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Violent Splendor by psamtik Violent Splendor by psamtik
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This was about a 4-5 hour piece if i remember correctly. I had the photo on my hd for a long time and after adding lightning to the sky and failing every attempt to blend the thick cloud into the black space i gave up for about a week. Came back and managed to do something within 30 mins. I hate how that happens.

The first planet was the same one used in my New Settlement piece, i loved it so much i just had to use it again. Though it was hard to try blending that too.

I basically just added random things into the picture because i had no base theme. And this was the end result. Nothing hi class, but its worth the view.

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Thank you for all of your feedback, i've managed to fix all the problems, i think, that you guys saw, and i added extra features.

:bulletred: Added more dust around the planets ring
:bulletred: Added a visible sun (light source) from the original photo
:bulletred: Added a sharper filter to the photo
:bulletred: Made the blue flare a lot smaller
:bulletred: Added planet city lights
:bulletred: Removed the original red moon and added a different one.
:bulletred: Motion blured the ships
:bulletred: Thanks to Ed Giddings for the ships

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IanCormac84 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
very cool!
bluskyandsunshine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
that is one of the coolest photos that I have ever seen.I love the planets and I love watching the moon and the stars. Nice work!!! Marion
ludow Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2005
awsome just it very much...:D

rock on greez ludow
MythosSorex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
:spotlight-left: :gallery: :spotlight-right: *sees the awesomeness of the pic* :eyepopping: :jawdrop: Wow, just wow. :clap: You guys rock my socks. I bow before a master. :worship:
princesa2kx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2004
Only 5 hours???? I am doing somthing wrong.... :O
;) GREAT work. Keep it like that!
symm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2004
This has got to be the most amazing, awe-inspiring piece I've seen in this category thus far. Scenes like these I can't ever hope to see, but burn bright in my imagination. I'm so grateful that someone with enough talent and creativity made it materialize into something more. I especially like the top half, but the entire piece as a whole is outstanding.

There's nothing else I can say to express how beautiful this is to me.
johnwarren Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2004
I like the added touch of the camera details - Kinda tricks you into thinking it's a real photograph! heh

Great job on the space scene, the planetry detail is immense and the nebula looks brilliant!

Sorry for the late commenting =)
WuRklash Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2004
hey very nice pic I dont know maybe the only suggestion I would change the position of the lightning(blizzard) :D below
lordsethos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*laughs* I love that DA still shows the camera specs... giving the insane feeling that this is all one impossible photograph. The lighting is impeccably done, and your planetary rings leave me speachless. What I really like, is that I can read a story into it. With the ships leaving, there is a sense of motion, action... whether that is going forward, exploring, or fleeing some catastrophy... I'm not sure what your definition of "hi class" is, but this is a favorite in my book :D :+fav:
Zilla- Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2004
"Nothing hi class"? wtf u on crack or something?

the bottem planets rings' particles seem too big scale em down if possible otherwise...9.78/10
xsetor Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2004
WOW! Well dwd..what a great picture, its really goes to my :+fav: ! Very good...a great contrast and great colors! :D
Morgo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2004  Hobbyist
well done !! Even if my disturbed taste doesn't like asteroid rings :O_o:
wonder where these ships are gonna fly :)
TimeCone Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow dude, this picture rocks! totally! +fav for sure!

One thing though, have you made a spelling mistake in the title's shadow? The real text says violent splendor and the dropshadow text says violent splender. Was that done on purpose?
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2004
Haha, no, i was the only one who saw that till now... Good eyes :)
vitamin-c Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
Damn Sweet!! The lightning is bloody amazing, though I think I'd prefer it without the ships. Still awesome work fella :+fav:
hewhoneversleeps Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
Very well done I must say. The city lights on the planet came out great. The ring effectc on the other planet also look great. the only thing I seem to ahve a problem with is the three ships. I think it's my computer, but they came out wicked blurry.
Other than that the whole things looks really nice. Good job and kep up the good work.
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
Its a motion blur man
psygothic Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
Dj-Master18 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004
Wow... Very nice... :+fav:
DigitalPlazma Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
How are the stars visible when the sun's up? ;P
whopper Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2004
whoa, most impressive !
stunning work dude - u moved to a new level for sure :thumbsup:
genocide-54 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2004
Heh, our pieces do look fairly similiar, i like this, one thing i noticed is the ships, it seems no-one has done anything but them blasting off so far-maybe something different would be cool.
Novacron Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW this is great. Lots of variety. Those shuttles are awesome and the lightning is nutz. woo
xenrianume Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2004
this is really good! i love how you did the lightning. 3 thumbs up!
phuture2k Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004
amazing piece... :+fav: i have no words !
psyche3000 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004
it is pretty good... although i can see some slight problems in details, it is a wonderful piece overall... :clap:
nasht-01 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004

d1git Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fucking fantastic nebula. that's all i have to say.
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004
luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Man am being completely crazy with their illustrations of this way will be forced kidnapping you and you take him to my planet hehehehehe.. (:
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
That made not one bit of english sense
luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I offended you with my game..
luqkhyjonas Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't capture the idea of the to be more necessary.. (:
Aein Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2004   Photographer
Ahhhhaha :lol: That was the funniest sentence I have ever read. Anyway nice blending etc very well done - good investment of your time if I do say so my self.
duris Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Hobbyist
Very nice work with the spaceships and lightning.
Great details too.
Well done.
nightcom Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
Interesting piece :D although the nebula looks a little unfinished to me :shrug: I love the planets.
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
everyone thinks its a neb, its not a neb its just dust, if it was a neb dont you think i'd try harder!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
i337m1k3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
big, awesome concept and that lightening freakin rox! great lightening and textures, looks very clean and awesome!
bullseyepimp Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
that looks great..... the planets have beautiful texture and the colors are awesome :+fav:
internethead Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
the starfield is brilliant, lots fo depth, and the space dust rocks. the difference in strength, and the colour make it very auroura like. the orange/brown planets have a nice cloud texture, but they look a lil similar... i think as they're so small you could add a lil more obvious contrasts on the surface, as they look very much like gas with clouds. on the rings i think the dust could be thinned, or the asteroids moved behind, it looks a bit cut n paste, and your too good for that. the lightning is very sharp compared to the blurred photo, and that's good, it really works for me. the blending from space to earth is pretty much perfect. it brings out some new colours, which add to the piece. even your brushwork around the photo mathces the blurriness, and looks almost painted, which again adds to this piece.

you may not think it was particularly difficult, but the way all these elements were put together and the artisticness behind this piece makes it particularly special.
MJ00 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Student Digital Artist
that's so nice... I love all of it! :+fav:
clev Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
I really like the over all layout aspects to this. The planets are all layed out nicely and the space also looks really good. DEtail is incredible, excellent job with the space debry etc, and the lightning is a great adition to this. on thing I can't stand in this is the lighting on the planets. It looks awful, you messed up on this one man. Mainly the small orange planet and the large blue. The large blue should be revieving a bit of light from that flare right above it. Other than these this is a great piece, excellent work man.
silentglaive Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work, i'm not sure about the lightning though.
garfield101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the whole lightning thing below looks really cool :) although i think the one at the top kinda lack something...
furryphotos Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Professional Photographer
I like the blue dust part but it does look kinda odd even if it is just to fill the void. The rings planets abd all are nicely done.
avireX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
really nice i like it but the planet ring with the blue fog i dunno it dont compare with the rest
B3ANBAG Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
nice pic... i noticed you dont take critisms that great so i wont bag it out ok. i'll only say that the space dust looks awesome that works well and the atmos clouds are blended into the space well... however i noticed that light sources seem to be coming from all over the place and it hits on planets wrong... me thinx neway... also those little space ships or whatever they are look really tacky n i reckon they should be taken out. oh btw... very nice asteroids!
B3ANBAG Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
yeah it does! cheers!
psamtik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
The proper light source was originally coming from the photo on the botton left side. The other stars you see around the picture are not supposed to be bright enough to project light on the planets if that helps.
gauravpatel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2004
I love what you've done with the photo. I really like planets texturing, the planet ring. I think the space dust could have been blended in more in some places. But yeah, good job man. =)
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July 4, 2004
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1/160 second
Focal Length
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