Heart to Heart

Heart2Heart
Heart2Heart

This image was intended to be the introduction of Louise, one of the characters from the story I am working on in the background. She is wearing a Genesis Head in this image which, in full light, doesn’t look bad but I simply could not get it to look like the image of Louise in my head. The bone structure – especially in the nose – was just not working for me.

However, I hadn’t yet come to that conclusion when I took this shot. The heartfelt moment between the horse and Louise was sincere and since we can’t really see her face, we’ll leave it at that for now.

This image was created in the Black Dragon viewer but I still haven’t managed to grasp full control of the ability to blur the background in Black Dragon so it was done as a composite – derendering the closest horse and pulling Louise out of view to photograph the background.  Tone and color adjustments, as well as highlights were completed in photoshop.

Image born in SecondLife at Dya’s Abandoned Vacation spot
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Wildflowers

Wildflowers
Wildflowers at Dim Sum Gardens

Sometimes they come so easily while others really make you work. When they are equally fulfilling, I sometimes question my choices.  Why put the extra effort into something if in the end, taking the easy road gets you to the same place. The answer is simply that the path is the goal.

I spent a lot of time, with the help of Pattie, looking for a location to shoot a photo that we were collaborating on and finally found a spot I liked at Dim Sum Gardens. in fact, the location of that photo is visible in the background of this image (the gazebo directly above/behind the horse’s head).  Once the location was determined, we still had shopping to do along with addressing other issues that arose.  I’ll save all those for the comments on that particular image.

This image was taken while I was exploring the sim, making sure that there wasn’t a better location for my needs.  There wasn’t but on spotting a guitar on this bright sunny day, sitting in the shade and strumming a few strings seemed like the thing to do. The horse apparently became curious as it kept circling near me.

It was a simple photo. No composite. Post processing included only some highlights on my face and arm in addition to the mane of the horse. Most everything else was done with windlight in the viewer..

This was a fun, relaxing image who’s name seemed to be obvious and without much effort to find a piece of music to go with it.  This doesn’t lessen or improve the experience, it was just different and varied from many other efforts.

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