@Dave: Overall, I too prefer the first image. I wonder if lifting the haze a bit wouldn’t make the one bank of rocks, and maybe the water, look a bit better. It seems to my eyes the haze if a bit too close.
I still have plans to add to my pull toy, but in the meantime, I’ve been trying to learn how Wings 3D works or at least get something that looks half decent. And because it’s close to Halloween decided to try my hand making a plan jack-o-lantern. It’s nothing fancy, but I did get something made. I found out when trying to color the stem and pumpkin that neither could be separated when imported into Bryce. So I had to go back into Wings and cut off the stem, save it and then save the pumpkin body. As I said, it ain’t fancy but I got something made.
I’m not terribly knowledgable about modeling, and I know next to nothing about wings3D other then it’s a modeling program, however in dabbling with modeling I’ve found that if you can color sections, in the modeling program that you want to be able to seperate, when you import them into other programs like Bryce for example those different colored sections will be able to seperate or texture seperately. Which for a pumpkin is good since the stem is usually a greenish or brownish color whereas the pumpkin itself is of course orange. Now of course this can also be accomplished with a single object where the parts are inseperable, thru texture mapping, but having them able to seperate is often times preferable.