Spooky hand

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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.

Spooky hand

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.

Details:

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
Pants: *COCO*_TailoredPants(Grey)_S
Pose: !bang

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Details:

Skin: -Glam Affair – Artemis – Jamaica 07 C @ Collabor88
Lashes: Glam Affair – MIAMI Lashes Tiffany @ Collabor88
Hair: [LeLutka]-JERRY hair M – StrawberryBlonde
Dress: Tee*fy Gina Bodycon Dress S Prints A @ Collabor88
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Silverleaf (M)
Bangles: LaGyo_Morgan bangle Aqua @ Collabor88
Earrings: (Yummy) Vice Hoop – Gold @ Collabor88
Tights: Schadenfreude Low Black Miami Fishnet Leggings @ Collabor88
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1
Pose: kokolores

Safari Chic

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Details:

Skin: DeeTaleZ Skin A.T.W. Anouk Mixedtype
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Feldgrau (S)
Hair: Magika [Hair] Sudden
Jacket: The Secret Store – Noah Cropped Jacket – Sand Camo – M @ Collabor88
Top: Ingenue :: Leighty Top :: S :: Green Elephants @ Collabor88
Shorts: -tres blah- Khaki Shorts (M) – Sand @ Collabor88
Hat: [LeLutka]-SAFARI hat
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 XS Right
Pose: Le Poppycock *Afterglow* A (Female) – Side of the road – @ The Chapter Four

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Portrait 05 April

I have been playing a bit in Photoshop tonight and tried new things. You can see the result above. It is heavily postprocessed. Do not rely on this picture for the colors though I have tried to keep the beautiful color of the IKON Ardent eyes as close to original as possible.

And if you want a before / after, here is the before:

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The skin is one of this month best buys from Belleza so get it while it is only for 400 L$.

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Mya SK BBB R 1
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Feldgrau (S)
Hair: [LeLutka]-DEMETER hair – SummerTime

Tillie Posing Stand

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For any Second Life Fashion blogger, there is one item you absolutely need and which makes your life so much easier, it is a posing stand. Basicly, you drop your poses in it and scroll through them to choose the one which will compliment your outfit the best. Poses are so important to make good pictures. I cannot imagine going on blogging without my dear [Tillie] Posing Stand. I have it for years and it has never failed me. For beginners, it is even delivered with poses from reknown poses shops, being Diesel Works and Glitterati.

Occasionnaly, Tillie Ariantho is adding new features to her creation and you automatically receive a new box full of wonders. The last 4.0 version is bringing a very neat option: “[new] light/huds: You can now click a button in the blue LIGHT menu and on the hud LIGHT page to make lights follow the nearest avatar: button FOLLOW. This will make the light always being directed towards the nearest avatar.” I just love that. For a long time I have been avoiding playing with spotlights in Second Life because I was finding it too long to set up. Nuw, you just click a button and it is set. I don’t see how to make it easier.

While snapshotting the picture in world was easier, I had a bit more trouble to rework the light and shadows (dodge and burn) in Photoshop as there are three sources of light. For the rest, I have kept the same postprocessing method I usualy do, that is cleaning the picture than playing with curves (a lot), adding contrast, vibrance and then lowering the saturation. Here below, you see the raw shot before working on it.

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Details:

Skin: –Belleza– Ava Med Red 1
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Blossom (S)
Hairbase: [LeLutka]-HAIRBASE SummerTime
Hair: Magika [Hair L] Moment
Sweater: Emery – Mesh Sweater Carrie Agre – S
Shorts: (fashionably dead) Scallop Shorts – M Light Denim at Collabor88 until 7th of March 2013
Tights: Maitreya Tights * Xanadu S
Scarf: [Decoy] Izel Scarf – Mint (Rigged) at Collabor88 until 7th of March 2013
Earrings: {Cherry} Larissa Earrings – cyan at L’accesoires event
Necklace: (Yummy) Sea Trinkets Charm Necklace
Nails: Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular
Boots: Maitreya August Ankle Boots * Lion S-M
Posing Stand: [Tillie] Posing Stand 4.04
Pose: Glitterati