Reflections Among The Flamingos

Mirrored Reflection Take 1

This post is really just me playing around with a technique – using mirrored water in Second Life to create reflections. I had seen the tutorial by Strawberry Singh many times, but I had never attempted it before. But earlier today, one of my images from Flickr was invited to be included in the Magical SL Reflections group. I was captivated by so many of the photos there that I wanted to try myself.

I did go through the other tutorials listed on Berry’s page, and they were helpful. I am still having problems finding the right light settings (in fact, I actually tweaked one of the presets in Firestorm, although I can’t remember which one!) and I am having issues with jagged edges, even shooting at a high resolution (6144 X 4368). I discarded quite a few shots while I was experimenting and finally hit upon the one above that I felt was good enough to play with in Photoshop and finally, Picmonkey. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

I have now read through the comments (lol yeah, I probably should have done that first) and there are a couple of tips I may try out. And oops! – I was in such a rush to start playing with the photos today, I forgot to grab my credits (insert blushy face here). However, I can tell you the dress is by Rebel Hope and available at FaMESHed, the hair is from Emo-tions, my skin is Jade by [PXL] Creations, feet and hands are by Slink and I really don’t remember which pose I used 😦 Sorry! I promise to do better next time!

The flamingos have been wandering in the lily pads at our home since before we moved in. I’m grateful they didn’t fly away when I got so close 🙂

8 thoughts on “Reflections Among The Flamingos

  1. Rwah September 7, 2013 / 9:56 am

    Mutters something about being to busy to fiddle with this particular technique even though she was sent the link.

    Amazing picture Peep!

    • PeepSideshow Darkward September 7, 2013 / 10:12 am

      Hugs, Rwah 🙂 Using the technique really isn’t that hard – just load the water setting and change your water settings to the mirror. Tweak a bit if you need to, but really the hard part is getting rid of the jagged edges in the reflections. I think I’m going to try using this with landscape photography – distant reflections don’t seem to distort as much as close ones. I’ll see how it works out, but I have found I get good landscape reflections using the Nam’s Beach Scene water setting – I may not need to change, after all.

  2. Kitty O'Toole September 9, 2013 / 6:56 pm

    Oh well done Peeps! This looks utterly fabulous, totally tranquil and really effective. I’m jealous! Excellent work!

    • PeepSideshow Darkward September 9, 2013 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you , Kitty 🙂 I had fun playing with it and hope to get better!

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