One Happy Camper

Last night was a late night for me, because I stayed up to catch the Christmas Extravadanza! show put on by SexyS Quintessa.

And I get to kill two birds with one stone in this post (just an expression, I would never actually kill a bird), because I went back to the sim this morning to capture some pretty pics of the sim using SL Go!

Yesterday SL Go announced they have now added the Firestorm viewer as an option (for PC only right now).  So, of course, I had to try it out.

After I did, boy, am I excited!

Because I now have all the fancy schmancy photo tools and windlight settings that come with Firestorm – something I was missing with the LL viewer.

So I spent a little time traveling around the sim and snapping some pics.

I also snapped some pics at the show last night, and I’ll be including those here as well.

The sim is beautifully decorated and there are lots of little areas to explore and take photos.

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Taken using SL Go

I love this little area, with a grand staircase and the beautiful carriage.

You almost expect Cinderella to appear around the corner!

This area was the setting for one of the acts in the show.

 

MaarAn amazing setting and costume, very ethereal and beautiful.

 

 

I am definitely going to have to get a Flickr account, just to make it easier to upload all the photos I plan to take!

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Picture taken using SL Go

The phototools in Firestorm make it really easy to play around with things and be creative. And when the sim is as fun as this one, it’s easy to get carried away.
Just look at this adorable stage!

 

 

 

DiawaActOne of the acts in the show was set in front of this cute little toy shop.

And when you go to the show, Santa himself drives you around in his sleigh from place to place, in true Christmas fashion!

There were many creative acts throughout the show, and not every act is performed each show, so make sure to go more than once to catch them all!

 

IceSkatersThese lovely ice skaters did an amazing routine, complete with lifts and turns!

The whole sim is just absolutely charming.

Even if you can’t make one of the shows, go for a visit and take some pictures yourself.

 

And, of course, no Christmas would be complete without mention of the Grinch and the Whos down in WhoVille.

WhoVilleI probably had too much fun playing around with the windlights, but there was so much eye candy around!

I have a lot more pictures, so I will hopefully have time in the next few days to get a Flickr account set up so I can share them all more easily.

One of my favorite things on the sim was the Northern Lights.

Be sure to experience the sim at night – it’s beautiful!!

NorthernLightsA gorgeous tree set against the Northern Lights.

Go – explore – have fun!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

 

Picture Experiment, Take Two

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I looked at the results of the picture experiment polls today, and I have to say, once again I am surprised.

Personally, I liked photos 1A and 2B the best.  (If you need to refresh your memory about the photos, see here.)

My attempt with photo 1A to recreate the windlights in 2A was not successful, but the photo ended up being better in the end.  Poor choice of windlights for 2A, I suppose.  And 1A was the hands-down favorite in the polls.

For the second set of photos, I thought I did a much better job of getting the windlights close.  I prefer the shadows in photo 2B, although it does sort of look like the rocks in the foreground are floating a bit.  However, the overwhelming majority of you thought that photo 1B was better.

The photos 1A and 1B were taken using SL Go.  Since these were the favorites, I suppose it will be worth keeping up my subscription and using it to take photos.

However, the down side for me is that I have a LOT less options when taking photos with SL Go.  I am limited to about 10 preset windlights, and although I can play around with the windlight settings manually, it is not a quick process.

Also, when using Firestorm, I have the option to take the photos at a much higher resolution.  For example, photos 2A and 2B were taken at 5848X3128 and resized down to 1024X548 for the blog.  I personally thought the details were a bit clearer on those photos, with less rough edges than 1A and 1B.

1A and 1B were taken with SL Go and the highest resolution you can set (the only resolution I could use, as I couldn’t locate a way to change it) is 1280X720, which I resized down to 1024X576.  I thought that 1B had the same issue as 2B with the rocks seeming to float a bit, and I thought the snowman in 1A was a little jagged.

So, I will continue to experiment with my photos.  I saw recently that Builder’s Brewery has added some photography classes, so I am hoping to catch one of those and maybe learn some tips and tricks to help improve my photos.

I haven’t yet tried taking photos at a show with SL Go.  My husband has gone to several shows, but again, some of the controls are difficult to master.  So, it may take some experimenting to see if it’s worth trying to use SL Go at a show for pictures.

If you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share about photography in SL, please let me know!

Witching hour

I love being able to peek into the minds and processes of creative people. That said, it bums me out to think that I need a graphics design/art degree in order to ‘tweak’ my photos to make them look ‘good.’ :/

Xantheanne's 2nd Life

Witching hourSkin: Glam Affair – Artemis
Hair: Tableau Vivant – Amberly
Headdress: Glam Affair – Hope Headdress
Lashes: Nº 7 – Ballroom lashes (The Instruments)
Necklace 1: MG – Vallari
Necklace 2: Birdy – The Witching Hour (The Secret Affair)
Dress: VRSION – Konvert gown 5.0 (The Instruments)
Armband: Aisling – Tallulah

I have kind of a special post today because I actually recorded this photo being edited!

Since my work got featured on New World Notes a couple weeks ago, I’ve been getting questions from people about my post-processing on a daily basis. So I thought, ‘why not just show you all exactly what goes into editing a photo for a blog post’? So I recorded about 25 minutes of footage and cut it down for 5 minutes so you guys can see what I do and how I do it! Maybe…

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