Dreamlike Photo Manipulations of Earth and the Starry Night Sky

For his project titled “Unrealistic Scenes“, photographer Nathan Spotts composited his own landscape photographs with digital artwork of planets floating in the starry night sky.

I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of our world, and often dream of the things that lay just beyond what we can see. I wanted to create images of scenes that are not-quite real, but that almost could be.

You can find more images from this project on Spotts’ website here.

Unrealistic Scenes (via My Modern Met)

Image credits: Photographs by Nathan Spotts

  • Dana Weise

    For the most part I like these. I think there’s one that looks a little silly however and don’t find it that appealing. Looks a little too much like a person stuck a planet on the sky. Most planets, revolving around each other would not be seen that large.

  • 3point9fps

    I like these as well, but these images make me think they’d belong on a sci-fi book cover or something science fiction for that matter. Therefore, I can categorize these more along the lines of illustrations rather than something photography related.

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  • Chris

    Absolutely you must see the brilliant work of David Jackson (aka AlienVisitor) who does this sort of stuff on this planet AND OTHERS with the same effort that I take a breath – and it’s a big breath when I visit his site.  Check it out at – you will not be disappointed.

  • koolaid

    how would you know? im guessing you have been to other planets, 

  • Anonymous

    Thx for this great information that you are sharing with us!!!

  • Unkoolaid

    It says earth you moron.

  • Dave

    In the second photo, the light source (Sun?) is coming from different angles for each of the two planets floating in the sky (mid-upper left and mid-lower left) Details like this should be worked out in the concept stage. I mean, if the sun was close enough to light the planets so differently, there would not be an atmosphere with clouds on the foreground planet, it would be too hot.

  • Tran-Shawn Yu

    photoshop in a picture of a wolf and bam, print that sucker on a t-shirt…