beautiful.

September 27, 2007

Eric H.
"New Haiku Two"
Ryan, good job on the touch-up!

I like this one a lot better.

You never cease to amaze.

September 27, 2007

"I like!"
I like this one much better than the previous. The original was also one of my all time faves and I was thrilled to read that an updated version was done. Unfortunately I couldn't appreciate any of the detail others were commenting on because the background was so dark. But this one....just beautiful! Thank you!

September 27, 2007

"This is it."
This is the perfect incarnation of original Haiku I believe, with vast improvement. Thank you Ryan for hearing our words.


September 27, 2007

I love this modification on one of my faves...will you be able to give us a dual screen??

Thanks again..for a wonderful piece of work!!

September 27, 2007

"Haiku 2.1"
Perfect. My new favorite.

September 27, 2007

Jamie N.
your wife's picture is excellent!

September 27, 2007

Jamie N.
"Much better!"
A great improvement over the last render. It shall now adorn my desktop!

I also want to say that I appreciate very much how you listen to your members' comments and take account of their suggestions. I realise it's not so easy to hear criticism (I know I don't like it much!), but you do it with a lot of dignity and humility. Just wanted you to know that it doesn't go unnoticed.

I think you do your members proud with your unrivalled artwork and commitment.

September 27, 2007

"That's Better"
It looks far better now the water and rocks are brighter.

September 27, 2007

"Haiku 2007 change"
The rocks are now more brown than blue. Dunno if that really makes a difference. And there's now a white "shadow" on the water, guessing light through the trees above.

Still good, and replacing the first version on my desktop.

September 27, 2007

Enough said.

September 27, 2007

"Haiku (2007)"
Never saw any issues with the previous render but like this one just as much - Well done!!


September 27, 2007

"Very Good!"
I agree with you in that keeping the dark contrast between the leaf and the background makes this picture good, but you definitely improved it 300% with this version. I like being able to see the rocks at the bottom of the stream along with the reflection of the sky.

Good Job!

September 27, 2007

"Version 2.1"
I would like to add my vote to this revision. I like being able to see a bit more of the detail on the rocks, without having to mess with the brightness on my monitors. Eagerly waiting the dual-monitor versions.

September 27, 2007

"A real improvement"
The changes help a lot. Background detail is just visible enough to make the image work for me.

September 27, 2007

"Much better now"
Ryan - I like this version much better than the first rev that you did a couple days ago... This one has much more of that same peaceful look that the original one did way back when...


September 27, 2007

David S
"Haiku Rev. 2"
Ahh yes!! Still has the dark feel, but now I can see the reflections and rocks!! Love it, thanks for being willing to listen to all the opinions we have! :)

September 27, 2007

Enjoyed the revised picture. Looks neat seeing the rocks under the water. My wife took a picture of a small rock dam at Dunlop Creek in Alleghaney County here in Virginia at http://public.fotki.com/bhouston/miscellaneous/2007-bash/img3987.html.

Ryan, how about a picture similar to this?


September 27, 2007

Much improved in my opinion.

I very much like the much more visible reflection of the canopy. The reduction of the ripples reflects the impact caused by the weight of a leaf object much better. The contrast is maintained very well.

Excellent Ryan. VERY well done!

September 27, 2007

Big Dave
"Dual Monitor"
Count me in as wanting a dual-monitor version too. Also, I like the idea of adding more leaves in the dual monitor version if that helps the composition. A single leaf on dual monitors might be a lot of dark water!

September 27, 2007

I LOVE this one!

September 27, 2007

I preferred the previous darker version, I think. Can you make dual monitor versions of both? =D

If not, I'll get over it. :p


September 27, 2007

"RE: Leaf Size"
Jessie noticed the the leaf looks smaller in this one too. Actually the camera is closer to the leaf, but since I changed the angle the leaf has a smaller profile now (since you are seeing it more from the side than from overhead).

September 27, 2007

"Great Job"
It looks great. The reflection stands out and I can see the rocks now.

You are a true artist. Thank you.

September 27, 2007

"oh yes"
I have always liked this design, and was impressed by your technical capabilities in producing such a lifelike leaf, only better than life because its so perfect-looking.

I am even more impressed with the updated version. The slight brightening allows the pebbly bottom of the pool to be seen more clearly, and allows the leaf canopy reflections to be seen.

Well done!

September 27, 2007

"Much better!"
Subtle changes, but a vast improvement. You can really notice the reflection of the canopy now, too.

September 27, 2007

"Looking forward to Dual Screen..."
Can you make a dual and triple screen version with more leaves?

September 27, 2007

I do like the new-new version of Haiku (the old one was a favorite of mine as well). I notice that the leaf is smaller in the new-new version.

The detail and overall verisimilitude of the leaf is impressive. These nature images are really quite beautiful and successful.

September 27, 2007

"Haiku 2K7"
Great work as always

I will keep with the one that is now in the pickle jar though. I like the darkness of the that one in comparison to the newly revised one now.

The ripple effects are nice on both, but all of my computers have a darker colored theme to them and plus a lot of my computer time is night time.

either way, Keep up the great work and thanks for trying to please everyone (aka keeping other files in the pickle jar)


September 27, 2007

"Very nice."
Haiku (the original) has always been one of my favorites, like many others here. When I saw you had revisited it, I was at the same time thrilled and worried. However, I should have known I had nothing to worry about, you always do great work. I like this version much better than the first revision (the one now in the pickle jar) for two reasons:

1) The ripples in this one are much more subtle, which I think actually improved their appearance.

2) Even on my LCD monitors, the background was just too dark the first time around for the rocks to hardly be made out at all. The little adjustments to brightness made all the difference in the world to me.

As always, beautiful picture, & great work.

September 27, 2007

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