Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The photorealistic atmosphere in Google Earth 7.1

The photorealistic atmosphere in Google Earth 7.1:
The release of Google Earth 7.1 brought with it a number of nice enhancements, including the new starry sky, but the best-looking might just be the new experimental “photorealistic atmosphere” option, seen here:
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(screen capture submitted by Dimitris Manias)
It looks amazing!
The new feature is still being tested and may be a bit buggy, but can be enabled on your computer right now if you go to [Tools] –> [Options] –> “Use photorealistic atmosphere rendering“.
To get a view similar to the image above, you need to do a few things.  First, of course, enable the photorealistic atmosphere.  Next, you’ll need to turn on the sun by using the [View] –> “Sun” option (or by clicking the sun icon at the top of the screen).  Lastly, to enable the sun to reflect on the water you’ll need to have the water surface enabled by going to [View] –> “Water Surface“.
Here are a few more screenshots taken using the technique above.  Wow!

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