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 🙂

More Torture

Original
Original

This is going to be a very quick post today. I just thought I would share a bit of the torture I have been subjecting myself to.

Yep, I’ve been doing tutorials in Photoshop. Again.

I did the above photo and liked it ok, but I thought it would be fun to try out the tutorials I have been messing around with on selection techniques. I did the original capture, planted it on a background and the shadow which I had preserved from my original shot just didn’t work. So I fooled around with the image and came up with this:

Post torture
Post torture

I may actually like the original better. I’m still deciding. But I wanted to have you share my pain.

I’m just nice like that 😉

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Jacket: GizzA – Cotton Jacket [Pastel Peach] by Giz Seorn
Top: GizzA – Cotton Tank [White] by Giz Seorn (included with jackets)
Shorts: GizzA – Cotton Shorts [Pastel Ocean] by Giz Seorn
Boots: ::HH:: Hucci Akita Suede Boots – Collection by Eboni Khan
Phone:
Le Primitif – :::LP::: Gametoy_LPhone – Yellow by Chiharu Mercado Dubrovna (Gatcha prize at The 24)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – MG – Necklace – 9mm Joli Petite Fatal – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer
Ring: Maxi Gossamer – MG – Rings – 9mm Joli Petite Fatal – 1 finger – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer
Earrings: [MANDALA]Otsumami earrings/GOLD by Kikunosuke Eel
Hair: Analog Dog – .b – cosine sangria by Queue Marlowe
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE SK WineLight Lips MEB C2 by Hart
Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av Enhance) Medium by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet Appliers: [ PXL ] Creations [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK
Eyes: Mayfly – Liquid Light Mesh Eyes (Glacial River, w3) by Arkesh Baral
Lip Gloss: ::Modish:: Yndra lips 2(glossy) by Ele Brandi (Gatcha prize at The 24)

Pose: flowey. ‘razzle’ -HAPPY BIRTHDAYC88! Series by Flutter Memel (available at Collabor88 September 2013)

Beta Testing LumiPro With Color Picker

LumiPro Beta HUD
LumiPro Beta HUD

I have been a huge fan of the LumiPro HUD since I first trialed it several months ago. It is “a serious photography tool for working in virtual worlds” and has made a huge difference to me in terms of the quality of my photographs, whether I am shooting for a client or myself. The capability is amazing – I’m not going to do a tutorial on this system – creator Stefan Buscaylet (a RL and SL photographer) has done those himself in the LumiPro blog. The post I have linked to has a video on the basics of using LumiPro, but there is a full range of videos in the sidebar to the right that go into more depth on the various capabilities of the system. There is also an extensive user manual that I recommend you read.

And yes, it is a photography system. The HUD, which is worn by the photographer, controls lighting through wearable lights and wearable OR rezzable projectors, posing, incremental eye positioning and the ability to save lighting presets and search through your loaded poses. It even allows you assign gender to your poses so you can create sets within a single HUD. The system is copy, so you can create separate HUDs for different poses and you can back them up so they are safe. And since the lights and projectors are wearable, you can use this system on location with not just yourself as a subject, but up to four models/clients, as well. No rez rights required! I’ll go into the exciting new update Stefan is working on after the cut.

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