{ Read between the Lines } NEW at Shiny Shabby!

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head/Applier – Giorgia (Cappuccino) – GENESIS Lab **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Hair – Hannah – {Entwined} **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Outfit – Vika Dress (black) – N-Uno **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shoes – Ivy – Just Design **NEW** @Uber

Jewelry – Vivian Necklace & Bracelet (silver) – LUXE. **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Other – Geoh Ring Set – ThePlastik **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Mesh Ears – Steking V5 – MANDALA

Poses 575 and 560 by Manifeste

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Before Dawn Skybox – HAIKEI

Covered with Vinyl: White Chair, Books, Lamp – Soy. **NEW** @ShinyShabby

FARUM Furniture Gacha: Hanging Lamps – ELYSIUM **NEW** @ShinyShabby

{ A Burning Masquerade } The Secret Affair is OPEN!

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The Secret Affair has once again opened it’s virtual doors to a new round of fantastical creations.  “It’s All About the Details” is the theme this month with autumn flair.  The Secret Affair runs from the 15th thru the 30th of November, so do get on over to check out the beautiful offerings!

CREDITS

Mesh Head – Karin – LeLutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Jolie (European) – DeeTaleZ **NEW** @We<3RP

Hair – Theia (fades) – Calico Creations **NEW** @TSA

Outfit – Her Ladyship Gown & Sleeves (Burnt Orange) – The Annex **NEW** @TSA

Mask – Beathan Rare Mask (warm tones) – {Roawenwood} **NEW** @TSA

Jewelry – Noor Arm Bell – .Luminary. **NEW** @TSA

Jewelry – Snowdrop Earrings and Headjewel (new gold) – .Charm. **NEW** @TSA

Jewelry – Alseide Neckpiece (winter) – Eudora 3D **NEW** @TSA

Wings – Angel Wings (red) – Eifee **NEW** @TSA

Pose – Beauty Series 1-5 – Di’s Opera

Candle Arch (rust) – 22769 [bauwerk] **NEW** @TSA

Ruins Arch – Fanatik

Old Brown Trees – L12

{ A Beautiful Lie }

Life asked Death,
Why do people love me,
But hate you?

Death responded,
Because you are a beautiful lie
And I’m a painful truth.

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The Liaison Collaborative is back this month after a summer break and just in time for Halloween with a whole lot of fashionably frightful goodies.  This round of TLC will continue until October 30th, plenty of time to shop your heart out.

CREDITS

Mesh Head – Stella – Lelutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Dia de los Muertos 01 (polar tone) – Glam Affair **NEW** @C88

Eyes – Horror Edition: Lifeless Bleached – Dead Apples

Tattoo – Tombstone – White Widow

Hair – Mehet – Damselfly **NEW** @TLC

Top – Natalie Outfit Patent Bustier (black) – GizzA **NEW** @On9

Bottoms – Crowe Leggings – Vinyl **NEW** @TLC

Shoes – Elvira Heels – Rebel Hope **NEW** @TLC

Jewelry – Catrina Skull Necklace & Rings (silver) – LaGyo **NEW** @C88

Accessory – Cigarette Holder – [ kunst ]

Gothic Chair – DRD **NEW** @C88

Deadwood Trees Spiraled (black) – Half-deer **NEW** @C88

Pose – (animation from chair but slightly modified)

{ Come on baby make me purr for you }

Baby I’m preying on you tonight
Hunt you down, eat you alive
Just like animals, animals, like animals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent for miles
Just like animals, animals, like animals

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CREDITS

Mesh Head – Stella – Lelutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Mesh Hands/Feet – Slink

Skin/Appliers – Paige (European) – DeeTalez **NEW**

Mesh Ears – Steking v5 – Mandala

Eyes – Serenity (angel) – [Buzzeri]

Hair – Itch – Magika

Outfit – Minx Cage Bra & Harness (black) – Sweet Thing.

Shoes – Amerie Heels (black) – CandyDoll

Accessory – Glitch Collar (gold) – |CerberusXing| **NEW** @Kustom9

Jewelry – Dreamer Septum Ring (style 4 gold) – MONS **NEW**

Hair Accessory – Studded Kitty Headband – Action

Nail Appliers – Elegant Black II – ZOZ

Anal Plug Fox Tail Mesh (gold) – BWish

Pose – Little Kitten 7M – .Infiniti. **NEW** @ROMP

Pet’s Draped Basket Bed (cozy) – Roawenwood **NEW** @ROMP

Guilty Pleasures Sideboard & Hutch (multi dirty) – The HIVE **NEW** @ROMP

{ Autumn leaves… just like you did }

Another tear
Another cry
Another place for us to die
It’s not complicated

Another love that’s gone to waste
Another light lost from your face
It’s complicated

Is it that it’s over or do birds still sing for you?
Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And you’re miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

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Ooh how I miss you
My symphony played the song that carried you out
Ooh how I miss you
And I, I miss you and I wish you’d stay

Do you ever wonder if the stars shine out for you?
Float down
Like autumn leaves
Hush now
Close your eyes before the sleep
And you’re miles away
And yesterday you were here with me

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CREDITS

Wearing

Mesh Head – Stella – Lelutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Noemi (Tone 00) – YS&YS **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Eyes – Triumph (green) – IKON **NEW**

Hair – Elsa – MINA **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Top – Bulky Knit Hoodie Femme (red) – ::K:: **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Bottoms – My First Jeans (dark blue) – [monso]

Accessory – Winter is Coming Scarf – Apple May **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Socks – Dahlia – Maitreya

Shoes – Rosie Boots (dirty) – Fri. **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Pose – Sit 012 – !bang

Scene

Snuggle Up Gacha: Hanging Seat (RARE), Bucket, Basket, Shelf, Wheelburrow – Apt. B **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Fall in Love Gacha: Garland, Woodpile, Pumpkin Sign – [ zerkalo ] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Autumn Retreat Gacha: Carpet, Floor pillows, Wood Plank Stool (b), Mason Jar and Candle, leaves – [kunst] & [hoorenbeek] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Welcome to Autumn Gacha: Mailbox – [Toiz] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Wildrose Manor – Dust Bunny **NEW** @Collabor88

Posed Cats Gacha: Ready to Pounce & Sleeping Curled – (fashionably dead)

{ Though the seasons change, she will always be someone’s little girl }

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CREDITS

Build – Welcome to Autumn Gacha: Autumn Vintage Flower Room (RARE) – Toiz **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Day Dream Gacha: Aged Chest, Candle Light Chandelier, Dreamer’s Dresser, Dreamer’s Frame (RARE) *modified, Nest of Tables, Wooden Birds, World’s End Clock – {Reverie} **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Fall in Love Gacha: Chair, table, Pillows *modified, Photo Frame, Dress, Bicycle *modified – [ Zerkalo ] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Autumn Door *modified & Shabby Pumpkin Decoration – 22769 [bauwerk] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Beloved Rocking Horse (blue) – Culprit **NEW** @ShinyShabby

White cosmos pot – Haikei **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Kitty Rose & Kitty Bee – Label Motion **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Simple Comforts Gacha: Hanging Seat (RARE), Shelf ; Farm Living Gacha: Alarm Clock – Apt. B

Beginning of the Day Gacha: Rugs (white & rose) – [ Zerkalo ]

Vintage Gacha: Frame w/Dress, Leather Trunk (RARE), Kettle of Milk, basket w/cloths, Birdcage –  =Zenith=

Victoria’s Dollshouse – Apple Fall

Garden Gacha: Pinkbooks – {anc}

Seaside Cottage Gacha: Hanging Potted Plant (mint) – Dust Bunny

Posed Cats Gacha: Curious & Sitting – (Fashionably Dead)

Cat Clutter Toys – Half-Deer

Relaxed Shades – Mudhoney

Sheer Lace Panels – Rustica

Valance from Carmen Drapes – LISP

{ A Delicate Flower } Windlight Challenge

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Well it seems as though I’m going to attempt to kill many birds with one stone here.  (Sorry little birdies!)  I decided to use these photo(s) as a good example for Strawberry Singh’s Windlight Challenge.  Though it may not be thee most creative of all windlights I use.   I’ll explain why more later and maybe it still is of help to ‘someone’ out there.  I’m also showcasing some items from The ARCADE, FaMESHed, and the upcoming Fifty Linden Fridays.  I’m a busy girl.. gotta keep it movin.

So without further ado… here’s the Q&A:

  1. Do you use windlight while taking pictures? If not, why not? Yes!  I definitely do.  I honestly would be lost without them.  And have been.  On occasion when updating my viewer didn’t take care to save my created Windlights and lost them when doing a clean install.  I might’ve cried that day.  So now I’m very careful as I rely on them for all my photos.  I will share that my discovery of Windlight settings and subsequent falling in love was after coming across Elysium Eilde’s photography.  Her vibrant and rich colors to her photos inspired me to get creative with my own.
  2. When taking a closeup snapshot for a profile picture, which windlight preset do you use most often? I don’t really have a designated go-to windlight that i use for profile pictures.  Most of the time, even when doing closeups in world, I will use whatever setting I’m using for a full body photo and just take care to adjust the time of day and sun angle to not cast too many shadows on the face that wash out the skin.  If I’m shooting a photo in my makeshift studio then I select one of my pre-made Studio WLs that are probably tweaked from some of the default ones that came with the Firestorm viewer.  (I’ve included some of those below).
  3. Which windlight presets do you use for full body portraits? Again, I really do customize most every single one.  It completely depends on the mood of the photo and the colors in the elements of the photo.  Sometimes I really like to play up the sky coloring and make it something unusual and unexpected.  Some examples of that are HERE and HERE and um… HERE too. 🙂
  4. If you do landscape photography, which windlights do you use for that most often? I rarely do landscape photography, but as I mentioned before, playing with the coloring of the sky can really create a dramatic backdrop for any photo.  If possible I love to use sunset, or sunrise windlights to set a mood when doing landscape pictures.  I will agree Annan Adored’s windlight settings are very dramatic.  And as Berry mentioned, sometimes just using the default sim windlight is enough.  Usually the person that created the environment, chooses a windlight to set the tone for the sim and enjoying it in its original state is great.
  5. Do you have any tricks or tips that you could share for using Windlight effectively? My tip is play with all the buttons.  Definitely the sun/moon position and angle and for me the sun brightness and ambient lighting are the most commonly modified.  Although lately, I have been working on playing with the density and haze horizon settings more to give that far off faded look to things in the distance.  I’ve also found that making sure to lock the clouds helps avoid certain graphics glitches when shooting photos with shadows and ambient occlusion on.  You can also adjust the color of the clouds and really give your photos a very different two-toned look in the sky.  And lastly, don’t just play with the sky settings…. if you’re shooting over where there is water, don’t forget to take that into consideration as well.  Like my above photo, having reflection in the water adds a lot of realism to photography in Second Life.
  6. Have you created any windlights that you would be willing to share with us? I do.  And I’ve uploaded several of them HERE for you to try out, including the “Midday Hazy Blue” sky and “Glassy with Waves” water settings I used for the photos in this post.  Please keep in mind though that this picture was post-processed and I did add a lot of contrast and brightness as well as de-saturated it some to get the final look.

I hope that I was able to give a little more insight into how I achieve the look in some of my photos, and hopefully that is useful to some of you as you experiment.  I am so very glad to have access to so many wonderful windlights built into the Firestorm viewer that they really do give a great base to start from and to the many other photographers who have so graciously shared their custom settings for us to try too. 😀

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Candy Skin (America 03) –  Glam Affair **NEW** @The Arcade

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON

Hair – Giz (Rare Type B – Citrine) MESH – D!va **NEW** @The Arcade

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Lili Blouse/Skirt (HUD texture change) MESH – Mutresse **NEW**

Jewelry – Charmed Necklace (silver) MESH – Cae’s **NEW** @FaMESHed

Shoes – Lolita Espadrilles (Linen) MESH – Gos Boutique

PROPS / SET / POSES

Wood Fence MESH – Five Minutes After

Grass,Wildflowers & Chair – [We’re CLOSED]

Flowering Grass & Birds – Happy Mood

“Saffron” Singles Poses – oOo Studio **NEW** for FLF (Fifty Linden Fridays)