Graphics Whore

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Image Source: graphics-cards-review.toptenreviews.com

My husband bought me a new graphics card a while ago.

I was still running on mid graphics and complaining.

I wanted all the fancy shadows and light effects I saw everywhere else.

So over the holidays he also added some RAM to my PC.

After he did, we bumped everything up as high as it would go to see what happened.

Yeehaw!!!!

I wasn’t crashing left and right, and I could actually walk around at events (even with the cool shadows on) and didn’t find the lag too terrible.

Since I now can see all the fancy lights and shadows, I started taking photos and playing around with windlights and such.

I’ve been having a blast.

Recently, a friend told me about an art installation at LEA29.  I HAD to go, she said.

When I arrived, I realized I had seen the artwork before in other photos.

But some of them were sooo cool, I just had to try myself.

I was so busy playing around and messing with settings that I finally did crash, lol.

I am planning to go back, because I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time there exploring, but what little I did see was amazing.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I did get taken before the crash:

BlueI love this sculpture.

I immediately thought of the story of the birth of Athena.

I liked it so much I took several different pictures of it.

Here’s the second one:

RedIf you like the photos, be sure to visit the sim and check out the artworks.

It’s on LEA29 and the artist in residence is Mistero Hifeng.

There’s something amazing everywhere you look!

 

2015

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Image Source: mettaroundtheworld.org

So far, 2015 is turning out to be a bang-up year.

I spent New Year’s Day with my favorite people, saw a great movie, and ate at one of our favorite restaurants.

After getting back home, I logged in to do some blogging and some housekeeping in SL.

Since I’ve started the LOTD feature on the blog, I did some research on graphics/computer settings and watched some Photoshop tutorials.

I decided to bump up my graphics setting to Ultra and see what happened.

Hubs bought me a new graphics card a while ago, and last week he increased the RAM in my PC.

He’s currently shopping for a new processor for me, but in the meantime, I wanted to see how well I could run SL on Ultra.

After making all the changes, I decided to do some shopping and exploring.

I am loving my new mesh body, but I was debating whether to get a new shape and/or skin to go with it.

The League announced that they had released appliers for the Maitreya bod, so I went over and picked up some skin and shape demos.

I think I picked up around 5 new shapes and 6 new skins to try out.

I spent about an hour trying on the various shapes and skins.

I didn’t like any of the new shapes.

They just weren’t – me.

So for now, I am keeping my shape.

I tried all the skin demos from Glam Affair and League.

I managed to narrow it down to three choices – two from Glam Affair and one from League.

I must say, it clearly has been a while since I went skin shopping, as I about dropped my teeth at some of the prices.

After doing some price comparisons, and debating the ease of use with my new mesh body, I opted for one of the Glam Affair skins.

I like the League skin and I may go back and get one later, but for now, the GA skin is good.  One click on my body HUD and everything matches – head, hands, feet.

I managed to travel around and do my shopping without crashing, so I figured it was safe to try and take some photos with everything on Ultra.

I put on an outfit and headed out to find a picturesque sim to snap a few shots.

I am AMAZED at how much better my photos came out.  I mean, I knew they would be better, but I didn’t realize just how much.

I played around with some poses and a couple of windlights and took a few pictures.

My computer was a little slow in making some of the changes, but I didn’t crash.

When I went and opened the photos in Photoshop, I was even more amazed.

In the past I have always had to do some editing of a photo to get it to look somewhat decent.

I am by no means a Photoshop wiz, but I would smooth out edges, add some shadows, etc.

This time, all I did was crop the photo and resize it so it would load decently on the blog.

That’s it.

I am excited about how much time I can save without having to edit every photo I take.

And I’m excited about how much better everything in SL looks, including me!

Here’s to a great 2015!!