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Earth Rise 4.5 Billion Years BC

The Shot


I have wanted to do something like this for a while. The picture is intended to depict a view of the Earth from the Moon about 4.5 billion years ago. This was soon after a (few hundred million years) the Moon was formed by a collision between the Earth and another Planet. At this time the Moon was much closer to the Earth about 12,000 - 20,000 miles as opposed to its current 239,000 miles. The earth would have looked enormous in the sky of the Moon. Following the collision the Earth had magma oceans and a lot of volcanic activity. This was also a time of volcanoes and lava flows on the Moon.


I wanted to achieve this image entirely photographically from my own images. No digital painting, no textures and no planet or star images from others like NASA.


3 main layers were used. First for the landscape I used a picture of the Volcanoes National Park, Timanfaya on Lanzarote taken in March this year. The area close to the camera is the appropriately known Tranquillity Valley. This area in the centre of the Park can only be seen from a coach on a road near enough the width of a coach with some steep drops. I pressed the lens against the glass to avoid reflections. This image had the usual treatment with a false HDR and increases in reds.


The next image was the Planet. I cut out a portion of an earlier HDR image of Lava Caves in Lanzarote with the colours provided by the lighting on the rocks. The planet was created from this using the 3D tools in CS5.


The last image was a combination of various Star field images to provide a denser star field and edits for star diffraction and enhanced colours.


The star field was used as a base and selections of the landscape and planet pasted in.


Full details of the processing together with images of the various stages and an HDR or processing Tip of the Day are on my Blog

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Taken on March 5, 2012