Monday, October 16, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Spectacular Autumn Foliage At La Vie



Krys Vita is one of the most accomplished sim designers and landscapers on the grid.  She has opened her private island, La vie, to the public. La vie has charming beaches, charming plantings, and a spontaneity that is a delight to visit.  The destination looks particularly glorious in autumn colors. La Vie has quickly become a popular place to relax and hang out, and is highly recommended for a visit.




To visit this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Vie/175/123/27




All photography was taken with Windlight Sky Setting  [TOR] MIDDAY - Why so blue? #1




To see more blog coverage of La Vie:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=la+vie




You can see how this destination looked in the Summer of 2016:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/06/great-second-life-destinationsla-vie.html




Designer Krys Vita's Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131984683@N03/




To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations




Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations






Monday, August 21, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Return to Netherwood, The English Lake District in High Summer



The beautiful and rugged English Lake District, home to such legendary authors including William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin, is world renowned for its mountainous scenery. Lauren Bentham, who is one of Second Life's best known content creators and environmental designers, with Bentham Manor, Everwinter, Baja Norte and the other Baja Destinations to her credit, has created Netherwood, a homage to this exalted part of the British Isles. Calm lake water, rugged peaks, and  verdant fields and pastures with great period architecture make Netherwood an instant Second Life classic and one that everyone should visit.




All photography was taken with the Windlight Sky Setting programmed at the region.


To visit this highly recommended and very beautiful destination:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Netherfeild/180/89/23




I photographed this destination in a different design in February 2016.  You can see my photography here:

http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/02/great-second-life-destinations-laura.html




See more photography and blog coverage over at Scoop It Destinations:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Netherfeild




See my coverage of other Lauren Bentham designed destinations:

Baja Norte:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/08/romantic-second-life-destinations-benja_1.html


StoryBrooke Gardens:                        
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2015/01/gorgeous-second-life-destinations_4.html





Netherwood has a Flickr Group:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/netherwood_official/




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations








Monday, July 10, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Giardini di Vita Village, a Rustic Village in Italy's Tuscany



Tuscany is a region in central Italy that is celebrated for its landscape, architecture, and artistic legacy.   It is also a vacation destination of choice among Europeans and the perfect place to rent that perfect honey-stone colored farm house for the summer season. Giardini di Vita Village does a good job of virtualizing a relaxing rustic village in this famous tourist destination.




Villas may be available for rental. Check the board inside the property listings office at the following location:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Giardini%20di%20Vita/59/98/22




For more blog coverage and photography:

http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Giardini+di+Vita+Village




See my 2017 coverage of other European-themed village sims in Second Life:

Field of Dreams:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/03/great-second-life-destinations-dark.html

Anduril:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/02/great-second-life-destinations-anduril.html

Le Sixieme Sens:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/02/great-second-life-destinations-touch-of.html




All photography was taken using Windlight Sky Setting Places - Greed and Greed 2, which comes as a standard option in Firestorm and other viewers. I like the bright and sunny light which brings to mind the Mediterranean coast in the late Spring, before the hot days of Summer burnish the landscape in golden hues.




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations





To see how this photography looks in a silverplate finish:

https://ryceskytower.blogspot.com/2017/07/great-second-life-destinations-giardini.html






Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Lick Sim Design's Asian Fusion - Perfect Harmony of Landscape Design



Sera Bellic scores yet again at Asia Fusion, a gorgeous construction of Asian-themed botanical and architectural design elements with just a touch of fun elements such as the panda family set among bamboo groves. I found the interior of the tea houses with realistic sushi sets very delicious and inviting, and perfect for Springtime photography shots. This is a very relaxing destination to visit and one that you need to catch before the Second Life summer beachscapes set in. Highly recommended.
Your Taxi :
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20Bay/13/175/43




For More Blog Coverage and Photography of LICK Sim Design see Scoop It! Destinations:





See my photography of  Lick Sim Designs builds at this location in the past year at this location:

The Lost City of Atlantis
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/02/great-second-life-destinations-lick-sim.html

Byrd Island:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/09/grest-second-life-destinations-byrd.html

Experience the Adirondacks:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/01/great-second-life-destinations_21.html




LICK Sim Design Links:

Blog:
http://serabellicsl.tumblr.com/

Facebook:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/3088625@N22/




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations




Photography Information:

I used Windlight Sky Setting -- Annan Adored's Morning Dream in these images.  My version of the Firestorm viewer did not carry this Windlight Setting as an option in Advanced Environmental Editor.



I added Morning Dream and other current settings by Annan Adored by the downloading a Zip File from this location and adding the settings to my Windlight folder. Instructions are carried on the home page of the link.  I like all of the different settings and recommend that you download all as photographic options:

https://interstylefashion.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/my-windlight-settings-2013/










Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: The Planets by Caledonia Skytower on LEA 4 - Jupiter, The Bringer of Jolity



Caledonia Skytower has a wonderful art installation on LEA 4 inspired by english composer Gustav Holst's evocative suite of musical tone poems, The Planets.  You are given links to the music for each planet when you arrive and can fine the suite of music here on You Tube. I am running a version of the famous martial music from Jupiter, one of the two most famous movements of the suite, below. Playing the music adds much to a visit.




Jupiter, the bringer of jollity, starts off as a journey through a lighted maze that the visitor must make his or her way through before reaching a festive level on top. Dance and couple animations make for a romantic destination.




Your taxi to the main exhibition area on LEA 4-  The teleport area to each "planet" exhibition is a short walk away from the landing area. Just follow the sign when you arrive.  Jupiter is just one of the 7 "planets" that is open through the end of May, 2017.  Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA4/130/119/30




I thought that Jupiter made a good contrast with Mars, which is a very dark and foreboding world, and one which I reviewed here last month:
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/04/great-second-life-destinations-planets_17.html


I first reviewed Neptune, an interactive aquatic world, here at the beginning of April:


For more information on Poetry of the Planets:

https://poetryplanetsisl.blogspot.co.uk/

https://modemworld.me/2017/04/02/the-poetry-of-the-planets-in-second-life/




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:









Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Ceakay Ballyhoo and Cybele Moon's 3-Dimensional Watercolor Landscape "Niamh's Journey of Dreams"



Ceakay Ballyhoo has made a name for herself in Second Life with a unique series of three dimensional landscapes that are a delight to behold.  Ceakay's latest work, Niamh's Journey of Dream, is a charming and evocative collaboration with Cybele Moon. The visitor is guided through a series of tableaus and literally walks into watercolor paintings that the artists have 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 this work.




Notecards are available which tell of a tale that the visitor learns about as part of a journey along a pathway during a visit from the starting area. When you arrive, just click on the placards to learn more about your interactive experience.


Your taxi to this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Storybrooke/20/13/33




For more information about Niamh's Journey of Dream, read Ceakay's Blog:
https://ceakayballyhoo.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/niamhs-journey-of-dreams/




This is Ceakay's third watercolor-based virtual art installation in Second Life. You can see my coverage of the other two here:

January 2017: The Forest Beyond
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2017/01/great-second-life-destinations-forest.html


August 2016: A Watercolor Wander
http://www.eddihaskell.com/2016/08/great-second-life-destinations.html




For other blogs covering Niamh's Journey of Dreams:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=Niamh%E2%80%99s+Journey+of+Dreams




Ceakay Ballyhoo's Links:

Blog:
https://ceakayballyhoo.wordpress.com/

Flickr Page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceakayballyhoo/

Marketplace Store:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/112782




Photographic Information: 

Visitors are asked to set their Sky Windlights to the following values to the following settings to get the most out of their visits.

Sky: [NB] Sepia 1700
Sky @31m to 40m: "Places Bentham"
Sky @41m to 50m: "Sailor's Delight"
Sky @51m to 60m: "Phototools- Hufflepuff Light 03"
Sky @61m to 4000m: "Sunset"*/


I liked the first setting -  [NB] Sepia 1700 - so much, that I decided to use it in all the images. It is generally  my practice to pick one Windlight Sky setting for post review, and I settled for the golden tones of Sepia. 




Looking for more places to visit?

To see more of my coverage of great destinations to visit in Second Life (scroll down):
http://www.eddihaskell.com/search/label/Second%20Life%20Destinations


Check out Scoop It Second Life Destinations for more great places to photograph:



I made these watercolor images using free Fotosketcher software. You can choose watercolor, oil, pastel, or pencil drawing, among other effects, to transform your photographic software. You can also frame your images with a wide variety of simple and realistic frames.

You can download Fotosketcher here:
http://www.fotosketcher.com/

You then must upload your images to the Fotosketcher web site to complete your transformation effects.