A Machine’s Dream…

A Machine's Dream... Picture taken at Quite Oh's first exhibition  (as contributor)

A Machine's Dream... Picture taken at Quite Oh's first exhibition (as contributor)

Hey! Come see an exhibition! A Machine’s Dream… An organic steampunk ecosystem in a giant hat, invoking a sense of mysticism, of a lost world where machines and organic life became one. See Quite Oh has been up to for the last 14 days! Free presents too. Only open until Sept 30, 2009. http://slurl.com/secondlife/IBM%202/127/188/76

About this build. First, it was started and initiated by Spiral Walsher, who then invited a number of us to participate. Contributing were

Spiral Walcher
Quite Oh
Andrek Lowell
Jopsy Pendragon
Sleeves Rhode
Deson Bowenford
Darlingmonster Ember
Tormented Twilight
Janet Rossini
Jenrose Meredith

This was the first time I had basically no limit on the prims I could use, and boy did I indulge! :) Also, for my part I built all my part in about 13 days straight.

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Overheard at Kuula, no parties named

So ya, like I just fed my cat and hacked the NSA, and they called me up and said “Pleeez stop hacking us, ur 2 1337” and I said like Ya! pwnd! And they said stop and I said like clear my parking tickets and they were all like “OK!” and stuff, and they said “pleeze don’t pwns us anymore” and said like Ya, OK. ’cause I pity you weak-ass luzers and stuff. And I can drive as fast as I want now.

Mystery: A secret ingredient to a great photo

Have you ever been in a rut, and only recognized it when you see someone else’s work? I’ve just had that experience. I am, admittedly someone who is still learning SL photography. I’m pretty good on the angles, the lighting, the framing. That’s, fine, but it’s merely the basics. I’ve had this unrecognized itch that my images were lacking punch, emotion, but I wasn’t quite sure how to get around it until I saw this shot by Connie Arida. So it’s very retouched. I can live with that. Seeing this image brought me just the notion that I needed: that a good photo is as much about what is left out, as what is framed. Ever notice that good monster movies keep the suspense up by NOT revealing the monster right away? They hint, they tease, they imply, and as such the audience is captivated by wanting to know what the monster looks like. That’s a trick to engaging content. I realized that while my photos may be ok technically, that emotionally, I was much too explicit. I’ll be working on that for the next little while.

A wonderful shot by Connie Arida, pointing out that sometimes the best part of a photograph is what is not included.

A wonderful shot by Connie Arida, pointing out that sometimes the best part of a photograph is what is not included.

Quite Oh, Cyborg in the light.

Cyborg in the light. (from profile pic to vanity pic)

Cyborg in the light. (from profile pic to vanity pic)

2009-06-13 I was thinking of updating my profile pic. Full body shots are rarely useful for it, but I’d gotten the lighting just-so on this one, so I thought I’d share it. Call it a vanity pic. Unretouched, of course.

Added it to my flickr stream too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/quiteoh/

This shot was taken in Midian City slurl.com/secondlife/Midian%20City/138/174/29

4 friends a 1950s Caddy and lots of messing around

Doing a photoshoot on one’s own is a piece of cake, even if it takes patience. Toss in 4 friends 1 prop and a bunch of no build locations and you get a heck of a hard time finding a great shot–‘specially when it’s spur of the moment. Turns out that I got a good shot, and had lots of fun none-the-less :)

1950\'s scene with friends in Second Life

1950's scene with friends in Second Life

Thanks to Nikko Dezno for the Caddy, DarthBlueAfro Cummings for the impetus and Salaamata Afarensis for the great company!

Vampire Peer Pressure

Ah yes.  Vampire Peer Pressure at it’s best. I landed in Transylvania, just ’cause I was ‘sploring. The greeter read as such “Welcome to Transylvania’s VAMPIRE EMPIRE, Quite Oh. This is a Safe Haven for Vampyrs  NOT A RP SIM Use teleporter to get around. We DO NOT TOLERATE  ranting drama/public sex/asshat behavior. BLOODLINE HUD USERS WILL BE BANNED NO ?’S ASKED”.

Even vampires ban bloodlines.

Even vampires ban bloodlines.

Heh.

How to find New Citizens Incorporated in Second Life

How do I find help in Second Life? Where do I go in Second Life to find answers to my questions? How do I learn things? Are there classes, tutorials or primers to learn how to do things in Second Life?

New to Second Life and looking for some basic newcomer (newbie) tips tricks and tutorials? New Citizens Inc. Is just the place to go. NCI’s mission is to help newcomers integrate themselves into Second Life in a wholesome, safe, peaceful and fun environment. We offer dedicated experienced and knowledgeable helpers who other than having been around the block more than once, are patient, courteous and IMO generous with their time.

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Dragon Fire

The only thing hotter than dragon fire is her wrath

The only thing hotter than dragon fire is her wrath

The return was not to home, but to grief. Hotter than Dragon fire is her wrath.

Not much to say about technique, but knowing when to grab a shot when it’s available!
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Face lights: Theory, correct usage and making of face lights

This conversation has been coming up a lot lately, so I thought that I would write about it. The use, misuse and full understanding about lighting in Second Life, mostly as applies to facelights and etiquette, but can also be applicable to photography. Why do people wear so many bright facelights with a tremendous radius? I suspect it’s simply because they don’t understand the inner-workings of how Second Life works, as well as not really having been informed as to what the social impact is. It’s NOT an all or nothing thing, we don’t need to go on a witch hunt, we simply need to make a bit of knowledge available. That’s what I’m hoping this article will provide.

Note: All of these images are clipped from the top, hiding the menus. This was the result of batch processing without thinking. It was also a quick and convenient way of hiding personal information. Hopefully, the location of all relevant menus that are pulled down can be discerned when comparing to your own client. Additionally, some of the screen shots are messed up with odd bits such as lines and double title tags. You can thank my video card for that. It does that when taking snaps with the UI turned on. Sorry about that.

Facelights are a two edged sword

On one hand we want to enhance the appeal of our avatar, to see it in dark conditions and to generally highlight our best features. The pros and cons: The Pro side will make comments like this: “I just want to look nice, and remove the harsh edges from my AV”, “The lights enhance my look”, “Everyone tells me I need a light, so I got one.”.

The Con side might say something like this (copied near-verbaitim from unidentified freebie face light merchants): “Ever sit in a dark place, enjoying the scenery or perhaps a particle show, when someone with a facelight geared for disturbing fauna several miles away walks in and spoils the scene?”, or “I made this due to seeing some horrible facelights, so here you are, a face light that lights your face and chest and not the whole area…”

While it’s true that a facelight can really enhance your look (I often use one personally, and as a photographer, I use them constantly!). The trick is to use the facelight in a manner that in fact enhances your look, that doesn’t wash it out, or blind others. We want to make the best use of our light that we can without being light spammers.

Witness one of the very many examples that were the inspiration for this article. We shall name our subject Facelight Fanny.

Fanny shows us that people with mis-used lights DO exist. This is in the daytime, and her light overpowers the sun

Fanny shows us that people with mis-used lights DO exist. This is in the daytime, and her light overpowers the sun

That is not Chernobyle, that's Facelight Fanny! Note that in this scene, there are no chirping crickets. They've been cooked at 20 meters away by Fanny's facelight

That is not Chernobyle, that's Facelight Fanny! Note that in this scene, there are no chirping crickets. They've been cooked at 20 meters away by Fanny's facelight

Other that turning off the lights that belong to a build, other avatar’s lights and splashing them with an overly powerful light, there are other disadvantages, such as
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Of Elves and Metaverses

The thing I love about a new look is looking for the sim in which it looks right. Today’s images come from the Valinor sim, which is part of the Avilion sim. Despite the complaints that people (myself included) make about the quality of the images rendered, you have to admit that they are pretty darned good! Compare these kind of images to say Active World, There, or IMVU, there is simply no contest. Second Life wins hands down! Is it absolutely perfect? No. Is it immersive? Completely! Second Life (technologically) really has a major problem: It is actually so good that we can start complaining about the details, rathter than simply accepting lumpy ugly worlds that most others resign themselves to.

Anyway, end of digression and onto today’s pictures!

Close up of a female Elf in Valinor

Close up of a female Elf in Valindor

Image of an Elf in L'Renden, part of Valinor, Part of Avilion, Second Life

Image of an Elf in L'Renden, part of Valinor, Part of Avilion, Second Life

Image of an Elf in L'Renden, part of Valinor, Part of Avilion, Second Life

Image of an Elf in L'Renden, part of Valinor, Part of Avilion, Second Life

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