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I was never really happy with the clouds in my original “Moonshadow” render. For this update I wanted to simulate a real “moonshadow” with the clouds (some still lit by the sun and some are in shadow).

You may notice that quite a bit of this scene as adapted from “The Green Flash“. I put a lot of trial and error work into achieving those atmospheric/beach effects and I didn’t want to re-invent the wheel for what would essentially be the same environment.

You can think of this piece as a companion to “The Green Flash” if you’d like, taking place a bit further up the beach 😉

As with the original Moonshadow, I’m sure a lot of people would prefer there be no human in this piece. I may provide such a render later, once I am happy with the “final” settings.

Let me know what you think!

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29 reviews for Moonshadow

  1. Jon Montgo [nonmonthly]

    Add the 4 arched ‘Blood Moons’ we are experiencing to this image!

    See for inspiration.

  2. Elaine

    This is another of your places I’d like to visit. I have a dual screen system so I guess I have to content myself with the pickle jar version but I sure would like the main one as dual screen.

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  4. Richard H.

    I love this one. I like it a bit more than the original 2008 version (which is also really great) and a lot more than the just-finished 2015 version (which I don’t like anything like as much; sorry – it’s too gloomy, with not enough interest in the lower part of the picture). In this 2014 version I particularly like the foreground water, reflecting the sky colours, and the backlit clouds. Greatest frustration: no 5K version! You’ve done a 4K, but I need a 5K for my iMac. Any chance, please…?

  5. Getwired

    I would LOVE it if you had multi-monitor lossless renders in general, and especially of this one. The dynamic range and smoothness of the lossless renders are unparalleled and simply look stunning on my monitors. Thanks Ryan!

  6. Zach

    I know that this one wasn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed it. Are you still working on it, Ryan? Even if you don’t make any further adjustments, is there a chance of getting a multiscreen render?

  7. Bob

    Is there ANY chance this could be made in to a multi-screen? It’s so beautiful.

  8. Jen

    I realize some of your landscapes haven’t been universally loved lately but, this one and the Autumn one are both very beautiful. I hope you will still do multi screens of both of these.

  9. Sirjacob

    The power of an eclipse with a child sitting in beautiful landscape is the essence of imagination and wonder all rolled into a single picture. This is the basis for all creative thought, weather from science to fantasy, it takes your mind to flight. What a wonderful picture, thank you for sharing it with us.

  10. Sirjacob

    The power of an eclipse with a child sitting in beautiful landscape is the essence of imagination and wonder all rolled into a single picture. This is the basis for all creative thought, weather from science to fantasy, it takes your mind to flight. What a wonderful picture, thank you for sharing it with us.

  11. Kelton

    Agreed please create dual screen 🙂

  12. KG

    Please render this in a dual monitor download. Thanks.

  13. Zach

    I’m really hoping that this piece won’t get abandoned without multiscreen renders. I think that it’s outstanding, and with a little tweaking, it will be a background for me for years to come.

  14. Dr

    No People Plz!!

  15. Mangoman

    Ryan, never forget – “Constructive criticism” – there is no such thing. I’m just happy to never have read anyone tear you down for doing such beautiful work. We all give our opinions on this or that, or perhaps what might be changed, or left out, or put in, but I defy ANYONE to insult you or your gorgeous work. This one, in my eyes and heart, is a 10! With the exception of the eclipse, the sky is a stark reminder of a 4:00 A.M. sky driving from MI to MS years ago. Once again, great job. Sorry to prattle on so.

  16. Rainer

    … I do prefer backgrounds without humans in it.

  17. Bob

    Dual screen coming?

  18. LindaS

    I love the shade of pink. Clouds are georgeous with the light edges. Anxious to see a PJ version.

  19. violet

    I love the dark water and the clouds

  20. Jenanne

    As others have said, the rocks, sand, and beach need more work, but overall I like the update a lot, particularly the clouds and the new color scheme. I think the little guy would look better if he wasn’t bisected by the horizon, but it’s not that big of a deal. I do hope you’ll do a PJ version without the figure for us anti-figure folks.

  21. J-Crew

    As a HUGE fan of the first Moonshadow, I can’t say I’m too fond of this version. I loved the sense of scale of the old version with a giant moon (taking up a large amount of the screen) and a tiny human. [Always loved the human for scale btw 😉 ]

    Personally I liked the old clouds and how smooth they were but I appreciate the new detailed clouds. Overall I feel the overall quality of this updated version is incredibly lacking (i.e. water, rocks, sand, etc.)

    I also very much preferred the old color scheme. This one looks too much like Cronus Rising to me. I would love if you could make a pickle jar version with the old coloring to get a more accurate legacy update.

  22. devoin

    Triple 4k….?

  23. Littlemom

    I also love that you can actually see details on the person in the render instead of a generalized figure. Would love to see that from now on

  24. Littlemom

    Love this render. It’s very calming and peaceful. Love the colors.

  25. Zach

    So far, I’m really liking this one. As others have said, I can tell that it’s not finished due to the texture issues with the rocks, water, clouds, et cetera. That being said, parts of the sky and the eclipse look amazing! Also, I disagree with Joe regarding the boy. I think that the added detail on him propels the image even further.

  26. Joe

    I love the original, and if this is a step forward on the clouds, it is also definitely a step back on the rocks, sand, and water on the beach. The lack of movement in the water surface around the rocks and the highly unfinished look of the rock mass texture (lower left corner) mean that I really don’t appreciate this re-do of one of my favourites.

    I also prefer if the figures are very general, I’m not sure how much I like that this one has defined skin tone, shirt, pants, hair… it just removes some of the magic from the landscape.

  27. Brian J.

    I agree with Atmos42 that the rock/sand is unfinished, though the boy sitting there ads a nice element to the scene.

    I do like the new look though. Even the detail of having the “moon” with a rough outline shows your attention to detail.

    I wonder how long it will be before this picture ends up on EarthPics’ Twitter feed as a “Really incredible solar eclipse!!!1!” lol

  28. Atmos42

    I can tell it isn’t finished, what with the grid patterns on the rock/sand, but I wanted to say that I like it when you add humans to the image. In this case especially, the landscape would look dead with them! Keep up the good work!

  29. Nick

    While you artwork is breathtaking as always, I can’t help but be distracted from the beautiful eclipse by the rocks to the lower left of the screen. Compared to the rocks on the right, the rocks on the left seem to have an outdated design. Smooth and very computerized compared to the rough, realistic ones on the right. Was that how you intended the rocks to come out? Or is it possible to have an update to this, maybe even just a pickle jar version.

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