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Grand Canyon Panorama by johnwarren Grand Canyon Panorama by johnwarren
Phew - Finally this is finished.. Kind of anyway.

I've been doing this on and off for the last few months. I remember showing ~ psamtik a snow version of this that I was supposed to expand, but I got distracted and slowly worked on the textures that were in my original Arizona River. Shocking stuff... Anyway, I'm not too keen on the sky, but it shows off the textures better than any other atmosphere did - You might get to see a "blue hazed" version of this in my scraps so keep an eye out if you wish :p

The terrain is a 4097x4097 DEM of the Grand Canyon - Forgive the roughness of the dirty texture on the right too. I think it's something to do with the DEM and not the actual textures. 3 frames originally rendered at 2000x2000, stitched together in Photoshop.

This is my first "finished" panoramic render, so any comments or critique on any aspect of the render would be appreciated! :D

A print will be made of this soon too.. Depending on a few things anyway :D
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Given 2005-05-08
Grand Canyon Panorama by =johnwarren is one of the most impressive wonders on this planet. Digitally recreated, with all the great, eyecatching things that make the grand canyon what it is... this piece of art truly shows the strength of terragen and its possibilities. ( Suggested by tigaer and Featured by DanielRabjerg )
le-grand-mean Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
excellent picture - well done!
AugustusColumbano Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student General Artist
the sky... look at the sky... ugh... i wish i'm in that picture so i can stare at the whole scene forever... i love your work sir!
model850 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is so cool when i watch it it's like the whole picture is moving
dbestarchitect Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Looks so real!! ;P I love it!
evilsyndicatemember Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Professional Artist
Very realistic! I love the composition and the details of the piece! Vivid and bright! Keep up the awesome work! :D
mr-sarcastic1984 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
omg one of the best shots i have ever laid my eyes on!! beautiful!!!
MagDarq Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
wow!! :)
jezibabe Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007   Photographer
this is amazing work =D

love it
HiroSasuke Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Very Awesome!! I cam across this Piece a few months Ago, but I had no Idea you had done this :O Incredible :) By the way, where did you get the Grand Canyon DEM Terrain? I have been looking all over for it, and after seeing this...I need to have it o.O
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
Oh, one other thing: your Colorado River is very pretty (and because of the altitude drops and the limitations in Terragen, you'll have to make it much wider than in real life). However, in real life, the Colorado is muddy brown. ;)
PatGoltz Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Professional General Artist
The realism in this is totally awesome! You even got the vertical cliff structure that has been eluding me, and I think I see how you did it! :D

The color of the canyon is just a bit too yellow. It should be redder. The cliffs are actually light in color but may be tinged reddish, and the slopes are tinged red. Depending on the time of year, you may see some light green grass on the flatter surfaces. What I haven't been able to do yet is simulate the small bushes that dot the flatter surfaces. The haze tends to make the scene look slightly bluish, except when the sun is low in the sky, which tinges everything redder.

You can see examples of the actual appearance of the Grand Canyon on my web site: [link]

There are three galleries of Grand Canyon pictures.

I am selling reference photos in my store on Renderosity. My username there is the same as here.
Verbals-Doll Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005   Photographer
I totaly love this picture!! I think that the sky and all it's color's makes the rest of all the hills and waves look so bright! :+favlove:
Great Shot--- Guess what?? :idea:
I'm on my way there in February I have wanted to see this forever!
Thanx for this wonderful view! Keep up the great work! :blowkiss:
Take care and Happy New Year!!
Krista :butterflytwo:
paul-stock Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2005   Photographer
The greatest pic I've ever seen. O.O
inkydigit Featured By Owner May 19, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
superb work....well worth the wait!!:)
DragonFire12 Featured By Owner May 16, 2005
ooo i like this alot. but the light source is obviously coming from the far left, but the sky on the horizon on the far right is pink as if the sun is setting or something... huh... whatever. awesome nonetheless.
ErDraugWen Featured By Owner May 11, 2005
My computer usually is online 24 hours/day and I have keep this site opened just 2 make a nice comment, fav this work and give you some devwatch, but... now after 2 days of cleaning my message center from all updates that my friends did I am so tired... I have responded 4 all those 130 messeges that I've had and even more 'cause that photographers were still updating! Awww... O.o
So don't be angry if I will just give you a devwatch and fav this piece - I think that you have heard enought from other ppl so...
:+fav: :+devwatch: :+fav:
kiffy Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Me, advance critique? PFFT :D

Yay honey well done on the DD even though youre not as happy with the piece as you would like! Would look awesome in print :nod:
feelingblue Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Awesome panoramic view. I like the sky and atmosphere with it's light rays. Very well done. Congrats on the DD :party:
synthcore Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
Awesome, very good, mate. :)
Draugo Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Hobbyist
Wonderful work. truly makes you feel like being there.
sumopiggy Featured By Owner May 9, 2005   Digital Artist
Brilliant!! :D
PatGoltz Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Professional General Artist
This is excellent. I am especially amazed at how you got a river the length of the canyon. Given the DEM, that's not easy! Since you asked for advanced critique, I will offer some suggestions. I have visited the Grand Canyon several times. You can see a few of my pictures of it here: [link] [link] [link] The Grand Canyon is predominantly light colored rock to red, rather than a dark brown. Haze also lends a blue cast to it quite often. The river is actually much narrower. Strata on the vertical cliffs don't actually appear prominent; in fact, the main feature is the vertical nature of the breakup of the cliff surface. This is hard to do with Terragen, but it is possible that an overlay would do the job, but it would have to be carefully chosen. The flatter surfaces are dotted with grey-green plants (which is almost impossible in Terragen) and the ground underneath is sand-colored. In a wet season, it would be a light green. The clouds are reasonable, and do allow light rays which will help the drama of light and shadow on the surface. You would do better with 2D clouds, and make them only 2 or 3 high. You can make them large enough (and you can thicken them to make rays). It may have to be a compromise between the 2D clouds and the ability to cast rays but still have the picture light enough to be visible (though you can lighten the shadows to compensate).

Here is my best rendition of the Canyon to date: [link]

Good luck, and feel free to ask questions.

Congratulations on the DD! It's about time some of us Terragen artists got noticed!
cloud-chaser Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
fantastic... I'm lost for words...just Wow:-)
darkone0432 Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
well, I can say I've been lucky enough to have seen the canyons in real life, that doesn't come close to mimicing thier real beauty, not that a computer could, but that is still an amazing piece of work very deserving of what it got. The sky is amazing w/o everyting else! Two personal prefernces hit at once, beautiful landscapes and an amazing sky to boot. great work:D
garcia Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Sweet pano=)
pfeffer4prez Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Jesus chrisis how did you work at this for so long? Well i dont have anything to add but its so awesome. GRAND CANYON RULES
caffinefreek Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I live in Arizona, and I thought this was a picture then realized it wasn't a few seconds later XD awesome :heart:
silentruth Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
i'm too in awe by the terrain to complain about the water and sky.
deuxditz Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Student
As a photograph, that would have been amazing. As a digital rendering? Astonding.
Jaychou Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
A very impressive terrain. :)
sumdude4 Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Huh.. I thought terragen was random stuff. didn't know it can custom create. nice pan. :)
TheTrueSam Featured By Owner May 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
*sigh* :XD:
jrsaldana Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
congratulation...excellent job my friend:)
GlisNGarum Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
wow, the details are just AWESOME!
britt-bratt Featured By Owner May 8, 2005   Photographer
I didn't even look at the category... I literally thought this was a photograph until I started studying the clouds which look like a lovely painted picture I might add. Wow this is amazing!
ProjectSpam Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
omg. "grand" is the only word which can describe this. to not :+fav: this would be insane
kramjes Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
wow this is amazing!!!
Timmy-one Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Oh my! Wow, thats amazing. Its very detailed and beautiful. + fav for sure
alyn Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
It's not bad dude (that said, it tops a lot of the terragen that's round dA) - but you've done a lot better IMO. The main fault as a few have said is the sky, the clouds really aren't superb, although I can see how they're somewhat necessary to achieve the atmospheric effects. The surface map is well done, but I think the water ruins the feel of scale - it looks like brook from fairly close up, and diminishes the regal dominance the canyon would normally have.

Depth is nicely simulated, as is atmosphere, but I've lost the sense of scale with this one, and the cloudscape is the thing that I'm having true gripes with. Otherwise, it's good.
bunnirific Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Wow. This doesn't even look real! It's like a painting or something. Very cool.
IamVolchek Featured By Owner May 8, 2005  Professional Photographer
You're BUTS!
florafawna Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
HOLY FUCKING SHIT!! THATS TERRAGEN???!!!! :jawdrop: :faint: that's just plain inspiring...*runs to make something in terragen*
talentedmrsocks Featured By Owner May 8, 2005   Photographer
simply amazing.
kthnx Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
very good overall, looks very realistic, but the sky is a little too hot in the top left corner, burnt out and has no detail. maybe go back in and fix this if possible?

Strider57 Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
Damn, man! That's awesome!

It really is great to see a terragen render as a DD! :D
Zeichnete Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
So, question. Where do you get the surface maps of real terrain? None of my terrains ever have that ultra realistic look.
Jack-In-Irons Featured By Owner May 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
Wow looked as a shot to me at first.
KumiUtada Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
*_* Gorgeous
mollygrue Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
I thought this was a photograph. It's so shocking to see that it isn't. My goodness, the detail put into this is amazing. It's a shame that I'm so unfamiliar with the program(s) you used to render this, because I'd like to offer you a more useful critique.

As such, I'm only going to be able to talk about concept. I think that what I like the most about it is the discovery that there's more to this than a "simple" landscape. Canyons such as these tend to point to a deep history. The carving of the land through millenia and all that. It would be interesting if you could explore this theme a bit more even in your technical approach. What would happen if there was a dialogue between the subject matter of an ancient canyon and the method you used to create the piece. You could leave certain areas unfinished in your rendering. Allow it to look like it was made with a computer program. Pixels aren't always a bad thing either, in my opinion.

I completely understand this striving for perfection, but I'd like to see an image that isn't so perfect too ^___^.

Anyway, I'm faving this (with everyone else, eh?). I shall have to look at your gallery whenever I have another spare moment.
esjessi Featured By Owner May 8, 2005   Photographer
GORGEOUS detail!
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