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Coastal Plateau by steve-burg Coastal Plateau by steve-burg
This is a 3D landscape created in Lightwave 3D. I did a little bit of fine tuning in Photoshop, but the render looks more or less the same as what you see here - minus the ship flying by.

For the sky, I painted a very large texture and mapped it onto a sphere. The image made use of some of the 360 panoramic skies found on CG Textures [link]

EDIT: This is supposed to be a view of the surface of the fictional planet "Zeta Tucanae D" shown here [link] and here [link]
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent and moody, just how I like it ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure what it might mean, but I find tremendous beauty in desolation! :)
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm right there with you in that.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice work, is there a spec reflection on the rocks? They look great!

Have you tried TG2? There is at least one way you can create killer volumetric waves - it's extremely cool! but render times are pretty long ;)
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BergOne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Reminds me a bit of the planet Carpathia from the one season series Outcasts. The same cold bleak ladscape, but still full of promise.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'm trying to track that show down - I don't think it's been shown here (U.S.) - so I'm hoping to locate it on BluRay or something...

BTW this particular planet is extremely low on the "promise" scale :D
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BergOne Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
It was ok. I love british sci-fi. And this was classic. Sadly it lasted only one season. And ended on the mother of all cliffhangers.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ahhh... It's always brutal when a show ends unresolved... But I have ordered it on DVD. Thanks for the lead! :D
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BergOne Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
The most brutal end I can remember is the end of Carnivale. Now that was resolved... but wait a minute, maybe it wasn't.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very gray seascape. Reminds of the family vacations when I was growing up ;p

Having just finished a re-read of "Legacy of Herot", this kind of reminds me of where they perched the first human settlement.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I haven't read that book - do you recommend it?
This setting actually figures quite prominently in a personal project I'm working on. The mood is supposed to be fairly bleak and desolate.

I'm working on an animation of this at this very moment - I'm going to see if I can get it to look like it does in my mind's eye :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Incidentally, "Legacy of Heorot" is one of those rare books whose sequel is nearly as good. I recommend both!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
I think "Legacy..." is currently out of print.

*checks amazon...*

Yeah, unless you want to grab a used or Kindle edition? I'm not sure why but it seems to be just about the most unread Niven/Pournelle(/and Barnes) creation. I don't know why? I enjoyed it well enough "back in the day", but on a re-read I enjoyed it even more! My wife also hadn't read it and dove in my recommendation, with pleasing results. It plays with the theme of "don't mess with mother nature... or else!", but also crafts an interesting alien ecosystem. A good novel of "life of the interstellar frontier".
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I'll try and find a copy - maybe an "e-book" edition as you mention...
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
If I can jump in, I would second that recommendation :) - it's a fantastic book! (and I agree read the sequel Beowulf's Children too if you can find it)
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Dinjai Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fantastic mood!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)
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Tifung Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, awesome !!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you - I'm glad you like this! :)
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handsomeape Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
this is an excellent 3d, i own lightwave also and I think is totally awesome (I use maya mostly for work and school, modelling is good but texturing is a joke) your textures are so awesome, is that a procedural on the rocks? and the foam on the water is very nice touch, are this photobased textures?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The rocks are a very high res texture that is tiled across most of the landscape (the mountains are different). The nearest cliffs had some custom rock textures blended over this tiling base texture. F

For the surf, I made a 4k pixels alpha mask that revealed some procedural noise just along the shoreline. It was a huge image, but the actual surf line was only a few pixels wide in most places.

The water is all procedural, and pretty basic - just an animated bump map on a flat plane. The whole ocean has the bubbly surf, which was just fractal noise - but it is clipped by the alpha mask except right at the shoreline.
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Tempest--Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
amazing as usual :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! :D
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Arenoptara Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love this so much. So much detail, and I love the colors in it. Great job :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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