Possibly the top of what can be done presently in terms of marine images. Incredible ship modelling, water and clouds. On the minus side: the characters look like Playmobil toys and the warfare atmosphere is way to calm. Better not compare it to paintings of similar topics by Turner, Hogarth, Scott and all...
The composition and motion in this scene is great. A good job has been done of making the ships appear grand and imposing without destroying the feeling of space. The waves have a very painted feel to them, like thick brush strokes in acrylic. Their deep colour and sharp cusps induce a feeling of danger. The ships are very well modelled but in a few places at large rendering sizes some minor problems are visible. This does not detract from the overall image however. The only thing that could have used a little more work is the mountain range, but the foreground makes up for it.
Great image, very powerful. Has the presence of a great oil painting rather simply a
computer generated image. Use of smoke and spray very effective, ships actually look like
they are really in the water. Red flag looked a little odd, possibly needed a bit more work
on the crew, especially in the positioning. Very admirable effort nonetheless, definitely an
image, or idea, that could be taken further.
Good photorealism and modelling. The attention to detail is mostly excellent,
even though in some places a high-resolution render starts to show lack
of detail (for example the sailors). The clouds and the water are excellent,
and although the mountains could have used some more detail and photorealism,
they don't really bother me. The red flag is perhaps waving in the wrong
direction compared to everything else, but that's just a minor detail.
The image has a sense of action in it, which is commendable.