New Crew Arriving

New Crew Arriving

New Crew Arriving

New Crew Arriving
Digital 3D Art
Blender 2.90.1
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Wacom Cintiq 22HDT
Copyright 2020 Erik Stitt


This simple piece was inspired by the recent coming home of the ISS Crew lead by Commander Chris Cassidy and his fellow crewmates Russian Cosmonauts, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. I also want to address an issue. a comment that I see frequently in the chat on these NASA videos as well as the streaming ISS videos and SpaceX videos,

"Where are the stars?"

Well, the stars are there just like you and I see them but.....because of light pollution, our camera tech is not as good as the human eye at seeing them on the daytime side of the Earth. Just like when you are in the countryside at night, you see limitless stars in the nighttime sky but, when you go into the big city under that same sky, because of all of the lights and glare, you are lucky to see a handful of stars at best. Well, the Earth is much brighter then those city lights with an Albedo of 0.39. What is an albedo? It is the percentage of reflected light off of an object from it's light source. The Earth's is essentially 40%. That's a lot! And that is why one does not see the stars in the daytime footage in space. Our cameras have to be adjusted accordingly just to see the ships and the Earth and it is those adjustments in contrast and so forth that diminish if not dim out the surrounding stars otherwise, all you would see is a big, white blinding glare. Like when you are standing in a field of snow without sunglasses on a sunny day.

3D Objects Modeled, Textured and Rendered in Cycles
Compositing, Overpainting and Effects created in Photoshop

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