View Full Version : planet earth is blue...

02-18-2003, 08:08 AM
hello, this is my first post on the forum, and i thought i would post an image that i modeled/rendered in lightwave 7.0. comments and crits are welcome...


i'm thinking of adding a satalite of some sort to the scene... what do you think?

02-18-2003, 08:34 AM
I'd start by adding some stars. And the edge of the atmosphere seem a little too saturated.

02-18-2003, 08:35 AM
Very Nice, lots of people mess up on earth pictures, but I like this one.

You might want to make the moon a little smaller, and the dark side darker.

02-18-2003, 08:37 AM
I personaly would not add stars, If you do make them really faint.

02-18-2003, 12:38 PM
Originally posted by wapangy
I personaly would not add stars, If you do make them really faint.

what? no stars? I hate to tell ya this.. but.. space tends to have a few.

add a few.. just dont make them the focal point of the picture... leave them small... and sparse, and not too bright (just dont leave it with none).

I like the pic so far... I think a sat would look pretty cool... just make sure u have a look at some pictures of sats... just so u know what they look like.
some people make their own and then turn out a pile of crapola

02-18-2003, 01:33 PM
If you are going for realism, you wouldn't really see many stars in this shot. The Earth and moon would be so incredibly bright, that the exposure time would pretty much make stars invisible or at least incredibly dim.

02-18-2003, 02:48 PM
Wrong section ----- Try in WIP section.

02-18-2003, 06:35 PM
Stars or no stars, it's very nicely done. I might sharpen the Earth texture a bit to add more apparent detail. -Just being picky though.

Good job,

02-18-2003, 11:08 PM
Sure space has stars, but this close to the earth, the light from the planet would tend to make them disappear.. ever seen stars in any of the moon landing pictures?

It's not quite that bad in this picture, but they WOULD be much much fainter than open space.

02-18-2003, 11:49 PM
If you do add stars, I would vote for Christopher Walken. Hmmm, maybe Jennifer Connelly?

02-19-2003, 06:30 AM
thanks alot for all the comments guys, i know it should have been in the wip section, but when i posted this... there was no wip section ;) i'll see what i can do about the star issue, again thanks for all the comments, they are appreciated.

02-19-2003, 07:33 AM
Get ure free HIGH res planet maps here!!!!

http://gw.marketingden.com/planets/planets.html :D :D


02-19-2003, 08:02 AM

thanks for that great link. those maps will be an enormous aid in a project i am working on - fatefully, i was just about to go looking around for a good earth map... thanks again!

02-19-2003, 10:04 AM
i'm thinking of adding a satalite of some sort to the scene... what do you think?

I think the scene already has a satellite... that white, round thing in the background :D

Really looks good, especially the Earth.

02-19-2003, 10:54 AM
Good work... I'd agree the edge of the atmosphere is too intense, but the potential is there - this will look cool with a little more subtle tweaking. What techniques did you use? I'm building a planet myself so would appreciate some tips :) Post the updated pic when you've added the stars...
PS Where's Major Tom?

02-20-2003, 05:20 AM
Nice... though the one thing that always looks fake to me in generated Earth images (including the ones I've created from various tutorials) is the cloud layer. If you look at real footage from space the clouds are more kind of 'puffy' than the rather square-edged and flat clouds that a cloud texture and bumpmap produce. Anyone know of a good way to work around that?

02-20-2003, 05:36 AM
Very nice - I like the relatively subdued land colours.

One thing does look a little wrong to me though - the moon looks to be the right way up, eg north pole at the top of the image, but the light on it appears to be top left.

I'd suggest either moving the light, or to avoid messing up the earth, rotate the moon object 45 degrees clockwise.

I also prefer different moon image maps, cranking up the contrast to make it look more detailed, (though this is less realistic)


02-20-2003, 06:00 PM
Try this link ;)

There u can find up to 400Mb tiff earth maps... Enjoy

02-21-2003, 03:00 PM
Yeah, it looks great. Remember kids, Nasa never went to the Moon anyway!