View Full Version : space scene + lighting question

05-30-2006, 10:09 PM
Hello everyone,
Below is my latest work in progress. Obviously i'm into the space thing. With this one i'm kind of working from left to right and I still have alot of work to do, especilly on the nebulae and space dust, etc., but here is what i have so far. The end result will be much more dramatic i hope.

Is the lighting convincing on the planet and moon? What about the shadow from the moon? I think the rings need to be expanded in the lower left corner. I look forward to your comments.


05-30-2006, 11:26 PM
the moons shadow looks like its at the wrong angle for some reason i dunno if it is or not

the lighting looks good cept for the backlighting off the planet onto the back of the moons bothering me it may just be me though

also the rings around the plant look to blurred

but this just maybe me I may just be fickled

other the the tweaks i absolutley love the pics its awe inspiring

05-31-2006, 06:19 AM
Thanks Kyole.
I'm trying to bring the moon closer to the 'camera,' which is why i'm experimenting with the backlighting off the planet. W/Out the backlight, the moon appears to be on the far side of the planet, but with the backlight it seems I can only bring it about halfway across the planet. Maybe there is too much contrast between the backlight and the shaded portion of the moon and the whole moon needs to be lightened up a little bit. Thanks for your comments.

05-31-2006, 05:17 PM
I am a BIG fan of space art, one of my favorites. So far, yours looks pretty good. But, I did notice some things...

1) Judging by the closest planet, and it's shadow, the moon's doesnt quite match up. It should be at more of an angle.

2) The nebula is pretty good, but I think it could use alittle more "cloudyness" to it.

3) The lighting is good, but normally if you would have a bright light, you wont see anything bright near it....like the stars. I noticed you have stars right next to the light source. So, maybe, dim them a little with the BURN tool on a low opacity.

Thats pretty much it, just a few minor details. I really like space art, and I cant wait to see the finished piece. :D

06-01-2006, 01:17 AM
yeah, the moon in the back sticks out quite a bit.
other than that, i think it works. it's comming along great...

06-01-2006, 07:05 AM
Thanks for all of the comments. Below is my latest revision...although far from being finished. I took the shadow of the moon off of the planet but i'm still not satisfied. To me the moon seems to 'move,' in other words, sometimes it appears close to the camera/viewer and sometimes it appears further away, almost behind the planet. I'm still working on the lighting...I think I need to darken it a bit so as to keep it in one place. I'm still not 100% pleased with the rings either, but I still have some more work to do, so...
Any other suggestions and/or tips in the meantime?
Thnx again and I will post a finished piece.


06-01-2006, 10:08 AM
Hi Mako,

You could try to play with depth of field for that. More detail (focus) on the moon and less on the planet and far side of the ring. From pictures i've seen, rings are really sharp and detailed.

http://astro.nmsu.edu/~aklypin/ast110/W ... tRings.jpg (http://astro.nmsu.edu/~aklypin/ast110/WebSite/SatRings.jpg)

http://www.utahskies.org/image_library/ ... assini.jpg (http://www.utahskies.org/image_library/shallowsky/planets/saturn/cassini/Saturn-Rings-Cassini.jpg)

http://astro.nmsu.edu/~aklypin/ast110/W ... u-ring.jpg (http://astro.nmsu.edu/~aklypin/ast110/WebSite/u-ring.jpg)