Rite of Spring

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This is an update to one of my favorite
renders from 2002.
Whereas I used Lightwave to create the
clouds in the original, I wanted to see what I could do with
Vue’s built in clouds this time. They’ve come a long way since
2002.

There are still some aspects here that I would like to tweak,
but I think this version is interesting enough to share as is.
Let me know what you think!

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59 reviews for Rite of Spring

  1. Greywolf [liferplus]

    Will this one ever see a double-wide render set? It’s a gorgeous piece!

  2. Steve [nonmonthly]

    I have this as the wallpaper on my Galaxy S5. Not a lot of clutter…just right!

  3. Momcat

    This grows on me every time I use it and I use it almost every time there are storms. It’s a remarkable antidote for the actual weather it’s replicating, making me feel happy instead of down.

    That’s why we use your beautiful wallpaper, Ryan; it makes us happy.

  4. Friarkelto

    I really like these. would love some dual screen treatments

  5. Kevin

    Could you please add a 3840×1200 (dual 16:10) version?

  6. Lynn

    I love all of you lightning strike pieces. I miss the thunderstorms of my youth – we don’t get many where I live in CA. I do wish you had a tri-screen version of this!

  7. hobbscienda

    Love your work and would love to have this and many others in a size/screen res for Samsung Galaxy S5.

  8. Jenanne

    Well! You ought to be sorry. Actually, that tree’s name is Moe. The one to the right is named Larry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Zach

    With a day like today (very stormy, but really cool skies), I’m hoping that we multiscreen users will get to have this awesome render as our backgrounds. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Marc

    I just realized I contracted its possessive reference. It’s NOT “It is name is Larry.”, it’s “Its name is Larry.” I am very sorry.

  11. Marc

    I have always been fascinated by twilight clouds and moonlit clouds. Awesome.

    I don’t like the second tree from the left, about 7 rows back… might be nice with it removed. It’s name is Larry.

  12. Elaine

    Love, love, love the new dark version! I hope you are planning dual monitor renders.

  13. Scruffdawg

    I am a tough rater, 8 is quite high for me. Really like the way this is easy on the eyes yet subtly draws you in. The composition makes you feel as if you were actually standing there looking into the valley.

  14. Eric

    On a related note, what ABOUT an image with rainfall?

  15. Tyler

    Ryan this is perfection. All attention is drawn to the beautiful purple bolt. The foreground and surrounding areas are subtle and crystal clear. No doubt this will make it to your top ten.

  16. cmmnoble

    Wow. I liked the sunset versions. But this darker one really nails it! Thanks for revisiting Rite of Spring. The original was one of several “must haves” for me when I first became a member, and it is still a favorite.

  17. Blindfury

    Diggin’ the darker theme. I think some other renders with a darker, more ominous feel would be a great addition.

  18. BobC

    Instant love for the night version – the cool, damp, night air and sense of solitude. I think the composition is perfect…

  19. Topher

    This one is particularly awesome.

  20. Ray

    There’s something wrong with the 2k142 1920 x 1200 version in the pickle jar.

  21. Tร‚ยฎร‚ยฉรขย„ยข

    FB cover version please!

  22. Jenanne

    Aah…great. The blue gives this version just the right mood, and I like the changes to the clouds, and the trees in the distance and foreground. Thank you, Ryan, for sticking with this render!

  23. JK

    Love it. AAMOF, I’ve noticed over the years I seem to like anything dark and bluish. Lightning is always an added bonus.

  24. yokhannan

    Pretty sweet. I do not like the tree in the bottom-right though… might be nice with it removed.

  25. jmk in ct

    I really like this render! Storm is a coming!

  26. Jen

    You have three new pieces with no multi screen renders. Are they coming?

  27. Elaine

    I like the color of the clouds now but I find the lighting a little confusing. The glow in the pink clouds looks to be coming from the upper right but there is also a lot of glow behind the lightning. It also seems like a lot of sunlight for the lightning and heavy rain. The foreground trees look amazing.

  28. I Miss It

    So gorgeous..so peaceful. Straightly?? Yeah, I guess so. Even so, although it does look a but windy in the upper cloud layer, perhaps it’s not windy at all where the precip is falling, so why make winds up? I dunno, maybe? It’s like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, know what I mean? Bless you Ryan, you’re so talented. Don’t ever quit. I knew that lifetime membership would be well worth it.

  29. I Miss It

    So gorgeous..so peaceful. Straightly?? Yeah, I guess so. Even so, although it does look a but windy in the upper cloud layer, perhaps it’s not windy at all where the precip is falling, so why make winds up? I dunno, maybe? It’s like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, know what I mean? Bless you Ryan, you’re so talented. Don’t ever quit. I knew that lifetime membership would be well worth it.

  30. I Miss It

    So gorgeous..so peaceful. Straightly?? Yeah, I guess so. Even so, although it does look a but windy in the upper cloud layer, perhaps it’s not windy at all where the precip is falling, so why make winds up? I dunno, maybe? It’s like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, know what I mean? Bless you Ryan, you’re so talented. Don’t ever quit. I knew that lifetime membership would be well worth it.

  31. I Miss It

    So gorgeous..so peaceful. Straightly?? Yeah, I guess so. Even so, although it does look a but windy in the upper cloud layer, perhaps it’s not windy at all where the precip is falling, so why make winds up? I dunno, maybe? It’s like, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, know what I mean? Damb you Ryan, you’re so talented. Don’t ever quit. I knew that lifetime membership would be well worth it.

  32. Michael

    It is almost perfect… My only thought would be to have a little bit of an angle on the rain. Falling straight down feels like a torrential downpour, which is in contrast to the rest of the image I think. The rest of the scene is so serene, and I’d almost picture a breeze blowing through, just enough that the rain isn’t falling quite so straightly.

  33. Jenanne

    Greatly improved!

  34. Chris S.

    Vast improvement over the previous version.

  35. Mark

    I prefer this to the previous one, since I like darker backgrounds better

  36. Deanna

    Oops, thought I would clarify, Ryan.. I should have said that on the 2nd image, the clouds AROUND the lightening section are stunning! Love the billowy ones to the left of the lightening, as well, where the blue sky is peeking through. Lovely.

  37. Deanna

    Very beautiful. I love both versions for different reasons, but I still prefer the soft clouds of the first one, which is still on my desktop. The clouds have a dreamy quality to them on the top 3rd of the image (really blew me away) that set off the darker branches and bits of green, and this is now missing on the 2nd one. However, on the 2nd one, the lightening section and the clouds just below… stunning! Would love for both of those things combined into one, somehow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Zach

    This piece is really getting cool! I agree with ‘D’ that the brighter background was more appealing to me. I also agree that the clouds that are higher up are nicely done, but the ones below them seem a bit off. In any case, I’m excited to see the finished product!

  39. Greg

    This is perfect for my lockscreen. So much snow today (16 inches with another 5 coming later) this is what I’m praying for.

  40. JMK in CT

    The upper level clouds look great. The lower clouds not so much. Love the bark on the tree. That is perfect. Need more lightning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Ryan

    I intentionally set the atmosphere settings a bit low so the render wouldn’t take more than a day. If I find I am happy with the layout I will do another with higher quality settings and replace this one.

  42. Topher

    The clouds look VERY grainy to me, and the rain looks like oil painting rain, rather than real. If that’s intentional I like it, it LOOKS like a painting, rather than real.

    If you meant it to look real I’m not sure it worked. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Halfwolf

    The darker, moodier clouds are much better for this piece. The others were washed out and gave it a different feel entirely.

  44. D

    I like the foreground of v2 but prefer the brighter background of v1. Anyway to combine those elements into a v3 render?

  45. Josh/Sylar

    Love it now it is brighter!

  46. Littlemom

    Nice I like it Good job Ryan!!!

  47. Tatiana

    The clouds look like something out of a painting instead of a photo. I like it. Whenever I see those clouds I think of brush strokes on canvas. =)

  48. Joel

    I think that this landscape is really pretty. The dramatic center with the close-up flowers is a strong contrast. However, I think the lighting is a little off. I think it might be nice for the lighting in the foreground to be brought up or for the size of the foreground to be reduced; it almost looks like I’m peering through a tunnel and it seems much less wide open. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, something about the clouds just looks really grainy to me. Is that also an effect of lighting? Great work and I look forward to seeing the lighting update! ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. Laura

    I really like where this is going. At first release, this would have been a finished work, 10 years ago. It’s amazing how far your work has come in that time.

  50. Zach

    I really like where this one is going! Once the harsh highlights are fixed, I think it will be outstanding. My hope is that the dual-screen version has a little more openness so that we can see more of the tree line in the background. The thumbnail of this one really doesn’t do it justice.

  51. Michael

    The lighting actually reminds me of the summer monsoons we get in AZ… When they pop up in the late afternoon or early evening, it’s not unheard of to see a hazy amber glow over things with clouds lit by the sun in such a way that can be deceiving as to whether or not rain will truly come.

    As for the foreground lighting, I actually think somewhere in between the near black and the bright leaves would be good. Crank the brightness up about 10% on the darker parts and down about 20% on the bright leaves and flowers so there’s still some contrast between the two… you’d still get a few of things popping, but it wouldn’t be as stark relative to their immediate background.

  52. SimonRev

    Ooh ooh, I can’t wait for an update to Amazed! I’ve been waiting for nearly a decade for that!

  53. Ryan

    Yes there are some harsh highlights on the leaves that were unintentional. That will be fixed in a future render but I do want a bit of lighting on the foreground so it’s not just black.

  54. Matt

    I agree with Joe, overall it’s pretty good. The foreground though is somewhat off. Lighting of the leaves and grass doesn’t look like it fits.

  55. Joe

    I like all the pieces, but they don’t fit together well.

    The clouds and lightning are very well done

    The plants look great

    The rain effects are subtle and pretty cool…

    but,

    The plants in the foreground look to be lit by ‘magic’ or some sort of green glowy thing that doesn’t have a place in nature.

    The trees in front of the clouds are lit to look like fall,

    and the clouds really don’t seem dark enough.

    I can see that maybe it’s early evening, and the sun is just setting as the clouds are rolling in, but even then I really have to push to see it. I do admit that I liked the 02 render and would love to see this one be similarly dark, but there’s just a continuity problem that I’m having trouble with.

  56. suab

    …would love to see a darker version of this (more similar to the 2002 original)

  57. cvb66

    Has a feel of Fantasy, with but enough detail to make the mind question. I really like this!!

  58. Halfwolf

    Love the darker, moodier theme.

    Triple 1080 screen render??

  59. Bryan [basicmember]

    I am an outdoorsman and I love when there is lightning but yet no rain falling on me directly. This makes me want to be out there.

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