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A Desert Dream of Water

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A Desert Dream of Water

An Orion’s Arm future history image.

Desert mirage produced in Bryce 7 Pro.

A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky.

In this instance, composing an image of my Martian VTO/L in ballistic flight, my settings in the Atmosphere lab (which determine haze and ground fog opacity, density, and area (used in Bryce to realistically reproduce the optical effect of atmospheric distortion or distance blurring)) created a non-reflective desert mirage. Viewing the render on my 32” monitor I was inspired to enhance the effect. Going back into Bryce I opened the file and manipulated material settings of my desert sand ground plane texture, increasing reflectivity and rendered the scene again along with several selective masks for use in post. Post work involved blending the two images to this final effect, an image which iconically defines what my Martians are about: men who have turned their creative endeavors to building a new world, utilizing their engineering skills, their knowledge of science, their acumen to industry, in order to build a new domain for life, a world where free men may labor for their own benefit, constrained only by the laws of nature – not by the petulant demands of any whim-worshiping mob, predatory activists, or corrupt bureaucracy.

Future History Timeline Context Link: Orion’s Arm Future History Timeline.

Related Image Link: Mission Return.

Image Composition Notes:

Sky and atmosphere are custom, color matched against true-color images from the MSL Curiosity.

Terrains are Tectonic’s Evolved 2.

All models constructed in Bryce 6.3, rendered in Bryce 7 Pro.

As always thank you for your interest, thoughtful comments, and encouragement.
June 11, 2013
Science Fiction
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Jun 11, 2013 3:11:24 pm
Great work on this the skewed camera angle,and the ship models are very well designed and textured! Great atmo and light too...a fave my friend!

by grafikeer Homepage »

Jun 11, 2013 3:29:09 pm
Well done!

by ronmolina Homepage »

Jun 11, 2013 3:45:31 pm
Stunning image and a great reed

by artofsouls Homepage »

Jun 11, 2013 4:19:42 pm
excellent image

by flavia49 Homepage »

Jun 11, 2013 5:14:29 pm
Amazing !

by Cyve Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 11, 2013 11:42:08 pm
Fantastic image; models and lighting.
Love the POV.


by peedy Homepage »

Jun 12, 2013 11:16:29 am
Fantastic scifi image, great work !

by Leije Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 12, 2013 11:35:14 am
I love it amazing lighting the space ships are amazing and the way you got the water looking is very effective. Well Done 5+


by karl.garnham1 Homepage »

Jun 12, 2013 2:44:03 pm
right out of "Blue Mars;" well done!

by texboy Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 12, 2013 3:58:32 pm
Well Done 5+

by waldodessa Homepage »

Jun 14, 2013 10:57:07 am
Great use of texture and terrain!

by geirla Homepage »

Jun 14, 2013 11:45:38 am
Excellent work as always!

by shayhurs Online Now!   Homepage »

Jun 16, 2013 1:10:10 am
Great scene, very good point of view. I re-use bryce but the material lab is so strange to me.

Mal means Evil/Suffering in French...

by jpiat Homepage »

Jun 17, 2013 10:17:11 am

by MagikUnicorn Homepage »

Jul 27, 2013 8:10:59 pm
Excellent! Magnificent terrain and water.

by adorety Homepage »


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