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i cant believe i only just discovered this masterpiece! totaly one of your best ryan, great work! :)

Sat April 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

Dear Ryan,

I love this one. Your skill with rendering clouds is unmatched. The red hue is just satisfying to look at. Having viewed your art for 6 years now, I'm safe in saying that landscapes are really one of your stronger suits.

Tue March 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

"When Photoshop Batches Go Haywire..."
Thanks Taylor. The 1280 x 800 file should look better now.

Fri February 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

"1280x800 wide"
1280x800 wide didn't render right! It's all gray!

Fri February 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

"Liked this better than day"
Very nice, awesome background I love the colors. Keep up the good work.

October 7, 2007

"River Valley Dawn"
very nice. Dark and brooding. I like it. It's my new Myspace page background. :)

September 1, 2007

"red sunsets are cool"
Definatly better then the day version the shades in the clouds give the pic a realitic feel to it. like its a real place. Iam a new member and sill browsing ur stuff. I'm thrilled that i bought a membership

August 29, 2007

"Beautiful, but looks more like evening..."
I think it was said before, but the colors are more representative of evening rather than morning. This just became my new background...

August 25, 2007

I like this one. Took me a while to come look at it, but I've now switched to this one for my backdrop over the daylight one :D

August 24, 2007

as usual...

August 22, 2007

"I remember when Ian was born...."
It was when I first joined...since then, ive enjoyed every awesome wallpaper you've given us. Keep up the awesome work!!!

I got 3 of my own...All 5 and under, in my case, my oldest will be building PC's very soon. High end Nvidia 8800's and 680i chipsets are my thing! lol! Good luck to her!

August 21, 2007

"this one is better than the day one"
yep it is, the day one looks weird abit non realistic,

August 21, 2007

"I likey"
I like this better than the day version. but then i'm a night guy.

August 21, 2007

"New Wallpaper"
I am waiting for you to make this amazing egyptian piece. With pyramids in the background but with something completely different about them. But in other words I like the river valley dawn better than the day version.

August 21, 2007

The fact that the clouds are exactly the same as the day one is off-putting

August 21, 2007

"cool image but could be improved"
I like the clouds and the mountin view, but I think the base of the image where the river is is way to dark.

August 20, 2007

"4 years!?!"
Wow, I do remember that anouncement...time does fly. Happy 4th to him!

And I actually like the sunset version of this one better. The green is nice, but sunrise/sunsets always make for better pictures & settings. A calm & reflective time. I'd comment on the quality of the work, but for a very long time that can only be stated as variations on amazing.

Cheers to you!

August 20, 2007

"River Valley Dawn"
I really like this version. The sky is usually lighter during sunrise, not just red light, but overall I really like this one.

August 19, 2007

Love it!

August 19, 2007

"Good addition to the set"
I like what you've done to the lighting. I do feel this captures what you really see at dawn but after having spent time looking at the immense details of the daylight versions I know much is lost in shadows here.

It might just be a function of which you see first. If this had been presented first, the daylight versions would have likely been too bright and killed the soft mood set by this piece.

All and all, great set.

August 19, 2007

"River Valley Dawn"
Very nice. I like it better. Can't really say why.

August 19, 2007

M Burgess
"Love it"
I really like this, in fact I prefer it to the original. I really like darker images because they make better desktop backgrounds. Thanks!

August 19, 2007

"Nice, but...."
First off, I do think this is a nice image. But, like a few others, I think overall it's too dark. Maybe if you render this as though it's a little later in the morning with some more orange light - something like Biodome Sunset (yes, I know it's a different time of day) then I think that would improve it. Otherwise I think leave it in the Pickle Jar.


August 19, 2007

This image is absolutely gorgeous. In my mind, it rivals the day/night versions of The Vault, both of which I love. I think doing the time/lighting variations of these kinds of images is an awesome idea and this one is great. Put it in the gallery and make it official!

August 19, 2007

"Much prefer this to the daytime version, actually "
in the gallery it goes!

August 19, 2007

"Love it!"
I have never left any comments here and generally just lurk.I think this one is a keeper and should come out for all to see, it is beautiful ;) Thanks for all your hard work

August 18, 2007

Doug M
Hey, I think it's awesome. It could a little touch-up in the grass in the bottom right section, but it's definitely a keeper.

August 18, 2007

I read through some more comments and figured I'd give a little input too. I think the clouds should be a bit different from the day time (just a notch, not anything too different), and two, the lighting is excellent. I'm a nature photographer (amongst other things), and can attest to this scene being realistic. The river is great (and of course, if you couldn't see the river, the name wouldn't be right), the colors are great, I really like it!.

And Happy Birthday to Ian!

August 18, 2007

I really love the way the Dawn version looks! Of course the original is excellent, but I say put both in the gallery!

August 18, 2007

While I have to say that if I sat and studied it, I may find some problems with it...

But I think it's a darn good picture, and I'm happy to have it on my background.

August 18, 2007

"Even better"
I may like this one better than the original. Most excellent.

August 18, 2007

"Not bad"
It seems a bit unrealistic how the light is hitting the mountain; and there is an awful lot of detailess black in the foreground, so I'd say it's best left in the jar. Seems a bit like cheating to get this years total up otherwise :P

August 18, 2007

"Good enough to add to the gallery"
It's more than good enough to add to the main gallery. Not only do I like this one better than River Valley, I just changed this to my wallpaper.

August 18, 2007

"like it"
Only the river seems a little too bright (it should reflect the sky, which is darker) and also a little off-color, but I really like the fresh warm light of the sun on the clouds and the landscape. Very stylish, wonderful mood.


August 18, 2007

"River Valley Dawn"
Wonderful!!! I would love to see a dual/triple screen version for my system!!!

August 18, 2007

Another prime example of dread thumbnail deception!

August 18, 2007

Excellent. Best of the three.

August 18, 2007

Yeah you should definitely make this its own image. It'd fit nicely on my dual widescreens =P

August 18, 2007

"The BEST!!!"
This is by far the best of the 3 images. I kind of need my monitor quite bright to see some of the detail by the river, but I quite like that. You know, as the day gets brighter, I turn the brightness up, and dawn happens! This is great!!! Glad you decided to post it, and good luck on your new project!!

August 18, 2007

"river valley dawn"
Because of the angle the sun is rising, too much of the front right of the picture is dark. Change it around so the sun rises on the left side of the picture, thus that hillside in the front right would light up a just a little giving some more definition to the frame.

August 18, 2007

"Definitely nice, but a couple of thoughts..."
I agree with one of the other comments that it's a little on the lurid side. I would personally go for the sun a couple degrees higher in the sky.

Also - I think it would *really* add an air of "morningness" to the picture to drop the cloud layer down into the valley below the camera level river fog. It'll take a little tweaking, but I think it could really add to this version a LOT.

August 18, 2007

"River Valley Dawn"
I like the idea! Please make a DAWN version of this creation. I like the idea of seeing light grazing the treetops.

August 18, 2007

"really cool"
This is a great wallpaper on any desktop, i think the two versions of river valley are equally good

August 18, 2007

"Perfect Calming Image"
Hey Ryan,

Love this new version of River Valley. The red's of the dawn sky really give it a completely different feal and aura compared to the normal River Valley. I think this deserves to be it's own image rather than being stuffed away in the pickle jar.

Definetly got a nice feel and some nice colour combinations that some of the recent images have been missing I think.

Keep up the brilliant work!

August 18, 2007

Not my sort of thing...the coloring is a little too lurid. Sounds like I'm in the minority though.

August 18, 2007

Definitely make this one official. The new lighting takes away from the hershey kiss effect that it had before. I don't think anyone would have a problem with multiple screens of this.

Very nice.

August 18, 2007

"RiverValley Dawn"
Definitely move this out of the pickle jar.


August 18, 2007

Keep working on your new image. This one is kind of cool but just doesn't suprise me with awe like the other night scenes.

August 18, 2007

i really like this one better, im just like the person below me, i prefer the darker versions of images for my desktop but even ignoring my preference i believe that this one is better than the original much more play with the light and the shapes of the mountains dont look off cause of all the shadow.. its just more pleasing to the eye ^_^

and happy birthday to Ian. at the time he was born i wasn't a member yet but i WAS already stealing images from free gal. XD

August 18, 2007

"I like it"
I prefer darker images for my desktop, so I prefer this to the day image. Plus the mountian's shape stands out less (I found it too distracting in the day version).

August 18, 2007

"Pickle Jar"
I think this image should be removed from the pickle jar and added to the gallery, it is quite exceptional.

August 18, 2007

"River Valley"
I actually prefer this one I think, I always like your dawn / dusk images, osmehting baout the lighting. I do remember you saying baout Ian being born actually, its amazing how time flies. hope he has a good one on his birthday!


August 18, 2007

Hey, this looks great, I love the orange now look on the top of the mountain. It's great.

I think I even voted it better than the day time original!

Nice work :)

August 18, 2007

"Happy Birthday Ian!"
and of course! Happy Birthday Ian!!

August 18, 2007

""sunrise" version of "River Valley"."
My vote: Gallery + 3480x1200 wide screen version! :D please? :D

August 18, 2007

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