I`ve recently finished an animation that was done as free project at
Albert Bauer Studios. It shows what can be done with just 1 HDR and 1 regular
photo in combination with google and nasa satellite images. I did everything
from photography/HDR-shooting over matte painting and CGI to final
compositing and grading in Photoshop, Maya, Nuke and After Effects.
The final piece can be seen on this website or at:
Check out the Making of aswell.