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Utopia Planitia

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Published: February 18, 2011
© 2011 - 2019 overseer
This is losely based on the opening sequence of the 5th season STVOY episode "Relativity" and shows part of the Utopia Planitia fleet yards above Mars.

This was a request by *TreeClimber :heart: and is essentially a remake of a piece from 2003 (I hope some skill improvement is apparent):

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Background: Google. Thank you NASA.

Meshes: Drydock by Nico Weigand, Intrepid-class by Sarod, Akira-class by Ian Bremner, Spacedock Shuttle by VK08, Regula-class starbase by Rick Snider, Danube-class by Thomas Slanitz and finally Galaxy-class by Prologic9.

Composition: Scene and lighting setup in LW (this scene contains 72 individual light sources following my initial setup!!), final composition in PS including further glow effects and blurs. Added slight blue-ish tinge and grain for TV effect.

Star Trek © Paramount Pictures, All Rights Reserved.

Original size: 1600x1200 plus frame.

Total time approx. 12 hours incl. render time and 50 layers in PS (following update).

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

Update: Based on *TreeClimber's very helpful critique (thank you muchly :glomp:) I've now updated this image with the following fixes additions:

    • Voyager windows now lit
    • Added texture to starbase 'pods'
    • Added shadow to top of secondary drydock
    • Added Danube-class Runabout
    • Added Galaxy-class
    • Some fixes to starfield
    • Amended angle of drydock shuttle towards the starbase


I think the additions added depth (as in perspective) as well as dynamic.


Updated 2012.
Image size
2750x2070px 2.65 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Spino2Earth's avatar
The USS White Wolf (Intrepid Class) and the USS Chernobyl (Akira Class) under construction in orbit of Tenzin 4.
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Knight3000Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful scene
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The Voyager's looking amazing here.
anno78's avatar
This is, in one word, STUNNING!

I would love (and be honoured) to see my Century-class Endeavour done by you!
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SpiderTrekfan616Hobbyist General Artist
You know the Enterprise-D made a cameo in "Relativity"
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overseer Digital Artist
She did? In the opening sequence somewhere? Could've been another Galaxy-class, there were quite a few built...
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tys187Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I have a copy of those meshes? They are superb!
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Gorgeous, I love it, thank you!
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overseer Digital Artist
Thank you!
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You're welcome again :D!
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Godfoot-808Hobbyist Photographer
This is a true work of art worthy of hanging on someones wall. :) stunning work. Only wish I could live long enough to see this sort of thing with my own eyes.
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overseer Digital Artist
Thank you very much. And yes, it would be quite a view!
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Godfoot-808Hobbyist Photographer
It would indeed.
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overseer Digital Artist
I would just be happy to be able to see Earth from orbit in my life time!
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Godfoot-808Hobbyist Photographer
You and me both my friend! :)
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archangel72367Student Digital Artist
Hope you don't mind I have featured this image in my latest journal.
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overseer Digital Artist
Absolutely not, thank you very much! I'm honored.
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Federation starships in drydock is a tradition.
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overseer Digital Artist
Yeah, definitely a requirement.
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HandofManosHobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent use of the models and great afterwork in PS is my thought :)
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overseer Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Love it, I always wished trek would have shown Terraformed Mars, insted of just talking about it
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overseer Digital Artist
Yeah, would have been nice, buy probably not in the budget then or way too Total Recall... ;)
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