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Horns of the Kraken

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In a not too distant alien mythology, it is said that the body of an immense creature lies just beneath the waves of the ocean where it fell dead many millennia ago.  The offspring of the Gods of the sky, the Kraken fell through the division in the planet's ring system and plummeted to its death.  The giant creatures horns are still visible to this day sticking above the water of this moon's ocean marking where its body lies beneath.  Or so they say...  I'm convinced the story is just something the local merchants tell the tourists.

My new work "Horns of the Kraken" depicts an alien beach where the setting sun is illuminating the unique rock formations just offshore.  This ocean moons parent world can be seen in the background as a methane-rich gas giant giving the planet a greenish hue much like our very own Uranus.  As we continue to find more and more real planets out in space, I'm sure many sights like this must exist.  Oh! to stand in such a spot!

The landscape for this scene was rendered (about 10 hrs) using Vue 2015.   I added the gas giant, ring system, and moons using Photoshop.  All clouds are from photographs I took myself.  As always, if you have any comments, I'd love to hear what you think of this piece!
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Moogiesgirl77's avatar
Spectacular, thank you!
uxmal750ad's avatar
Thanks,  I really appreciate it!
Moogiesgirl77's avatar
You're very welcome!
overseer's avatar
Very nice work. Without the planet I'd have let this pass as a photo. Vue has come a long way. Well worth the 10 hours for sure!
uxmal750ad's avatar
Thanks!  I appreciate it!
cosmicbound's avatar
I'm really liking the composition here. The landscape and planetary formations mirror each other in shape, shadow, number and even colour. I think any improvements would have to be minor; maybe less sporadically placed small rocks on the beach to further enhance symmetry.
uxmal750ad's avatar
Thanks for the comments!  Right now the realism in my work is limited by my skills in Vue, but as I learn more I hope to get more accurate...
cosmicbound's avatar
Fair, you could also paint them in. More than realism, I had in mind a further reflection of form by the rocks. There's already a basis there with the three larger rocks = three rock formations = three celestial bodies. Whereas the smaller rocks are looking a bit unhelpfully disorganised.
tsahel's avatar
it's fabulous !
uxmal750ad's avatar
Thanks so much!!
Nightwalker50's avatar
The tides must be tremendous here.
uxmal750ad's avatar
I considered that actually.  Massive tides fit well with the carved rock formations...
Nightwalker50's avatar
I also thought the rings would be edge-on, unless the satellite has an orbit akin to Saturn's Iapetus.   Looks better this way though. 
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