Snowy Mountain

Hi guys, I’ve been working a lot on my Alpha Trees addon, and I decided to make a snowy scene with it. I’m actually really impressed with it, and adding the trees was probably the fastest part of the process.

Some stats:
Total particles - 76,300
Render time - 13 mins on my laptop GPU w/ denoising
total work time - 10 hours


Raw render:

Timelapse of creation:


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Damn, thanks Bart!

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very interesting the way your scene is performed

really beautiful!

Thank you :grinning:

imo wrong scale and perspective for the clouds

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Yeah, They’re just composited in afterwards so they’re not completely realistic. One of the things I need to look into at some point is doing proper volumetric clouds, but until then, I think it does a decent job.

It looks really nice, but for some reason, I feel like the trees are too big.

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Stunning scene! I’m new to Blender, and am also a landscape Photographer. Being able to execute scenes with this realism in Blender would a huge asset to assignments. Are you an experienced Matte Artist, or is this an experiment with Alpha Trees? Did you use other add-ons for the terrain, or was that done with Blender toolset? Excellent work, and reminds me of one of my favorite local (real life) alpine settings. (hope you don’t mind the questions)

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@CrumbledKingdom Yeah, I agree, especially the ones at the back, I guess I just didn’t see it at the time :upside_down_face:

@arteeguy Thanks!
I have basically no experience of matte painting, so yeah, this was a bit of a test for Alpha Trees (Though it was probably actually the mountains that took the longest).
For the two mountains in the middle, I used Instant Terra (great software but a little pricey).

Then for the rest of them, I just used the A.N.T landscapes addon that comes with Blender (It’s actually really powerful and is definitely not given enough praise). I think what gives those ones some more realism though is using micro displacement (Shown in this great tutorial by CG geek) for the rocks as it gives it a much sharper look. That and breaking up the snow with a random black and white texture to stop it looking so flat.

It would be amazing to live somewhere that looks like this though!

Thanks so much for all the useful info! I need to get up to speed in Blender asap, and the addons you mentioned sound perfect. I don’t know where you live, but we have some nice mini alps here in Northern California. Here’s one of my faves (from my website):

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No problem!
Those photos are absolutely beautiful! I’m in Scotland, so the landscapes can also be pretty incredible, but not on the same scale as some other places.

Well done! It looks stunning :slight_smile:

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Thank you!

Looks really great! I did notice that the peak on the right is a slightly rotated version of the peak in the center. Might want to spin it a little further so it’s a little less recognizable?

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Thanks! Yeah, you’re right, I missed that bit…

Only people in here would notice, so don’t sweat it!

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Yeah I know, but now I won’t be able to unsee it :laughing:

lol, sorry about that!

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