I've been suffering from some serious creative block, so I ended up getting permission from ~silveryn to do a 3D version of His Walpaper, Nature Captured. [link]
Done in 3D Studio MAX, with a little help from Brazil and some Photoshop fixing.
This is a 1280X1024 WP, so keep a large-ish image in mind...
I still prefer the original.
EDIT: Ok, I know it might be irritating, but I've updated this image, and I'm happy with it the way it is now. - added slight reflections - defined the outer "land" elements in the bottoms of the jars
EDIT2: - Please don't kill me! I honestly forgot which HDRI image I used in the reflections, but thanks to rPHILIP, I remembered that the credit on the reflections goes to `smashmethod , for this awesome HDRI texture/map pack: (it's was either Pack 1 [link] or Pack 3: [link]) Thanks for the comments, and please keep 'em coming!
UPDATE: There is a new, "updated" version of ths WP - six years later. [link]
I've lost a decent amount of sleep last night staying up fixing this render up. Who would have thought I could actually be so dedicated to something?! Generally I'm just like "Screw you guys, I'm going to bed." But I just couldn't! This really is kind of a major experimental piece from me and I was enjoying myself too much figuring out what the heck I was doing!
You are currently observing a Dark-rays effect from terragen with a few extra things thrown in over the top in post-processing in the Gimp2.2. For a guide as to what the dark-rays effect in terragen is and how to pull one off yourself you can check my gallery for the tutorial I made on it a while back... Or I guess you could just click here. The odd rippling effect of the water which I don' think I've seen before in terragen is a result of the reflections of the rays after it is combined with a curved terrain (which you can only just notice if you look closely at the edges.) Somehow these two things combined made that happen (I think )
And obviously it is created to fit into the dual-display monitors, which I don't have personally and thus have no idea if it looks any good on
For regular monitor resolutions go hit the download button on the side as it contains a .zip file with 1600x1200 (regular monitor) and 1920x1200 (laptop/wide-screen monitor) and a .png version of the 3200x1200 (dunno why though ) version too...
Comments, critiques and anything else under the sun is greatly appreciated... Actually I lied: flames and general nasty-ness will not be appreciated