When you play Minecraft, it's in your face, it's blocky, and it's all rather immediate. You rarely get the sense of scale, or even wonder, that an entire world can contain from any single vantage point. The game's simplistic graphics don't help things.
But, as PC Gamer explains, when you convert a Minecraft world into a 3D model then pass it through some rendering... wow. Just... wow.
These images, of the PC Gamer server and taken by Graham Smith, are what you get at the other end.