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I adore this image.


I absolutely love the feeling this image gives -- it's one of peace, contentment and joy, for me (what about you?). I love the bokeh in the foreground and how there's still so much going on there, but it's out of focus. I love the bright birch tree on the right side and how it helps frame the composition. I love how the edge of the forest seems to fall away from right to left; leading your eyes to land squarely on the village. I love the mountain shadows on the left of the image that also help frame the composition. The mountains in the background suddenly pop up after a river and they make the image feel rooted. Did you notice the lava in the top left of the image? (Do you like my composition-talk? Let me know if I should continue it in my future images!)

I have had this image in reserve for a long time. I woke early this morning and felt alive (not always how I feel just as I wake). Life is making me very happy right now. Those things spurred me to share this image.



This image is a sister image to one of my all-time favorite captures, 

Minecraft -- Plains Village (UHD Wallpaper)


Minecraft -- Plains Village (UHD Wallpaper) by MinecraftPhotography
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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 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 1.7.5
Render Software: Chunky
Texture pack: Faithful 64x64
Render SPP: 1,000
Render Time: Over Night.



Hello! ;3
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Critique by QueenCelina33 QueenCelina33/critique/1006047205">Aug 19, 2014, 2:27:02 PM
Wow... this really made my day after coming back from a bad day at school. The flowers and the forest in the foreground really give it that feeling of peace and being in such a beautiful place and I love how it seems to make a path to the village. The lava on the mountains was a really nice touch and it amazes me how everything around the village somehow seems to just get your focus onto it. I love the bright birch that frames the piece and the lighting looks great. The description helped me notice all the little touches you added and I would love to see more of it. :D
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Critique by samuteta samuteta/critique/1304321164">Oct 26, 2015, 4:39:39 PM
Amazing work , i love the way how this image just make you feel the freedom of the world , i mean...the village can be well seen, and the rest of the picture is just untouched. I love the way that you turn a game with the graphics that are not that good , and turn it in something beautiful in one picture , where we can see more beauty than in the real life...thanks for bringing us , this art , keep doing it. (I do prefer when you try to give us pictures of the environment, instead of the buildings and things that are not made naturally.
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MarcoCrafted Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Student Artist
OMG OOOOOOOOO
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
YAAAAAAAAAAAAZ
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2015   Filmographer
Such an beautiful scenery you've created! How long did it take you to make this?
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably around 8 hours. I remember something going and the render not finishing. I had to use a saved image the program made along the way.
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015   Filmographer
Well, it was worth it to make the scene wasn't it?
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep!
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015   Filmographer
:)
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andyisyoda Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
amazing work! can i use this for minecraft youtube thumbnails please?
credit given of course
i have 50k subs
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes you can, just follow this guideline: 'should you make any of, or anything from any of my images public, you must credit my work and the work of the builders by linking to the image's page or my deviantART page from wherever you make our work public. Thank you!' and please link me a video where you use this image as a thumbnail, or your channel. Thanks!
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DeepTootDiamonds Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student General Artist
:) It's beautiful.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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DeepTootDiamonds Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student General Artist
:)
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TheLemonAlchemist Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I used this amazing picture as the cover for my original minecraft story, and linked back in the info ^_^
thelemonalchemist.deviantart.c…
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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TheLemonAlchemist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem ^_^
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Aquatastic1234 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
It looks like a bunch of Lego's put together ... I LOVE it!! :motivate: :creepers: :dummy with a sword: Swords of Minecraft Icon :endermote: or :enderman: 
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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MineMausCraft Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
I love it.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay!
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Sepilio Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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SupahPOW31 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Excellent work!

I do have a suggestion though. From the looks of this render, I'm guessing Chunky uses a raytracing render engine. I can tell because of all the "fireflies" or pixels that are pysically correct, but are drastically too bright for their placement. (zoom in all the way on the village to get a good look at them all.) I would suggest that rather than rendering such a large image, that you render it smaller but give it more samples to work with to prevent fireflies.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Chunky does indeed use ray-tracing!

I knew about these "fireflies" (I love that term!) all along. The fireflies are actually from having emitters turned on. I believe I accidentally left the emitters on to a setting that would let them cast light (this image was made back when I didn't know the settings I later figured out to avoid this problem).

I had also been planning to render this image to a much higher SPP, but either Chunky crashed or my house lost power overnight, because I came back the next morning and the program was down (I don't remember if my PC was off. If it was, then that would point to power loss.)
Luckily, I had Chunky set to save a copy of the image when it saved the dump file ever 500SPP. That gave me this image, but unfortunately it was a lower SPP than I wanted and it didn't have gamma correction on because I turn that off until the last SPP (it accelerates render speed). I also hadn't figured things out about the ray-depth yet . . . so I was left with a rather uncolorful, bespectacled, low SPP, giant of an image that I had to do a lot of post-processing to bring to life. 

Luckily, what with this image's giant size, when you look at it in full-view, you can't see the fireflies. At least with a 1080p monitor, I don't know if you could see them in full view if you had a higher resolution monitor.


It's really nice to get a comment from someone who know a bit about the rendering process! It's been fun to talk about it! Thanks!
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SupahPOW31 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Can I just say that I'm impressed xD

You are literally the first person who has ever had any clue what I was talking about. I lose most people after I say ray tracing. (That's why I briefly explained fireflies. I wasn't expecting you to know what they were xD)

But, that makes sense if it crashed or lost power. Not a fun feeling. I've had windows decide to do automatic updates more than once and close Blender or Cinema 4D while it was rendering.

And you were correct, I wasn't able to see the fireflies until I zoomed in twice. I have a 1080p monitor aswell. I swear I would buy a 1440p monitor if they didn't cost as much as a new graphics card.

Agreed. It's extremely strange to me how many people on here can use a professional program like Cinema 4D/Blender/Maya etc. and have no clue about how they actually work. I find that having an understanding of how your program of choice actually works actually helps you to create better, more realistic photos.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never actually heard the term "fireflies" before, but they totally make sense, and I love the name.

You know, it could have been Windows update that closed the program. I haven't seen an update for a while, so it's probably happened when I wasn't looking. I really hate that feature.

What size is your monitor? Mine's 27", but that makes the pixel density pretty low. I'd much, much rather have a higher pixel density at this size. I'd love a 1440p, 1600p, or 2160p monitor, but yes, they are all very expensive.
When you say costs as much as a new graphics card, you've got to be talking about a pretty nice GPU. Probably somewhat close to flagship cards. Personally, once I have the graphics horsepower to run a higher resolution monitor, I'm going to get one. The monitor is a very useful peripheral, I mean, you look at is constantly. You can't use a computer without it. It's one of those things that I see investment can have great rewards, like a good mattress, for instance.

Oh, certainly! It's like the difference between a beginner photographer and a novice. Hand them both the latest in camera hardware and guess who's going to take the better shots.
I've only ever use Chunky and I've never investigate the other rendering programs out there. Personally I'm very happy with Chunky because it's open-source and it let's be get just about all I want done, done. If I start running into limits tht aren't hardware-bound, I may look to other software.
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SupahPOW31 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Fireflies is actually the correct name for them xD

I have Windows 7, and I have mine setup now so that I will download updates but ask me if I want to install them. Fixes that problem entirely.

My monitor is a 24" 1080p monitor. And sitting beside it as my secondary monitor is an ancient 1680x1050 monitor my grandpa had. This is the link to the model of my main monitor:
www.newegg.com/Product/Product… Its really more gaming centered than for good color reproduction, but it works for now, and its just about all that my current graphics card can handle in games.

And yes, when I say new graphics card I do mean the flagship cards. I currently have an AMD HD 7950 that I got last year, and it can run most games and do just about everything that I need, but it needs an upgrade if I plan to get a 1440p monitor eventually. I'm kind of looking at the new Nvidia GTX 970 that just got released, but it would help if it was actually in stock somewhere. I'm also waiting for the next generation of AMD graphics cards since the AMD ones generally are very comparable in performance with a lower price tag. And once I secure a new graphics card, I'll start saving up for a new monitor. I'd prefer to have better performace from a new gpu to hold me over until I get a new monitor, rather than having much lower performance from a new monitor until I can cough up the money for a new graphics card. xD

What graphics card are you running?

Agreed. I would recommend that you check out Blender though. Its also Open Source and could potentially do better than chunky in some cases since its not limited to just minecraft. Not to mention that with blender you can render on your graphics card to speed up rendering by 5-10 times.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice, I can't remember if I've set mine that way of not. I know one thing I've done is set it so my computer never goes to sleep, all it'll do is turn off the monitor. That's about all the power savings I get, haha. I'm certainly not helping save power with my CPU, or GPU for that matter. . . .

24" at 1080p looks pretty sharp, I've read. It probably looks like a 1440p 27" monitor. I wish I could run my secondary monitor, (I've got an old one too) but this new GPU I got doesn't support the older technologies, which is pretty frustrating.
My monitor has a decent sRGB profile, and I've turned off all the crap AMD had turned off in their software. I'm getting pretty decent color reproduction, but I only have an 8bit panel. I really want a 10bit panel.

I used a GeForce GTX 650ti SC for a long time. I had it overclocked and it could do most of what I wanted. I did upgrade to an AMD r9 290x a few weeks ago, though. I'm hoping the 290x might let me game at 1440p, but I've been able to max the card out pretty easily at 1080p, which is really disappointing.

The 970 is a great card. I'd definitely recommend it. The 970 comes with 4Gb of VRAM, which is going to help you a lot with those higher resolutions. There's also some interesting technology that they're releasing that has to do with rendering, I believe. That could be useful to you.

I'm waiting on AMD's new cards too, but since I haven't been very impressed with my 290x, I'm not very excited. I'm going to get an Nvidia card next, for sure.

I'll have to check out Blender sometime, then!
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SupahPOW31 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
1080p at 24" is very sharp for what it is. I cannot see pixels like I have seen people complain about, and it looks quite nice. For your old monitor, your r9 290x should have a display port connector, aka the universal port! You can get a displayport to vga or dvi adapter very cheaply online. (I'm assuming that since your monitor is older that it uses a vga cable.) Here is a link to such an adapter:
www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-P…
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Disregard that last link I put for a displayport to vga adapter. I forgot that the r9 series can no longer output an analog signal. This adapter below will work since its an active adapter. (Active adapters convert the pure digital displayport signal to analog VGA by themselves. Its mainly a workaround the fact that newer graphics cards cannot output analogue.) Passive adapters like the one I sent you do no conversion whatsoever, and simply leave it to the graphics card to recognize the display as analogue and output an analogue signal. (Which your r9 290X is incabable of.)
www.amazon.com/Cirago-DisplayP…

If you have an r9 290X, you are set for 1440p my friend. You should not be worried about it maxing the GPU out, that is what it's supposed to do. If the gpu is going to ~100% usage under load, that is great, I would be worried if it wasn't doing that. (If it wasn't running near 100% usage, it would normally mean that your CPU is bottlenecking the graphics card.)  Just because it says its at ~100% usage while gaming at 1080p doesn't mean its struggling, it just means that it's giving its all at rendering the game at the highest frame rate it can sustain, which is exactly what it should be doing. It will do the same thing under load no matter what you do, whether it be a Windows 95 game, or something like Crysis 3. And you probably shouldn't be looking at GPU usage for judging if its struggling. I would say the GPU is struggling if it is incapable of playing your game smoothly at 100% load, not if it's at ~100% load while providing smooth gameplay. You can google it for yourself if you don't believe it.

The 970 does look quite good to me at a good price point. It would be a pretty good upgrade for me I think. But, I kind of like the idea of an AMD card right now. Have you heard of their project FreeSync? It basically fixes the main flaws of V-Sync in games by making the monitors refresh rate variable so that it can stay at the same refresh rate the graphics card is rendering, to prevent input lag, and screen tearing. Nvidia's alternative makes the monitors that can use it cost more since they have to have an expensive G-Sync module in them, where as AMD's approach simply uses a power saving feature that was already in the displayport specifications, but only used in laptops to save battery life. This is also kind of why I'm waiting on a monitor, because if Freesync actually does work out very well, you would need to have a compatible monitor.

And on top of the freesync thing that I have my eye on, the new AMD flagship is rumored to have 4,000+ cores. If its even anywhere near that, I'm sold.

The one downside to Blender at the moment is that AMD doesn't support Nvidia's CUDA. AMD only supports OpenCL, which in short, both technologies as you may know ; ) lets the graphics card handle some computational tasks, and in the case of blender, handle rendering entirely. Specifically since because graphics cards have so many individual cores, they are exceptionally fast at raytracing. And at the moment, Blender even though its open source, mainly supports Nvidia's closed source CUDA over Open Source OpenCL because of some shortcomings of OpenCL. You can still use OpenCL for rendering, but its in a beta stage at the moment.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool! I have the second link bookmarked. I'm not sure if I'm going to spend any money on an adapter or just spend more on a new monitor. I think it's DVI-D that has the analogue pass-through pins.

Ah, I guess that make sense! I never really though about it that way. I'm not really temped to shop for 1440p monitors, but alas, I must save my money for my other passions.

Here's some info about Project FreeSync which I think you will find useful: youtu.be/kaYAxa-ti1U?t=26m5s

And here's something about Nvidia's new VXGI Global Illumination technology: youtu.be/t2QpCtsL5L0?t=6m15s
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CaptainMockingjay Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, I love the landscape. I like the shadows and the light and how everything is laid out. 
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! And awesome!
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butterg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
That is a beautiful image.
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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FireSprinklez Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so pretty! :D
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, it is!
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FireSprinklez Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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GommaVulcanizzata Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Absolutely... amazing!
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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h311Man Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
like legit looks like Legos man it's cool
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha, awesome!
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h311Man Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
that needs to be a lego set
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahahaha
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h311Man Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
what I'm being serious an I'm also doing a video game & movie weapon armory  here's a sample fav.me/d7wedk2  if there's anything you wonna see just ask
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I know your serious. I didn't intend for my laughter to be mean. :P
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h311Man Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
it's not I was just clarifying
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
okee-doke!
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StaffyOlsson Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great great composition perfectly placed after the golden rule ratio! A nice good depth, cool big foreground that altho could be cropped out by a lot and still look great.
Where I think this could improve the most is in the lighting it just feels a bit plane. Not sure what sort of lighting support Chunky offers.
But even in photoshop you could add more dynamics too the lighting.
But don't let that keep you up, a overall great picture! :)
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silversword22 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks Great!
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MinecraftPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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silversword22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np! =D
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