Sports Fanatic me: *sulks quietly*
Apathetic me: Yeah, he’s still at it. James is okay as long as no one mentions the game, but the pain’s still there. I’m like ‘whatever, next year maybe.’ But that’s just me.
Normal me: At least he’s still got the Penguins…
Sports Fanatic me: MALKIN’S OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH A TORN ACL AND MCL.
Normal me: Uhm…well, yes, that sucks, but they’ll manage. And the Pirates will be starting up soon too.
Apathetic me: Hard to be disappointed when you have no expectations to start with…
Normal me: Now to the business at hand. Take it away, Nerdy and Artistic.
Artistic me: Okay, so, today’s piece is totally not in line with what my normal style is. Then again, so was that “Eclipse” piece, but whatever. I’ll let Nerdy explain the problem with most of my pieces.
Nerdy me: *pushes glasses up* Okay everyone, here’s your lesson for the day. First, pop quiz: why are there no stars in most of NASA’s photos?
Artistic me: …not because they’re fake, I know that much.
Nerdy me: Thank you for that enlightened observation… The reason you don’t see any stars is because the cameras used are set for daylight exposure, meaning the shutter isn’t open long enough to capture starlight. In fact, the light of the stars is considerably dimmer than that of the light reflected off of the Earth, Moon, or other celestial bodies. As such, in order to avoid overexposure, they leave the cameras at daylight exposure, as I had mentioned. Ergo, no stars visible.
Artistic me: Yeah, all well and good, I know, but it makes for some dull scenes.
Nerdy me: *sticks out tongue* photographs of the planets are spectacular enough on their own.
Artistic me: I won’t argue that they lack artistic merit. That’s definitely not true. But the point is, if you look at sci-fi art, you see stars. Lots and lots of stars. Well, in today’s picture, we were going for a more “realistic” look. Hence the black background.
Nerdy me: Saturn’s my favorite planet… *geeks out*
Artistic me: It’s really photogenic, isn’t it?
Nerdy me: Ohhhh yes, it’s beautiful.
Artistic me: Glad we chose to use that one instead of any other planet. I don’t think it would have worked quite the same way.
Nerdy me: Nope.
Artistic me: Alright, well, there’s your lesson for the day. Now here’s a bonus, something from the archives. A comparison of what James managed to make back years ago as compared to now:
Artistic me: You know, James may go back and redo this ship eventually…it’s got potential, I think.
Nerdy me: I always liked it, he did some good images with her. I hope he does revisit it.
Normal me: Well, that’s all for today, see you all next time. Normal, out.