I love black and white photography done with traditional wet and dry plate processes, particularly those done using silver as a base metal. This type of photography, made famous in works by great photographers including Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams was the dominant form of the photographic arts from the period 1880 - 1960, before the introduction of widespread color photography in the 1960's and digital process in the 1990's.
Google's Nik Collection of offers virtual and other photographers an easy way to approximate the grain, lighting values, and subtleties of silver and warmer metallic colors with Silver Efex Pro, one part of the suite of processing tools. This software is now available for free download, and can be used as an extension to Photoshop or as a stand-alone program. I created these images using color photography from Second Life of two 2016 destinations with I recently photographed, Playa Flamingo and Rosemore. I applied two different effects to each set of images. If you like this type of photography, follow the links given below for more information and to download the entire Nik collection of digital processing tools.
To see my review of Google's Nik Collection:
You can download the Nik collection, including Silver Efex Pro for free here:
Playa Flamingo is a knockout destination. This island sim has much going on, and is perfectly coordinated and decorated. Every turn yields surprises. I particularly liked the realistic store interiors in the central town area, and the moving buoys in the central cove. The attention to detail is outstanding.
To see my full review and original photography from Playa Flamingo:
To visit Playa Flamingo:
Krys Vita, who recently closed Kaleidoscope, and Arol Lightfoot, who recently closed Tequilla Sunrise, have produced Rosemoor. Rosemoor is a charming island with fun touches including wild horses which you can ride and an amusement park with working attractions. There are nice vistas for photographers, and animated romantic furniture- most of all, this is just a very pretty place to roam and wander.
To see my full review and original photography from Rosemoor:
To visit Rosemore:http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jadeite/117/39/24
To see more images from Rosemore in Silver Efex Pro:
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