I am a relative newcomer to this site and especially this section of the forum. The reason for this post is to share some of my work with E-on Vue 6. This application software now supports volumetric and spectral clouds. The software is fairly easy to learn and comes with a well written manual that includes tutorials. The depth of this package boarders on just plain amazing after only just a little work. Vue allows the setup of just about any eco surround that might be desired. An advanced version allows it to be embedded as a plugin to some of the leading CGI packages such as 3D Studiomax, Maya, Cinema 4D etc. This is one of those packages where you will never go home once you start using it...,
The following is a meta cloud study rendered with soft sun colors and soft shadows over a procedural ocean. A backdrop sky consisting of banded cumulus streets completes the setup. A lot of detail is lost through the jpeg encoding process but I think enough is left to give a pretty good idea of this applications potential. I hope to improve my proficiency to the point to where super cell cu's can be rendered as High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI).