Finding Joy


Whenever I’m feeling the blahs, I try to get back in sync with the universe.

I do that lots of different ways, but doing something creative is one I particularly like.

This picture is a departure for me, in that I only had two goals:  use the ballet legwarmers from Reign, and have fun. 🙂

Reign is having a picture contest using their Collabor88 item, which is the legwarmers.

I debated for a while, but finally settled on the black, because I thought I would get the most use out of them.

In fact, I have spent hours scouring SL and Marketplace looking for something just like these, so I was ecstatic to see them.

Earlier this month, while shopping the Mix event, I picked up this cute little projector from Keke.

I knew I wanted to somehow show movement in the photo (like the leaping girls in the projector image), and of course I have a ton of ballet dances.

However, after several failed attempts, I just wasn’t getting what I wanted.

Then I remembered that I could change it so my animations would be in slow-motion.

Once I did that, I was able to capture the moment I wanted – that moment mid-leap, the explosion of energy, of joy.

I added the tree branches and text in Photoshop.

I realized after taking the photo that I had failed to bump up my resolution, so the final product is grainier than I would like.

However, I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out – I even actually submitted it for the Reign contest, though I know I won’t win.

But I had fun making it, and that’s all that matters. 😀

Question of the Day #3

Yesterday’s question was about paying admission for a show.  Interestingly, the votes were split – some said, ‘Absolutely not!’ and some said, ‘It depends on the show.’  Most dance shows in SL do not charge admission.  I have been to a production that did, but it was a large-scale production, performed multiple times over a ‘season’ and then retired.  I personally felt the price of admission was a little steep, but it was a good production, and some of the money they raised was donated to a charity.

Perhaps those that said, ‘Absolutely not!’ regarding admission consider that the tips they give in effect equal an admission price?  So if you put on (or go to) a show that charges admission, does that mean you shouldn’t expect to receive (or give) tips?  Is not tipping ever acceptable?

Lots of questions!!

So let’s get right to today’s Question of the Day.  For this question, keep your ‘audience’ hat on.  What is your main reason for attending a dance show?


Don’t forget to ask your friends to vote and feel free to comment here, on Google+, Twitter, or bend my ear in-world!  😀