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The Great Carina Nebula

By P-J
April 27th, 2009

Public domain image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Original unedited version may be found at: nasaimages.org
(NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org)

Special thanks to chriscologne for the idea of retouching astronomy photos. I used Photoshop CS3 and plugins to retouch the image.

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astronomy » black » hubble space telescope » nature » nebulae » photography » red » sky » space » stars »

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: s1ipp3ry
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Maybe its more interesting to look at from a scientific point of view than pleasant to look at artistically, Personally I wouldn't use it as a wallpaper but it's a good submission non the less !
Posted By: austen
about 14 years, 12 months ago
i like it. i want more astronomical backgrounds for my comp
Posted By: Cytosyn
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Love it!
Posted By: Myles
about 14 years, 12 months ago
This wallpaper looks really good, with a nice use of colours. However, it's a little too "speckled" for my liking. The wallpaper itself is much too busy with so many stars littering about, ultimately denying us from actually appreciating the beauty of what you have done here. Reduce this illusion of noise and you may be on to something quite superb. Good job.
Posted By: lerch84
about 14 years, 12 months ago
I liked more the previous submission, maybe because this is too busy and full of stars on the background, but this is not a mistake, it's just the space :D I won't use it as a wallpaper, however this is a magnificent pic. Keep submitting this universe photos!
Posted By: Moshi
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Complex, but I like it. :)
Posted By: Dave Joyce
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Really enjoy all these souped up NASA pictures you're doing. Keep up the good work! Through no fault of yours, this one does have a few too many stars in it though I think.
Posted By: mrshock13
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Great wallpaper, but for some reason got a nasty headache looking at it. Oh well, will probably end up on my desktop anyways.
Posted By: trout
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Actually Dave, this is another person. But P-J was courteous enough to credit chriscologne for the idea.
Posted By: Rob_A
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Great... I'm looking forward to you add next wallpaper :)
Posted By: Bojan Marsetich
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Come on, nothing creative!
Posted By: BillyGoat23
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Again, these purples are nice, but there has to be some other colored pictures out there.
Posted By: Bojan Marsetich
about 14 years, 12 months ago
P-J, I respect you. I am a photo retoucher in Photoshop, and I know it takes a lot of work to clean up these photos of NASA, but I prefer to see your own photos. Be creative! Regards and best wishes.
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Bojan, I haven't commented on the NASA photo postings before because of the overwhelmingly positive response. I too feel that their being here is just shy of the intent of this site. Retouching a Michelangelo may be an art in and of itself, but in the end you are standing on the shoulders of the creator.
Posted By: P-J
about 14 years, 12 months ago
I'm creative but , it's difficult to find something pleasant for the user , and I've found a NASA picture wich is , I think an interesting picture , I hope you'll see this on this website and you'll change you mind , and I admit that I should create my own photos but I've decided to start with those one because they're unusual ( besides I haven't got a reflex yet ^^ )
Posted By: P-J
about 14 years, 12 months ago
stubulman > of course I haven't took this picture , that why there's credits , but don't you think that the creator should be happy to see is photo retouched ? do we retouch uninteresting photos ? All the honors are for the persons who takes the photo , we could say that I'm just a spectator and you're true , one day I'll create photo by myself , but where is the problem if they are crédits ?
Posted By: darksnow
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Personally I think these are great. If I were experienced at all with photoshop I would probably do them myself. I always enjoy space wallpapers, but its always been difficult to find some really great ones. What you do just raises the bar, even if you don't take the pictures yourself. Please keep up the good work! :P
about 14 years, 12 months ago
I submitted the same image, but with the original colors. I really thing they are better, found it here:http://www.noao.edu/image_gallery/html/im0667.html
Posted By: Jeffrey Picard
about 14 years, 12 months ago
The original image was amazing in it's detail and tonal range. Your version of it has lost much of this detail and the contrast has been boosted way too high. This image just didn't need any help.
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 12 months ago
P-J, I do appreciate the work that you invested in retouching the NASA image. That you credited the originator of the photo is of course not only a courtesy but an absolute necessity. I am glad you did so. However my reservation is that the work shown on these pages is basically a reflection of the imagination and creativity of those who submit images--both photographic, hand-drawn, or digitally conceived. This is my subjective judgement of the content that IFL accepts or should accept. For example, I could artfully retouch a photo by Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz and so on but would not submit them out of respect for the authors. If you measure the praise garnered by Chris Gin or Macindows, I think my point is made. Originality is highly valued. If you and others disagree, so be it. I don't consider myself the arbiter of what is right--I just have (for what it's worth) an opinion. All the best.
Posted By: Paranormal
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Keep up the retouched NASA images.
Posted By: Tim_K
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Posted By: Alant
about 14 years, 12 months ago
I think there are too many stars. But this wallpaper is nice!
Posted By: ktbloom
about 14 years, 12 months ago
i don't think you get the credit YOU deserve. i like these pictures you retouch. keep up the good work. :)
Posted By: Mateo1041
about 14 years, 12 months ago
Good photo. But way too "busy" for a desktop wallpaper.
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 11 months ago
Alant's comment, "I think there are too many stars..." reminds of a line straight out of the motion picture, Amadeus, where Mozart's rival, Salieri, convinces the Emperor to complain to Mozart that the piece that Mozart has just performed contained "too many notes." Mozart, a bit flabbergasted, retorts that the piece has just the right amount of notes--not too many and none too few. I suppose the heavens don't alway cooperate when we want them too!
Posted By: terryble
about 14 years, 11 months ago
i purposely create an account to thank u...
u did a great job....
hope to get more of these from u...
about 14 years, 10 months ago
awesome view
Posted By: Animus
about 14 years, 4 months ago
I'm alarmed by the amount of negative comments here, and the arbitrary reasoning behind them. Beauty, art, even originality are subjective and dependent on one's focus. This image appeals to me BECAUSE of it's retouching - the constricted tonal range paired with its sheer "busyness" creates an intense and immediate impact that dwarfs the senses and prevents one from "taking it all in," which I find an appropriate sensation to have when scanning the heavens. It looks absolutely magnificent as a background on my black and aluminum MacBook Pro, and I have gotten many compliments on it.

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