Highland Summer (2010) FREE
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"Highland Spring" is one of my most complicated scenes (it contains hundreds of billions of polygons) so adding realistic clouds for a summer version really knocked the render times through the roof.

I tried to mitigate this with my first attempt by making the clouds fairly opaque (the more you can see through the clouds the longer the render), but the final effect wasn't quite up to par with the original.

Back to the drawing board and, two weeks of render time later, I've posted my final version of "Highland Summer" this morning. I've tried to make the clouds more wispy and "fog-like" and I've strengthened the shadows from the higher cloud level. The clouds, I think, are the most realistic I've attempted to render (detail crop here).

It feels strange posting a summer picture while the leaves are falling outside my window, but I'm sure my fans down-under will under enjoy a timely seasonal wallpaper for a change. I will try to get the multiscreen version of this going ASAP, but it will probably be a while. More renderers would speed up this process for me...

The first two renders will remain in the Pickle Jar for your perusal.


Member Comments

Wayne
"10" Fri March 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

Kelton
"9" Wed June 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm

mejakun
"Highland series - stunning" Tue March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Norman
"Highlan summer" Thu January 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

Craig
"Highland Summer>Awesome!!!" Sat July 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

Karl
"missing resolution" Thu July 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

MilesC56
"Wonderful" Mon May 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

FaeBriona
"Best of the seasons" Mon March 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Jeff R.E.
"Nice Edit" Tue January 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

Peter
"Dual screen needed" Sat December 18, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Cornflake
"Better than the first" Wed December 8, 2010 at 1:17 am

JC Navarro
"My Favorite" Mon November 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Albert
"One of your best wallpaper" Mon October 25, 2010 at 0:40 am

Albert
"OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU!" Mon October 25, 2010 at 0:39 am

edmond87
"Highland Summer" Sun October 24, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Henry V.
"Great seasonal update" Sun October 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

Josh
"WOOOOOWWWWWW!!" Sat October 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm

nickaix
"You've outdone yourself again" Wed October 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Squeaks
"New member - incredibly impressed" Mon October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Spike
"Much improved!!" Sun October 17, 2010 at 10:06 pm

pmistry
"Can't wait for autumn version." Sun October 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Cornflake
"Dual Monitor (corrention)" Sun October 17, 2010 at 2:38 am

Cornflake
"Dual monitor" Sun October 17, 2010 at 2:37 am

Wraith
"Woah" Sat October 16, 2010 at 1:39 am

Mike
"Holy..." Fri October 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

Armadillo
"Wow... wow." Fri October 15, 2010 at 2:13 am

Davy
"Mac book" Fri October 15, 2010 at 0:39 am

Jonathan L
"iPhone 4 Res:" Thu October 14, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Ryan
"iPhone 4 Res..." Thu October 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Miguell026
"Highland summer" Thu October 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Nate F
"Worth it" Thu October 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Hunter
"I like!" Thu October 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

littlemom
"Amazingly beautiful" Thu October 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

byteful
"Re:Scull" Thu October 14, 2010 at 7:47 am

Marlowe
"So Good!" Thu October 14, 2010 at 7:38 am

BenC
"Awesome" Thu October 14, 2010 at 6:30 am

Iain
"Excellent" Thu October 14, 2010 at 4:15 am

Max
"No comparison!" Thu October 14, 2010 at 2:19 am

will
"love it" Wed October 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

celmendo
"Highland awesomeness" Wed October 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The Guru
"Very, very good!" Wed October 13, 2010 at 7:41 pm

rev. sK
"Stunning" Wed October 13, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Seastor
"Thanks from downunder" Wed October 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Walo
"iPhone 4 version?" Wed October 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

UPseudonym
"Looks good/iPhone resolution missing" Wed October 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Matt R
"Highland Summer (new)" Wed October 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Geep
"Really really good" Wed October 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Alexandra
"Wow - worth the wait for the render!" Wed October 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm

PianoSinge
"I really like this one!" Wed October 13, 2010 at 12:59 am

Walo
"Good Update!" Wed October 13, 2010 at 12:41 am

Brandi
"Final update" Wed October 13, 2010 at 11:36 am

Tyler
"@dmackoy" Wed October 13, 2010 at 11:28 am

dmackoy
"Update Spring version" Wed October 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

Gunslinger
"Better than spring version" Thu September 30, 2010 at 2:22 am

David Stac
"Highland Summaer 2010" Sun September 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Ryan
"@Karl" Sun September 26, 2010 at 11:12 am

Karl
"Wrong links - Follow-up" Sun September 26, 2010 at 0:30 am

Karl
"Wrong links" Sun September 26, 2010 at 0:30 am

Ryan
"1600 x 1200" Sat September 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Kevin
"1600X1200" Sat September 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Abdul
"1600x1200" Fri September 24, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Armadillo
"I like the clouds and foreground better." Fri September 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Kristin
"Thoughts for Summer" Fri September 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Luke
"Shadows without clouds?" Thu September 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Tworules
"Clouds didn't work..." Thu September 23, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Spike
"I like the picklejar..." Thu September 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Terebellum
"Winter" Thu September 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Terebellum
"Names..." Thu September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

BenC
"Clouds..." Thu September 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Gary
"1600x1200" Thu September 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Silver
"Very Nice .. " Thu September 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Chad D.
"Didn't like the first render, but WOW!" Thu September 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

dujeon
"Awesomness" Thu September 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Foz
"Resolutions" Thu September 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Greg
"Idea" Thu September 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Greg
"Clouds" Thu September 23, 2010 at 12:56 am

littlemom
"Highland summer" Thu September 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

kellzilla
"Clouds" Thu September 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

dmackoy
"I miss the clouds :(" Thu September 23, 2010 at 11:29 am

Ryan
"Lighter Clouds" Thu September 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

Justin
"Skull?" Thu September 23, 2010 at 8:56 am

Ann
"Clouds" Thu September 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

Aesir
"Tree" Thu September 23, 2010 at 8:26 am

Walo
"2 cents" Thu September 23, 2010 at 8:24 am

Abdul
"Seasons" Thu September 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

Brian
"Too Many flowers" Thu September 23, 2010 at 7:04 am

Chris B
"Whoops" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Chris B
"Clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Ryan
"Clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 9:39 pm

TheMaxPower
""Clouds"" Wed September 22, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Max
"Clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Brandi
"Thoughts" Wed September 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Chad
"Keep the clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Jamie
"Sorry but below par" Wed September 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Sean
"Some ideas" Wed September 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Christian
"Clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Drew
"To the Pickle Jar" Wed September 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Tyler
"Request: Swap Summer and Spring" Wed September 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Ben
"Living in the high country that I do..." Wed September 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

BenC
"Fantastic!" Wed September 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

dmackoy
"Thoughts..." Wed September 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

Harry King
"Wow" Wed September 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

Molly
"Awesome" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

Chad
"Something's off" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

Greg
"Clouds" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

Walo
"Strange" Wed September 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

Steve
"Looks a lot like the spring version" Wed September 22, 2010 at 9:52 am


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