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?

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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?

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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.




Monday, April 17, 2017

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



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 Mars, one of the two most famous movements of the suite, below. Playing the music adds much to a visit.




Mars, the Bringer of War, is a fiery underworld of spears, roman shields, and rocky formations -- and is very foreboding and frightening in nature. Holst wrote this music in 1914, at the beginning of what would be a long and brutal conflict which would eventually take over one million British and Commonwealth lives. Most people did not think the conflict would last over 4 years but would be over quickly. Holst was being very preminiscent when he wrote this terrifying music.




Mars  is just one of the 7 "planets" that will be open. Neptune, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn are now open.  Jupiter, is still under construction at the time I write this blog post. Poetry of the Planets will run through the end of May 2017.  Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.

I reviewed Neptune, an interactive aquatic world, here last week:



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.

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




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?

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: The Planets by Caledonia Skytower on LEA 4 - Neptune, The Mystic



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..




Ryce visited Neptune, The Mystic, which is an undersea world -- much as the blue green planet appeared to astronomers who first imagined the far off gaseous world when this music between 1914 and 1916.  Visitors can interact with bubbles that float through the water and shells for single and couple poses.





Neptune is just one of the 7 "planets" that will be open. Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Saturn are now open.  Mars and Jupiter, which are the most recognizable music from the Suite, are under construction at the time I write this blog post. Poetry of the Planets will run through the end of May 2017.  Visitors are welcome to leave poetic impressions of their visit.




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.

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




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:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations




For more information on LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts):

http://lindenarts.blogspot.com/







Monday, April 3, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Vietnam War Roleplay at the Gulf of Tonkin



The  Gulf of Tonkin is just one of several sims where military role play happens. Flying helicopters and other aircraft conduct aviation battles and other wargames for those who are interested. While I do not engage in Second Life roleplay, I thought the quality of the builds -- particularly the 1960's era U.S. Navy Carrier Kitty Hawk, the aircraft and helicopters, and the Vietnam tropical town were outstanding. The teleport below will take you onboard the deck of the carrier -- but you will need to sign up for role play and a visitor tag to see the rest of the area. It is well worth a visit.

Your taxi:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gulf%20of%20Tonkin/131/98/41




The nuclear supercarrier Nimitz, a later development of the carrier Kitty Hawk  is no longer rezzed, but in late 2014, I visited and photographed a range of aircraft onboard.  You can catch my photography and coverage here:

http://www.eddihaskell.com/2014/12/great-second-life-destinations-visit.html




Looking for more places to visit?

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http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations











Monday, March 27, 2017

Great Second Life Destinations: Springtime Erupts at Pandora Resort



A Prayer in Spring (1915)
 by Robert Frost,  Poet Laureate of the State of Vermont

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh. give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
That swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard;
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still.

For this is love, and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.





To visit this highly recommended destination:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hurricane/52/135/21


See more blog coverage and photography at Scoop It! Destination:
http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations?q=pandora




Pandora Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pandoraboxofdreams/


Pandora Flickr Pool:
https://www.flickr.com/groups/pandora_box_of_dreams/pool/




I used Windlight sky setting [TOR] MIDDAY - Nostalgika in these images, which I favor for its warm golden light and clear skies. Nostalgika comes as an option in the Firestorm Viewer.


See how this destination looked with this same design and architecture this past December in winter snows:




Looking for more places to visit?

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http://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations