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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Susan
"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

Vixen
"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

Rodewaryer
"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

James
"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

Halfwolf
"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

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

Mon December 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

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

Mon December 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

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

Mon December 4, 2017 at 10:32 am

Afya
"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

DarthSync
"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

Suzanne
"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

macolva
"Portal"
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

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

Sun December 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm

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

Sun December 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

Ozaawaagosh
"Fantástico"
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

John
"Fantastic"
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

Littlemom
"Eeh"
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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