I had some trouble taking this picture because of the shadows. Any Second Life photographer will tell you that what you see on your screen is not what will appear on the picture on your harddrive. Sometimes, it is not too bad, sometimes, no matter the angle or the windlight setting you are using, you will have a lot of postproccesing work to do. In this case, i have partly solutioned the problem by upping the gamma in Second Life to flood the shadows with light and then by darkening the whole picture, adding a lot of burn, in Photoshop.
Here below you can see one of the first pictures I have taken and some of its flaws.
Most obvious thing is the spooky hand. It is like my avatar is having a third arm and hand from hell only visible in the shadows. It is one of the issues with the alpha layers in Second Life. You may hide parts, it is still there and appears in the shadows. Using a different pose might have helped but I liked this one a lot so i have decided to be stubborn and to go on with it.
Secondly, you may see a smooth gradient of shadows in world but on your picture, it is a solid block and not always rightly placed. Here, you can mainly see the problem with the shadow from the hair on the face. There is a thin light line between the hair and its shadow. Also, what should be a smooth darker area under the breast appears like a stain.
Another reason I have titled this post “Spooky Hand” is what makes this outfit so particular. I really like the idea of having a hand in the pocket. I would have liked it better if the mesh pants had a pocket with more volume to fake the hand hidden by the alphas. But then, I guess it would have been more difficult to make the pants wearable separately from the jacket. As it is, I have to say I feel a bit like my avatar is missing a limb. But I am being picky, that outfit is really awesome.
Skin: DeeTaleZ Skin Kimber (Freckles) brown Mixedtype @ Uber
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Silverleaf (S)
Hair: [LeLutka]-ALEX hair – StrawberryBlonde
Jacket and shirt: *COCO*_ShawlCollarCoat(Grey)_S
Because the only boundary in Second Life is your imagination. Live your fantasy.
Skin: –Belleza– Ellie Gacha 14 at The Arcade
Eyes: IKON Vanity Eyes – Coffee (S)
Hair: Exile::Hold On Loosely Natural Fusion 2 at FaMESHed
Headdress: Tee*fy Feather Headdress RARE at The Arcade
Yesterday, a friend made me discover a new skin store called The Skin Shop. The name is new but the designers are not as they are behind The Body Shop and a lot of other stores. With the shops, they are offering us a new shopping experience. The system is still in a beta test. So far, you can only purchase skins without enhancements (make ups). If you want more details, you should visit the The Shops in SL website. It looks like a lot more is coming.
There are 36 different tones available so be ready to spend a lot of time in the store trying all of them. You can purchase demos and products thanks to a HUD you have to wear in the store. It is a bit disorienting at first as it is a new way to shop in world.
Even without makeup, there are already enough options to play with. You can combine several skins to have a unique look through tattoo layers. In the above picture, I am combining Chocolata and Alana, while in the picture below, you can admire the full set for Pussy.
For a raw version of this picture to have a better look at the skin, clik here.
I recommand you to visit The Shops to experience by yourself as it is for sure something different.
Skins: THESKINSHOP (09) Chocolata, Alana and Pussy
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Skyfall (S)
Hair: Faenzo – UFFIE Hair // LIBL Medium Blond
Top: [Pink Outfitters] Kristen Blouse – coral at FaMESHed
Pants: (TokiD) solo jeans (hex)
Earrings: MIEL UVA SET (group gift)
Mesh Hands: Slink Mesh Hand Flat
Pose: Diesel Works
Skin: –Belleza– Ava Med Red 2
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Skyfall (S)
Hair: >TRUTH< Cyanne w/Roots – seasand
Cardigan: tram -J.I cardigan[RIGGED]- L
Top: The Secret Store – Lua’s Cropped Shirt – Triangles – M at FaMESHed
Shorts: (fashionably dead) Scallop Shorts – S Mint at Collabor88
Tights: (fashionably dead) Opaque Tights (Yellow, Underpants) at Collabor88
Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular
Jewels: MG – Necklace – Sybil’s LadyBug Amulet at FaMESHed
Bag: (Milk Motion) fringe bag – blue/yellow- at The Dressing Room Fusion
Pose: Manifeste at Pose Fair