8.29/10 rating (707 votes)


Member Comments

"@ED re: Autumn"
The thought had occurred me but as these are evergreen trees and I don't think the scene would look all that different in Autumn.

Mon May 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

"autumn and Summer"
Please make a autumn and summer please!

this very cool

Sun May 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm

"Looks real"
This image has always amazed me! It looks like a photo I saw from years ago. Hard to believe this exists only in the digital realm. You are truly talented!

Mon December 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

James H.
To date, though your images have gotten so realistic, this is still the only one completely indistinguishable from a real photograph. Happy holidays and thank you for such amazing work Ryan!

Sun December 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

Thanks for sharing. That's uncanny!

Sun November 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

One of my favorites of all time.When I first saw it, I remembered the front cover of Paysage d'Hiver' album Kristall & Isa: http://moole.ru/uploads/posts/2009-08/1250962391_2001-kristall-isa-demo-front.jpg

Sun November 21, 2010 at 6:31 am

"An example of how you've gotten better over the years"
I'm no artist. I can hardly draw to save my life. But I can see when someone's been improving in the mastery of his craft. Granted, today's equipment is better, and it's not like you weren't good back then, but still...nine years ago, this image wouldn't have looked this realistic.

I can only wonder what you'll be like another nine or 10 years from now.


February 27, 2009

Phillip D
"tranquil winter scene"
I did not see this one when you had it posted a while back... ..this is really awesome work..Great job on Vue on how you made the snow appear "wet" on the rocks at the bank of the river...and the soft feel of the winter atmosphere!! A very realistic render!!!!

BTW, glad to hear you are out of the hospital and are getting better.

January 29, 2009

"Wow incredible"
The realism of this piece is amazing! I don't think I've ever seen any other of your pictures that look as real as this one; it's indistinguishable from a photograph.

February 21, 2008

Cajmoh ( simon )
"Snowy Creek"
Fantastic! Again, this looks like a photograph! Love the details around the rocks. looks real. Excellent work.

May 11, 2007

"Snowy Creek B&W version"
this is pretty close to why I left New England and never really went back to stay for any length of time. Makes me cold just looking at it.

Oddly the colour version doesn't have the same effect. Not that it's not as good as this one, they are the same after all, as pictures, but the B & W one looks the way my mind remembers the Cape and trudging off to school, or back from school when it was barely light, and cold and WET !

It's more evocative I guess. The other version reminds me more of Norman Rockwell versions of the beautiful snow, soft "snick' sound of flakes falling gently , peaceful brook barely burbling.. Not a bad thing just two completely different versions of the same reality.

April 16, 2007

im not an artist like you but i have a good eye and the one thing i have a problem with in this picture is that the rocks in the water way too fake they kind of look like they are sitting on top of the water instead of the water running around them but thats just me

April 6, 2007

"Snowy creek"
its apity, when new artwork appears, people suddenly forget about images made few weeks ago.

And of cource, no one looks at the old artwork.

This work is really impressive. As some of old ones from 2000.

January 26, 2007

"Photo realistic dreaming"
Love it. Couldn't help a bit of day dreaming..

"Had a good run today, weather's been pretty good, just light snow. The hut is about half a k up the valley on the other side of the creek. We'll cross just a bit further down...."

January 26, 2007

Jules Kain
"Dual And Tri Screens"
Great Job On The Dual And Tri Screen Wallpapers

To Bad About The Colored Light But It Still Looks Awsome !!!

December 20, 2006

snowy creek is awesome! love the realism... can we get this in a dual screen? a way to make it more excellent!!

December 15, 2006

This looks like a photograph. Amazing! Can't wait to see what a spacescape or abstract looks like using this new software!!

December 13, 2006

That's a nice view, where was this picture taken?

December 13, 2006

"Amazing Beauty"
Every time I look at this picture I manage to see something new, as sign that it is truely life like. One of your best pieces!

December 13, 2006

"This is beautiful"
It's like I'm in the picture. I love the land scapes. This one is breath taking. I can look at it for hours (like you would a fish bowl) and relax to it. Beautifully done.

December 13, 2006

I just signed up for a year membership because of this picture. It is simply beautiful. I live in Michigan and this is exactly how fresh snow looks! The creek, the snow on the rocks, the trees--it is like looking at a photo. You are extreamly talented and I look forward to more of your work.

December 13, 2006

I like this wallpaper a lot, and over all it looks great. The tree fade effect looks stunning and ultra-realistic. Unfortunately, the rocks more toward the foreground just don't look right. The river also looks a little strange but it's not that noticeable. The snow on the rocks especially looks fake, like blobs of flat white. I'd give this an 8 for capturing the essence of beauty of winter.

December 12, 2006

Marvin S.
"Comment on Snowy Creek"
Very nice. Again it seems that you didn't forget any detail. Even the branches of the trees look like they have some snow on them. Also beautiful how the more far trees "fade" away. What I also like is that your wallpapers match the time of the year: for every season there are some matching backgrounds. This one's my favorite at the moment!

December 8, 2006

"Love It!"
I just moved to southern California... NO SNOW HERE... but believe it or not, I LOVE the snow! My home state just got a lot of snow this last week and I'm sad I'm not there.

Thanks for this image... it brings back memories!

December 7, 2006

"Snowy Creek"
Wow, that looks like a photograph!

December 7, 2006

I love the look of the snow on the rocks in the creek. very realistic.

to respond to an earlier comment, yes the snow will be washed away by the water, but there are times right after the snowfall that you can see scenese like this.

December 7, 2006

One thing I can't work out is the perspective. Are we looking up a slope to trees on a hillside or are we looking downhill into a valley? The river gives the impression that we are looking downstream?

December 7, 2006

"Looks so real"
... at an almost unbelievable level. Especially the snowy trees look like a genuine photo!

Rated: 9

December 6, 2006

"I like it"
Wow, excellent!

If I were to critique anything I'd say the trees are a bit too symmetrical....

December 6, 2006

"Love it!"
It really does have a depth about it as stated by other members, the mountains behind really do blend to almost a non existence, then as you look around you notice them!

I do have to say I agree with another member in regards to the water, there is something just not quite right about it.

I live in Australia and thus I don't see snow (gotta love the tropics!) so I'm not sure, on the rocks in the foreground the snow is all the way down to the water, would this snow not get knocked off by the water?

December 5, 2006

Hi Ryan, and all members.

This is my first posting since I have renewed my membership (it expired a while ago). CG like this is why I keep coming back for more and always get great reviews of my wallpaper.

I would like to see some of the differant variants other members were saying. I am alot more partial to night sceens my self.

Keep up the great work!

December 5, 2006

Amazing. The creek has a slightly digital look, but the trees might as well be real. I agree, this would be awesome for the next 4 seasons set.


December 4, 2006

"comment on this pic"

This one is really amazing. It look just like a picture of a snowy morning here in Bethel, NC. keep up the good work!

I've been a member for a while, if you're looking for ideas im the pres. of a whitewater club here in the mountains, and I'd love to see a "raging river" sometime.

Just a suggestion, thanks again for all you do.

Keith Kolomechuk

December 4, 2006

David Martin
I can hardly believe it isn't a real photo! I am looking forward to a dual screen version of this.

Keep up the amazing work!

December 4, 2006

"Simply Stunning"
Another fine example of digital art. I vote to have this be the next "multi-season" piece. I think it woudl be nice to see spring/summer/fall versions of this same location!

December 4, 2006

"One of your better ones..."
Besides what everyone else has said about this image, I really like the depth to it. I have this on my laptop, and with its LCD screen I didn't even realise there were mountains in the background until I looked really closely!

One pickle jar suggestion I have is to make a crystal clear day version of this - with bright blue skies - similar to "First Snow" from 2000.

December 4, 2006

"Is this a photo?"
I am amazed at the quality of this piece. It is almost impossible to tell it is a digital rendering.

December 4, 2006

"This is actually quite awesome!"
Very good image. I usually prefern bright images (like this one) but I'm curious how this image would look like at night. :-)

Would be a very good christmas backdrop perhaps. :)

December 4, 2006

This is beautiful, and when I look at it I wish I was there. My brain doesn't want to acknowledge that it isn't really real. You are soooo good!

December 3, 2006

"Just wow."
Bluring the Line between CG and Photos. Absolutly amazing. Thank you.

December 3, 2006

"Awesome winter scene"
I concur with other posters. You've really captured a good "wintery feeling" scene. A Christmas Version with white or blue lights would look really good. Especially the reflection in the water.

December 3, 2006

"very pretty"
I would love to see this in night/other seasons/etc. versions.

Great work!

December 3, 2006

"Awesome (Again)"
Awesome wallpaper! Heres a couple of things that could be done for a picklejar version or future work.

1. A night version with stars or that effect seen in Song Of The Sky, it would look really cool to see that reflecting in the stream. Possible christmas version? Perhaps one of the tres could be made to glow with lights?

2. This would look awesome in Spring...

Keep up the awesome work Ryan!

December 3, 2006

Ryan I am absolutly fascintated of this outstanding wallpaper. It really reminds me, of the winter sceneries, we had and have in southern part of Bavaria. It really looks perfect!

December 3, 2006

I love the trees, but the creek is just not quite right. I can't explain it, but the rocks are just too stiff. But I love everything else.

December 2, 2006

just absolutely amazing. I was waiting for your winter wallpaper to surface and man was it worth the wait. Best one I've ever seen. You just keep amazing me.

December 2, 2006

"As always beautiful"
This scene actually reminds me of a small creek that I used to play in a a child back home.

December 2, 2006

Timo Virkkala
"Snowy Creek"

Are you SURE you didn't take that one with an actual camera? :P

December 2, 2006

"Amazed as usual."
None of my friends believe it's CG! Amazing work, keep it up!

December 2, 2006

"Winter is There"
Hi Ryan,

Thanks for bringing a little glimpse of winter to the UK, just had the hottest autumn on record, and winter looks like it will be the same, so I might not see any snow this year.

Brilliant work, this and last years November snow really capture the essence of what winter is all about.

Can't wait for the Dual screen for work!


December 2, 2006

"Very nice ... idea for Christmas image?"
Very, very nice sir! This and "Morning Mist" have looked an awful lot like they came out of a camera. :)

This one would be a nice start for a Christmas image ... do a night or dusk version of this & light one of the smaller trees (perhaps the fuller of the two sort of out on their own on the slope about 1/3rd from the left edge in the widescreen version). The creek would provide a nice place for reflections of the lights. Last year's white lights would be nice, but I keep going back to the blue lights of 1999 & 2000's Christmas image. :)

Again, in my humble opinion ... this is very, VERY nice sir!


December 2, 2006

"Snowy Creek"
Wow! Simply Stunning.

IMHO, One of your best ever.

December 2, 2006

As everone else has already said, this is damn realistic. Well done, man.

December 2, 2006

"wow again"
Thanks for another great image. It's somewhat realistic.

December 2, 2006

Thomas B
"Getting even better"
After taking a look at Morning Myst, I thought "wow, what could be better and more realistic than that?"

Obviously, this one is. The trees are far enough to cover for the 3d rendering and the snow and water interaction looks absolutely credible. The foggy feeling adds just the right amount of mistery.

Perfect! A real masterpiece. I can't wait for the dualscreen version to use it at work!

December 2, 2006

That looks always like a photograph. Very well done!

December 2, 2006

"Excellent work"
Ryan, I love it as it is. The best part is the realism of the trees. They look so soft and gorgeous! And to tell the truth, I love the lack of color. To me, a gray, overcast day in the mountains is one of the prettiest sights ever!!!!!!

Excellent work, as always.

December 2, 2006

"Feeling a little Leefy lately???"
Good work Ryan. Very nice design, BUT... lacks a touch of colour. Lacks that other-worldly feel!

Bring on the Planetscapes!!!!!!!

December 2, 2006

Really nice, something about this looks very realistic. I think an alternate version with more color would be cool though.

December 1, 2006

Jules Kain
wow this looks so real

here in California there is no snow, and im glad about that but i have to say this really looks good

when are we going to see more planetscapes :)

December 1, 2006

Absolutely stunning work, Ryan! This image is definitely one of the best I think you've ever done! Wonderful!

December 1, 2006

Ryan P.
This is absolutely amazing. Superb work!

December 1, 2006

"The most photorealistic yet"

You've certainly outdone yourself this time! I really believe that you could show this scene to someone and easily pass it off as a photograph. Even close up it looks perfectly real. It's incredible, everything is right, from the stream, the snow covered rocks, the fine snow falling and the trees in the background.


December 1, 2006

This is perfect as it is; not only a render but a work of art. I really can't make any criticisms! I only gave it 9 instead of 10 because the monochromicity is not to my taste: here in Ottawa, we see enough of this all winter that I need more color to keep my mood up. How about a less-monochrome pickle jar version?

December 1, 2006

Randy Bisig
"Great timing . . ."
After Friday's 16 inch snow here in mid-Missouri, more snow!

Good work.

December 1, 2006

Sean W
"Holy Sh*@!!!"
Sorry to start off the commenting with a complete lack of eloquence, but WOW!!! This is an amazing piece! The creek looks wonderful, and the snow has no unnatural gloss to it that most CG textures tend to have.

The best part of the picture, though, has to be the trees. I looked at this pic from the bottom up, and when I saw the trees, my jaw dropped. Seriously; I thought these trees had been imported from a photo. Did these trees come from Vue d'Esprit?

While you may be snowed in, some of us are unfortunately stuck in much warmer southern climes, so to see such a realistic and beaustiful winter scene is much appreciated. Thanks for the awesome new piece, and I hope a thaw comes your way soon! ;)

December 1, 2006

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