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This piece arose from a converstation I had with my boys while driving down to southern Illinois to witness last week’s total solar eclipse. We were talking about eclipses and how an eclipse would appear from the moon, with the sun covered by the Earth. We see these as “lunar eclipses” here on Earth and basically the moon turns blood red for a couple of hours. Why does it turn red? Because the sunlight creates a bright red ring around the Earth as it passes through our atmosphere.

As I was describing it I got to thinking that it would make for an interesting wallpaper. I hope you enjoy the result. If you are used to solar eclipse photos you will notice that the corona is smaller here. This is because the Earth is larger than the moon and blocks more of it from being seen. I realize the image looks a bit dark and featureless in thumbnail form but the larger versions in my gallery should show more detail.

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13 reviews for Earthshadow

  1. telefraggle [lifer]

    once again you have created a great piece of art! i really like how all of your images take me on a journey to strange places. when i look at your images i forget where i am. i take a ride on the gardeners ship and travel to thetis, cygni, aquarii and watch the sun go down at the leaf temple. don’t stop travelling with us, ryan. keep up the good work.

  2. Susan [nonmonthly]

    The contrast of the corona against the dark background is very spectacular. It almost hurts my eyes looking at it.

  3. docster [basicmember]

    “Dumbstruck” was my initial internal response, but this scene is much, much smarter than that.

    Beautiful, Ryan!

  4. Rodewaryer [basicmember]

    Thoroughly prepared and exquisitely executed, I don’t see how it could have been done any better, well done!

  5. LanceX [basicmember]

    The detail in the foreground, your interpretation of the sun’s corona and the color choice for the overall image are incredible Ryan! Excellent work! I would love to see what you can do with a render showing some of earth’s bluish reflection effect on an image.

  6. Zach [lifer]

    I agree with Littlemom that some colour variations would be nice in the PJ.

  7. Ozaawaagosh [basicmember]

    This is perfect, Amazing Render. The Dark and Light are so amazingly done. Great Render my Friend

  8. Msrio [basicmember]

    Great eclipse! Stunning light.

  9. David [basicmember]

    Very good. I have been a member, off and on, for a long time… going all the way back to Chamelea!

  10. Littlemom [liferplus]

    This is a nice render. But I do think that if the ring around the sun was a blueish white and the ground hills were in blue tones this one would rock for sure. Could we possibly see a pick jar version in Blue tones?

  11. Xetal [liferplus]

    It’s supposed to be ‘a bit dark and featureless,’ and I think you’ve got it spot on in the full-size picture.

  12. Zach [lifer]

    You’re definitely right about it being much more detailed in the full-size versions. Lots of great shadows and highlights in the foreground!

  13. Todd [basicmember]

    This is probably in my top 3 wallpapers that you have done. So simple but perfect. I now have a new go to. I have nothing else to add, it’s perfect.

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