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Old 15-03-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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Finally completed the photography and here are six of the best!













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Old 15-03-2006, 09:50 PM   #2
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Wow - mind blowing....
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Old 15-03-2006, 10:13 PM   #3
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Beyond kewlness! Can I have some bigger res ones for my desktop please? Particularly loving the one with the Eagle descending.

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Old 15-03-2006, 10:41 PM   #4
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No problem. Just e-mail me with your e-mail address and I'll send them.

I happen to like that particular photo myself which is just as well as it took me so long to do it. Just when I had it finished I suddenly realised the lighting directions were all wrong!!!!

Thanks very much everyone for your comments.

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Old 15-03-2006, 11:39 PM   #5
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Great stuff!

Kinda reminds me of:

http://www.eagletransporter.com/moonbasealpha.asp
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Old 16-03-2006, 12:06 AM   #6
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Awsome - great work both in the setting and the ship!
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Old 16-03-2006, 12:22 AM   #7
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Awesome! extremely good photography as well.
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Old 16-03-2006, 03:48 AM   #8
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WOW!

I like them all (the blue Saturn one is striking!), but the "2001" style planetary alignment one is a nice homage to the film that helped inspire Space: 1999, and would make a cool poster. (Of course, I've just recently watched both 2001 and 2010, so I guess I'm in that frame of mind.)

So, when are you going to make a short film about the Prometheus? (I forgot the back story, what little of it there was... is Prometheus an Earth-launched DSP? Or is it from Alpha? In either case, is it pre- or post-Breakaway?)
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Old 16-03-2006, 10:58 AM   #9
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Keith,
WoW! I thought it was amazing before these shots, I'm speechless!!!
I also would like some shots if you don't mind
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Old 16-03-2006, 02:11 PM   #10
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The model looks really impressive with the backgrounds added Keith,

BTW what program did you use, was it Photoshop by any chance.
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Old 16-03-2006, 07:12 PM   #11
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Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

I just keep looking at this pictures and can't take my eyes off them. This is just about everything I love about SF. I'm awestruck.

They're all great, but the sense of depth and vast space and beauty in the last one just keep sending chills of pleasure down my back.

Incredible how those pieces on your desk ended up like this. What a vision you must have had.
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Old 16-03-2006, 10:13 PM   #12
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Sorry, couldn't resist.

Nice model though.
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Old 16-03-2006, 11:02 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the compliments folks and I'm glad you all liked the photos.

I'll try and answer all the questions raised by the various posts.

I used Photoshop to compose the photos and the planets were taken from an astronomy program called Celestia. The suns were generated in Micrografx Photo Publisher and star backgrounds generated in another astronomy program called Universe.

There isn't really too much of a back story, but I sort of envision it being sent from Earth before Breakaway happens so there is not necessarilly any connection with Moonbase Alpha.

It is an interstellar craft so all the planets depicted here represent alien worlds. As I mentioned most are taken from Celestia, but there is the odd Galileo photo of Jupiter/Voyager Neptune in there, but changed to represent a different planet. So although the blue ringed planet started life as Saturn, by changing the colour from yellow to blue it was my intention for it to represent a gas giant which just so happens to have a ring system - most gas giants have some sort of ring system, so although the postcard is a good idea, it isn't meant to be Saturn!

Personally I think my photography is better than my model making and my real aim is to produce realistic (and if possible spectacular 2001 style space photograph) photos, so I do not necessary have the model as the focal point of the image. Obviously I want to photograph the model, but it is just one element of the photo and not necessarily a study of the actual model. I do like my space vistas as you will notice!

Many thanks again.

Keith
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Old 16-03-2006, 11:21 PM   #14
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Ok Keith, NOW I know you were being kind when I sent you the desktops
I made of your first photos. Excellent new set here! You already have
my email and you know I want the hi-res of these.

Thanks Pal, Great model making and photo shooting here.
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Old 16-03-2006, 11:31 PM   #15
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...the planets were taken from an astronomy program called Celestia...
Which I mentioned a while back here: http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...topic.php?t=35
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Old 17-03-2006, 01:36 AM   #16
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Very, very nice work.

I couldn't resist having a play with such a good starting point so I hope you don't mind me having an experimental tweak. I added a spot of diffusion to the planets and some lens flare in an attempt to catch that 2001 look. See what you think.

Once again, very nice work Keith.

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Old 17-03-2006, 08:00 AM   #17
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Chris

No I don't mind. Actually on the original there is lens flare (though not quite so pronounced), but it doesn't show up as well as I expected on the smaller web site version. Similarly with the stars on some of the photos, they are rather weak.

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Old 17-03-2006, 10:34 AM   #18
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Sorry, I should've said added a bit more lens flare. On 2001 they used a lady's stocking over the lens to get that diffused look during the sequence where Discovery approaches the Jovian moons. It gives that slightly gaseous look which although we know is technically wrong, does give a sense of scale and distance and looks good even if it isn't right.

That picture would definitely make a good film poster or book cover.
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Old 17-03-2006, 08:02 PM   #19
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Finally completed the photography and here are six of the best!

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Hi Keith - come back into earth orbit an beam me up. Would love to take a ride to Jupiter or Saturn with this beautiful ship. Great pics.
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Sorry, had to take the flare poster a little further - hope you don't mind ...

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