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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Aqueous by hameed
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April 26th, 2010

Water, its the stuff of life.

The ice terrain was rendered with subsurface scattering, processor intensive but well worth it. With global radiosity for added realism. The planets maps were done in Photoshop and rendered within the same scene in Max. The shaded lower half of the planet is actually picking up light from the terrain because of where it was placed in the scene.

Cray CX1, Adobe Photoshop CS, Autodesk 3DsMax.

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astronomy » blue » digital rendering » ice » landscapes » night » planets » rainbows » sky » space » stars »

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: ISO2112
about 14 years, 2 months ago
this looks like it would be the cover of a Yes album, very nice!
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Very nice work indeed! I like it and I just downloaded. Thanks!
Posted By: Ferris
about 14 years, 2 months ago
This wasn't inspired by Europa, one of Jupiter's main moons, was it?
Looks good!
Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Very realistic; nicely done. It's rare that I like CGI wallpaper but this is great.
Posted By: Iraimbilanja
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Cool one, kinda oldskool.
Posted By: solardog
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I'm assuming this is hameed from deviantArt? Some of the best space/planetary art out there. Awesome.
Posted By: four12
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Not entirely sure on the 'rainbow'. It looks like it is missing a unicorn.

Drop the rainbow and it would be better.
Posted By: Selenium
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Agreed - Would look better without the rainbow. Still very nice, however. Thank you.
Posted By: stubulman
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I love the strata in the ice. It's cool. (Pun intended.)
Posted By: Euphytose
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Really nice! Strange angle but that's what that makes the picture special.
Posted By: kailIFL
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I guess using a Cray CX1 brings a slightly different meaning to the phrase "processor intensive". Wow.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I wasn't thinking about removing the rainbow but I sort of agree after test driving Adobe CS5 with it's content aware fill and delete that rainbow is history and it does make this wallpaper even better! Man do I love CS5 or what? I am in love :)
Posted By: Rich
about 14 years, 2 months ago
This is outstanding, very realistic.
Posted By: Tim H.
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Whoa. I normally do not like digital rendering at all because I normally only like real photographs, but again: WHOA! I sat here staring at this for a very long time. I really love how realistic this looks!! Very well done, man! Very!

Unfortunately, I agree that this might be even better without the rainbow. I think that it's because the rainbow is making me examine the image for reasons why it's there.

But I think that if the rainbow were removed and if that new version were compared to the original, then I suppose that I might end up preferring the original. However, it's a tough call without actually having such a comparison in front of me.

Although, I can't deny that the rainbow feels very out of place. It feels like a rainbow doesn't belong in this environment (or perhaps can't exist). But if it weren't there, then I think that I would want something else there to fill that space - perhaps a smaller planet or a moon. Or maybe a comet or something else that we might encounter in outer space.
Posted By: Marden
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Actually I think the whole rainbow effect is for a reason, given that it is above ice, would it be too much to assume that the moisture given off of the melted ice (due the thinner atmosphere ice may melt faster) there may be a rainbow?

This is just my science fiction writer mind at work, if you disagree, no problem that's fine. Just a hypothesis about it.
Posted By: josephwm
about 14 years, 2 months ago
No, there should be no moisture given off by the melted ice. While this may be over-analysing, since we can see the stars and the planets in the picture so easily, it would strongly suggest that there is little or no atmosphere. This means that any ice warmed up by thermal radiation or a solar source would effectively sublime (turn straight to a gas), and therefore there is no moisture to produce such a rainbow. FYI, ice does not necessarily melt faster due to a thinner atmosphere, it is only the boiling point that changes.

What you have instead of rainbows are things like ice halos, and sun-dogs, which happen a lot in places like Antarctica. I have colleagues that travel there for research, and they bring back some interesting photography showing the phenomenon. Indeed, see this photo from the wiki page for a nice example:


I do love this picture though!
Posted By: AluminumHaste
about 14 years, 2 months ago
Nice render, but way to grainy looks horrible on my 23 inch 1080p display. Other than that though, it's beautiful.
Posted By: StealthMode
about 14 years, 2 months ago
cool one but there is noise in it its not clear .
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 14 years, 2 months ago
I suspect the "noise" is supposed to be ice crystals in the atmosphere that might also account for the rainbow. I didn't notice it at first - the scene seemed cold and dead and I wondered about the tag line regarding water being the stuff of life. But the crystals are swirling, further suggesting atmospheric winds of some kind. There is certainly a tension between the seemingly static ice on the surface and the agitation above it. It's a stunning image, however we may quibble about the reality of it. I'm afraid I agree, though: The rainbow is gratuitous, not to say incongruous. As for Photoshop CS 5, it's awesome; I want it, but cannot afford it. Bummer.
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 14 years, 2 months ago
PS: the most beautiful pictures of ice I've ever seen are in the movie March of the Penguins. There is far more color and texture than even this image portrays. The low angle of the arctic sun saturates the walls of ice with awesome colors.

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