proudly presents: terragen - gleisshammer
my last terragen project with a cold snowy environment lies a while back and was called polarized
. what we see here came into my mind about 6 months ago. i was riding a train from the outskirts home to nuremberg. the train always stops on a station named 'gleisshammer'. i realized that this name has so much power somehow. (everyone that lives here in nuremberg will start laughing immediately) i thought that this name would be perfect for a mountain or so. not the ordinary mountain... what i had in mind was a mighty, massive, large and impressive kind of mountain. over the next few weeks i tried various things to realize my idea - i haven't got the idea realized the way i wanted... until now. imagine
fresh cold air striving through your hair, into your lungs with every breathe you take. a look in every direction reveals mile high mountains. coulds caught beween them, throwing shadows on the walls of rocks and stones. even higher clouds laying large curtains of diffuse light over massive areas of snow, ice and stone.of course this pic is not pretending to be as realistic as possible. see it as a fantasy landscape - on a distant planet 4 times as big as mother earth. life evolves in small steps and will soon be able to climb these mountains to see farther than anyone before on this planet.
the challenge in this one was to create clouds from above. to get a good working result with that took almost 1/2 of the work. texturing went as usual and was pretty easy with this one. once again i used a lot of photography to realize texturing and clouds. the terragen i used was rendered 3 times with different atmospheres. one without haze/fog... completely clear. one with dense atmosphere, mist hanging between the mountains. another one where i tried to create some sunbeams. with all these different renders combined in photoshop i was able to start the post process... texturing etc. to see an animation
about the 'evolution' this pic was going through... check here: [link]
rendered with // terragen ver. 9.19
terrain created with // world machine
rendered resolution // 4500x3375
rendering time // 4 rendered pics - ca. 20 hours
render without post process // [link]
post process done in // photoshop cs
post process time // over a period of 1 week (ca. 25 hours work)
total filesize // *.psd with a res. of 4500x3375 -> 726mb
total layers // exactly 50
inspired by // train station in nuremberg named 'gleisshammer'
... and thanks if you read all down to this spot
ps: sorry for the large filesize. usually i try to stay below 1mb - here i had no choice. quality counts.