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Old 20-08-2009, 05:20 AM   #21
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Nicely done saturnapollo - I love the attention to detail: footprints all around the landing site, ubiquitous martian dust already encrusting the astronauts lower suits - very cool
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Old 20-08-2009, 08:34 AM   #22
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Nicely done saturnapollo - I love the attention to detail: footprints all around the landing site, ubiquitous martian dust already encrusting the astronauts lower suits - very cool
What fun pod said. It looks like a shop bought shop bought kit from 50 years from now. First men on Mars.
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Old 20-08-2009, 11:08 AM   #23
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Thank you very much indeed, chaps! As I won't be around by the time we get to Mars to see what a manned landing looks like, I'm going to have to do it myself !

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Old 20-08-2009, 11:24 PM   #25
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just found these,not a patch on yours though keith
Oh, I don't know. These are very good, though not too Mars like. Just shows you that there is no original idea. Even one of atmospheric entry!!!

Thanks for posting them.

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PS just noticed it even has a mid way ribbed section. That's really weird!
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Old 26-08-2009, 10:03 PM   #26
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OK, finally started on the "real" photos. First up are some orbital shots. It will probably take another few days to work through all the mission options.







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Old 27-08-2009, 05:31 AM   #27
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Keith, a quick question re: technique: do you suspend your models before neutral backgrounds before dropping them out to composite with other imagery, or are the models simply lying against the same and you just pick your angles carefully?

I've always enjoyed your final comps , well done every time
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Old 27-08-2009, 09:28 AM   #28
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Thank you very much JD and Fun Pod.

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do you suspend your models before neutral backgrounds before dropping them out to composite with other imagery
I hang them from threads in front of a blue background, or if the model is just in space, a black velvet background. The blue is removed in Photoshop and the model placed against a suitable background. In this case a Terragen rendering of a planet that is supposed to pass for Mars.

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Old 27-08-2009, 09:17 PM   #29
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Some more;







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Old 27-08-2009, 09:43 PM   #30
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Keith you ve nailed the last one ,incredible stuff and spot on
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Old 27-08-2009, 10:40 PM   #31
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Thank you very much indeed, Areteecee. I have just realised these are really my first serious attempts at Mars models photos.

Last one tonight.



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Old 27-08-2009, 11:53 PM   #32
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the terrain is excelent
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Old 28-08-2009, 12:00 AM   #33
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Terragen doesn't do rocks too well (or at least I've never managed it), so the foreground is real Mars rocks merged with the Terragen image. It seems to work quite well.

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Old 28-08-2009, 12:07 AM   #34
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Just look at those. They're amazing You need to be careful, could find yourself part of a huge conspiracy to fake this stuff in the future.... its happened before
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Old 28-08-2009, 07:33 AM   #35
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Thanks for demystifying your process, Keith.

The quality of your work seems quite printable to me - have you ever considered putting yourself out there to would-be authors or publishers of real space non-fiction books? I see lots of them at the library, including, and for some reason, especially, the childrens section, and the quality of the illustrations or comps aren't half as good. Just a suggestion to take your obvious talent further afield.
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Just... wow. I especially like the reflected vista on the helmet. Kudos!
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Old 28-08-2009, 12:17 PM   #37
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Thank you very much guys. Hadn't thought of approaching a publisher, Fun Pod, but that's an idea. About time I tried to make some money from these.

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Thanks very much Cricket as I wasn't sure it worked that well. It was real pain actually, as the orginal visor reflected myself and the entire room, so I couldn't use that. Took several attempts to replicate the reflective visor.

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Old 28-08-2009, 10:05 PM   #38
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I'll finish off the final 2 photos tomorrow night;





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Old 29-08-2009, 10:16 PM   #39
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Final ones;







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