@Horo ~ I’d love to live by that old pond!
So, look at the renders made in each piece of software. Decide with you like the look of best. Try the software out and see how your renders compare to the ones you like. See if you can figure out - with the aid of tutorials - how you can improve your scenes. And repeat the process a few times. If you find that enjoyable, you’ve found your software, given time and effort on your part, you will eventually be able to make the kind of scenes you desire.
If however, you find you are fighting with the interface and not getting anywhere, then try the other software, and see how you get on with that following the same process.
My advice, if you are doing this for a hobby, choose the piece of software you like using best. If you choose Bryce you know where you can come to get help and advice.
Yes, I’ll be doing that. Merely thought it might help me form a better decision (and sooner) by soliciting the opinions of those who have tried both Bryce and VUE. Which did they like more, and why? Were there special things in Bryce they liked which they couldn’t find in VUE, and vice versa?
Real lovely forest/brook scene by the way, with all the wonderful god rays. Will have to get around to create a similar scene some time. By getting the DVD and following the tutes in it, perhaps.
And I shall continue waiting for that outrageous offer for us to download several of VUE’s modules for free, like DAZ 3D’s stuff.