Kind Of A Rerun

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I didn’t get in world yesterday to take any photos, so I played around with another shot I took the day I had my “happy accident.” I kind of forgot about this one after I saw the shadow on the sail.

There is nothing you haven’t seen before in this photo. Does that make me lazy? Maybe. It may be kind of a rerun, but if television shows would take a leaf out of my book and change up the ending of the episodes they repeat it would go a long way to increasing ratings.

It might even make me plug in my TV again.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: coldLogic dress – reynolds.may by coldLogic
Shoes: _CandyDoll_ Newell Heels for Slink High Feet by rebeca Dembo
Necklace: Cae :: Promise :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings: Cae :: Promise :: Earrings by Caelan Hancroft
Ring: Cae :: Promise :: Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: Hair: Analog Dog – AD – yeah – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Please Me Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Swing: {what next} Our Wooden Tree Swing by Winter Thorn
Trees and plants from HPMD* by Sasaya Kayo

Pose: *PosESioN* Secret 8 by Dahriel

Location: Pics by Peep Showroom

Shot using the LumiPro HUD

Saying Goodbye To Another Favourite

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I was saddened when I heard that Dryland was set to close sometime in March. This was one of the first locations I used as a backdrop for my photos in the early days of my blog. It is a quirky desert setting with some amazing art installations. It is set up mainly for photography and machinima and if you haven’t been to visit, do not put it off. It is one of those places, like 2304 Rain that is a photographer’s dream and will soon be gone from Second Life.

I am sure that a huge number of bloggers have been putting on their coldLogic finery to enter that store’s latest photo contest. I am no different. I entered the photo from my post yesterday, but I decided to head to Dryland to shoot a few more pictures. I liked the juxtaposition of this very feminine dress against the stark background of the desert. I haven’t decided yet whether to enter one of these photos in the contest, as well, but I wanted to take advantage of putting these two together before it is too late.

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I doubt I’ll get back to Dryland before it disappears from the Second Life landscape, but I am happy I had a chance to spend a little time there before saying goodbye to yet another favourite.

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Dress: coldLogic dress – singer.onyx by coldLogic
Shoes: Slink Hera Wrap Heel Gold for Slink High Feet by Siddean Munro
Necklace: [MANDALA] YAKUSHI ORANGE by Kikunosuke Eel
Earrings: [MANDALA] YAKUSHI ORANGE by Kikunosuke Eel
Hair: Analog Dog – .b – issues – sangria by Queue Marlowe
Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Pink Rose :: Back :: 50% :: B12019 by Leti Hax
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Peach Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Poses:
Pose in front of plane: Di’s Opera – Feminine Line 1 – 5 by Di Hoorenbeek
Pose in front of cube: Di’s Opera – Feminine Line 1 – 3 by Di Hoorenbeek
Pose with Mr Rooster: aDORKable Poses: Touch Me 4 by Adorkable Peapod
Pose in caravan door: aDORKable Poses: Ella 2 by Adorkable Peapod

Location – Dryland

The Joy Of The Happy Accident

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I can remember watching “The Joy of Painting” by Bob Ross on PBS with rapt fascination as he painted really amazing landscapes. No, he wasn’t a Van Gogh or a Rembrandt, but his calm joy in creating and teaching was infectious. I have never lifted brush to canvas myself, but it was the lessons that I learned from listening to him speak as he painted that were his gift to me.

One of those gifts was the joy of the “happy accident”. I found a clip of one of the times he used that phrase on youtube and it made me smile, once again. It is a short clip, really just of that quote, but it was exactly as I remember him speaking as he taught. You can click on the link if you want to see for yourself.

When I take photographs, I set up my subject, find my camera angle and then start playing around with Windlight settings. This is the same process I go through whether I am shooting myself, a landscape or a client. I may end up with 20 or more shots of the same image under different lighting conditions.

I do this for several reasons. What I see in my viewer doesn’t always translate to the still photograph. The shadows that look so wonderful in Second Life may end up looking like ugly blotches in the final picture. I also like to have different versions so I can play around in processing and a photo that may not be the best view in SL may end up giving me more freedom to experiment when working in Photoshop or PicMonkey. Plus, I like variety…depending on my mood, I might prefer a cooler or warmer tone when it is time to select a final version.

But mainly, I am looking for those happy accidents – when something pops out at me when I am reviewing my raw shots that I might have missed while shooting. And that is how I chose this photo.

I didn’t see the reflection in the sails while I was shooting. I was concentrating more on the lighting on my avatar and in the wider shot. But when I scrolled to this picture in review, I literally gasped. It didn’t have the dramatic lighting of some of the others, but when I saw the silhouette on the sails, the decision was easy. This was the happy accident that I love and so rarely find.

I processed this photo, but I didn’t touch that sail. How you see it is how I did when I first viewed the picture. I think I know what Windlight setting I was using (it is one of two of Jackson Redstar’s) but I doubt I could reproduce this.

And you know what? I’m OK with that. A happy accident should be appreciated for that moment that makes you smile, gives you wonder and takes your breath away.

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Dress: coldLogic dress – reynolds.may by coldLogic
Shoes: _CandyDoll_ Newell Heels for Slink High Feet by rebeca Dembo
Necklace: Cae :: Promise :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings: Cae :: Promise :: Earrings by Caelan Hancroft
Ring: Cae :: Promise :: Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: Hair: Analog Dog – AD – yeah – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Please Me Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: *PosESioN* Secret 10 by Dahriel (available at Kustom9)