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Brian
"Still Good"
I always pull "Indian Summer" up this time of year. One of the best!

Mon October 3, 2011 at 12:50 am

Ryan
"Thanks Donna!"
"Indian Summer" is one of my favorites too. Thanks!!

Mon September 13, 2010 at 12:57 am

Donna
"Indian Summer"
I just pulled this one up - again - for my desktop. It's Autumn and this is still one of the best!

Mon September 13, 2010 at 12:26 am

John
"Indian Summer"
The best word I can think of to describe this picture is "powerful". My favorite part of this is the mountain in the background. Keep up the good work!

Wed September 30, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Ryan
"Copyright Violation"
Yep, that's my work. I'll have to contact this "Elite Designer" and give him/her a piece of my mind ;-)

October 25, 2008

Randy
"Imitation"
I recently saw an iGoogle theme that looked really familiar. Maybe the person who created the theme has your permission to totally use your image without acknowledgment.



See:

http://www.google.com/ig/directory?type=themes&url=www.forumfriends.us/themes-public/fallstream/doc_theme.xml

October 25, 2008

P. Sefton
"Gorgeous"
I could honestly stare at this one all day long.

February 19, 2008

Falkor
"The Coming"
Perfect landscape with the coming storm... this is one of my favorites....

January 6, 2008

Maria
"Simply Breathtaking"
You've outdone yourself with this, it is amazing. How could you critique this? Just keep doing what you're doing, because you are the BEST!

November 3, 2007

Vaul
"Beautiful"
I love this one. The lighting and color are awesome. Would like to see it in a version w/ more fall colors and a little less all-orange too.

October 30, 2007

Theora
"Wow"
Saw this one and all I could think of was WOW. Beautiful colours, so peaceful, definitely one of my favourites.

October 30, 2007

Tiril1124
"Brilliant!"
Brilliant as always! I've always enjoyed your nature scenes! they are what I always use as desktops!

October 23, 2007

Larry
"Indian Summer"
In my interpretation, the foreground beauty of present fall is offset by the background gloom of imminent winter, giving a great feeling of transition.



Great work!

October 17, 2007

Narcelia
"Indian Summer"
It's absolutely beautiful! Thank you.

October 17, 2007

M. Evans
"On a 'Q' high (a haiku)"
R-L-C filter

how I love your Q-factor

your resistance, high

October 17, 2007

Carol
"Isn't it a shame?"




I mean:

To open any program on top of this magnificent wallpaper.

_

I've placed this wallpaper on my 2 screens and stared it for quite some time.

And I've only 3 words for it:

_

JUST LOVING IT

October 17, 2007

Deanna
"Ahhh Autumn"
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful, vibrant colors of the leaves changing to reds, yellows and golds. Sometimes the colors are so bright, they almost glow. I grew up in the Southwest and now live in the Northwest and I'm still in awe every year the leaves change. Thank you for this one! It could possibly be my new Autumn favorite of yours.


October 17, 2007

Linda
"Indian Summer"
Wow, absolutely breathtaking!

October 17, 2007

Gayle
"Indian Summer"
I love the foreground! Would you consider something with a closeup of your foreground?

October 16, 2007

Melissa
"Indian Summer"
Beautiful Ryan!! The fall colors are awesome!

Keep up the Great Work!!

October 16, 2007

Terry
"Indian Summer"
The only thing I dont like about this image is nothing to do with your creativity, its the fact it shows winter coming lol and I live for the summer lol. Can you create a tropical or otherwise "hot" image for us winter haters.



Terry.

October 15, 2007

Tim Beltz
"I think you do a great Job with your graphics!!!"
I live on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands where while it is beutiful year around, the seasons don't change much. Thanks for all you great work! It takes me home every time I turn on my computer.



Tim, St. Thomas USVI

October 14, 2007

Tim
"render time of fog"
Check this out http://www.supermicro.com/Aplus/motherboard/Opteron8000/MCP55/H8QMi-2.cfm



If you deck out one of those with quad quad cores and 10gb of ram that should cut your render time way down.

October 14, 2007

Michael
"Indian Summer"
I do not normally give comments but this creation is beautiful!

I am a Landscape photographer so I have an interest in all things scenic and this one is very, very nice!

If possible the only thing I would adjust is the mountains. I would make them just a bit more visible with the rays of the sun highlighting them. You create very beautiful artwork. Please keep up the great work!



Michael

October 13, 2007

Alain
"One of the best"
Indian Summer is one of the best autumn image I've seen in a very long lime. The vivid colours, brilliant without been garish nor overwhelming are a very nice touch. Briliant and calm.

October 13, 2007

Capoeira
"how can I down load to my website"
Please can you show me how to down load some of your wall papers in my website

October 13, 2007

Bob
"Indian Summer comments"
Something about the colors next to the green grass along the river just jumped out at me...



The addition of the hint of a mountain in the background just added to the effect.



While there may be a little grain in the picture, it kind of reminds me of times when I used to visit art galleries and looked at the paintings there... Objects not directly in focus of the artist were always a little blurred...



I think you did a very good job here.

October 13, 2007

Gabe
"Excellent Autumn Scene!"
Great job on Indian Summer - and while you stated the grain was undesirable, I actually like the grain that is present. It kind of gives it an old painting feel to it, and reminds me of the scenic (and powerful) paintings done from the Lewis & Clark expeditions in the pre-U.S. days.



Well done!



- Gabriel



PS - The hint of the majestic mountain scene in the background is a nice touch, and inspires imagination. ;)

October 12, 2007

wnmnkh
"Indian Summer"
With in mind the limitation of the hardware, I think it is the best result you could get. I see why people complain about this...



9/10

October 11, 2007

Bert
"Indian Summer"
It seems like it's no big deal at first, but then it grows on you, and grows on you, and grows on you. . . The light and dark work is some of the best stuff I've seen from you, and the dual screen version magnifies the contrast. I'd like to see you develop this into dawn and dusk versions; but of course those would produce dramatic differneces that are hard for me to figure out just looking at this version. I had this showing as desktop background (single screen) on a large projected image when I was using the laptop for a teaching session, and it looked incredible on the big screen! Kinda grabbed everyone by the "hoo-hoo."

October 11, 2007

Dave
"Indian Summer"
Great job Ryan !!! I drove through Oregon and Washington yesterday on my way home and really enjoyed the views of the trees just starting to change color... I thought today that I would send you an email and see if you would update "Sakura" with fall colors. I think that I like this one better. I gave it a 9...



Thanks and keep them coming !!!

Dave

October 11, 2007

Mike
"I hate to be the pessimist..."
I hate to be a buzzkill, but I like this but it isnt great. Im sure you werent thinking this is gonna be wow amazing and that might not even be where you were goin, but after all the amazing stuff that you bring to the table, this was a disappointment to me. Its just too grainy. I like it, dont get me wrong but I dont love it like the majority of your other stuff. I do see where yer vision was, but for me, it just didnt seem to win. I am very glad to see so many other people enjoy it as it is nice to look at. I dont know though, sometimes you do such amazing things that I keep thinking the next one is gonna top it and Ive flatlined hehe. Thanks for another nice wallpaper.

October 10, 2007

Ed
"Indian Summer"
I love this wallpaper it is a nice feel for the comming of fall. I like the colors of the trees. It would look pretty cool with a night version with some sort of moonlight.

October 10, 2007

Ed
"Indian Summer"
I love this wallpaper it is a nice feel for the comming of fall. I like the colors of the trees. It would look pretty cool with a night version with some sort of moonlight.

October 10, 2007

tim
"Indian Summer"
I love this one! my wife loves it too. it would be cool to see a night version with moon light.

October 10, 2007

John
"Nice feeling..."
I like Indian Summer's 'painterly' feeling, which seems to be emphasized by the haziness from the fog/clouds in combination with the cloud-scattered lighting.

October 10, 2007

Aurelyn
"Like a dream"
I think this is my favourite out of all the work you've done over the years. The combination of rich colour and the depth given by the haze into the background give it a real dreamlike quality. Absolutely stunning.

October 10, 2007

Mark J.
"For example..."
http://www.bimmermail.com/foliage.JPG

October 10, 2007

Mark J.
"Thanks, Ryan. I needed a foliage fix."
A bit more red would be nice, though.

October 10, 2007

Justin
"To Alexander..."
From the following page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_summer



"Indian summer is a name given to a period of sunny, warm weather in autumn, not long before winter. Usually occurring after the first frost, Indian summer can be in late October or early November in the northern hemisphere, and late April or early May in the Southern hemisphere. It can persist for a few days or extend to a week or more."



As far as the picture goes, I love it. Dual screen version looks great!

October 10, 2007

Shane
"Beautiful Fall"
I love the color contrast but is there any way to bring out the cliffs in the upper left more? I didn't notice they were there until a day after I put it up

October 10, 2007

Alexander
"... kinda expressionism"
Very color-saturated picture that creates deep pleasant impression. Grain and colors create a feeling of kinda expressionism.

Hmmm... but why summer? ;) These yellow, orange and red combinations of colors and especially grey sky and clouds remind me autumn. Perhaps only exception is green grass.

Also reflection in the whater immerses into nostalgia.



Good work, thanks Ryan!

October 10, 2007

Mike
"Indian Summer"
Oh wow! This is beautiful, it's like an oil painting!

October 10, 2007

Tril
"Grain, and other topics..."
This has been on my desktop since it came out. I can now say that it is my favorite DB wallpaper to date. Needless to say, I disagree with pretty much every criticism that has been posted :-) I don't think it needs more light and less clouds, as the contrast between light and dark is part of what makes it so stunning. Revealing the mountains would undercut the focus of the picture, where the light falls. And I think adding more fall colors would also be a mistake. This is "Indian Summer", and the combination of green and orange/gold evokes perfectly the idea of summer within autumn.



As it is, the picture has a thematic unity that makes it more than a render or snapshot; it's a work of art.



Unless they all have 30" monitors, I think the people complaining about grain are being a little too picky. On my 20" LCD there is just a hint of graininess to the mist, and if anything it helps. Mist can look like that in real life, and, as someone else mentioned, it serves to highlight the rays of sun.

October 10, 2007

Josh
"Fabulous"
Dual monitor version, please?

October 9, 2007

Lisa
"Willing to wait for a sharper image but love it!"
I LOVE the bottom half of this - the colors are beautiful and the detail rocks! It looks more like a painting rather than something photo-realistic. I'm not a fan of grainy but I know a lot of folks love that style :).



I'd be very happy to wait for a render that would remove the grains and make it clear and sharp!



Ryan you are insane amounts of talented and it seems to me like your creative vision is being sabotaged to some degree by the software... It's almost as if technology has regressed somehow? Some of your nature oriented ones have been a little grainy lately - I just thought you were changing your style? Granted, I don't know the software - I'm just going by your comments from the posting...

October 9, 2007

Karl
"waiting for other sizes"
waiting for 2560x1024 specifically, cropping the 2560x1600 cuts out too much.

October 9, 2007

Curtis
"Amazing., However...."
I would love to see alternate versions of this, preferably one that's either less cloudy and/or with more day light. All-in-all I love this work of art, keep up the good work guy.....

October 9, 2007

Mercury
"grain is good"
The graininess looks like fog or mist to me, which, in my opinion, adds a whole new level of interest to the image. It helps separate the mid-ground from the background and it also reveals the rays of sunlight, without which I think this image would lose much of its power.

October 9, 2007

Pillarman
"Realism"
The darker part of this creation looks very realistic but when you cross into the light it looks very artificial. Otherwise good job.

October 9, 2007

Jason
"Love it"
You sounded like you weren't overly impressed with this image...I would have to disagree as I think it's wonderful. I like the fact that there are many bright colors in this image, as it brings my desktop alive! Also the grainy feel at first was a bit weird, but like others said, it does add to the "hazy" value a lot. Kind of like a morning mist or something, good job!

October 9, 2007

emeraldjad
"Indian Summer"
When I first saw this picture it was just absolutely breath taking. It's perfect like it is.

October 9, 2007

Hegemon
"Grainy is Good"
I think the grainy look is fitting for this scene. Kinda reminds me of a hazy fall day in Montana. It gives this scene a rustic look.

October 9, 2007

gdaake
"Can't wait for the triple screen version"
Some of your best work.

October 9, 2007

Jim
"Magnificent!"
'Nuff said

October 9, 2007

Curtisator
"Grain is good"
Intentional or not, I like the grain. It gives it a slightly film-ish quality, like it could actually be a photo.



I'm also liking the hints of blue and yellow in the grass - I think these are colours you sometimes miss when you have large bodies of grass in your scenes.



Great stuff!

October 9, 2007

Lhiss
"Beautiful"
Atmospheric and inspiring just what I like.



Does the score go up to 11?

October 9, 2007

Tril
"WOW"
No complaints, no suggestions. This is just...breathtaking. 10/10. 11/10 if I could.



No real issue with grain on my 1680x1050 monitor.

October 9, 2007

Ed
"Indian Summer"
Overall it's nice, but it could use some variations in the color scheme, i.e. dark reds, and bright yellows along with the orange and amber tones already present. Of course it's really easy to be a critic, I'm not the one spending the hours behind the computer thinking this stuff up. Keep up the awesome work Ryan.

October 9, 2007

jackr
"Grain, schmain!"
Yeah, the grain's there (and if it ever gets fixed, I'll update, you betcha).



But when I put this up on m 30" display, and people turn the corner into my office, they still gasp and forget what they were going to ask!

October 8, 2007

Rick
"India Summer..."
I really like this one! The sense of depth and the lighting are phenomenal.



It would be really cool if there were a series of these, each refelecting a different time of day... maybe every four or six hours. I'd love to be able to set my wallpaper to change automatically and so I could watch the light change, the mist come and go...


October 8, 2007

Telaria
"Indian Summer"
Breathtaking. Thank you for this wonderful piece of art. I don't have enough adjectives....

October 8, 2007

V--Z
"Oh wow.... "
Indian Summer has long been my absolute favorite time of year, and it gets more so as I grow older and less fond of humidity. This image is simply wonderful. Only thing that would make it a perfect recollection of my childhood summer ends is a meadow of dry grass hummocks and gone-to-fluff goldenrod, which is the place where I spent a huge number of my childhood hours.



Regarding the graininess... I'm afraid you're right. Even with ridiculously high settings, it just never goes away... Major major flaw by e-on in my opinion. Software that costs what they are now charging should be able to manage spectral atmospheres as well as something free/low cost like Terragen.



Nevertheless, your rendition even with the problematic software is stunning. And it is now my desktop on 3 computers (4 when I get to work tomorrow =)

October 8, 2007

Clint
"flawless!"
Ryan,



this wallpaper has instantly become one of my alltime favorites. would be nice if you could update the ppc wallpapers. keep up the great work.



Clint

October 8, 2007

Pete
"Indian Summer"
Love it.

October 8, 2007

Mirage
"Grainy or painting?"
I think it's a beautiful piece, I agree with others that the 'graininess' that you mention makes it look like a painting -- which is nice -- not so much a negative as it is a different way of looking at it. Makes it a little different from your more recent works. Though part of me would be curious to see a non-grainy version (and would be willing to wait for the render to occur).



As for your comment about trying some Halloween pieces, I for one would LOVE to have some. I've been seraching everywhere for decent Halloween wallpapers to cycle through at work for this year, but I've been disappointed by everything I've seen on other sites. Given your new programs, I'd love to see what you're able to come up with.



As always, keep up the good work!



--Mirage (who is anxiously waiting for a dual-monitor version of Indian Summer)

October 8, 2007

Ben
"Grain?"
Grain to one person is mist to another :) - Well done Ryan, this one is wonderful.

October 8, 2007

Randy
"Re: "PPC Theme...""
I've been taking the iPhone version and using a theme generator to make my own.

October 8, 2007

Randy
"grainy not a bad thing"
Grainy gives it a "painting" look to it.

October 8, 2007

Fvr
"Too dark clouds"
Great image, but I would prefer it with clouds a little less dark because we can only guess the mountains in the background

October 8, 2007

Infinity
"Great Scene"
The composition of the scene is very nice, but like most other people before me it'd be very nice to reduce the noise and make it smoother (ie like Haiku 2007). I'd imagine when the dual widescreen version comes out we can see the sun on the right screen, in which case would perfectly complete the scene. Again great job.

October 8, 2007

eyal
"PPC Theme..."
will there ever be anymore?

October 8, 2007

jm
"Noise Reduction"
I ran the image through the Digital Camera Noise Removal tool in Paint Shop Pro XI. It did a really nice job of removing the noise without killing the detail.



I love the image, though. The light coming in from the side, the colors are great. Fabulous.

October 8, 2007

Patrick
"atmospheric"
Nice one Ryan - with the hint of mountains in the background, it reminds me a fall visit to Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.



Keep up the great work.



Patrick

October 8, 2007

G
"Not bad"
It's nice, but the grainy texture makes it feel like a painting. I wouldn't mind waiting another 4 or 5 days for a perfect quality image. We've already waited 2 weeks, after all...

October 8, 2007

iMark
"Blimin' Good"
Fantastic work. 9/10. I agree with the comment below that the mountains should be bought out more.



Well worth the wait.

October 8, 2007

jayc
"Great...."
Great picture! Though I think the mountain background should be brought out more.

October 8, 2007

Ryan
"Pretty, yet not what I expect"
It's a pretty picture certainly, but I'm going to side myself on the side that doesn't exactly like the graininess.

October 8, 2007

Brian
"Mixed Feelings..."
On the surface I really like this image, and I've always responded pretty viscerally to all of the autumn-themed desktops.



I suppose one can treat the graininess as a "feature", but what makes Ryan's work so cool in my mind is the photorealism and detail of some of the images.



This one just feels blurry to me, and doesn't have the punch that it should have. I like it, but want to like it more. :-)

October 8, 2007

Edward
"Waiting for triple screen."
I am sure it ill be lovely.

October 8, 2007

Blaine
"nice, but..."
The image is full of noise. Even the up close grass has noise. -thumbs down- until it can be corrected.

October 8, 2007

Roberto
"The best work"
ASTONASHING! The best picture you ever made Ryan, my best compliments.

October 8, 2007

Flodbod
"indian summer"
So real I wish I was there. Another wallpaper that my kids will say WOW too.

October 8, 2007

Paul
"Wonderful"
Fantastic image, Ryan. The trees are rendered beautifully, and the whole scene is a great summation of autumn. I wasn't sure I was going to replace your Haiku(2007) anytime soon, but this one changed my mind.

October 8, 2007

Noah
"Artistic Quality..."
I think this render looks almost like an oil painting of sorts. Look at the far shore on the right side... you can see what appears to be small brush marks. Quite cool. I eagerly await the dual-screen version :)

October 8, 2007

Mike
"Another Winner"
I'm really glad that you have been putting out a lot of landscape images lately, as I think that you've really taken your work to a new level. I'm always excited to change my wallpaper whenever another one of these pops up. I'm glad I just bought another 3 years of membership. Keep up the great work! I look forward to the next 3 years and beyond.

October 8, 2007

Greg in KC
"Very, very nice!"
Ryan,



I really like this one... I know people may comment on the "grainy"ness of the image, but I think it kind of enhances the foggy, misty look.



Keep up the great work!



Greg in KC

October 8, 2007

Mark
"Great, but I can't use it"
Ryan,



Great picture. It makes me sad that I can't use it (I have pretty strict requirements for my backgrounds, mostly related to how well text is visible through a transparent terminal).



I look forward to seeing the dual monitor version of this - at least I could use it at home.



Mark

October 8, 2007

celmo
"Nice"
Very pretty. Love it. I don't know anything about the program but I agree that it does look "grainy" but I wouldn't want to render for 5 days either.

October 8, 2007

Shandybob
"Wow"
Ryan, by far, this has to be one of your best.



Beautiful contrasting colours and light.



Adorable - thank you.

October 8, 2007

Saranna
"Love it - Just what I wanted on my screen :D"
Happy Thanksgiving (Canadian one up here).



So this is exactly what I wanted on my screen. Thanks! I love it.



The sun peeking through giving a sense of warmth to the cool of fall.

October 8, 2007

Kevin
"Very nice..."
...especially the river bank on the far side.

October 8, 2007

Overdrive
"wonderful!"
These wallpapers are definitely my favorites: a beautiful landscape with special elements (fallcolors) and the sharp contrasts between dark and light.



I really like the vague reflections in the dark, on the mountains.



Great artwork, again!



9*

October 8, 2007

kyle
"stuning"
thats all there is to sayh

October 8, 2007

Morgan
"Cool!"
Very nice, however I think it looks a bit "noisy". Anti-aliasing perhaps?

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