I rated it 5/5 before I started to comment. And if my comment makes you think I'm just a bit jealous because I'm not able to do such a render, you might not be completely wrong.
I've commented already at another place but I will repeat the essence of it here for other beholders who seek to create the ultimate real render.
The sky colour is impecable but the haze is to thick in the distance and extends too high into the sky. It should be almost invisible. Though I live in a place where we have cloudless skies for a couple of hours about half of the year, it is somewhat boring. A white fluffy cloud makes the sky more intertesting. We've seen this sky used for vegetation renders several times here.
I've been at such places where the land meets the water at almost the same hight. So this is not unnatural but I would not want to take a stroll in the woods here without fishermans boots. It may be very swampy in there.
I couldn't point out what I found wrong with the trees without your comment on thet another place: too much leaves. You cleverly covered up flaws inherent in Bryce trees but there are too many. Perhaps coniferous trees would have been less "offending", but I might err here.
The vegetation on the "isles" are beautiful and round up the composition, but they are not plausible. If it is an earthen hump, they grow on, they look wrong. If these are stones, the vegetation wouldn't grow like that. I know natural bonsais that grow out of a crack of a rock but grass with such high blades.
The water, it's transparency and wet appearance is hard to match. It looks very natural to me. According to its bumpyness, it must be a brook because there are to much waves for a pond. Not enough wind blowing through the vegetation to stirr it up so much.
As I said, I rated it 5/5 right at the beginning and I couldn't create such a render.
Join Date: 07.31.2008 Comments: 328
This is tottaly awesome picture! Very complex and lifelike. Keep it up with such a nice nature!
Join Date: 10.22.2008 Comments: 394
I love nature and this is a perfect example of that.
Join Date: 03.30.2007 Comments: 394
Wow. I am kinda speechless. 5/5
Join Date: 10.21.2008 Comments: 113
Don't know what happened here, I just typed comments, then they disappeared.
Anyway I love every aspect of it - as usual, love the water, trees, sky and definitely a 5/5 from me (pity it's not possible to give a higher rating actually!).
Join Date: 06.04.2006 Comments: 2622
Thanks for the feedback my friends!!! I have been studying the image and I find that the nature part is fine but the lighting is not quite up to what I am looking for. I have since rendered a newer version that I think is better but you will have to tell me. Thanks again for the feedback!