Strathwood (Winter)

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Since I created "Strathwood" to render relatively quickly I can be a bit more nimble with making variations. I thought it would be fun to create a winter version but also at the same time have it be a little more colorful than the mostly earth-toned original. Let me know what you think!

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Both the original and this winter version are fantastic!

Thu August 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm

"Great work"
The way you have the arch makes me thing of a fantasy land. I'm waiting to see a character from Lord of the Rings come into the picture.

Sat April 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm

Richard H.
"Rose-coloured spectacles cleaned"
@Ryan: I've just noticed that at some point you've replaced the original render with a version that fixes a few glitches and greatly reduces the strong purple cast of the original. The new version is VERY much better, and I'm now happy with the overall colour balance; it looks much more natural. Thanks!

Fri March 30, 2018 at 3:35 am

Love this one its my desktop backround now

Tue March 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

"Ah, winter"
"Purple" isn't normally a color I associate with wintertime, but kinda works. Makes it sort of otherworldly, between that and the stone arch.

Sat March 17, 2018 at 6:46 pm

"Just viewed 5K size"
Fun to explore the details here - I noticed you'd converted the crag in the middle to an arch! In nature the trees at the top would have been smaller and more weather-beaten than the fine upstanding specimens you put here. Perhaps your approach creates a bit more visual interest, as it's not expected!

See there's a been bit of a landslip just to the left of the arch/crag on the far side of the valley. I could see that growing into a bigger scree - or perhaps a corrie (cwm or cirque) with another glaciation or two.

The Winter variation of Strathwood is on my wallpaper cycle - thanks!

Sat March 17, 2018 at 6:56 am

Michael Espinosa
"Brilliant (very Rodney Matthews)"
Another great and majestic piece Ryan, very reminiscent of the work "Stronghold" by Rodney Matthews. I see a lot of parallels in both your work, which is a great compliment. Fantasy/mountain landscapes are my favorite and this is fantastic. I could see this world as part of the Dark Souls universe, my favorite video game which includes some breathtaking art. Send your resume to FromSoftware ;)

Mon March 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

That was an oversight on my part, no corrected. Thanks for the heads up!

Sun March 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Michael Schmitt
"Is this its own thing in the gallery?"
Why doesn't "Strathwood (Winter)" appear in the Wallpapers > New ( list? Is this a pickle-jar variation of Strathwood? It does appear on the 2018 gallery page.

Sun March 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm

Purple is my favourite colour, but it's so over-saturated here that I can't persuade my eye that it's meant to be that way. I tried to convince myself that this is a world where the sunsets are naturally purple, but that didn't work either because the blue sky suggests midday...

Sat March 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

"I like them both..."
...but I like this version even more than the warmer-season version. Once again, well done Ryan!

Fri March 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Jerry Waters
Far out! The hallow calls in morning fog.

Fri March 9, 2018 at 7:28 am

I like this one very much, and how this has that all-over sunrise color that can happen early in the morning. I think if the "pink" was a little more orangey instead of purpley (more red/yellow, less blue), that might make it seem more natural.

Thu March 8, 2018 at 8:52 am

Awesome winter render, love the winter colours and shadows, that rising sun plays cross the landscape, perfect. Great Render Ryan

Wed March 7, 2018 at 5:59 am

"Nice "
I think the color tint make this come alive, it reminds me of the colors we have here in Lofoten - Norway this time of year. The links below show all that think the colors are way off.

Wed March 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

"Color clash"
I agree with others here. The pink/purple color just feels really off, especially when put up against the blue sky.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 5:39 pm

"Off colour"
I tend to agree with the majority. The colour doesn't make sense to my eyes.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 4:26 pm

This Picture seems to look a little too purple I think...

Tue March 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

I like it, the color makes me feel like this was taken at an early sunrise.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

"Soft, subtle, and easy on the eyes"
I like the color choice. I stare at a monitor throughout most of my day, and this feels smooth and easy on the eyes. It also reminds me of sunset evenings above Estes Park, CO.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Brandi U.
"Love the concept, just too pink."
Feels like the light is turning the snow too pinkish. Would like to see whiter, or cooler, colors, more reflective of winter light.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm

Richard H.
"Rose-coloured spectacles"
I've heard of looking at the world through rose-coloured spectacles, but this is ridiculous!

I basically like this as a composition, but the magenta tinge over everything strikes me as really excessive. The overall effect reminds me of a printout from a colour inkjet printer whose yellow cartridge has run out.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 11:06 am

Mark A.
"too much purple on snow"
I like it and I certainly like the concept. I just think the snow should be whiter.

Tue March 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

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