Here's a very good example of what rendering software (in this case, Chunky, combined with a texture pack) can do for Minecraft screenshots. It's like comparing a finished CG shot from a film to a photo of the set, though here, you get Minecraft blocks standing in for a greenscreen. Look below for the hi-res pics.
High Rise Apartment [r/minecraft]
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