Sierra Autumn


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An Autumn version of my “Sierra
(2012)” render. I actually had to render this one twice (once
with green leaves and once with fall colors) and combine them in
Photoshop so I could vary the leaves on a “per-tree” basis.

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81 reviews for Sierra Autumn

  1. Zealot [lifer]

    In my opinion that (and Highland spring) are the two best wallpapers you have made ever, in the long row of outstanding work you have done so far. If I could I would go there and live there 😉

  2. kkochan [basicmember]

    This is my favorite picture that you have ever done. As others have noted, it’s not flawless, but I prefer to stand back and look at the perfect scene, rather than the small imperfect details. It speaks to me. I have several of your other wallpapers, and I keep circling back to this one.

  3. Christina

    A bit harsh, but there is something weird about it. My initial reaction when in the browser was that it was beautiful, but in dual screen it looks weird. I think a big problem is the floating rocks – like gravity doesn’t exist here…yet the water stays so still and down that the rocks don’t have water marks.

  4. Rick

    I used to live in GA and this represents perfectly my backyard playground when i was young with the leaves turning, absolutely stunning

  5. Charlie

    Not a 10 for reasons I cannot quite put my finger on. There is something not quite fully realized about the right half foreground. Your composition skills are on obvious display, but the product looks rushed.

  6. mejakun

    Wow. The way the sunlight filters; the stream flows (more precisely, the vegetation underwater is moved by the water flow); the trees and mountains rising in the background… one of my favorites.

  7. Seth Eden

    I love all of these! Always amazing! I just noticed your work-in-progress quote about revisiting some old projects and improving on them, and I’d like to again recommend revisiting an all-time-favorite classic! “Aftermath”

  8. Cheryl

    I LOVE this, every time I walk past my computer or look at my facebook page I smile. This is one of my favorites 🙂

  9. Fabio

    This image at a distance looks really amazing. The perfect landscape. But when you see it in real size its disappointing because it’s not clear, very very grainy. just a little grain in my opinion would of been fine or none at all just like real life. but its still an AMAZING concept and execution by your part. great work.

    P.S I’m still hoping one day you make a pickle jar version of this but with no grain or very little, i think a lot of us would love to see that. thanks for your awesome work!

  10. kellzilla

    So very grainy. Kind of disappointed in this one. Such a stunning idea, poor result.

  11. Joe

    I had retired Sierra recently because I felt it was getting a little late in the year for a spring/summer scene. Then what do I find! Beautiful work. [10]

  12. Paul

    Awesome, but why does it look grainy, even the .PNG? Intentional canvas texture?

  13. Ben

    Awesome, as always

  14. Dragon

    I love the gardens so very much.

  15. Apii

    Guys, nothings perfect buts its pretty damn close!!. GREAT JOB RYAN!!!!!

  16. Timhogs

    For whatever reason, this one strikes me as an interesting mix of photorealism and an almost “Water Lilies”-style impressionism, particularly in the reflections…

  17. Devon

    Fist off, I have to say that I love this piece.

    That being said, Im looking at the triple monitor version (5760×1200) and have noticed that there is something that bothers me.

    A few of the rocks on the far left and the far right side appear to be “floating”. Was this intentional or just a weird error in rendering?

  18. Tom

    Great idea to make the fall version! One of your best efforts.

  19. Mike

    Awesome. Thank You. Dual Screen Please.

    New Halloween 2012 now please.

  20. ED

    Well all we need now is a winter version

  21. Ross H.

    I’m really digging this one! You have a life-long subscriber in me!

  22. Pete

    This is absolutely amazing work, Ryan. This is probably one of the most beautiful scenes to date. I can’t tell you how much I love it.

  23. Lightman

    Great work! Wonderful autumn mood and colours but a bit too grainy.

  24. CA

    The trees here look a little like the trees from “The Ride” (2009). It looks like a lower angled view from the scene.

  25. Phil

    Wow… I’ve been a subscriber and admirer of your work for a number of years now and it just keeps getting better and better. You are really outdoing yourself. I’m a Vue XStream user myself but I can only worship from afar. This is pretty outstanding work. Congrats and keep it up.

  26. David M.

    Very detailed work, Ryan. A beautiful scene.

  27. Mike

    I absolutely love this rendoring. Please do a dual monitor version. I think it looks better on my Droid Bionic than it does on my monitor. Keep up the excellent work.

  28. Stanislav

    I generally do like grain as it gives that nostalgic feel of a printed film photo. In this case, however, the image is too grainy, masking out too much detail from the treeline in the background.

    Otherwise, a very moody work – I love autumn!

  29. Bob Counts

    One of the more visually stunning pieces you have done yet. Awe heck I gave you a 10

  30. Alex H

    The upper half is beautiful, but the water looks off. Way too many straight lines in the reflections.

  31. Eel River

    I am impressed, but I agree with Walo that it still seems a bit too grainy. Hopefully the next version will be less grainy. The crashes during renders must be very annoying. Absolutely no medium is perfect. Oil and acrylic paints spill and smear. Water colors are even harder to control.

  32. Kelton

    just amazing!

  33. riesjac

    This is great work. for lack of better words amassing.

  34. Drew

    Beautiful. One suggestion: change the angle of the sunlight, to make it distinct from the original.

  35. Walo

    I think this is an awesome render but like some of your other recent works I think there’s just too much grain in it. It degrades the quality too much.

  36. Shirley

    I love your autumn versions of images. 🙂 Am eagerly anticipating the multi-screen version!

  37. Shirley

    I love your autumn versions of images. 🙂 Am eagerly anticipating the multi-screen version!

  38. Dave

    I can’t wait until the Multi-Screens are complete!!

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  40. Jenanne

    I’d love to see an autumn version of the “Highland” series, too. That’s one of my favorite series, and it’s just not complete without autumn.

  41. Tom

    I love this, but still waiting for dual screen on either the original or this version … looks funny on my dual monitors at work …

  42. D

    Best nature render to date, love it!

  43. Matthew

    I’m not a huge fan of the grain, but I love the accurate optical effects. The caustics and the extinction are top notch.

  44. Alberich

    Now that we’ve seen the Sierra valley in the fall from below (which looks amazing), I’d love to go back up to the cliff with the tree and see it from above.

  45. Dan

    This is so much like a photograph, the realism is wonderful. The scene is a masterpiece of art. Thank You !!

  46. FabioZak

    Probably best autumn scene ever.

  47. Gregor

    I’m afraid I can’t find the right words in english to describe how beautiful this picture is. But rest assured, it is absolutely amazing!

  48. dujeon

    Totally beautiful, words defeat me, its absolutely amazing wow

  49. Jim

    I gave the original a 9 and this blows it out of the water, well done.

  50. Shay

    I really didn’t think anything could ever top Sierra, and this has done it. Absolutely phenomenal! I just hope the multiscreen adaptions come quickly this time around, my dual-screen displays are whispering to me how badly they want it 😉

  51. Patrick

    Nice one once again Ryan. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, spring in underway, and our trees are starting to bud. 6 months behind, or 6 months ahead, please take your pick!

  52. Duncan

    I’ve been waiting on this to start set the autumn season mood. Very well done! The pressure is on now for something mind-blowing for Halloween!

  53. Littlemom

    Ryan you so nailed it with this render. Autumn is my favorite time of year and you did such a great job with this one. Love it, love it, love it!!!!

  54. Melissa

    This is Beautiful!!

  55. Randall

    Amazing! Thanks for doing this one!

  56. Zach

    I absolutely love the concept of making Sierra into an autumn scene, as those are generally my favourites of yours. However, Sierra was grainy, and this one is exceptionally grainy. Though it is probably more photorealistic with the grain, I prefer the fluid looks.

    In any case, though, your work still astounds me even when a particular render isn’t my favourite. So much talent…

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  58. Joel

    Ryan, you took my favorite picture & did it in my favorite season. I’d give it a 10 if it were rendered a little closer to sundown. Still – a great piece!

  59. John

    I love this. Can’t wait for the multi-screen. The colors are beautiful. As for the graininess…it doesn’t bother me. It’s not very noticeable and I think it actually adds a bit of character to the piece.

  60. Nelson

    Wow. Just wow. Such pictures are the reason why I subscribed for lifetime. Thank you!

  61. Kyle

    Reminds me a bit of Indian Summer. Excellent work!

  62. TracyMarie

    Love the Fall! Favorite time of the year. thank you!

  63. Ben

    Perhaps we could see the all autumn coloured scene that you used in the pickle jar?

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  65. Eric

    First, I do love it. Great follow on to the Sierra piece. Transition of the flowers on both banks is noted, as is some of the branches from the fallen tree resting in the water. A natural thing as some animal(s) may have broken them, or they broke from erosion. However my 8 comes from not only agreeing to other posts regarding the graininess, but also (& this is a big point) the fish in the lower right corner has not moved. And, it’s hard to tell, but is there LESS snow on the mountains?

    “Some things change, some things never do” — The Matrix

    All in all a great piece. I truly hope you are able re-render the image and send this one to the pickle jar. If no, it will still hold its own.

    Since I’m at it … may I humbly suggest a hint of frost at the waters edge. That water must be mighty cold.


    A longtime DB Lover

  66. DaveR

    This is a visually stunning piece, a great compliment to the original (spring?) piece.

    That being said, it looks like most of the trees are evergreens, and shouldn’t be turning red. Also, the highlands in the Autumn are usually experiencing the lowest water levels of the year (snow at higher elevations has melted off), but the water actually looks a bit higher.

    Enough nit-picking, it really looks beautiful!

  67. Sara

    Ryan, it’s beautiful. It looks like an oil painting.

  68. Kyle

    You made it into a fall scene. You are my hero. It is perfect

  69. Ryan

    This one crashed on me 2 or 3 times during the render process and I lost over a day of rendering each time. In the end I chose the “Final” render mode at 4000 x 2500 over the “Superior” mode at 3277 x 2048. I was only able to finish the render in “Final” mode, which is a bit grainier than I would like. I was hoping that I could eliminate most of it when I scaled the image down for the web, but I guess it is still evident.

  70. Jason

    I’ve been following you for years, and this is one of my favorites! I agree the current render seems a little over-film grained, but that’s up to the artist in the end…

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  72. Brandon

    I was excited when you said you were working on an Autumn Sierra but I was a little disappointed when I saw it. It looks okay, but I think I would have preferred it without the green leaf mix.

    Also, the trees’ reflections (especially in the middle) seem to be pure red while the trees are mostly green.

  73. Topher

    The colors are wonderful, but the 2560×1600 looks super grainy, much more than normal. Is that an intentional artistic effect, or an artifact of the size? It almost looks pointilized.

  74. Mike

    Ryan, this captures the mood of the season perfectly. Thank you!

  75. Robert

    Got the water just right. Not too blue.

  76. Vincent

    Man you are on the way of reaching perfection.

  77. JMK in CT

    I was just going to put Sunburst Daily as my wallpaper and then I saw this. Now I have to figure out which to use! No fair!

  78. cmmnoble

    This is extraordinary.

  79. Wraith

    O_O perfect for this time of year!

  80. David

    This is really well done.

  81. Ryan

    Here is my Autumn version of “Sierra”. This is actually two renders (one with green leaves and one with Autumn colors) which I have layered in Photoshop so I could vary the leaves on a “per-tree” basis. It was time consuming but I hope the results were worth it!Let me know what you think!

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