The objects that I needed to place precisely were placed using Advanced Painter. The other items were placed via a particle system (Neil Blevins made a great tutorial about this).
The render was done using VRaySun, VRayDome and VRayPhysCam in V-Ray 1.5. You can see the settings in Fig.06. I didn't use any advanced lighting. I had a little problem here with overburns in some places, so I rendered the car with and without VRaySun and then combined them later in post-production. I rendered out the AO, Z-Depth, grass and, of course, the main scene (Fig.07a - d).
All the layers were composed in Photoshop. To find a suitable sky was more difficult than I had thought. I found one from cgtextures that was fine after some editing. The saturation moderately decreased in distance to add some depth and I also adjusted this in the Depth pass.
The swirling dust in the background was made with a simple cloud brush (found it on the internet).
I then did some basic color corrections, editing of curves, and added some blur to fake depth of field (Fig.08a - b).
(ID: 175297, pid: 0) Mac on Tue, 08 January 2013 5:21am That's funny. Walmart has billions & billions of dollars. If they end up like this, I cannot imagine what the rest of us will end up as. Insects? Maggots?
(ID: 133856, pid: 0) Gillsing on Tue, 17 July 2012 3:00pm Ha! Before seeing Fig. 02 I thought that this Wal-Mart was mobile. Still looks great though!
(ID: 95161, pid: 0) San on Thu, 15 March 2012 7:41pm Outstanding work :)
(ID: 90455, pid: 0) Marco Rocha on Sat, 03 March 2012 12:09pm Wau! Show man!
(ID: 90259, pid: 0) Ajay Singh on Fri, 02 March 2012 12:53pm nice work and tutorial