From the Stars We Have Come

Star Gazing

From the Stars We Have Come
From the Stars We Have Come

This was inspired by another image that I’ve been carrying in my head for a long time. It wasn’t nearly as easy to create it as I expected. The photo of myself (with wings!) was taken against a green board as was that of the meteors after many attempts that failed initially.

The problem I was experiencing was that the wings have a mind of their own. I had hoped to get several shots from the same angle but with different lighting so that I could pick and choose when I bought it home. Catching the moving wings in the same exact spot was not a doable thing. I found that I could stop them from moving by ‘editing’ them but at some point I would have to let go to move the lighting prim.

Photo Day 2
Had to call in Christi to try and help but in the end I bought the LUMIPro to help with the lighting.

This was inspired by another image that I’ve been carrying in my head for a long time. It wasn’t nearly as easy to create it as I expected. The photo of myself (with wings!) was taken against a green board as was that of the meteors after many attempts that failed initially.

The problem I was experiencing was that the wings have a mind of their own. I had hoped to get several shots from the same angle but with different lighting so that I could pick and choose when I bought it home. Catching the moving wings in the same exact spot was not a doable thing. I found that I could stop them from moving by ‘editing’ them but at some point I would have to let go to move the lighting prim.

I tried several ways of getting the wings to stop moving and even thought I had broke them when I finally did because they were stuck open which did me no good whatsoever. (resetting the hud was necessary to fix them again).

I had been told of a photographic tool called LUMIPro that might help me out with other lighting issues but when I saw the price, I discharged the idea without actually learning what all it was capable of.  At a height of frustration, I looked to see what LUMIPro was capable of doing and was so impressed that I bought one. I am happy to say I was able to get the light on my avatar that I wanted with LUMIPro in addition to lighting the three meteorites.

 

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Fantasy Faire 2019

Fantasy Faire 2019

Fantasy Faire 2019
Fantasy Faire 2019

I actually don’t remember if I had visited a Fantasy Fair prior to this year’s. I expect I had since the imagination that goes into anything ‘fantasy’ sparks my interest. However, strolling along looking for the perfect picture will, I have no doubt, find a way to leave a more lasting impression if only because one tends to take a few less things for granted.  I think that is certainly the case for this image.

My visit to SL’s Fantasy Fair of 2019 was early on a Sunday morning with relatively few people around. I noticed the signs about lag but fortunately for me, I didn’t feel any.

I began by visiting stores setup on the side of the path as I wandered along my way. There were many interesting items but I reminded myself that I was there for pictures now and had some time to return should I see something I just had to have.

At several points along the way were these ‘little’ animesh fairies.  I say little because they actually appear to be less than 9 inches tall but the detail is such that they look as ‘real’ as some avatars one sees. I made several attempts to get one with the background and light I wanted but failed each time until this one.

After a few moments of adjust various settings within windlight and the phototools of the Firestorm browser this image grabbed me. After ‘snapping’ the camera and downloading, I did pull it into Gimp to see what other adjustments I might want to make but in the end, decided that the image I had taken was the best so a layer was added for the signature but no other processing was performed beyond reducing the size and exporting in a different format than the .bmp that I currently take pics in.

The Fantasy Faire runs until May 5th so if you haven’t made it, get on over there!

Fantasy Faire 2019

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