To add to the above, one thing NG has never shied away from is insisting on the highest possible technical quality for its photography. This does not mean, however, that the magazine would refuse to print a fuzzy black-and-white (or even a torn and wrinkled brown-and-smudge) if this was the only visual record available of an event of importance.
Translated to subject-relevancy: A scene from Wolf 359 could with full justification be reproduced by giving us a fuzzy screencap from a videotape, and then slapping graphics over it that would specify this as a "gun camera shot", or something taken by a recording drone amidst the battle's heavy EM interference and subspace shockwaves and whatnot.
Similarly, a key live-action event could be presented as a snapshot taken by an away team's tricorder-wielding Ensign Expendable, just when he was hit by that disruptor beam. Or then he had to take it covertly through some vegetation, from a distance. Surely the reduced quality of the image could be forgiven.
Here's a possibility that should not be overlooked when making use of all that accumulated wealth of Trek visual records.
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:::nods in agreement::: That's absolutely right, Timo. In fact, a lot of times these items come from the strangest sources. Imagine if you will a shot of a scorched, somewhat shredded, & ice-crystalized section of photo of Ben & Jennifer Sisko at Gilgo Beach; the caption in true NG style reads: "'Some times the hardest part of doing this,' says salvage worker Thon Lorit, 'is finding the small things. It affects everyone in ways you just can't describe.' A full Betazoid, Thon says that he sometimes is overwhelmed by the raw emotions of the rest of the work crew when they find a fragment of a person's life floating among the wreckage. Here, at left, a happy moment captured forever shows the scars of horror."
(Note, of course, that the article would be from late 2367 or mid-2368, before Ben Sisko became a well-known name as commander of DS9.)
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One thing that would be cool, Since your doing the Wolf359 scenes from scratch you could add in designs for the Apollo and Rigel,or perhaps there could be a massive map of the battle on one page, with ships that perticipated with a side view of each as a bottom border.
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quote:Originally posted by Timo: Translated to subject-relevancy: A scene from Wolf 359 could with full justification be reproduced by giving us a fuzzy screencap from a videotape, and then slapping graphics over it that would specify this as a "gun camera shot", or something taken by a recording drone amidst the battle's heavy EM interference and subspace shockwaves and whatnot.
Even simpler: those shot were recovered from what's left of the Fleet at Wolf 359, which were mostly irradiated wrecks.
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You hit the nail on the head! The obvious passion with which you wrote that essay is exactly what is fueling this book. The pictures will tell the story, the text will fill in the details.
You had some great ideas in there and have given me some food for thought.
Someone really needs to start an 'Unseen Frontier' thread, and the first post should be Shik's - his note describes the book better than I did!
And yes, I agree that the images in the book need to look like they had been taken by some manner of physical means. As a matter of fact, that's EXACTLY what I did in the much-maligned 2002 calendar - every image's source is revealed in the captions.
I finally saw the book at Barnes and Noble, but I didn't buy it. I didn't think it was worth it (sorry, Mojo). Some of the ship info was nice, and the pictures were good, but a lot of it was not what I had hoped for.
Well, I also finally saw it at the local specialty book shop, and while I didn't buy it, I will. No, it's not every tech-head's dream, but it satisfies a lot of what I was after. It's on my Chirstmas list, or alternatively when the regular bookstores start showing them off at not-inflated prices.
I would have to agree with this, and I am GLAD that it is akin to the Danube Class Runabout! The underside pattern is VERY VERY similar to the underside of a runabout - with the addition of wings! and maybe a LI'L more pointy at the front... no?
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