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Highland Winter
"The winter conclusion to my "Highland" seasonal series. I was going for a "frosted" look here and the stark colorless look is intentional. For better or worse, after 5 years of living in Illinois this is how I've come to see winter..."

"Highland Winter"


7.54/10 rating (245 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I love your images, and the multi season landscapes are wonderful, but making the winter version black and white ruins the realism for me. You have some wonderfully beautiful winter images in full colour with lots of blues like harbinger, worlds edge, canopy creek, and even arctica, and they look much better, more realistic, and refreshing.

For people like me who can enjoy winter, it is not a wholly dreary, depressing, and dead time of year, but a kind of freeze frame of nature where snow and ice blanket the world in a serene calmness.

Cold has a certain beauty to it. I urge you to consider recolouring these drab B&W winter scenes.


Matt K
Mon May 27, 2013 at 0:39 am
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"I had created this cupola structure and was rendering some views of it when I decided to move the camera inside. Still trying to decide if I like the arches between the viewer and the sky."


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8.02/10 rating (232 votes)

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"sans arches?"
hello, did you ever to a tri-screen of the above sans arches ("outside") as you mentioned above? would love to see it!

Tue June 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm
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"This wallpaper was inspired by a recent watching of the BBC "Life" documentary series. The whale could probably use some "dirtying up"."


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7.81/10 rating (243 votes)

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I love belugas, they have a lot of personality. Your seascapes are always nice, maybe a kelp garden would be nice too?


Tue November 3, 2015 at 3:42 pm
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"Shan shui refers to a style of landscape painting that originated in 5th century China. I've always been impressed by the ethereal qualities of these paintings and this wallpaper is my homage to the genre."


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8.39/10 rating (153 votes)

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"You cloudy landscapes are excellent..-"
...for use in the office. Which is where I need something calming and soothing that helps me concentrate on my work. Great work!

Fri July 27, 2012 at 11:21 am
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Canopy Creek (Spring)
"The last in my Canopy Creek seasonal series. I was going for an early spring look here (since the summer version is pretty lush) and this is the first time I attempted leaf buds. Basically in Vue this means erasing the leaf alpha down so only a little nub shows. I think the effect is pretty convincing."

"Canopy Creek (Spring)"

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8.39/10 rating (205 votes)

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"... and now it's there.."
Precomment it wasnt there (checked like 5 times in various places), post comment it was there.

Weird. :)

Thu July 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm
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At World's Edge (Spring)
"The spring installment in my "At World's Edge" seasonal set. I experimented with a thunderstorm background, with lightning, but in the end I felt the background action only cluttered the scene. This is the only piece in the series (thus far) with volumetric clouds above the camera.


"At World's Edge (Spring)"

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8.59/10 rating (330 votes)

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This is a gorgeous piece... but for some reason, it reminds me of the movie "UP".

Thu February 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm
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Highland Spring
"The first inspiration for this piece was a passage I read in "Best Served Cold", by Joe Abercrombie. Except the paragraph described looking up through a valley. I created the valley geometry using Geocontrol and then placed my Vue d'Esprit camera at the bottom of the scene. After a few mediocre renders I decided to move the camera to the top of the valley, turn it around, and look down.

I was as blown away as some of the comments below when I saw the render. I added the water and colored it to match some photos a good friend of mine had taken at Glacier National Park. I had always been taken by the almost turquoise water in those pics and had wanted to include it in one of my scenes.

The foreground tree was a tough call for me. I wanted something in the foreground to give the scene a sense of distance and scale, but I didn't want it to distract from the scene. I think it worked out well however. This is the only one of my images to rate over 9 after 2 weeks.

I hope to create fall and winter versions at a later date."

"Highland Spring"

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9.26/10 rating (1137 votes)

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"Highland Spring"
This was the one that brought me back to your site.

Kim Human

Wed April 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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Winter Solstice
"Auroras are a favorite theme of mine. I've always used Lightwave to make them before but I thought it would be interesting to try out Apophysis. This is also my first render using the new Vue d'Esprit 9."

"Winter Solstice"


8.84/10 rating (454 votes)

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The Turning

'Tis the time

Winter solstice time

Frost in rime

Bells in chime

Rays are long

Sun grows strong

Praise in song

Winter will be gone

-Skip West

Thu December 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
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"In early 2010 I was asked to create a brighter version of "The Ride" for use as a printed Christmas card. After I removed the sleigh from the image I felt it made a pretty nice standalone "winter" wallpaper, deserving of its own spot in my gallery. "


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8.75/10 rating (187 votes)

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"Concur with Kevin"
This is a great image and would love to see a dual screen version.


Sat November 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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"I usually only have use one person for my "scale factor" but I thought two (a mother and son if you look very closely) were appropriate in this case. Colonizing extrasolar planets will require children after all.

You will notice the ocean has a green tone. This image was initially inspired while I was reading "Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow" and the color is a homage to "The Great Green"."


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8.75/10 rating (293 votes)

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"Extrasolar = Extracool"
I love a good sunset. Nice one!

Jeff R.E.
Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:44 am
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Gotham Garden (Spring)
"My original "Gotham" was created in 1998 using a single greyscale heightmap. I did an update in 1999. using some simple geometry for the buildings. I did another updated version in 2001 and a second render viewed from an elevated garden.

This latest is my first rendered in Vue d'Esprit."

"Gotham Garden (Spring)"

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8.47/10 rating (351 votes)

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"All four seasons?"
Might it be time for a Gotham Garden as seen in winter? Hopefully, you could have the scene taken in both day and night.

M. Ryan
Thu October 27, 2011 at 10:51 am
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"I've always been fascinated with the workings of our brains and this is the latest in my series of "abstracts" to attempt to represent the pathways found there (see "Neuronet","Pathways", "Tendrils", "The Spark" and "Conglomerator"). I've posted a screen shot of the wireframe of this scene here if anyone is interested."


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8.17/10 rating (269 votes)

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this render is a winner.

and LOL @ chris s comment re electron microscope view of the firefox logo rofl

Sun February 6, 2011 at 9:12 am
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"I set out to update "The Comb" but took a detour somewhere and came up with this. The revision goes even further away from "The Comb", with the addition of some vertical columns. The basic theme was very much inspired by "Giant's Causeway". I would like to do a natural version someday..."


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7.84/10 rating (219 votes)

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"Abstract vs Realism"
I used to prefer the abstracts (a few years ago, when I first began seeing walls from this site on friends computers), but with your ever-increasing skills, the realistic scenes have become amazing and my new faves. But the best is when you somehow combine the two, e.g., Phraxis, which has been on my TV for over a month now.

Tue August 24, 2010 at 9:11 am
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The Haunted Nebula (Happy Halloween!)
"A fractal Halloween Planetscape. Dedicated to the father of fractal mathematics, Benoit Mandelbrot (1924-2010)."

"The Haunted Nebula (Happy Halloween!)"

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7.80/10 rating (261 votes)

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"Love it!"
Great work! Love it


Sat October 31, 2015 at 6:05 pm
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"My second space image created using Apophysis fractals on 2D "plates" in Lightwave. By varying the luminosity and transparency of the different places and moving some in front of others it is possible to create the illusion of darker dust obscuring brighter plasma. Because the plates are 2D they are relatively fast to render.

Next I would like to try mixing the 2D fractals with 3D volumetrics. . ."


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8.66/10 rating (158 votes)

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Any chance we can get a 2880x1800 of this?

Mon September 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm
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Comments (106)

"Created this piece during a very tough time in my life. My son Jason fell mysteriously ill in early 2010 and eventually had to spend 4 days in the Children's Hospital. Oncologists were involved so it was pretty scare for all of us. Fortunately it turned out to be a particularly nasty viral/bacterial infection and he was fine.

I fashioned this one out of the Muspelheim sun during a 48 hour stretch while Jessie stayed at the hospital and I stayed with Ian. It was a great stress release I must admit.

I'm very excited about the cool space effects possible from melding Apophysis fractals with 3D geometry. "


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8.52/10 rating (332 votes)

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"Good job :)"
This was in 2010? I remember this release like it was yesterday :S

Tue November 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm
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Starlight Grotto
"This one actually started out as a Vue d'Esprit lesson with my son Ian.

While working on it with him I saw the possibilities as a wallpaper. I worked up my own version and Ian said I could post it as long as I told everyone the original inspiration was his. So here's our first "collaboration". I hope you like it!"

"Starlight Grotto"

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8.51/10 rating (306 votes)

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"Was this inspired by Avatar?"
It looks rather like something you'd see on Pandora at night. Beautiful, in any case.

Sat November 19, 2011 at 9:58 am
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Comments (96)


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