Incredible!! I love the glowing city in the distance, and the composition with the trees, and how the light filters through. However, I think the puddle in the middle of the pathway throws the composition off a little; because it is centered, it draws attention away from the child and the city. If you cropped the image up to the bottom of the foliage on the left it would help put more attention on the child, but also keep some of that puddle in there. Either that, or move the puddle over to the sides. Brilliant piece of work, regardless!
Thanks! My intention with the puddle was to act as a kind of a pointer. Being on the foreground, I knew most eyes would look at it with some attention and then I hoped they'd follow its line, to "find" the kid and the city. That was my hope, I have no way of knowing if I succeeded or not. Moving it to the side was not an option for me in this case because it would somehow disrupt the symmetry of the overall image, which was one of my key intentions. Symmetry normally brings some kind of peace and rest to the eyes (at least to mine), and I wanted it here, to enhance the mood I wanted to achieve. Believe me, I do think a lot in the composition when I'm making an image. I do multiple experiments, in some cases I juxtapose the image with the Fibonacci spiral and/or with the usual guidelines (diagonals, triangles, rule of thirds). But a composition is a highly subjective thing and it's hard to know when we get it right. One thing is sure, though: it will never please everyone.
I'm speechless. Everything about your pictures speak to me: not only visual side, but also the depth of the essence. Everything is like *home* to me: the topography of the land, perspective, evocative play of sunshine and shadow, the spaces between the woods so the shining rays can add to the depth, the colours! Vast, blue sky, lush greenery, white cities in the desert, mountains. Dude, we must have seen the same planet once!
Yeah that's what's so noticeable about your work. When I work in 3D I spend a fair amount of time compositing afterwards to get things looking closer to how I want them and it shows in the renders - can usually spot post-pro in 3D a mile away, yours looked so clean and how it was intended to be. Really nice job!