The Standing Stones

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Working with Lightwave (the background), Plant Factory (the foliage) and Vue (for the rendered environment) here. This one isn't technically a Christmas image but I wouldn't be surprised if it was used as such. I originally intended to have the Stones serve as a portal to another world but I thought the light competed with the sky for focus. I may add a version with the portal open at a later date.

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Fabulous picture. Just downloaded it onto my iPad.

Wed August 8, 2018 at 8:51 am

"These look familiar ..."
I agree with Kody - first thing I thought of were the standing stones dotting the Skyrim landscape. I tend to use the dark WP on my laptop as they tend to be easier on my eyes after hours. Well done, Ryan! Keep them coming!

Mon January 8, 2018 at 6:33 pm

"Other worldly"
Nice colours and seems quite mysterious with the stepping stones leading to the standing stones.

Sat December 16, 2017 at 5:09 pm

"Love this"
This is one of my favorite pics and my desktop background. I would love to see a version of this with a full moon replacing the bright lights above the stones. Thank you so much for the beautiful work.

Sat December 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

"Deep Thought"
I love what this does for the imagination, history and distant worlds cross each other at the same time. Very cool.

Tue December 12, 2017 at 7:46 am

Chris Heins
"mood setting"
Very cool. Haunting.

Sat December 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

Mark Burgess
"Awesome, but..."
... could we have a version without the bright lights in the sky? It's a bit much for me. Thank you!

Fri December 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

"One of my Favorites!"
Another awesome job! I'm really into using darker wallpapers right now and this one fits the bill. A mix of Avatar meets Stonehenge!

Thu December 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm

"Triple Monitor - Wow!"
This image looks amazing as a triple! (5760x1080) Though I loved "Skygate Night", it was time for something new. Still, nothing beats the "World's End" and "Gotham Garden" collections.

Tue December 5, 2017 at 2:54 am

"Standing Stones"
These standing stones are for the space traveler. Eerie looking.

Mon December 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Mark A.
Ryan, are you working on the lossless version for this one?

Mon December 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

"The Standing Stones"
A curious mixture of Christmas and Halloween!

Mon December 4, 2017 at 10:32 am

"A little bit 'wow overload'"
This is a stunning work of imagination, it really is, but visually I find it overwhelming - my brain doesn't know whether to react to the energy and chaos of the sky and glowing plants, or the brooding mystery of the stones and water. I would love to see the scene with the galaxy out of frame so I can take in the stones and their surroundings.

Mon December 4, 2017 at 4:38 am

"The Stones, they be Standin'..."
Ryan, I've always loved your planetscapes and nightscape artwork. This one is no different.

Sun December 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm

"Pickle jar request"
I love the fine details of the landscape here, especially the texture of the misty water, and the lights on the ground (will-o-wisps?) The standing stones make a nice point of focus. Any chance of a pickle jar version without the big starry swirl in the middle? It would be a very peaceful, kind of pleasantly eerie wallpaper without that.

Sun December 3, 2017 at 11:02 pm

Ryan, as always I love the views into your imagination. My favorite features are the ribbon-like trees and the lights of the ground foliage. I second the notion that shifting the focus to the stones and dialing down the sky could be a great alternative version. To detail my personal preference when I see this piece: I want to imagine walking to those stones to see what adventure may awaken if I dare get near them! (or if I press the select key per Kody's suggestion)

Sun December 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm

"Awe inspiring "
Honestly reminds me of the standing stones around skyrim :)

Sun December 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

And I like the idea of a portal when you can get round to it

Sun December 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

Love the Other-worldly of this one, the colours and shadows work well together Great Job Ryan

Sun December 3, 2017 at 3:07 am

Love the concept! I've always been a fan of your "otherworldly" work and this is in the top ten.

Sat December 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

not a personal favorite. I just think it's way to busy. But I do like the concept, just with less stuff in it

Sat December 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

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