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I have a quest to capture Minecraft; its beauty, wonderment and creativity. This 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!


Wed Nov 19, 2014, 10:48 PM
Hai :D
Thu Oct 16, 2014, 6:08 AM
I made a happy little mountain-top house in survival the other day. It's design was one of function and looks. It was designed to make me feel good to be in.
Fri Sep 26, 2014, 8:34 PM
Over 10k pageviews and over 350 watchers. Pretty sweet milestones! Thanks everyone!
Wed Sep 17, 2014, 5:08 PM
Image scheduled for posting at 7pm (19:00) this evening. That's less than an hour from now!
Sat Sep 6, 2014, 4:39 PM
I love how using Chunky lets me design the feeling of an image. I can make it do practially everything I want. It gives me so much creative freedom -- it's a photographer's dream.
Tue Sep 2, 2014, 9:40 PM
Currently working on another image of Lapiz Point. This one is really cool. I've been learning a ton while making it. I've made probably 10 test renders of it so far, to make sure I'm using the right settings. Wish me luck!
Tue Sep 2, 2014, 8:57 PM
Another image being posted in less than an hour. It's another one of Lapiz Point. Yey!
Tue Sep 2, 2014, 5:12 PM
Hey, I'm shouting in the shoutbox XD By the way, can't wait to see those new images
Sun Aug 31, 2014, 7:44 PM
I have a really big back-log of images and I'mn making new ones all the time. I just don't have the time to post them! Haha, it's so messed up. ;)
Sat Aug 30, 2014, 2:32 PM


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

Contact me through 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!
I have a problem. I have several images that show progress of my builds and I want to share them with my watchers, but I don't want to stuff my gallery full of progress images.

I thought earlier that I could use something like Twitter or Instagram. The idea was that I would post the photos on there and then I wouldn't be filling my gallery with progress images. But I realized anything I post off-site of dA won't get nearly as much attention from my watchers than it would on my dA page. So what's the point in even doing that?

My current solution is to post a progress image of what I'm building to my MinecraftPhotography deviantART page, but when I have another update photo or a different angle to post, I won't post that in a new image. What I will do is replace the first image with the updated one. (I can simply update the original. I've done this to several of my images when I find they need better editing or a watermark.) I will write a description of the build and it's current state when I post the first progress image. When I update the image, I will also update the description, but I will keep the original text as well. I will date every edit so people can see how the build has progressed.
When I have finally finished the build, I will make a final image of it (at my standard of quality) and update the file and the description for it. I do not yet know if at that point I would post the image as if I hadn't been updating it at all. (I.e. if I keep all the description text from the past images.)

I'm excited about this whole idea of updating and showing progress images because it will do several good things. It will show more of a build and it's process; it will not fill my gallery with lesser-quality images of unfinished builds; it will give my watchers an experience because they will all be notified when I update the image.

A friend of mine suggested I could submit things to my Scraps gallery, but I realized not very many of my watchers would see those because watching someone's scraps is not a default choice. Perhaps I could do this later if I wanted only my more active watchers to view things.

What do you think about all of this? I am very excited about it and depending on the feedback I get from you all, I may soon start posting progress images!
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: The sounds through my microphone.
  • Reading: A book about motorcycles.
  • Watching: Pixels refresh.
Swoosh . . . here's episode three!

Episode three is the last episode from my first recording session. I have two other recording sessions recorded, and one of them has been edited.


I've been working on a render of a Lapiz Point street for the past . . . 82 and a half hours. It's pretty cool, and it's very nearly done! Just about two more hours left on it!
I was planning to take it to 10k SPP, but I decided that 3.5k looks pretty decent. I'll save some power and just do 3.5k.
I am seriously excited to show off this image. I really love it.


I recently did some server documentation work for someone who contacted me through dA. I took lots of images. Some of them will be posted to MCP, but many of them are references for me to make renders of the same scene once I can access the server's map. Once I get some renders going, I'll be able to throw those images in with Shathur City and Lapiz Point images I have yet to post. It'll be good to post an image of a different world each post, rather than a bunch of the same world.


I have started thinking about doing server features! How I'm thinking that might work would be for someone to, out-of-the-blue, contact me on dA and ask me to check out there server. I may also feature servers I come across or have had experience on. I'll probably have a list of things the server has to meet (things like: is the server playable, does it have good upkeep, are the staff good and just, is it fuuuun?). If the server can pass those things, then I will make a formal journal post about the server giving links to their website (if they have one) and links to whatever else is needed. There'd also be a description of the server that I would write or the server owner or staff member would write.
I would also feature the server in any deviations I would post that would have content from the sever.

I'm pretty excited about this idea, and I hope you are too! It's still in the extremely early stages, but I hope I can make it work . . . stay tuned!


End Update.

  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: My PC fans hum quietly
  • Reading: The Mysterious Benedict Society to my Lady.
  • Watching: The time fly.
  • Playing: Heartstrings.
  • Eating: Coffeecake.
  • Drinking: Life. Whhaaait, what?


Minecraft | Giant Landmass | Bird's-Eye View by MinecraftPhotography
Minecraft | Giant Landmass | Bird's-Eye View
Is it really a bird's-eye view, or is it more like a plane's-eye view?

I've found three structures on this section of map. All are contained in this image. Can you find: two Testificate Villages and one Desert Temple?

I wanted to make an image of a huge landmass once I had gotten my rendering program working properly again. I found this nice hunk of land and proceeded to mess around the way I normally do. It took about 15 to 25 minutes for me to figure out what this image needed. I decided I wanted to show this huge mass of land at a late sunset.
    The sun color is slightly orange and the sun is very low -- casting long shadows. I made the water clear so that the shadows cast by underwater hills would also be visible.
All in all, I think this image turned out well. It took a long time to render, as many of my renders do, because I do not sacrifice quality for speed -- if something is worth my time to start with, it's worth doing it right.

I hope you enjoyed this peculiar look at Minecraft. It's not every day you get to see this much of Minecraft in one image.

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!


Image information,

Image captured while running Minecraft 1.8
Render Software: Chunky
Texture pack: R3D CRAFT 128x
Render SPP: 250
Render Time: Approx. 18hr.
Loaded Chunks: Something between 44k and 60k
Image resolution: 8k (7680 x 4320 [more than 33MP])
This image is freaking hugeantic.
44 Thousand Chunks by MinecraftPhotography
44 Thousand Chunks
This is the huge section of a Minecraft world that I am currently making renders in. I am going to challenge myself to make as many great images as I can from just this one space, albeit a large space.

So far, I have made three images and I am setting up a fourth. I will be trying to make very large images that have a lot of space in each image to take advantage or the huge number of chunks that are loaded.

The first image I made of this world was an 8k (7680x4320) render of the main island. The camera had a bird's eye view and there was a low sunset to cast long shadows. I set "clear water" so that the hills in the water would also cast shadows.

The second image I made was once again of the main island and the resolution was also very high, but it was not a 16:9 (standard widescreen) aspect ratio -- it was 21:9 (ultra widescreen). This image showed the island from the side. I also tried to mimic a scroll with this image (I may do more image like this. I will explain more then.)

I then made a third image, this time showing one of the two Testificate villages on the main landmass. There's a really nice group a birch trees that dominate the foreground and will result in the image's title being: Birch Hill Village, or something to that effect. I used a new feature to a Chunky update that allowed me to have more control over the clouds. I used the feature to set the background mountains in shadow to bring focus back to the village (which is in a patch of light) and the wonderful birch hill.

The fourth image I am working on will be of the other village and will be a very "spacious" image.
About to post a sneak-peak of the world I have been working in.
Soon to come. . . .

Imagine an image . . . showing 50k+ chunks of a Minecraft world. One chunk is 16x16 blocks. We're talking more than 12 million blocks shown in one image. Imagine the kind of resolution you need in order to "see" 12 million blocks. UHD and 4k can't do it, you'd need 5k (14.7mp) to barely have more than one pixel per block. But with the resolution I used, there's almost three pixels per block. There are more than 33 million pixels for about 12 million blocks. It's an 8k render of a huge landmass.
Turns out issues I was having with my rendering software were related to having the wrong directory to Java. I've got that fixed now and I can max out my RAM again on renders. I'm excited to start making images again!

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