I know what you mean about space scenes.
I can’t seem to get any feeling of drama or action into them.
Maybe I should stop trying.
Heh, I think that bottom image is looking pretty sexy actually - whatever turns you on I guess ....
Dynamic composition, lots to look at - maybe a little oversaturated colour wise but its looking great,
I can almost hear those x wings whizzing by…. hold on, you can’t hear in space…. well you can, but you can’t (because of space earwax)
Who cares if its true to the phyics of the situation? As long as it looks good, that’s what I reckon
Funny that you should say that, because the top three images are built in the same scene and have exactly the same light rig, the only thing that changes is the camera position and treatment in post. It’s based on a 2 point binary star system.
If you really want accurate deep space lighting then you’re only allowed one light source with very local indirect light. When close to a planet, moon or nebula the reflected light becomes significant. Ship running lights or space station floods are very handy. The NASA nebula pics are enhanced and colour shifted to make them more attractive but I say ‘what the heck, if that’s what works’.
The composition is a personal choice to indicate a building battle and confusion. A personal choice and necessary to the story, so I suppose that’s the intended reaction from you. I know that I miss on composition sometimes but I get very few critiques, so thank you for that.
The first one looks good (has more depth and feel of motion) because I massively forced the perspective. I boosted the ambient in post to give more pleasing shadows. I used the same tricks on the last one and but also lit counter intuitively to the background. The framing on both helps to sell the sense of motion, something that the panavision aspect ratio is really good for.