Blinded By The Light

1 Kuro The Three Lamps

I often have a concept for a photograph that in application, runs a bit awry. I honestly thought this picture would be relatively simple to pull off. I was thinking Casablanca, Moroccan nights, mystery and illumination, all designed to show off these pretty lamps against a setting sun. Three re-shoots and quite a lot of time in Photoshop later, this is the final product.

I am sometimes disappointed that I can’t capture in print what my mind’s eye sees. I am in love with lighting – blinded by it, even. I can get caught up for ages playing with Windlight, tweaking, adjusting and just marveling at how powerful Second Life images can be. With music thumping in the background I get lost in the wonder of how a particular light setting can completely change an image. Add in a little post-processing magic and the result can either be rewarding or frustrating.

I didn’t quite pull off what I saw in this little brain of mine. So close your eyes and listen for the rustling of the wind in the palm fronds, the surf pounding against the rocks and the strains of “I’ll Be Seeing You” wafting across the water. You will hopefully come a bit closer to my vision.

The lamps from Kuro are available for this month’s round of The Challenge. The theme is Moroccan and there are a lot of lovely and exotic offerings. Check out the The Challenge blog to keep up to date. I will do my best to post more in the coming days.

Here’s looking at you, kid. By the light of three lamps.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Lamps: Kuro – The three lamps (black, silver & copper) by Luana Dawg (available for The Challenge May 2014)
Trees by Tobias Novi
Rocks/waves: Las Islas – Naima Coralline Barrier by Naiman Broome

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD

12 thoughts on “Blinded By The Light

  1. Cougar Sangria May 1, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Like you I love playing with windlight. I am mesmerized by it. Sometimes my vision is right on and other times I miss the mark completely. The point is that we keep playing with it and learning. Be proud Peep. It’s a beautiful shot ♥

    • PeepSideshow Darkward May 1, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      It’s hard to stop sometimes 🙂 I usually take so many different shots that I can find something to work with, but I’ve had a few lately that I have had to go back to in order to get one that I find acceptable. That usually happens when I know what I want, rather than just letting the lighting speak to me.

      • Cougar Sangria May 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

        I can and have spent hours behind the camera taking different shots. Time just flies. But it is what I enjoy doing♥

  2. chericolette May 1, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Casablanca (1942) original movie was in black and white….a timeless classic! Did you know that all scenes but one, were shot in a film studio so photography/lighting play a big part in the finished picture.
    I love how you captured the light from setting (or is it rising) sun as it filterers through the palms and hits the lamps at different points.

    • PeepSideshow Darkward May 1, 2014 / 6:27 pm

      It’s setting 🙂 While I didn’t know that about being shot in the studio, it’s not surprising. Most films of that era were filmed in a studio or on a lot. And they turned out some amazing work, without the aid of a computer!

  3. caoimhelionheart May 2, 2014 / 1:20 am

    I think it’s gorgeous! (and you made me join a flickr group!) ❤

    • PeepSideshow Darkward May 2, 2014 / 7:17 am

      Wow! I have powers of persuasion even when I sleep? 😮

      lol what group and how’d I did dat? 😀

  4. chericolette August 31, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    Peep….I was thinking of getting these lamps. Is the cord long enough to hang in the trees as you have done?

    • PeepSideshow Darkward August 31, 2014 / 6:38 pm

      I didn’t modify them for the photo, but the lamps are mod. If you need to you can edit linked parts and adjust the length of the cord 🙂

  5. chericolette September 7, 2014 / 8:35 pm

    Okay…got them but only hung one so far. Im so happy, looks great and gives off real light.

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