The other day I was playing around with my doll avatar and was in a so called arty mood. I went to Dryland, always a great location for pics with a wide view and I love the desert look and feel overthere, and found a ‘skeleton’ of an Android lying there.
So I played a bit and took some pics of Dolly, waiting next to the skeleton and then played some more in photoshop with them and uploaded two endresults on flickr. No story, no big deal, just me having fun with my Doll.
To my surprise – and delight! – I saw that ‘The Long Wait- II’ was chosen as Pic of the Day by Linden Lab. W00t and yay, and yeah..I have had many Pics of the Day, but everytime it happens I feel proud and it makes my day!
Now it happens that there was this brief ‘discussion’ on Plurk today about what people thought of the Pics of the Day and specifically on processed pictures, as in edited with photoshop/Gimp or whatnot or would it rather be more fair if a ‘raw’ unprocessed pic was chosen to feature SL.
My opinion is simple: I do not mind. I love some raw images but I also enjoy the creativity in processed pics. After all, in the end, the pics are taken in SL and even processed ones, like mine from today, do represent SL. I use SL for my relaxation, my enjoyment and while taking pics I can already look forward to some time spending in photoshop ‘creating’ something that comes from me.
In other words, this particular picture of the Day is indeed a Photoshopped one, that may be obvious, as it is almost impossible to take a black and white image with a viewer and in this case I also used a filter to create a bit of a ‘grain’ look (I am unsure how it is called, as my PS speaks Dutch…).
The orginal picture looks like this, as you see…nice, but not so special – but I took this with a black- and white endresult in mind already, so the actual colours did not really matter (you can click the pics for a larger version):
The endresult, as on Flickr, after some cropping, with the black- and white filter, the grain and some brightness/sharpness edited:
I am not a Photoshop wizard, my skills are limited, I do not even have a fancy PS version but use Photoshop Elements 7, and its basically all about filters and layers in my case. It is still, for me, MY Second Life, a big part of the fun for me is playing with my own pictures.
That said, blog pics I post about locations and which feature a sim or art-installation are not processed, as I do find it important in those cases that they represent the virtual reality – being aware I have a good machine and awesome graphics which helps too!