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There was a lot that I liked about “Oceana” but there was a lot that (I felt) didn’t work out. Some of the geometry was broken (due to excessive displacement), it wasn’t as colorful as I would like, and it took so long to render that I couldn’t really make revisions or a multiscreen version. Consider this scene to be something of a “do over”. It started as an exercise learning Oculus Medium but most of that geometry is covered up with undersea life 🙂

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20 reviews for Symbiota

  1. Camille [plusmember]

    I have Oceana, and have gotten a lot of comments from people noticing it on my screen. I believe you in that it took a lot of work. This redo is great, and another alternate to Oceana for my desktop. The only suggestion I received is that there can be a few more fish. Thanks!!

  2. WeeSam [basicmember]

    I love a good underwater scene, and this is a great one.

  3. cincykn1t [lifer]

    I’m in the “more beasties” camp – and I do love the octopus making an appearance on the right! Very nice!

  4. sweetaurora [lifer]

    Now I really want to go scuba diving… ^_^

  5. Russ [donormember]

    If you truly want to see this in all it’s beauty, use the dual screen on a couple of nice widescreen monitors. Stunning!! This definitely would be one to do a VR version Ryan!

  6. david [basicmember]

    Pretty cool but not too luck of a fan of ocean stuff

  7. macolva [liferplus]

    Compared to Oceana, what is most striking to me is the improvement in the lighting. The shadows/light beams are fantastic. This is on top of all the great feedback cited below.

  8. HorcruxHP [basicmember]

    This is truly amazing! I love the colors. I agree, however, that it would be more appealing with more and/or greater varieties of fish.

  9. Brandi U. [liferplus]

    Beautiful. Love the colors. So much to look at in the scene.

  10. Rodewaryer [basicmember]

    I think you nailed this one, as many others (when they are busy like this) have areas in them that lack detail. This does not suffer from that. Fine job and quite amazing all around.

  11. Russ [donormember]

    Beautiful!! Makes me impatient to wait for vacation 🙂

  12. Ozaawaagosh [basicmember]

    Awesome colours, light, it looks like living corals. Very Beautiful. Awesome Render.

  13. Afya [lifer]

    Just brilliant. The corals, the depth, the colours, the variety, most of all the dappled light – not too bright, not too murky – add up to without doubt one of my favourite pieces you’ve done.

    I would be happy for a few more fish for the multiscreen, but this is already a 10/10 image.

  14. Steve [liferplus]


    This is one of the most amazing, beautiful pieces of art that you have ever created. Great work!

  15. Ryan

    There are a few fish in the foreground (you have to spot them) and more in the background. I remember some folks saying I?d added too many to ?Oceana? so I dialed them back a bit this time.

  16. Doug [liferplus]

    Great render. Agree with other member who wanted more sea life

  17. Littlemom [liferplus]

    I really like this render but I only see one fish and one seahorse, is there more sealife in it I’m not seeing? Great Render though Ryan!!!

  18. Richard H. [liferplus]

    I’ve just spotted the nice little seahorse on the bottom edge of the picture, a little to the right of the centre. Lovely touch! I like seahorses.

  19. Richard H. [liferplus]

    I love this one. I’d really been hoping for a multi-screen of Oceana, and was disappointed that one didn’t appear (same goes for Dapplewood (Winter)…), but this new scene is even nicer! I approve of the extra colour, and there’s LOTS of detail. The shafts of light are effective… and overall it’s just very pretty. Well done.

  20. D. C. Sessions [lifer]

    Nice job, Ryan. The shading is much smoother from clear foreground to moderately turgid background, the structure and variety are “busier,” much as real oceanic biomes are, and the colors (if a bit gaudier than is realistic) work very well as wallpaper.

    Props, Dude.

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