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This one actually took longer to put together than both of the previous versions and I am still not 100% pleased with how it turned out. Lighting it hard.

This was to be my first scene rendered using the new version of Vue d'Esprit (Vue 2014) but a few showstopping bugs sent me back to my "trusty" Vue 11.

8.23/10 rating (99 votes)

Pickle Jar Variations what's this?

8.57/10 rating (42 votes)

8.27/10 rating (15 votes)

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The darkness in this one makes it look a lot better than the gallery version. It also feels more wintery and looks all pretty and stuff.

Mon January 20, 2014 at 0:53 am

John A
I love the darkness of this one. Really beautiful. I haven't visited the site in quite some time (old lifetime member) and I have to say your work in 2013 and 2012 has been magnificent. Some truly beautiful piece of art. I remember a few years ago I posted some comments about certain aspects of previous favourites that lacked some photorealism which ruined the illusion of an alternate reality. You've obviously taken that to a completely different level now.

Best wishes for 2014, Ryan. Thanks for the beautiful wallpapers :)

Sun January 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

Oh, ok. Didn't know that. But imho, both are very good, so thanks for putting them there ...! :)

BTW: Where do I contact you if I want to interview you ...? Nvm, will find it myself ...

Fri December 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I haven't decided if that piece is going to stay in the gallery or not...

Thu December 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Just FYI: This version is the latest render shown on your "Latest Renders" page, the "Seasons" variation isn't there ...

Thu December 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

Would LOVE to see a blue render of the lights!! That would be awesome!

Wed December 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

"Not sure"
I'm not of the opinion that I should comment much on how it looks or how to "improve it" - an artists work is his work, after all and you would definitely have your own opinion on "whats best".

That said, so take what follows with a proverbial grain of salt, I think what people are saying is that they like sharpness and darkness of the lighting in V1. V2-3 the lightings goes for winter, and the blurred snow with the lens effect just sort of ruins it. Distracts from the starkness of the shot. There probably needs to some balance between the smudges of V1 and V2-3. :) Take the high points of each version and combine. :)

Overall, tho, all that aside, I love what your doing with this. I must personally admit that V1 was my favorite, kind of stopped me in my seat kind of thing, and wherever you take it from there can only be better. :)

Tue December 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

"RE: Barreto"
Um. That's snow.

Tue December 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

While i like the image as a whole, the mini ocean on the sidewalk effect is a little eye jarring, sidewalks dont have waves on them.... puddles sure, but even during hurricanes the wind doesn't drive the water into peaks like what is portrayed under the path.

If you could fix that, it would really bring the scene together for me. But whatever you fix, it is your image and im sure your be happy with it :)

Tue December 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Mostly, I like it. I like the colors... the mood.

I dislike the distracting blurry water droplets on-the-lens effect, though it makes it a bit more "realistic". Will there be a version in the pickle jar without the drops-on-the-lens?

My only other comment would be to make the deep background more interesting than "grey".

Keep up the good work.

Tue December 17, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I like the snow on the background trees and the brighter/oranger lights in this one, but I still prefer the first version. The crispness brings to mind a frigged cold night scene. When I downloaded the dual screen I could see it was falling snow - and I suppose the foggy effect brightens things up. Still not my favorite, but not every piece is for everyone.

Tue December 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Well, even if I have a LTaccount and can't afford a tip, I still really like your work!

Especially in this case: How did you manage to get the "camera smudges" out of the picture ...? Nice 1!

Tue December 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

It looks like my FTP program flaked out while uploading these. Let me try again...

Tue December 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

Looks great. Triple 5:4 upload is incomplete, though.

Tue December 17, 2013 at 7:52 am

Refreshingly different and awesome

Tue December 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

Great work on v3 -- love it! It doesn't take my breath away the way that the fall version did -- mostly because of it being a night scene and lacking the color and richness of the other render. But it's still a fantastic piece in its own right. I like the snow on the tree and and the faint light reflecting off the falling snow -- they're great touches that add a lot of feeling to this.

Mon December 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

"The Shaded Path (Winter/Night) (2013)"
I feel really bad saying I just don't like this. I think this is the first render this year that I can't find anything attractive in. The lights are placed too randomly/too many to pretend they're on strings, there's weird blurring everywhere, it is *so noisy*... Ah, well, can't win 'em all. Going 350/365 days without a dud is pretty damn impressive! :p

Mon December 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

Both V1 and V3 are awesome renders. I particularly like the snow on the trees in V3, but overall I liked V1 a little better. It was more eye-catching, IMHO, and I liked the darker contrast and the sharper focus. V1 with snow-covered trees would be my vote. (I still think a PJ with colored lights would be great!)

Mon December 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

I like the depth of the original and the colors on v2-3. Very nice. (One thing I liked about the first version was the sharper-focus. Can I second the request for a pickle-jar version of V3 without the falling snow?)

Mon December 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

Oh yeah baby! Love this version. Can't wait for multi-screen!

Mon December 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

"V3 Winner"
The 3rd Version is the winner.... the blurry foreground and the focus background along with all the tweaks makes this one my favorite so far!!

Mon December 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

My third render is up this morning. Minor tweaks to the snow on the tree branches (noise along the snowline) and removed the blurred snowflakes that muddied v.2.

Mon December 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

I love this, much brighter and friendlier than the original. I to am not a fan of the camera smudges... Good luck ironing those out. I recommend a lens hood ;)

Mon December 16, 2013 at 5:25 am

"Re: Smudges"
I am not crazy about how the particle snow rendered in this new version either. I hope to have a final version shortly that addresses this.

Sun December 15, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Was about to comment on how I loved the snow falling in V2.....But I just saw the other comment about no snow falling....? Isn't that the major change in V2? Or is it time for me to change to Head and Shoulders...? 8^)

Sun December 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

"No smudges please"
I wear glasses so smudges like that annoy me and make me want to wipe some glass down. Yea, it's how I'd see it, but why would anyone want to wander around like that. Can you do a pick jar version with no smudges?

Sun December 15, 2013 at 2:52 pm

The new version i like a bit less. The smudges look overdone. Especially considering there is no visible snow falling.

Sun December 15, 2013 at 11:30 am

Love the water-on-the-lens effect, and it's less "midnight-y". well done.

Sun December 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

Really love this scene. I don't think anything needs to be changed. No lights on the trees. I like how you can clearly see the branches and they are farther away, giving nice perspective.

Sun December 15, 2013 at 7:32 am

Fir tree's although extra work would be nice to see and a little bit more color. Nice though as is.

Sat December 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I love it. How about adding some lights to the trees as well? Maybe blue lights.

Sat December 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Love it. Really suitable for the bleakly cold winter, the kind of cold that leaches all the color out of everything. Brings back all sorts of memories.

Sat December 14, 2013 at 6:24 am

Shelly K.
I like it. It would be cool to do a colored light one, or two. Maybe show some snowfall? It would be really cool if they did a Playstation one that had flurries! Keep up the good work, Ryan! Happy Holidays!

Fri December 13, 2013 at 11:33 pm

"10 out of 10"
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! This is a great wallpaper! Though the snow was a bit low graphic. But that doesn't stop me from putting the 10 up top! Oh and I really didn't care how the lights weren't colorful, that would give it a Christmas feel and take away the winter night feel.

P.S I love Winter!

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm


I am probably alone in this, but I actually like the white lights. It does look cold, which has very much been the weather this year.

Falling snow would make it feel a bit better and would make the blurs really seem like melted snow on the lens; although if the blurs get fixed and we saw just the falling snow I'd like that too.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm

The trees need lights. Blue version please! Great start though.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

The snow on the camera lens is awesome... Makes it real.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Scott E
The smudge thing you are talking about.... looks like melting ice on the camera "lens" so to speak. I thought it was intentional. You mean its something Vue does on its own?

Fri December 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Agree with all that it's missing something. The foundation is amazing and no doubt it will become a favorite. Don't think colored lights are the answer. It currently has an eerie feel which actually is more profound than a holly jolly one.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 11:29 am

This is a really nice piece. I might suggest putting some contrasting elements in the scene, glowing bells or ghostly holly wreaths or other decorations.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

I really love this one. Love the lights, and love the way you've done the path: lovely combination of the path's pattern showing through the snow drifts. I agree colored lights would make it more festive, but I like the clean white light, too. Perhaps some falling snow in front of the bare trees to the right would make that part of the image more visually interesting?

Fri December 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

I think it looks cold, which naturally it would as its Winter but... could you make it do that the lights let off more of a "glow" so that it illuminates the path and possibly even bounces off the trees a little too?

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks for the feedback! The smudge is how Vue applies with motion blur or DOF to its particle snow. Still learning that feature...

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:38 am

"not yet."
I like it - it has a very peaceful, quiet feel - and very cold. Colors would give it more of a playful feel - but don't know if it would work given the open air to the obviously really cold forest night.

Note: in the center between the 2nd and 3rd pillar in there is a round circle smudge thing that looks really weird.

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

I agree with Nico; I do love it, but it would be interesting to see how it would look with colored lights. :-)

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

Love this can we get colored lights?

Fri December 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

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