For this image series, I created a few images from satellite pictures from NASA's MODIS sensor. I also created cloud textures and an atmosphere. Create a photographically accurate image was the goal here, and understanding how the earth is coloured and lit was important, for example the sea has been coloured by the way the blue atmosphere lights the globe, and isn't coloured by a diffuse 'water' material. 

This project was done in Photoshop, Cinema 4D and After Effects.