|Posted: 2012-August-17 at 11:04pm | IP Logged
Well, for a 30-minute piece, that first one is pretty outstanding! Reminds me of the Hubble "Pillars of Creation" image!
From a pure quality standpoint, the second one is even better. The blending of the nebula forms is much more natural looking.
You're right, a blend of these techniques should serve you very well -- excellent work.