Friday, April 24, 2015

Great Second Life Destinations: The Joys of the Côte d'Azur at Kekeland

I do not know if it was the intent of the designer of Kekeland to bring a touch of the Côte d'Azur (Blue Coast), or the French Riviera, to Second Life but this is what this destination does so well. It is an indescribable thing, certainly the store fronts can be in any old town in North America or the British Isles. It is the touches here -- the interiors of the buildings, the artistic arrangement of fruits in the farm stand, even the gleaming motorcycle polished as a work of art at Le Cafe Francais that give Kekeland such as feeling of sophistication and joie de vivre.

The polished art deco bar of  Le Cafe Francais is a particular standout. This reminds me very much of Cannes. Cannes is mostly famous for its film festival -- but is also famous for its clean and sophisticated interior design. Nothing is fussy here. The setting of outdoor tables, the view of the sea, and the clean black and white floor in a diagonal design are a great pleasure to observe.

I wanted to highlight the bright golden and soft light of the South of France in these images. To accomplish this, I used Windlight Sky Setting [TOR] MIDDAY - Baskaholic to get a warm golden light in these images on an ultra setting. This Windlight effect, which comes standard in Firestorm and some other viewers, evokes warm November afternoons and cool nights on the French Riviera.   I raised photographic gama levels to compensate for dark interiors but kept the same light setting for interior photographs.

Kekeland is a gorgeous destination and highly recommended for a visit. The destination changes with the seasons, so make sure to visit to appreciate this slice of sophistication in Second Life.


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