| One of the more interesting things I've done lately
in Bryce is the creation of an environment with Jupiter and it's largest
moons built to scale (something on the order of one Bryce unit equalling
100 KM). The joy of this environment is that I can place the camera anywhere
I want in the scene and by moving the moons along in their orbits, I can
create some very realistic images. The data for the creation of this environment
was found in "Astrophysical Data: Planets and Stars" by K.R.
Lang and published by Springer-Verlag.
This image has been made with the addition of a model of the Galileo space probe created by Jose Artero and found on the 3dmodelworld.com website, which I highly recommend visiting if you can stand pop-up advertising windows.
In this image, the Galileo probe is some 500,000 KM away from Jupiter and a little less than 100,000 KM above Io. The camera has a field of view of 15 degrees, giving each element a decent size relationship due to perspective. There are two tangents from reality in this image: the first is the use of a light source to illuminate the probe from above and behind. In space, there's no such thing as ambient light. The second is the fact that the transmitter dish on the probe is fully extended which, unfortunately, did not happen in real life.
The stars were created in Photoshop using a technique I found in "Photoshop Studio Secrets" by Deke McClelland and Katrin Eismann, published by IDG Books. In an image this size, the technique does not work as well as in the full-resolution size I start with.