Thursday, January 29, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: Winter Scenes from the Victorian Steampunk Metropolis of New Babbage

Winter Street View - Brunel Hall is on the Left

New Babbage is Second Life's 10-sim Steampunk vision of an alternative Victorian-era Metropolis, and a favorite location of mine for photography over the six years of this blog's publishing history. Nothing is static in New Babbage, many changes to structures and additions to the region make it a source of new photographic subject matter.

The Academy of Industry Region, the location that I used for coming around New Babbage and taking these street and interior views,  is one of the newest areas and has some of the best designed Victorian era structures anywhere in Second Life. I stood directly outside the recently renovated Brunel Hall Hotel and Entertainment Complex when I photographed these images. Brunel Hall is quite impressive, make sure to tour the interior when you visit.

Brunel Hall Hotel and Entertainment Complex

New Babbage is roleplay optional, you will not need to change to period clothes or talk like a victorian to walk around. The Academy of Industry region of New Babbage is one of the newer areas and has some of the best designed Victorian era structures anywhere on the grid.

The best way to explore New Babbage is simply to go there and explore the interiors of any building which catches your interest. There is simply too much to take in at one visit-- this is one of the most content-rich areas of Second Life. Except for the top 3 images of Brunel Hall,  I am not labeling images since I simply photographed anything that was of interest over the course an hour one evening.

The following SLURL takes you in front of Brunel Hall, which is an excellent location for starting your exploration of New Babbage:

Interior of Brunel Hall

To find our more about New Babbage and the concept of Steampunk, check out this machimina I did a while ago explaining the concept. I did a second machinima of New Babbage concentrating on Steampunk airships and the airport outside the city walls.

All photography, except for the top image, uses Windlight sky setting !!JUICYBOMB.COM - Gogo Hearts SL, which gives a nice warm grey tone to both interior and exterior shots. You can download all 5 Juicybomb windlight sky settings here:

To view my other recent photography from New Babbage:


Steampunk Animated Construction Scene:

Brunel Hall Hotel and Entertainment Complex:

(note:  Brunel Hall (shown above) has recently been renovated and redesigned: these photographs show Brunel Hall one year ago before recent changes):

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