Roxie And The Donkey Lady

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If you follow my blog, you have seen my attempts at home & garden photography. Some are more successful than others. I am a huge fan of several photographers who specialise in this type of work, but as I have previously mentioned, none more than my friend, Rwah. If you haven’t visited her blog to check out her epic black and white work, I urge to to do so. I will even make it easy for you – just click here.

Normally when I do H&G photos I arrange the furniture and decorations on a set with three walls and a floor, leaving the front and top open. This allows me more freedom to play with shadows and lighting. I get frustrated when I am shooting an interior and I can’t get my Windlight settings to work out – if only I had the building skills to move a window or door to allow the light to stream in where I want it!

Sunday, after DJing a set to which I dragged Rwah so Grumper could meet “the Donkey Lady”, we went back to our home so Rwah could see our latest house. I bought the Roxie Beach House by Thaino Design a couple of months ago and have been tinkering with furnishing it ever since. I admit to having a few butterflies since I respect Rwah’s sense of design so much, but her first comment was, “Peep, this is so YOU!” I could hardly argue and I was pleased that she seemed to like it.

I have used the upper deck for several photos on my blog, but I haven’t shown the interior yet. Not that I haven’t tried; I just haven’t been able to produce any photos that I was happy with.

So, last night, I tried again. I am not going to say how long I worked on getting a single shot of one corner of the bedroom that I am showing here, but in the end I was pleased enough with the result that it finally is seeing the light of day. Rather, it is seeing the late-afternoon sunlight as it streams through the window.

Never mind that this is an east-facing window and I cheated like heck to make it appear to be sunset; that is one of the joys of Second Life – we can make the sun rise in the west and set in the east.

So, Rwah, this one is on you. I will persevere with bringing more of our home to my blog…eventually. I like my hair on my head – not in fisted bunches as I pull it out 😉 And that invitation stands – the door is always open for you to stop by to take photos or just hang out on the island ♥

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Build: Thaino Design – Roxie Beach House by Thaihiti Baroque
Bathtub: Trompe Loeil – Vintage Bathtub Brass by Cory Edo
Table & decorations: Spargel & Shine Antique Bath Table Rose by Tess Spargel
Mirror: LISP Mesh – Anna Window Mirror – Full Bright by Pandora Popstar
Shelf: -Tres Blah- -tb- Kitchen Basics – Shelf (Blue) by Julliette Westerburg (Gacha Prize)
Candles: LISP – Coco Tea Lights 3 flames by Pandora Popstar
Heart decorations: A.D.D.Andel! Hearts On a String-Green by Andel Rhiadra
Rug: *ionic* mora carpet by Iakua Arriaga
Chair on deck: {what next} Orlaith Deckchair (rose) by Winter Thorn

15 thoughts on “Roxie And The Donkey Lady

  1. spunknbrains March 25, 2014 / 9:13 am

    You did a great job on it! I struggle with the light and shadows doing all pictures, no just interiors! lol

    • PeepSideshow Darkward March 25, 2014 / 9:16 am

      Thank you! lol I’m loving the new Phototools in the latest Firestorm release – I’m still learning, but there are definitely some tools there that are helping me to wrangle shadows 🙂

      • spunknbrains March 25, 2014 / 9:17 am

        Oh really. I haven’t taken the time to download just yet. I fear that my computer won’t be able to take it.. as it’s stuggling more these days. I finally invested in Lumpipro and it’s been sitting in my inventory for like weeks now… I just can’t find time to figure it out..or read the manual. lol

      • PeepSideshow Darkward March 25, 2014 / 9:22 am

        lol once you start using it I think you’ll love it 🙂 I would recommend just watching Stefan’s video on the LumiPRO blog first – they give you a very good overview until you get around to reading the manual.

  2. caoimhelionheart March 25, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    I love it! And love Rawrs work! I gushed at her in a store once and she ran away. She is legend! But apparently allergic to Cao dander. Who’da thunk it? Great pics Peep, but then thats what you are known for :*****

    • PeepSideshow Darkward March 25, 2014 / 2:35 pm

      lol I love that you call her Rawr! She really is! And I think it may have been a matter of being star struck…it’s not every day you bump into a Cao while out shopping 😉 ❤

      • Rwah March 25, 2014 / 9:57 pm

        oh. i should have read this before I commented to Cao. That would have worked. lol ❤

    • Rwah March 25, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      *blushes again* I am sorry!! I really don’t see much when I am at a store be it because I am lagged out or because I am simply trying to get the hell out of dodge again asap. I am sorry. Next time I will jump-hug you. Or something like that lol

  3. Rwah March 25, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Peep, what can I say. This picture is awesome! As is your house and as are you. Visiting was great and the house is really you. You have payed so much attention to detail and every where you look something is catching the eye and upon inspection it is yet another collection of things you threw together and made it work. Decorating a set for a piccie is a far cry from decorating a complete house. Your house is not only you, it could very well grace the front of many home & garden groups. You are not only a class A donkey photographer but you are also a grand decor photographer. And just for the record; the way the light captures that table and table cloth is simply stunning.

    Remember that you were the one who gave me the courage to even start with pics. I vividly remember the first few I posted on my blog and I also recall starting over, wrecking those pictures because they were so so bad. You are an inspiration Peep and not only to me. You are a great lady and great friend. THank you for being you. ❤

    • PeepSideshow Darkward March 25, 2014 / 10:16 pm

      lol I can retire now, having been crowned as a class A donkey photographer 😉 Speaking of donkey photography, I really meant what I said about wanting to photograph you. My brain went into overdrive when I saw you in that outfit!

      As for the horrible beginning photos, I cringe when I go back and look at mine. So many times I have thought to myself, “Why don’t you just delete those horrid posts?” And then I start to hope that the ones I do now, which I think are better, will make me cringe in the same way someday. After I have gotten better still. And in another while, those will look shoddy to me, too.

      I saw in your photos from the beginning the talent that you have – that you have nurtured and developed. How you – unlike me – have found your zone with one particular type of photographs. You ARE the B&W Queen! I, on the other hand, stumble from photo type to photo type, a jack of all trades, a master of none. You are an inspiration to me and I am so glad our blogs have been the foundation for friendship.

      And if I saw photographs of the Roxie house – or the other one you didn’t see yet, or the man cave or anywhere else on the island on your blog – I would be doing cartwheels 🙂 ♥

  4. Cougar Sangria March 27, 2014 / 2:36 am

    Peep you are a natural doing interiors. Absolutely love this ♥

    • PeepSideshow Darkward March 27, 2014 / 7:07 am

      Thank you, Cougar 🙂 It is really a struggle for me, but I’ll just keep trying! ❤

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