Heya friend, this a computer generated scene made from scratch as you said, i get to choose everything and how it looks from the reflections of the water to the details on the leafs. This was made with VUE 10.
I'm not always a big fan of rendered art it somehow feels like cheating, and I can always tell it isn't a photo, but when I saw this piece I was blown away. Very natural, awesome work, this DID NOT FEEL LIKE CHEATING![link]
I am glad you like it friend! As for rendered art its not like cheating (maybe in movies yeah) but like traditional art the use of 3d art is not that easy as many might think and you need insane amounts of time spent to learn and render a good scene, at least thats case for me since i didnt have someone to teach me not even the basics...
Here is an amazing piece of cg animation by Alex Roman [link]