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  pogona

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Posted: 2011-July-24 at 12:23pm | IP Logged Quote pogona

new version:


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critiques and comments please.

PS: Nice flare, right?
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 5:22am | IP Logged Quote sogfrog13

The planet and the flare are very good and detailed, but if that star is the source of light wouldn't you be able to see the side of the planet it's on? and it kinda looks like the star is 'on' the planet?????? the planet is very good though


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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 6:13am | IP Logged Quote pogona

the main lightsource is out of picture, also, the flare makes it look like if it was in front of the planet but if you take away the flare it would be behind. thanks.
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 6:15am | IP Logged Quote Eskhata

I agree with you guys. the lightning looks a bit weird. but the planet is awesome also I like the lens flare too.


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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 6:36am | IP Logged Quote pogona

the star that produces the flare is too far to affect the lightening of the planet, the main source of light is at the right, out of the picture.
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 3:07pm | IP Logged Quote Augustus

I like this a lot, great texture on the planet. The lens flare
and star is actually working quite well for me - the only
thing I would add would be a thin crescent of light along
where the star is peaking out. That would really
complete it for me.
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 3:42pm | IP Logged Quote pogona

I was thinking about that...
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 4:10pm | IP Logged Quote pogona

new approach, what do you think?...

i was thinking in putting some auroras, like the ones greg martin did on his piece jewel (but in red), the problem is that I can't make any decent ones, any advice? (I want them to be good, not only blur colours)
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Posted: 2011-July-25 at 7:19pm | IP Logged Quote nkalanaga

At this distance it's like that all one would see of the aurora would be a blur.  Most likely it would be a greenish circle or oval centered on the magnetic pole, which could be anywhere you like in your picture.

http://www.spaceweather.com/ has a near real-time image of the northern auroral oval on their homepage, although it's false color.  That might give you some ideas.

As for the flare, my first thought was that this was a double star, and the visible star was the "other star", so your idea seems to have worked.

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Posted: 2011-July-26 at 3:07am | IP Logged Quote pogona

thanks, that help me a lot.
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