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The Stygian Nebula

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I've been wanting to do another realistic nebula scene.  I started this image several times and ended up deleting everything twice.  Finally the artistic, almost organic growth started to take over and what emerged is probably the most realistic nebula I created so far.  I'm calling this the "Stygian Nebula" because of the thick dark clouds of dust and gas that fold over the surface of the interior gaseous emission regions.  Glowing brightly from excited gases heated by bright young stars in its core, the Stygian Nebula looks almost inviting, but is actually a deadly trap for any unsuspecting ships that may become confused by its thick metal-laced clouds and raging magnetic fields.

This image was done entirely in Photoshop using my own set of "nebula" brushes.  The brushes are actually composed of photographs of normal everyday clouds I took myself and converted in PS to useful brushes for this kind of work.  The planet is also composed of similar PS brushes and was originally my Saturn texture.  If you like this image, leave a few comments and tell me what you think!
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Thank you! Hope your doing well!

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yes we are well and you ?

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Just hoping it stops snowing soon. It would be nice to get outside for a change!

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it the weather gone better ? Here we had the first "attack" of spring with warmer temperature and sun, now return back to colder air.

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Actually, it has warmed a bit here as well, but the ground is still covered in snow. Just a few more weeks and Spring will arrive (and hopefully the pandemic will end)!

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I just love space photos.

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I'm not going to try to see what you are talking about because after it clicks, then that's all I'll ever see in this image. But I do have to admit, I was half loaded most of the time while doing this. I think it helps loosen the mind...

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Pareidolia is taking hold of me as I look at this image. Definitely see a face there. The outer/upper nebula is a huge mop of wild red hair like Carrot-Top's used to be; the lower is its bright red beard. The upper bright stars are the eyes. The triangular set of star underneath is the nose. That dark trail of gas is the party streamer the nebula is blowing to celebrate the New Year, and the planet at lower right is the trailing end of said party favor. Wheeeee.

Imagine what I'd see if I ever got high, drunk, or stoned!! :D

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Ok, now I see it. I guess just think of it as one of the Stygian witches!

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Either that or someone somehow keeps slipping 'trip' into my morning juice. :D

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