Photography


Savor Serenity is a brandnew sim, owned and decorated by the talented Tári Zephira (gidgette.adagio) and it will open to the public on 1 september. I was honoured and delighted getting a preview access!

Savor Serenity - I

Tári – who is also the owner of Hobbiton – has done an amazing job in creating this fantasy world, a place fit for a queen! And elves! Well, and really a place everyone else should visit once it is open. I loved the details and overall ambiance – the pictures I took are all taken with the regional windlight, which is perfect as is.

Savor Serenity - III

I am sure Savor Serenity will become a favourite for Second Life Photographers with a passion for fantasy and those who enjoy elegant landscaping and decor!

If you go there and take pictures, do not forget to add them to the Savor Serenity Flickr group. Donation mushrooms are available to leave a tip, to help Tári keeping this place up and running for all of us to enjoy!

Savor Serenity - IV

Speaking of Flickr…I will add my pictures to the Flickr group soon – but only after I have passed the Paper Crown to the next Queen/King!

[Paper Crown] - Queen of the Woods

[Paper Crown] – Queen of the Woods

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Tonight I was in the mood for some good old fashioned exploring, so I pulled up the weekly ‘Highlights of the Destination Guide‘ and off I went. After a few rather disappointing locations – I ended up in the Battle of the Bulge. I kid you not.

Of course I looked it up and it is actually a real name for a real WWII battle, which took place in the Ardennes (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945). The official name of the battle at that time though was ‘Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein’ (for the Germans) and Ardennes Counteroffensive’ for the Allies. More information about this Battle you can read here!

Battle of the Bulge - II (Blogpost)

In Second Life the Battle of the Bulge is a roleplay sim, where one can re-enact said battle. There are a few locations, but I stayed (do to time limits and because I liked it anyway) in the skydome where I arrived – which is a snowy, cold and somber battle ground. I was the only one present, so I had the opportunity to have a good look around.

Battle of the Bulge - IV (Blogpost)

If you are interested in WWII roleplay, or battles (there is an active Capture the Flag system) it’s a must see. Also, it is a nice place for photography!


Yes, that is right. I am going to tell something about a product! And only because I am very excited about it and think every Second Life Photographer will want to have it!

The Black Tulip Camera HUD.

I have never used a camera HUD in SL before, as I just fiddle along and accepted the occasional failed image or having to re-do a shot because I moved my camera and could not find that perfect angle back. You know; you spent some time and finally have the perfect picture and then you see you need to derender or rezz something, or your pet jumps on your keyboard and tataaa: gone is your perfect framed shot. Or worse: you crash.

The past days I have been using the Camera HUD from Black Tulip by Auryn Beorn when shooting pictures at the soon to be opened Fantasy Faire. I was so easy to use and helped me a lot in getting 15 sims photographed without losing time in manually repositioning my camera.

The HUD is really easy to use, it comes with a clear manual; but I was able to use it right away without having to read it first….so that means it is simple to operate!

How it works?

All you have to do is attach this nice vintage looking HUD (it can be clicked on the little hand to minimise it when not in use). Once you have set up your shot, and you are totally happy with it, click on the HUD (save) and a menu appears and you can save the camera position and give it a name – up to 60 positions available!

Camera HUD sofa - I

Now, if you need to do something else to change your scene, and you move your camera, or you crash/need to relog….no worry and no panic!
Just click on the HUD – restore – and in the menu choose the position you saved. Then simply click on ESC (the HUD tells you that) and voila: you will see your camera going back to how it was!

Camera HUD sofa - II

Perfect!

As I cannot show examples of pics of the Fantasy Faire yet, and I didn’t have a lot of time to make all kinds of images for this blogpost, I have created one to show you what I did.

I’ve saved a shot in the HUD from my sofa in my home and then went sitting on all the spots, taking pics of every position. When standing up and sitting, I’ve accidentally moved the view, but with the HUD it was easy to restore it.

Camera HUD sofa

After I had all the pics, I stacked them on top of each other in PicMonkey (as I do not have Photoshop) and erased bits and pieces to make it look like I am sitting there with 4 of my clones. Because all the shots were exactly the same, it was really simple to do – imaging this for photo’s when you change outfits or avatars for every shot to make it look like an actual group of people.

The HUD does not save windlights or avatar positions, it only stores the camera focus.

I believe there are many cases in which you can use this HUD, I for one..will never leave home without it anymore!

The Black Tulip Camera HUD is currently only available at the Pose Fair till 29th April and after that it will be in their mainstore and on MP.

PS: Yes, you see in the image that I have used a test version which was given to me by Auryn a few weeks ago, for testing only. She never asked or expected me to promote it in my blog or anywhere, but I do that because it is awesome :P


Berry’s meme for this week is all about Movie Posters, a theme she had done last year (which I don’t think I participated in) and a very cool one to do!

Of course I want to show off that I am a fan of really intelligent, difficult,  movies. Ya know Oscar material and nothing less….so after some binge-googling I found the perfect one for me and I think I  nailed it!

Life with Pies - Monday Meme

You can find all the information on this Challenge in Berry’s blogpost, and don’t forget to look at the comments in which you soon will find links to others as well!


Even an experienced, ahem, explorer like me makes the occasional mistake – but you have to live and learn, right?
It started this weekend when I read a plurk from Froukje, who was excited about a new (adult) sim, named Days of O. Naturally I went to see it, if only to get a LM for a later visit as I was a bit in a hurry. Upon landingpoint I accepted a notecard with rules (commandments) and after a quick read (the big mistake people: a quick read and skipping important information, ack!) and walked over the bridge to have a look.
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It has been a while since I tried to produce an SL machinima, but yesterday I felt in the mood and wanted to do a blogpost with a video. And what better topic than Rebeca Bashly’s art installation on Split Screen, ‘Chronophobia’.

I always love Rebeca’s work and this piece is no exception, though it may be a little eerie and sombre, not quite the spring and Happy Easter feeling, but hey hoo!

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