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I have a quest to capture Minecraft; its beauty, wonderment and creativity. These are but a few, of my many to come shots of the world we call Minecraft.

I hope you will enjoy my quest to capture -- it will be quite an adventure!

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Declan
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Hello, my name is Declan, or RIVANE in Minecraft.


Contact me through photographerofminecraft@gmail.com if you feel using a deviantART note or comment is not an option for you (or if you'd rather not have to make a deviantART account just to contact me.).


I am an amateur photographer who is applying his photography and photo editing skills to capture Minecraft. I enjoy finding various builds and getting to know their creator(s) if I can. If you have anything in Minecraft that you'd like me to document, contact me and let me know -- I might just have some free time!


In case you're wondering what I do, I'll explain. I have this urge to capture whatever is awesome or beautiful in Minecraft. Whether that means it's something someone built or a beautiful natural scene, doesn't matter, so long as it's exceptional in some way, I'll capture and share it.

You may come to realize that I document a lot of Minecraft builds, most of which I have had no part in building. One role I like to play is the 'documentary photographer'. I feel a need to document things in Minecraft because, sadly, they do not always last. Sometimes servers shutdown, or things get destroyed. I don't want people's work to be completely lost, so I do what I can to preserve their efforts. There's also just a lot of amazing stuff out there that I just have to share.

I aim to capture a build and then present it in an artistic (Usually photographic) way, while still retaining high-detail of the build. I am constantly evolving and adapting my techniques to improve the end result. Whenever possible, I credit the builder and the server on which the build was created. I also don't hold back, all my images are downloadable and modifiable, if you see a use for them, you're welcome to them! Just please be sure to credited me, (MinecraftPhotography) the builder(s) and the server -- we all put in a lot of effort for you to have the image!

As I stated before, if you have anything you'd like me to document, contact me. If it's really good, I'll probably share it on my page. It would be a pleasure to talk with you!


Achievements,

:bulletblue:Images published in a book about crafts inspired from Minecraft
:bulletyellow:Images used for paintings in an MC mod
:bulletgreen:Image used for a website's background
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Biomes of Discovery | Giant Minecraft Render by MinecraftPhotography
Biomes of Discovery | Giant Minecraft Render

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Making images like these are what really get me excited. I'm motivated to make images showing people what they normally can't see. In this case, what people can't normally see is this much of Minecraft all at once.

This is approximately 110k chunks, which is over 28.1 million blocks. You're able to see all of those blocks thanks to the 30mp or so image.

Go ahead, zoom in, take a look around -- there's a lot to discover!


Contained in the above image is this one,
Minecraft | Giant Landmass | Bird's-Eye View by MinecraftPhotography
Look in the top left
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My work is downloadable! I do not wish to keep Minecraft to myself; I want to share it as much as I can.

However, should you make any of, or anything from any of my images public, you must credit my work and the work of the builders (if there were any) by linking to the image's page or my deviantART page from wherever you make our work public.
Thank you!

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Image information,

Render Software: Chunky
Texture Pack: OVO's
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World View | Explorable Image by MinecraftPhotography
World View | Explorable Image
I made this render quite a long time ago. It was an experiment to see what kind of resolutions I could work with.

This is the one world I used for a long time to make some of my earliest renders. I will list the other renders I made below,

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Minecraft | Plains Village (High Res. Wallpaper) by MinecraftPhotographyMinecraft -- Plains Village (UHD Wallpaper) by MinecraftPhotography

Acacia Tree by MinecraftPhotographyDesert Rivers by MinecraftPhotographyDesert Temple -- One Block to Treasure by MinecraftPhotography

Testificate Village Wallpaper by MinecraftPhotography <da:thumb id="445423129">
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My work is downloadable! I do not wish to keep Minecraft to myself; I want to share it as much as I can.

However, should you make any of, or anything from any of my images public, you must credit my work and the work of the builders (if there were any) by linking to the image's page or my deviantART page from wherever you make our work public.
Thank you!

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Image information,

Render Software: Chunky
Texture Pack: Faithful 64x64
Samples Per Pixel: 1,300
16k Image.
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Minecraft | Village Scene by MinecraftPhotography
Minecraft | Village Scene
I really love the feeling this scene gave me when I saw it for the first time the morning after it had finished rendering. It was a similar feeling to the feeling I get from Thomas Heart Benton's paintings, which makes me very happy because I love his work.

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My work is downloadable! I do not wish to keep Minecraft to myself; I want to share it as much as I can.

However, should you make any of, or anything from any of my images public, you must credit my work and the work of the builders (if there were any) by linking to the image's page or my deviantART page from wherever you make our work public.
Thank you!

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Image information,

Render Software: Chunky
Texture Pack: OVO's
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Palace of the Soviets | Built By Lemmy-Koopaling by MinecraftPhotography
Palace of the Soviets | Built By Lemmy-Koopaling
This awesome library was found in Lemmy's build.


It took Phillipzu  months (more than three, I believe) to get this build to where it appears in this image. He's done a stellar job, and I applaud him for it. Clap Good work Lemmy!
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I contacted MinecraftArchitect90 to see if he could write me a historical summery of this build. Read below for the history of this build,

Intended to be the tallest building in the world, & the greatest monument to Soviet Communism, the Palace of The Soviets was a planned skyscraper that would dwarf all other buildings around it, serving as the administrative heart of the Soviet Union. Should it have been built, it would have been almost 25% taller than the Empire State Building in New York but with a more audacious design.

In 1931, Soviet Premier Iosef Stalin announced a competition for a new congress hall that would serve as a new center of government & as a victory monument to the USSR's socialist ideals. Out of 160 potential candidates to the prestigious undertaking, a design by Russian-born architect Boris Iofan was chosen. This was to be a six-terraced, neo-classical inspired tower with an 80-foot statue of Vladimir Lenin with his right hand outstretched as the crowning centerpiece. Adorning the structure were many decorative statues of various communist figures. of It would have consisted of a massive reception hall leading to a main auditory hall, restaurants, & possibly a new mausoleum for the body of Vladimir Lenin to rest in.

Before construction commenced, on the site where the new tower would stand, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, standing since 1817, was completely demolished & the site was cleared in 1935. However construction of the new tower did not commence until 1939. With the new foundations set, workers began laying the steel frames that would provide support to the structure.

The tower's fate would be sealed two years later when Germany launched Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the invasion of the Soviet Union, intent on conquest. This event caught the Soviets off-guard & within four months were pushed back to the outskirts of Moscow. The steel frames used to support the lower levels of the palace were reused as barriers & fortifications, & construction stopped. Eventually, the USSR would triumph in their struggle, but work on the palace never resumed. The foundations dug for the tower eventually found use as an open-air swimming pool, which became the largest of it's kind in the world.

The Palace of The Soviets' legacy is undeniable: a great trophy to a political ideology only to suffer a cruel twist of fate. It's interest extended far beyond the Soviet Union even in the 1930's & continues to fascinate us to this day.
 

This building has an interesting history. Thank you MinecraftArchitect90 for your help!
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MinecraftArchitect90 rebuilds real buildings in Minecraft. If you want to see a reconstruction of The Taj Mahal, the Library of Alexandria, or the Oslo Opera House, click on those links or go directly to MinecraftArchitect90's gallery.


I hope you all have enjoyed this image. Be sure to check back for more images of this build! (On their way!)

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My work is downloadable! I do not wish to keep Minecraft to myself; I want to share it as much as I can.

However, should you make any of, or anything from any of my images public, you must credit my work and the work of the builders (if there were any) by linking to the image's page or my deviantART page from wherever you make our work public.
Thank you!

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Image information,

Image captured while running Minecraft 1.8
Render Software: Chunky 1.3.3
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Credits,

Builder credit: Phillipzu 
Historical Info Credit: MinecraftArchitect90 
Image Creator: Declan Bachwirtz (Minecraft Photography)
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I got a confusing e-mail today.

It looks like someone tried to buy a print of one of my most cherished images, but they weren't able to because of dA's fanart prints rules. DeviantART can't print fanart images because of trademarks and copyrights on the content. I had never thought of it that way because I come from a photography background where if you take an image, you own that image. Thought that probably doesn't mean I could just sell a print of a photograph of someone else's work, (for example: if I took a picture of someone's painting, I couldn't sell that picture because it shows someone else's work that belongs to them), it's still came as a surprise.

It's not like I could ever make any tangible money through deviantART (I don't believe you can exchange points for cash-monies), but I did have a dream of making points by selling prints and then using those points to buy my own prints to cover my wall in the images I worked so hard to create. Dreams don't always work out, and that's fine, I'm not too annoyed.

I think my remaining option is to continue to develop my fan-base on dA to leverage it elsewhere, such as on YouTube. I started MinecraftPhotography because it was a different way to do photography, where I could actually get noticed for my efforts (regular photography is an incredibly over-saturated market). But to my surprise MPDB developed into something I had never anticipated and something beautiful. I love making this content, and I love exercising my talents for creating it.

So here we go, continuing on the same path, albeit without one of my dreams. I have dreams for days, though, so it's chill.
I got a confusing e-mail today.

It looks like someone tried to buy a print of one of my most cherished images, but they weren't able to because of dA's fanart prints rules. DeviantART can't print fanart images because of trademarks and copyrights on the content. I had never thought of it that way because I come from a photography background where if you take an image, you own that image. Thought that probably doesn't mean I could just sell a print of a photograph of someone else's work, (for example: if I took a picture of someone's painting, I couldn't sell that picture because it shows someone else's work that belongs to them), it's still came as a surprise.

It's not like I could ever make any tangible money through deviantART (I don't believe you can exchange points for cash-monies), but I did have a dream of making points by selling prints and then using those points to buy my own prints to cover my wall in the images I worked so hard to create. Dreams don't always work out, and that's fine, I'm not too annoyed.

I think my remaining option is to continue to develop my fan-base on dA to leverage it elsewhere, such as on YouTube. I started MinecraftPhotography because it was a different way to do photography, where I could actually get noticed for my efforts (regular photography is an incredibly over-saturated market). But to my surprise MPDB developed into something I had never anticipated and something beautiful. I love making this content, and I love exercising my talents for creating it.

So here we go, continuing on the same path, albeit without one of my dreams. I have dreams for days, though, so it's chill.
  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: Florance and the Machine
  • Playing: Good ol' Minecraft
  • Drinking: Water!
Hello Minecrafterers,


Declan here.

I've been playing on a towny server, as you may have seen form my recent journal. The server is about to have a war, and I have decided that after the war (war is this Sat. 1/31) I will be inviting anyone from deviant who is interested, to join my town. I hope I can get to interact with some of my long-term watchers and get to know them better, I think that'd be super awesome sauce, but you know, I'd be happy to talk with anyone. :D

I did a little poll a while ago to try to get an idea of the interest out there. 25 people wanted to play Minecraft with me, and 15 people were a maybe. THAT'S A LOT. :D

Anyway, I can't possibly keep track of that many people at once, so I've decided to streamline things a little.

Joining Instructions
If you are interested in playing towny with me, comment on this journal that you are interested. After this weekend I will sends notes to all of the interested people that will give some basic information about my town and how you can join. I will want to know your MC name, or have you know mine so that we can recognize each other on the server.

What is towny? I don't have time to explain it in my own words, so here is a link: Towny Wiki

I hope to get to play with all of you. My town will be focusing on creating awesome buildings and spaces. My town is already the largest on the server, but it needs a lot more work before I am satisfied.

See you around!


Take care,


Declan (RIVANE in Minecraft)

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:iconphillipzu:
Phillipzu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hey, Declan?
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Phillip?
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've started a lil' project on a server...
I don't know if it's something you'd like to document.

It's an underwater city built in survival.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You really do like those underwater creations, don't you? Keep me posted on it, and I might like to come see it, sometime! Good luck!
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hi Declan, it's been a while. How's life treating you lately?
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
It has!
Life's been alright, just very busy. I started working full-time this summer to save up for a motorcycle and I also met a wonderful lady around the same time.
Now I've quit my job and am looking for something a lot lower-stress. Just something to get by while I explore how I want to move forward.

How about you? How've you been and what've you been up to?
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ah, I had an idea you might have been busy, good to be so in my opinion. Nothing worse than daily boredom.
You were working full-time? Yeah that's always going to be a time-eater. At least it pays at the end of the day.
You've met a lady? That's wonderful! I'm still in Dreamland when it comes to finding love myself to be honest... ^^;

I've been doing well these past few months: I've graduated from college & now looking for a job (not easy in Ireland where unemployment is still 9%) And I've been building in Minecraft of course, some great ones too! I'm going to put up a journal soon about the year in review & I'll outline what I have in store for 2016!
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your dreamland will become your reality in every possible way you didn't expect, and you'll be a happy being. Don't you worry.

Nice! I've considered going to college, but practicality stands in my way.

What kind of work are you looking? Perhaps I could give you some suggestions.

I look forward to your year-in-reviews!
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RainbowHee Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Where is he?
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Right behind you.
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