As always, this was rendered in Vue.
Excellent image! The details to the textures of the sand, the way the wet areas and reflections gives realism to the image. Extending the details in the textures into the water and the structures helps give a sense of scale. You add to the depth and scale with the use of the birds, jets, clouds and planets.
While the composition has depth, for me there's a bit of an issue with the balance. The woman doesn't 'counterbalance' the building; her 'weight' and volume seem out of place. While I know it may ruin the concept of the image, if she were closer to the camera her 'mass' would offset the implied size of the 'ringed' structure in the background. I know I am getting into personal tastes and the image's concept. But on one respect, if she were very close to the camera, we could get the feeling of seeing the scene as she sees it and not as a 'spy' (voyeur seems to strong a word).
As usual, your images provide us with fuel for our imaginations to create stories and mood. I appreciate the work you put into images and the way they can evoke these ideas and images.
I hesitated a lot (really a lot) about the proximity that she should have to the camera. In my first version she was standing in the dry part of the sand, much closer to the camera. She was there for many versions. I ended up moving her away for three reasons, one technical, one compositional and one personal.
The technical one was that her skin material didn’t withstand the proximity, it broke the realism because it was so obviously CG. With this kind of strong sunlight it’s fairly difficult to have convincing human skin with Vue's rendering engine. It’s much easier in an indoor scene.
The compositional reason was that I would then have two conflicting focal points, the girl and the structure. The structure is a very strong natural focal point (strong visual weight, the vegetation on the right is pointing at it, the two stretches of sand are pointing at it, even the clouds are pointing at it, rule of thirds, etc). If the girl would be so close, she would naturally, strongly, conflict with that. That didn’t seem right to me, my instinct cried not to do it.
I had the option to make the structure smaller, less important. I tried but it didn’t seem “majestic” any more, if you know what I mean. It just seemed… normal.
The personal reason was that I prefer places to people as image subjects. So, the place had to be more important here.
You are right about the counterbalance of the visual weight. That's why I have the clouds on the center and left, the bigger moon on the left and that white building on the left. All together still don't compensate for it but they help. In the end I also wasn't entirely satisfied with the balance but I couldn't find any better solution.
Amazing work as usual. The landscape and scenery make the picture look very realistic, the sky including faded planets, vast clouds and birds adds to the atmosphere and scene, and the strange objects in the distance give the fact of an alien planet a clear view. I love the choices of wildlife and ocean beach for the landscape scenery.
The only way I could see this image having more in it is maybe some aquatic life swimming in the nearly enclosed water area but besides that, this is a perfect example of your work.
I look forward to seeing more in the future.