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Old 01-01-2018, 08:17 AM
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Orbiting in Serenity


Title: Orbiting in Serenity
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Based on a photo of the Apollo 10 mission. I'd especially like feedback as to the reflective nature of the mylar foil coated spacecraft.

I tried to capture the reflective properties of the Command Module, and would like to know if it looks "convincing" enough. I'd also like feedback as to the lunar surface, as in the composition of the craters and the overall colors. Please keep in mind that this is the stark sunny side of the moon, and so shadows would be soft and virtually non-existent.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:39 AM
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Re: Orbiting in Serenity

My first reaction was “Wow - this is cool!”. But ya just had to ask for feedback, didn't ya. Soooo, after looking at images of my own. I think the earth needs to be much brighter, or the sky much blacker (Yes, blacker, no atmosphere means no color at all) but only if you’re being nerdy. But if you want it to look good then appeal to our misconceptions and go dark dark blue. The Lunar surface color and value look great, but the curvature and perspective you gave it look off. You have us looking down INTO the most distant craters, and maybe just showing us the near rim would be better - we know they’re round and the brain will complete the circle. Also the curvature of the moon is too great, I’ll include my reference photos. Also, I’d go a bit deeper on the crater wall shadows, even with reflected light they would be darker. Now, to actually answer your question and stop annoying you, I think the Command Module looks great but that the dark side needs to be even darker. There would be no reflected light. This is a tough subject to paint, as none of us have actually been there or seen it. The photos we have seen all have the limits of photography in them and our only frame of reference are those photos. Overall, I still think “Wow - this is cool”. Happy New Year.
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Old 01-01-2018, 02:24 PM
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Re: Orbiting in Serenity

It's a bit hard to see the Command Module at first glance..
Maybe more contrast or value change between it and the moon, or blur the moon a bit and dull it down a notch.. softer far edge and less curve as mentioned..
Only one of those objects would be in sharp focus..
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