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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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Highland Summer
""Highland Spring" is one of my most complicated scenes (it contains hundreds of billions of polygons) so adding realistic clouds for a summer version really knocked the render times through the roof.

I tried to mitigate this with my first attempt by making the clouds fairly opaque (the more you can see through the clouds the longer the render), but the final effect wasn't quite up to par with the original.

Back to the drawing board and, two weeks of render time later, I've posted my final version of "Highland Summer" this morning. I've tried to make the clouds more wispy and "fog-like" and I've strengthened the shadows from the higher cloud level. The clouds, I think, are the most realistic I've attempted to render (detail crop here).

It feels strange posting a summer picture while the leaves are falling outside my window, but I'm sure my fans down-under will under enjoy a timely seasonal wallpaper for a change. I will try to get the multiscreen version of this going ASAP, but it will probably be a while. More renderers would speed up this process for me...

The first two renders will remain in the Pickle Jar for your perusal. "

"Highland Summer"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.80/10 rating (283 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Love it"
Over the years, this still remains my favorite of all the renders you have ever done. Is there any chance of a 4k or otherwise multi-screen version? Thanks!


Sat September 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm
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Comments (110)

"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."


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.02/10 rating (232 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"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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Gotham Garden (Summer)
"A hazy summer day version of my new Gotham Garden, inspired by my recent first visit to NYC. The spring (night) version can be found here.. I plan on adding autumn and winter versions later this year. You can watch the series develop here."

"Gotham Garden (Summer)"

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Pickle Jar Versions

7.89/10 rating (129 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Accurate Camera?"
What? No panoramic mode?

Dennis M.
Thu October 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm
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Double Rainbow
""What does it mean???". After seeing Hungry Bear's video for the umpteenth time I was inspired to whip up a "quick 'n dirty" wallpaper so I could have a double-rainbow on my desktop. My a href="">initial version looked something like a "Double Rainbow over Death Valley".

For the second revision I took the scene out of the desert and added some more foliage. Finally I added some foreground water to reflect the rainbow(s). You can see the early versions in the Pickle Jar

The Bear seemed to take a lot of heat for his exuberance, but I think it's great that he is enjoying all that nature has to offer."

"Double Rainbow"

 Pickle Jar Versions

7.71/10 rating (159 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Big Smile"
Great tribute, Ryan. I only wish I was capable of producing as much joy from the sight of your image as Hungry Bear expressed in the vid. Oh, to be so pure.

Jeff R.E.
Tue January 4, 2011 at 10:59 am
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Comments (118)

"This wallpaper was inspired by a recent watching of the BBC "Life" documentary series. The whale could probably use some "dirtying up"."


 Pickle Jar Versions

7.81/10 rating (243 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

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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Pickle Jar Versions

8.39/10 rating (153 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"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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Solace (Happy Father's Day!)
"I created this image as an ode to the time I spent fishing with my son Ian after he broke his arm in the spring of 2010. We had just taken the training wheels off of his bike 4 weeks prior and he thought he had acquired enough skill to pull off some radical skid maneuvers. Unfortunately pavement can be a harsh instructor.

We transitioned to fishing and had a very mellow spring. I'll never forget it. I rendered this image using Vue d'Esprit. It's one of my first large scenes to use Vue's built-in DOF blur."

"Solace (Happy Father's Day!)"

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Pickle Jar Versions

8.68/10 rating (428 votes)

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"Father's Day"
It has a very calming effect, peaceful.


Fri January 1, 2016 at 8:13 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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Pickle Jar Versions

8.39/10 rating (205 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"... 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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Comments (87)

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)

Latest Member Comment:

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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Comments (90)

"My son Ian is a pro at finding 4-leaf clovers. Either that or we live too close to a nuclear power plant. This piece was inspired by his special skill (see if you can spot any in the scene).

Rendered using Vue d'Esprit, represents my first crack at Vue's built-in DOF blur."



8.34/10 rating (286 votes)

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Thank you Stevie! I try to do both and hope to present you with natural strangeness for many years to come!


Tue May 3, 2011 at 9:21 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)

Latest Member Comment:

"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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