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This is based on the 7th season STTNG episode "The Pegasus". Cmdr. Riker's former CO, Admiral Pressman, comes aboard the Enterprise and takes command over a salvage operation to retreive the formerly deemed lost prototype Oberth-class vessel U.S.S. Pegasus.

Eventually the ship is found inside an asteroid in the Devolin system and Admiral Pressman, against Capt. Picard's better judgment, orders the Enterprise inside the Asteroid. Eventually the Pegasus is found half stuck inside the rock and it is later found out, that the Pegasus was equipped with an experimental Phasing Cloak which not only cloaks a ship using it, but lets it pass through normal matter.

Due to an accident the cloaking device failed while the ship was drifting through the asteroid, leaving it stranded as it was found here by the Enterprise.

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Background: Created by me in PS. A combination out some own rock photographs and some Google found stock.

Meshes: Galaxy-class by Prologic9, Oberth-class by Gerard Duffy.

Composition: Scene and lighting setup in LW, final composition in PS. Initially rendered first image with Oberth-class, then further modified background, digitally generating the effect the ship being stuck in rock. Second render session added the Enterprise. Final modifications in PS including glows, blurs, lights and shadows. Added slight blue-ish tinge and grain for TV effect.

Additions: Changed Oberth-class registry from U.S.S. Aries in PS postwork to U.S.S. Pegasus as shown in the episode.

Star Trek Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved.

Original size: 2000x1100

Total time approx. 5 hours incl. render time and 365 layers in PS.

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Comments and critique welcome as usual. Full view recommended. Enjoy.


Updated Apr 2011.

Thank you to *TreeClimber once more, for valuable suggestions and continual input. Changes involve sharpening of stone surface areas to achieve a more rugged and less smooth look.
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Thundrhawk1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018   Traditional Artist
Oof the Pegasus' crew got REJECTED when passing through that rock XD

"What happened to your ship?"
"It got stuck in a rock"
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Love that episode!
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bomsteinam Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Professional Artist
Gorgeous!!!!!!!
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great .. love this episode..
also great to see one of my models used to great effect :)

GD
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overseer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you approve and thank you for releasing that great model.
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Taranis69 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pleasure.. wonderful render and currently used as desktop image :)
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j0hndrake Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Absolutely wonderful.

Thanks for sharing!
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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j0hndrake Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
No, thank you!


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Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Fabulous scenery.
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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TiB69 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Brilliant work again, despite the reflected windows argument I would have gone much darker though . Or even, if only the lower left corner (under the ship,and under the spot lights) was darker I think it would work even better. Thats no criticism of your work which is HA-MAzing ! Love that episode and your re-creation is very atmospheric and captures the feel of that moment of wonder and WTF that the crew would have felt at that time!
You continue to inspire me to do cool ST shots despite me wandering off to BSG all the time ;) Next one is all about the Trek !
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Digital Artist
You make some valid points. I might just work it over again a little. Although, I'm not sure I fully understand what you mean with 'relfected windows argument'?

The lighting is the hard part. It's much easier when things are in motion, but I had to add some lights to make it work. But yeah. Generally with Trek stuff I really try to get the shows effects right; of the respective shows and not 'modernise them', because I think that takes the flair away. :shrug:

I have to say I haven't seen BSG yet; the new show anyway. Gonna have to put that on my to-do list. So much to get caught up on, it's not funny anymore. :P And thank you for the huge compliment!
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TiB69 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Light from the windows being reflected in the rock to generate ambient lighting is what I meant. No need to re-do it tbh, its great as it is.
Man you NEED to get some BSG in your life tho, I'm serious, for me there has not been a better Sci-FI experience in the last 20 years. Ronald D Moore let loose and created some truly incredible TV. You could see little bits of that in DS9, the character interplays and growth, proper story arcs , touchy subjects being explored especially in the Dominion War arc but his hands were tied by Berman & Braga for a lot of it . BSG is 4 seasons ( and a 3hr MiniSeries to launch it) of amazing story telling ,real nuanced characters and a great ride.
What was I talking about, oh yes great work on this one, no need to re work it unless you feel like it, its absolutely fine as is !
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Ah, OK... well, using the windows to generate the appropriate lighting in the render itself would not be possible for two reasons:

1) It would require the environment to be part of the render which it isn't in this case, once again, pure photoshop, put together form stone images etc.,
2) The windows are part of the model, but the windows do not as such emit light and I would have to setup lighting for the windows, or even modify the model itself and, well... I'm not a modeler and not due to laziness, just not interested in it. :shrug:

So yeah, thanks again and maybe I'll work it over if I have absolutely nothing else to do. ;)
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TiB69 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Amazing work in Photoshop to be honest. I do everything in Vue not only for slightly better realism but mostly due to the fact that it's easier than doing the other bits in Photoshop, the fact that you are making it all seem part of the same scene while doing the background in PS is amazing ! Great skills there. I've made all the windows on my Prologic9 Galaxy class into area lights to simulate the windows lights reflected on things. I've not actually put it in a scene yet but may come in handy at some point :D
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overseer Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you. Yeah, I found there is nothing you can't do with it over the years. I've used Vue a lot in the past, I think since version 3 when it was still called 'Vue d'esprit'. It definitely is a good software. Right now I can't use it properly, because the grpahics chip of this laptop doesn't work well with it and Vue even tells me so. But then... I enjoy the manual PS work anyway.

And yeah, good work on the area lights. That's some project. :O_o: Not sure I'd have the patience for that and usually I have a lot...
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Marksman104 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I watched that episode not to long ago.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Neat! I remember this ep!
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overseer Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. I enjoyed working on this as it's one of my more favorite episodes.
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yankee30 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Better than Blue Ray hi Def

I remeber this episode

Picard was about to Court Marshal Riker's ass
for not giving up the "Secret"


I fully respect the amount of the work that
went into this
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like it.
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DavidAkerson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Very nice composition! I like the lighting set up!
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. Lighting is always the hardest part to get right (an realistic).
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thelastgunslinger23 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your a Genius you did it again, another great scene and one of my favorite episodes
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Well, I would happily accept being called perfectionist. Genius I don't know. And I'm glad I seem to pick the right ones...
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I would like to second that notion of your geniusness ^_^
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011   Digital Artist
:blush: It's not genius... it's inspiration you give me!
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
takes geniusness to get stuff like this created!
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Digital Artist
Well, generally it would be your genius, since you inspire me... not mine. :nod:
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:bows: you win ^_^ ...you genius you ^_-
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overseer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Digital Artist
:O_o: :heart:
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gavinovz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite episodes. Probably because it has the political intrigue of Federation-Romulian relations. |nerd-mode|
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Yes, it's one of the better ones. As far as I know it got also picked up in the final episode of "Enterprise". If you like Romulans then you will enjoy the Warbird animation I am working on. Just takes a long time to complete due to rendertimes/time. Being a damned perfectionist doesn't help either, of course.
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gavinovz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds pretty tight. Looking forward to it.
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011   Digital Artist
Watch this space...
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thing of beauty!
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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LordTrekie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorite episodes, poor Riker.
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. Well, yes, but he can be glad to have Picard as a CO.
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LordTrekie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, definitely a lucky guy.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
What also helped Riker in that episode is that he had built up many, many fine years of service with Picard as well, but Picard seeing how things played out and his actions was convinced to give him the benefit of the doubt afterwards.
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michaeljtr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
very cool!
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Styphe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Nice Work
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overseer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Digital Artist
Thanks very much.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My one tiny problem with the picture - and it is tiny - is that you can't quite see the lower hull of the Pegasus where it pokes out of the rock. That's purely down to the angle of the 'spotlights' from the Enterprise-D, but it almost looks like the Pegasus has had the lower 'cigar hull' chopped away.

Apart from that, I love the feeling of scale the picture has -- something you often did not get on the aired shows.
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overseer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment. I see if I can brighten it up a bit somehow, however, despite the wide angle that was not shown in the show, I tried to stay true to the angles and given that it should really be pitch black inside the asteroid I already added additional ambience lighting.

There would only be a little part showing though anyway, as the engineering hull starts a short bit after the saucer section viewed from the most forward point.
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, no problem. There *was* artistic licence taken in the original show - it should have been totally black inside that asteroid. The Enterprise-D would have just been a cluster of window lights and engine glow on a black screen, a bit like the Motion Picture...
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overseer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011   Digital Artist
True, except that the lights could reflect off the potential metals in the asteroid rock, causing some ambience. That's what I've been going with. :shrug:
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