This page introduces images that I've created using a technique called Ray Tracing. Ray-tracing involves using a computer to create visual art by creating a description of an object or scene that is mathematically converted into a picture. It is a technique that can be used by those of us who have no ability to draw or paint but have the patience to learn a computer tool and can remember or relearn the geometry and trigonometry of high school.

The software tool I use for converting a scene description into an image is the Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer or POV-Ray for short. It is free but it is not a toy. It has been in development for over a decade by a group of dedicated and talented programmers. You can find it here. While you can create stunning photo-realistic images and animations you will need lots of free time to master the features and develop scenes.

I have collected my own images into three galleries. Clicking any of the buttons below will take you to a gallery. The original images were created to fit my monitor settings of 1600 by 1200 and 24bit color. The images posted here have been reduced in color and are smaller so some of the original detail is lost. Clicking on the thumbnail picture in the gallery will take you to a larger viewing image. For those of you with larger monitors and high speed connections you can click on this image also for a still larger image with more detail.

Comments are welcome: Gary MacKinnon