Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: It's a New Dawn, Lemon Beach




Silvermoon Fairey's  Dawn of Radiance is to picture yourself in some memorable novel or movie set, or in some past memory - you may have find yourself having a sense of deja vu  when visiting.
The landscaping and vistas are particularly good, as is the natural and proportional landscaping. Silvermoon avoids the common trap of putting too many trees and other items out -- I found myself not having to "derender" items to get perfect shots. This is a charming and photogenic region, and highly recommended for a visit. Make sure to bring your cameras as some gorgeous shots await professional and amateur photographers alike.  There are many good pose and animation opportunities to take advantage of, as the lower five photographs here show.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lemon%20Beach/11/194/22




Photographic Information:

I used Windlight Sky Setting  (TOR) MIDDAY - Baskaholic to get a warm golden light and antique burnished glow in these images. This advanced environmental effect comes standard in Firestorm and some other viewers.




Alternative Photography:

To see how this destination looks in a foggy Windlight Sky Setting   (TOR) Places- Babbage  with an Oil Pastel Fotosketcher effect head over to Ryce Skytower's blog:

http://ryceskytower.blogspot.com/2016/08/second-life-travels-fog-over-dawn-of.html




Links of interest:

See other blogs and photography covering Dawn of Radiance, Lemon Beach here:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=It%27s+a+new+Dawn%2C+Lemon+Beach


You can see most recent coverage of  Dawn of Radiance from 2015 with links to other  posts here:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/11/great-second-life-destinations-its-new.html





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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Eddi's Hot Computing Tip- The New Version of Firestorm Is a Big Improvement! Five Star Recommended.




There is a new version of Firestorm viewer that was released yesterday (August 8)  -- version 4.7.9.50527 that is fast, full of features, and sharp and clear. At first glance, it appears to be a great improvement over the current version. I give it five stars.

The only caveat, and I am not sure if it is even an issue, is that I noticed some "flashing" when I first rezzed into to our skybox. I have a powerful new computer based the latest Intel I7 running an NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics card, and usually operate on ultra at maximum everything. The problem went away, and was restricted to our parcel only. Still, this is the type of issue can indicate a graphics bug or perhaps a leftover file from a prior install.  It went away when I visited Lemon Beach for a photography session.

You can find the new version of Firestorm here. Downloads are fast even though the release was only out for three hours when I accessed the file:

http://www.firestormviewer.org/

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: A Watercolor Wander at LEA 12



Ceakay Ballyhoo's A Watercolor Wander, located on LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) 12, is one of the most creative and enjoyable art installations I have visited in awhile. The visitor is guided through a series of tableaus and literally walks into watercolor paintings that the artist has created. The freshness of the medium of watercolor, which should take into account the brightness and texture of the underlying paper on which it is based, can be seen to great effect in Ceakay's work.




In order to appreciate and get the most our of  A Watercolor Wander make sure to limit distance to about 80 - 200 meters. One thing I noticed is that Snarl!, a very large art installation on LEA 13 that I reviewed here in July was noticeable at higher distance levels.

To visit this unique and highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/11/10/22




Additional Reading About a Watercolor Wander: 

Artist Ceakay Ballyhoo has a very good write-up over at her blog:
https://ceakayballyhoo.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/the-little-girl-on-a-watercolour-wander/

Maddy Gynold has an excellent write up over at Echt Virtuell (Real Virtual) which does a very good job of demonstrating how Ceakay's paintings should be incorporated into the three-dimentional vistas:
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/lea-12-watercolour-wander-von-ck.html

For other coverage:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=watercolour+wander




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To find our more about the Linden Endowment for the Arts:
http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/




Thursday, August 4, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: Field of Dreams



Field of Dreams is quite simple one of the most celebrated professionally designed destinations on the grid. The sense of scale and proportion of buildings, trees, and outlying structures is unsurpassed. There is something magical about this collection of islands, with particular attention played to the interaction of waves and mist on rocky outposts. I highly recommend a visit.

Your taxi:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Field%20of%20Dreams/230/205/22




For more photography and blog coverage:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Field+of+dreams




Photographic Information:

I used Windlight Sky Setting Verdigris in these images. I like the overcast sky effect with the coastline subject matter here.




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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Great Second Life Destinations: Mystic Meadow: A Tribute To Vincent Van Gogh





Mystic Meadow is a homage to the land and seascapes of the great Dutch post-impressionistic painter Vincent Van Gogh. I got a bit carried away when producing these images and let the insane spirit of Vincent penetrate my psyche during photo processing. I recommend you visit Mystic Meadow for yourself at the following SLurl to see how you will impacted by this uniquely beautiful virtual environment:


To visit this highly recommended destination:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bristol%20dAlliez/90/62/1701




For More Information:

Maddy Gynoid over at Echt Virtuell (Real Virtual) has much more information on Mystic Meadow, and more accurate photography:
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/mystic-meadow-tribute-to-van-gogh.html


To see more of Vincent Van Gogh's Art Work:
http://www.vangoghgallery.com/




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