After trying them all for few days, I decided to use Google SketchUp because it is very unconventional and trendy compared to other applications.
However, the learning curve was still huge and came with some drawbacks. My choice of landmark/object was Calgary Tower as it seemed very simple to do at first .... but boy was I wrong!
For this project I used some textures images for background (sky/concrete/metal) from the internet.
My goal was to make something that looked similar to this image:
This is what I came up with:
The above image does not do justice to the 3D Model and is NOT a direct export from SketchUp, I used a plugin called "ShaderLight" which allows us to do "Realistic Rendering".
The Final result without this plugin would have looked like this:
My alternate angle for this picture was by having a view of city of calgary in background along with calgary tower. The result looked something like this (720p HD Render):
Without calgary tower the background image was:
However, there is more to this simple image as there are many textures/small details that cannot be seen in the above image. For this purpose I'll list more images below to show how much effort was put into this:
The following textures were used from internet:
I would suggest anyone working on such project to start early and go through the SketchUp video tutorials before starting off. The project took me a lot of hours (more than 20), and that was mostly because of the finer detaills of the tower I worked on. The images presented (especially the first result) do not do justice to the 3D model which looks way better than the 2D images provided.
Overall, I really working on this project and I am glad to learn a new technology (SketchUp). I will definitely use it for my personal use!!!