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Utopia Planitia by overseer Utopia Planitia by 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.
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:icontreeclimber:
I know you saw my facial expressions, so you know that my initial reaction was just a jaw-dropped state of awe!

What I truly like about this piece of work: The light glow that you've closely paid attention to, as the way our eyes perceive light, this is just fitting, despite the lack of atmosphere, we would still see light this way, so kudos to that.

The field of depth from the docks to the planet is truly realized! You can not mistaken the distance between the technology and the planet itself - VERY well done.

The texture of the closer dock is fantastic - has a very real material feel to it; very mechanical in that you can see that it is a metal substance, designed to withstand a good beating by whatever comes near/at it.

The blur of the shuttle really gives a great feel of activity in the scene - the blur shows us that these machines (ships and bays) aren't just hanging out for the sake of looking cool. It gives the notion that it takes PEOPLE to build these things, and people to fix and test them as well.

I truly appreciate the attention to the angle of the models to the bays and there corresponding 'partner' stations nearby - as though in my own shuttle craft doing my own fly-by look around.

I do have a few suggestions though, one idea, as I recall in your previous creation of this scene, was that you had the lights on in/on the ship. I'm not suggesting to have that quantity of lighting on again, I'm thinking, that maybe at least, the lights of the Bridge, as it is in dry dock, and the Bridge and Main Engineering would be bustling with technicians.

Another thought I had, was to add a bit of texture to the outer edges of the circular pads to the left, they have a bit of a plastic-y feel to them.

And lastly for the bits of suggestions, is to darken the top of the slightly distant dock, as there isn't anything really providing light to it, the color tones of the rails on Voyager's dock blend in a bit too easily to the top of the other ship's dock.


I am truly astonished with the progression of your work since 2003, and I know you will only improve your works as time continues! I am utterly fascinated by your effort and care that you place into these works!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
The Voyager's looking amazing here.
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anno78 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
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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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You know the Enterprise-D made a cameo in "Relativity"
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016   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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tys187 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I have a copy of those meshes? They are superb!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015   Digital Artist
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Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Gorgeous, I love it, thank you!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Moogiesgirl77 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
You're welcome again :D!
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Godfoot-808 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist 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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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. And yes, it would be quite a view!
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Godfoot-808 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It would indeed.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
I would just be happy to be able to see Earth from orbit in my life time!
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:icongodfoot-808:
Godfoot-808 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You and me both my friend! :)
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hope you don't mind I have featured this image in my latest journal.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Absolutely not, thank you very much! I'm honored.
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Federation starships in drydock is a tradition.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeah, definitely a requirement.
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:iconhandofmanos:
HandofManos Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent use of the models and great afterwork in PS is my thought :)
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you.
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alexlyoko13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Love it, I always wished trek would have shown Terraformed Mars, insted of just talking about it
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Digital Artist
Yeah, would have been nice, buy probably not in the budget then or way too Total Recall... ;)
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virtualkey08 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Again, a stunner and I am happy you enjoyed using the dock shuttle in it.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Once again, thank you!
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BybyMagic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the Voyager is cool with the deflector off.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. I think so, too, because you don't see it very often.
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BybyMagic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only time I saw the Voyager with the deflector off, Chakotay was when it was served to defend the ship.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011   Digital Artist
You mean the one when the ship split into different time periods? I think the episode was called "Shattered".
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BybyMagic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes that's it! That this episode!
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DavidAkerson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Superb work! Feels official!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I try...
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michaeljtr Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
very very great piece!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
kinda wish I could :+fav: this over and over
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overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
:blush: :hug: Thank you!
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Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work, but i wouldnt of had the galaxy class next to the station as it looks tiny compared to the station.
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overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you, but I did that on purpose to illustrate the size differences and depth of field. I used the TNG episode "Measure of a Man" to get the sizes of the station compared to the Galaxy-class right.
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GregStitz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nice. Feels like the TV show, not that I've seen an episode of Voyager lol.
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overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you. It's my aim to get a close as possible and well, if you want to double check, I've stated the episode I used as reference. It's a short intro sequence of the episode (probably about half a minute or so) where you see the ship yards. It's not an exact replica, but clos enough.
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MaxFirestorm Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ironically, I'm re-watching Voyager right now X3

I really love this <3 This is amazing.
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it.
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davemetlesits Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Magnificent!
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:iconoverseer:
overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Great work! Always liked these TNG cruisers. :D

I love the moody lighting!
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overseer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:icontreeclimber:
TreeClimber Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
psssst....that uhm, voyager.
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Jetfreak-7 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Yup, and there's an Akira in the bottom right ;)
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TreeClimber Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yup, noticed that too :p
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