After seeing the renders in https://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?443752-New-Canaan-Residence , I gave 3D vegetation another try. But I still can’t get results I find as good as with real photos composited in the 3D render.
Here are my first tries, using the principled shader mixed with translucent as described in the above mentioned thread. Your critic, tips, maybe links to the best 3D trees collections, etc. are welcome.
Some close ups variants with light in the back:
against the light:
from far away:
If you have tips on how to get a good mood with 100% 3D assets, I’ll be happy to give it another try