I am a huge fan of 3D computer art. Especially photo-realistic. Photo-realistic is particularly demanding work. In something like Avatar, since it is representing a world that is unknown to the audience, the artists can take liberties that ease the burden of creating a world. However, photo-realistic art requires that the artist create a world that IS known to the audience and as such they must maintain a significantly higher level of detail. As such, this represents the most exacting form of 3D computer art.
I recently came across what has to be the most stunning example of this that I have ever seen. And, while there is little to no story here, I think that it truly stands on it's own in terms of pure imagery.
So, as you watch this, remember that this is all computer rendered and created by the CG artist Alex Roman. Make sure to enable HD and watch this full screen.