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I recently came across an article about how sunsets on
Mars have a blue tinge
and was inspired to try it myself.
Anyone have a model of the Curiosity Rover they would care to

V.2 I’ve brightened the second Martian moon a bit and added a tiny Earth/Moon above the Sun.

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46 reviews for Tharsis

  1. Lester D [lifer]

    Elevado is one of my favorites. But I’m starting to really appreciate this one.

  2. Anthony

    I dont know why, but this picture is so visually captivating, it must be something about the blue rays of light. Really nice!

  3. Donna

    So quiet and soft. I’d like to walk through it. Thanks!

  4. Ryan

    Thanks for the kind words! I think you will like my next project…

  5. Joe

    I love this image. Sprawling, alien, and beautiful. The subtlety of it is what will make it a fixture of my desktop. Good time to retire ‘Sierra’ anyway since autumn has arrived and it suddenly feels out of place.

  6. Colin

    Very nice.

    For comparison, here’s an actual sunset from actual Mars:

  7. Chris B

    Awesome job on the changes! Oh to be a martian.

  8. Scott

    Very cool picture – makes me think of all the cool pics yet to come in real life, and I’m waiting for the sunset to mirror yours.

    Missing iPad HD resolution?

  9. Kelton

    Dual screen looks great sir! I just need enough screens around me for you to make a 360 degree version!

  10. doc

    Simple & elegant and when I first looked at it, I just got the feeling of “being there”. Really good, really cool.

  11. Ryan

    I’ve added a new version of the single-screen render this morning along with uploading the multiscreen today. The changes in the new version are mostly in the sky. I’ve brightened the second Martian moon a bit more and I’ve added a pale blue dot (with a paler/smaller white one) near the sun.The first version will stay available in the Pickle Jar. Let me know what you think of the changes and the multiscreen!

  12. Troy Lee A

    Regardless of rather some people say there isn’t enough going on in this piece.. most of the time I prefer a more simple wallpaper because it’s supposed to be for a background, not as a foreground. I like the serene feeling of this one, maybe not as appealing as a print though. Great job overall Ryan.

  13. Mangoman

    Immediately after looking at it, I became relaxed. That’s what this entire image exudes: calm. The beauty of the overall purple hue is in its wondrous quiescence you feel just seconds after gazing into the beautiful mist, the wispiness of the very few stringy clouds there are; it just sings to us to relax, lie back, and chill. A beautiful job, Ryan. Thank you very much. Once again, I’m so thankful for having purchased a lifetime membership. You’re the best!

  14. Chris B

    Love the simplicity of it though it doesn’t seem simple to create I’m sure. The colors are awesome and I like the haze along the ground. I’m fine with the rocks, I like the texture :).

    Unfortunately there is only one Moon visible on the 1080 version. You can see the other crescent moon to the Right & further up of the aura of the sun. It’s very faint but you can see it on the 2560 version. It won’t drastically improve the image, but maybe slightly brighten and bring the moon down more into view. Not worth doing a render just for that, but if you are rendering a new one anyway… 😉

  15. Robert_R

    In one word: Great.

    Ryan the master of light, glow and lighting. 🙂

  16. Hunter

    Another excellent piece Ryan, though in my opinion it doesn’t quite reach the same standards as your 3 previous wallpapers.

    It’s amazing how you can fit so much detail in to such a dry, featureless planet.

  17. Ryan

    Maybe turn the brightness up on your monitor?

  18. John N.

    Sorry, but this is very lacking in details. It looks like a bunch of different colored silhouette’s put together. Frankly, I coulda done this good myself in my art class in junior high. Now, it has the start of a good beginning if the details were filled in. As of now, it is incomplete.

  19. Scott

    this so reminds me of a backpacking trip into the Cascade Range in British Columbia in 1977..some great memories….you really hit it this time!!

  20. DC

    Bro, this is the reason I proudly look at my lifetime membership as one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Cheers!

  21. Chris

    I love it Ryan! This one looks really nice and I always love how your artwork is taking newer and more creative directions. The only constructive criticism I have is maybe to eliminate the clouds over the sun; I’m not sure if there is enough moisture on Mars to make clouds.

  22. Hawk

    Nice! For me, the clouds are a bit distracting. Love the color shading. Keep up the good work.

  23. Mike

    I like the subdued effect of this one. There’s a lot of color, but it cooperates in a very understated way and strikes a perfect vibe.

  24. Patrick

    I like this image. It looks like something Nicholas Roerich would have painted.

  25. Kelton

    great looking work. Dual screen mode coming?

  26. Kasper

    Sorry. It is just a bit to boring. There is to little going on in this picture. It is to hazed, so you can’t really see a lot of details.

  27. Jared

    Def awesome. Nice frosty evening on Mars. 🙂

    @Yvan: Mars has an atmosphere composed of 95% CO2

    Not quite a 10 though, I think there are too many rocks for Mars. Most of what I have seen has a lot more sand/dust/rust powder than rocks. Also, you mention Deimos and Phobos, but I only see one moon in the image… was that intentional?

  28. Yvan

    A nice alien place. But not Mars.

    Mars has no atmosphere, so there is no haze possible.

  29. NikB

    Fantastic – a very original piece here! My only reason for not giving it 10 is that I’d like to see just a little less haze and more detail in the foreground….

  30. Zach

    This is really a spectacular vantage point, and I think I like your rendition of it more than the actual video. 🙂 Maybe it’s just my monitors, but it does seem a bit bright. I have to agree about the wisps of fog, though; really great!



  31. celmendo

    ’nuff said

  32. JK

    See title!

  33. Eel River

    I’m selfish. I want to see more of the Martian surface and in much greater detail.

  34. Ryan

    Thanks for the heads up. I think something went wrong when I was uploading the files. They should all be there now but let me know if you see any missing.

  35. Carmen

    ?I don’t know why people can’t see the resolutions..they’re working on mine

  36. Daniel

    Great job. Alien landscapes are always inspiring.

    But why aren’t the 1366×768, 960×854 and 1024×600 resolutions available anymore? Is this a permanent move?

  37. Jim

    Mars? Who cares! I just like it, GREAT job Ryan.

  38. Mo Moses

    Will this be available in 1366 x 768 (16:9) ?

  39. cmmnoble

    Mars! Sunset! This is super cool! I second Ben’s comment about the wisps of fog, that’s a very nice touch. I also like how the sun is just barely above the horizon.

  40. Joe

    And my lifetime membership pays for itself again. 😉 Great job.

  41. Ben

    Great Work Ryan. It is truly a captivating piece. I especially like the contrast between the blue corona around the sun and the hints of red on the edges. The ground fog wisps are also a nice touch.

  42. Ryan

    I recently came across an article about how sunsets on Mars have a blue tinge and was inspired to try it myself.Anyone have a model of the Curiosity Rover they would care to share…

  43. Nico

    Cool, Yea I can see when I pop up the res – also could see the second moon (Deimos?) about the 1 o’clock positioning which I could not see earlier. Thanks!

  44. Ryan

    I actually used photos of Phobos and Deimos of moons here. They are slightly irregular but you may need the very hi-res version to see it.

  45. Alan

    Would you please add 1600×1200?

  46. Nico

    Just a thought the moon(s) on mars are not cylindrical would it turn out as it did in this rendering? Is there anyway to make the shape irregular?

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