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Solar Roofs

The solar roofs are contructed to face the sun of their system at least 22 hours a day to maximize energy extraction. For scientists the platforms have also proven to be a valuable environment for new exotic lifeforms in flora and fauna because of the extreme tropical climate conditions. Over the years the roofs have also attracted millions of tourists, creating new metropolises much as New York City and Las Vegas in the 21st century.

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To create this work I used some of my shots taken on my trip to Miami (mostly those from the plane), so you could probably find parts of Florida in there. The planet was done with the 3D functions in Photoshop. I'm slowly starting to get the hang of that, although it's working really slowly and the quality it produces could be better. For parts of the planet texture I have to give the Nasa archives some credit. Other than that it's the usual matte painting techniques which bring the whole thing together.

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There's a zip-file with the 1920*1080 wallpaper version available per download. You can use that one to create smaller wallpapers for your own desktop if you like. ;)

Visit my website: www.xkire.de
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spiraloso's avatar

Terrific work Erik!!

ErikShoemaker's avatar

This is really awsome:D

TwilightRumiak's avatar
Wo-o-ow! It's so amazing!
Hobby-Crafts's avatar
That is insane, extraordinary!
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tsahel's avatar
wonderful work !
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you! Glad you like it!
shanblue's avatar
This is gorgeous!
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you! It's quite an oldie already, but I still like it. It might deserve a remake. 
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Wikiodi's avatar
 Beautiful :)
Can I use this as non commercial cover artwork if I credit you? :)
ErikShoemaker's avatar
I don't know. What is the cover for? Where are you going to use it? Usually I would not say yes right away...
MountainStrongBear's avatar
It reminds me of The Way, from Greg Bear's Eon.
MaryShaa's avatar
incredibly) 
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blakmanta's avatar
Great concept. Very beautiful.
ErikShoemaker's avatar
thank you very much!
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