Contact Sheet 55 — Outstanding Photo Work By Tamary   Leave a comment

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Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog or Flickr page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

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NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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I’m finally re-activating my Contact Sheet column; and as my first piece here in many a month, I give you this order. Go to Flickr, now, and give this photo a fave.  I wish you could give it more than one fave, in fact, because it’s absolutely fantastic!  Tamary has assembled a lovely composition here of her as the model tying her hair back in the mirror, and then raised it from good to outstanding with her choice of lighting, positioning, and the post work to add in the reflection of herself in the old mirror. And I just realized why I enjoy it so much; because it reminds me of the painter’s work of Andrew Wyeth at his best — a sort of hyper-realistic distillation of a moment in time, with the model focused and intent on the small daily task and ignoring totally the photographer capturing the moment.

If there were an award for outstanding photo of the year in Second Life, this would be high in the running, in my opinion.  I really can’t praise this enough; it just captures a mood perfectly!

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Formal Portrait   Leave a comment

Conan -- 2016 portrait

Well, I never was one to turn down a challenge, and I’ve been picking up formal wear lately, partly for me, partly for Harper’s storyboarding.  Here’s my own portrait, taken at the site of The Spoils of Annwn.  Harper plans to hang all three portraits on our office wall; one of us will probably photograph it and write it up when she gets it done.  (I’m wearing Balen by Heth Haute Couture, for those who are going shopping.)

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The Spoils of Annwn   Leave a comment

One of the book series I’ve enjoyed was the Copper Crown series by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison — The Copper Crown, The Throne of Scone and The Silver Branch (actually a prequel), which blend science fiction, medieval fantasy, adventure and romance into a fantastic whole.  Part of the story was derived from Preiddeu Annwn, or The Spoils of Annwn, a medieval Welsh song-poem.  There’s lots of puzzles in this piece, and it’s beauty holds up well in the translation I’ve heard recited of it.

I heard it recited here in Second Life, specifically.  An exhibit built by a class at the University of Rochester celebrates this poem in high style and multimedia.  Teleport to the sim and follow the instructions carefully to enjoy the whole experience!

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We’re All Alone   1 comment

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I love doing “duet” sessions with Conan when he gets the chance. He cleans up nicely, and he’s gradually getting even better looking as time goes on. Here, we’re at part of the current exhibit in LEA25, which has a few spots we can work with. A good thing on the last, as scripts are disabled there; neither of us were able to use AnyPose for smiles or eye movement, even when we added it off sim and jumped back in. But we’re adaptable, if nothing else.

Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more, on the shore a dream
Will take us out to sea
Forevermore, forevermore

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Conan is in a very nice formal suit from Prism for Men, on the same sim as the women’s store. A HUD gives you two shirt colors and for different tie patterns.  As for me, I’m in a dress I discovered from ArisAris on the Marketplace, also HUD driven, with Zuri jewelry (currently new, and so available to members for 25% off), and a pair of half-length gloves from Valentina E. exclusively for Maitreya Lara.  These are just one set in an extremely fair gacha at the current round of Whimsical; and, while not perfect — the hand is very rigid looking — the colors are excellent for all types.  I put together the whole collection with very little “investment” in duplicates.

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves, through the cave of hours
Long forgotten now
We’re all alone, we’re all alone

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

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Love in the shadows — a wonderful thing.

Once a story’s told
It can’t help but grow old
Roses do, lovers too, so cast
Your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear, oh, hold me dear

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So much for stargazing…because you are all the stars in the sky for me.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
All’s forgotten now
We’re all alone, all alone

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Scroll on down for a live performance of “We’re All Alone” by the songwriter and original singer, Boz Scaggs.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Owe it to the wind, my love

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The details:

We're All Alone Conan

Conan (as Pharo) is wearing —

  • Skin: Swallow Daniel (peach, brown eyebrows)
  • Eyes: EDDESIGN HD – 2010 Acqua eyes (dark blue sky 40)
  • Hair: Redgrave Chris (Blond)
  • Attachments: SLink Male Hands and Feet
  • Suit: Prism for Men Leo (white)
  • Shoes: Heth Haute Couture Kenneth boots (with socks)
  • Jewelry: Heth Haute Couture Quinn men’s ring

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Harper (as Dannta) is wearing) —

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara V3.5, with feet added
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Spellcraft (Prussian Blue)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Heights
  • Dress: ArisAris / B&W Serenade Dress
  • Shoes: Italiano Sea Star sandals (vintage)
  • Accessories: Valentina E. Garbo gloves (Midlength Gold) (gacha, Maitreya only item, L$50/play at Whimsical event through September 8); Zuri Rayna Serpo suite (earrings, bracelets, ring and necklace (Antique Gold)
  • Makeup: Glamorize Drama eyeshadow (Black – Black/Purple); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze liner (yellow) (vintage); Glamorize On Point lipstick (Warm Brown); FATElashes v2.0

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Photographed at Invictus, LEA25.

All photos available on Flickr in full size (PNG).

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My First Portrait Since My Marriage   1 comment

Jem 2016 Formal Portrait

Really, this is the first time I’ve “sat” for something like this since I got married — and it was fun, getting all glammed up and finding somewhere to pose!  Working on this blog, I get to learn all sorts of fun things about how to photograph, and I’m picking up dressing tips that I might be able to use in RL too.  Although I don’t think I’d be showing up at a job interview wearing this outfit, lol.

Taking a Puff

This photo is also great, but not what I’d want for what Harper is calling a “formal sitting.”  (I think she used to study photography at some point.)  But I had the cigarette holder, and I got a chance to try a trick she’s showed me when you want to catch yourself in a certain position.  Old timers probably know this, I guess, but us young ones need those old timers to help mentor us through all the tricks there are to work within Second Life.

Anyway, this cigarette holder (a group gift from Anachron, last I knew) doesn’t stay up in your mouth long enough for you to take a puff and exhale the smoke.  But you can sort of force the issue here.  When you get into position like you want, right-click something and choose Edit.  That will freeze you into position without necessarily stopping other scripts from running.  I waited until I had the holder in my mouth, clicked Edit, then waited again the couple of seconds for a puff of smoke, and clicked the refresh on Snapshot.  And there you have it — I’m sort of taking a “double drag” on my cigarette. (Not healthy, yes, I know.  But it’s safe in Second Life.  Just don’t start up for real!)

Okay, Conan, tag; you’re it!

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I’m wearing:

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
  • Skin: Amacci Skin Tyne (Cream 01 Natural)
  • Eyes: LaBoheme Eyes Nebula (Set 1: 9)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Goth Shine(Ombres, materials)
  • Attachments: SLink hands and feet
  • Top: PurpleMoon Tamara halter top
  • Skirt: tres blah Bella sequin skirt (Silver)
  • Accessories: Anachron bronze and black enamel cigarette holder; Lazuri Renata suite
  • Shoes: KC Couture Seattle pumps
  • Makeup: Arte Glamorous eyebrows (ash blonde); Oceane Urban eyeshadow (2); MUA All the Ways eyeliner (Pack 1 – 1); MUA Counturing Blush (Tan – Full); Zibska Blacktop lipstick (12); FATElashes v2.0

Photographed at Nouvelles Aventures, Highland Island region

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Formal Portrait, 2016   1 comment

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper full

I like to do a full-on formal portrait of myself for my wall every couple of years; this gives me a record of  how I’ve evolved since my “advent” in October 2007, beyond everything I’ve published over the years.  I’ll probably tweak this a little before I place it up on the wall in my living room, but not considerably.  And Jemmy, since she and Conan share the house with me now, has been prevailed upon to shoot a formal as well; and I’ll start arm-twisting Conan before long!  Anyway, watch on here in just a little while for Jemmy’s photo article; I told her to hold off until I get mine up.

Here’s a medium closeup, for those interested.

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper

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The details:

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Sidhe (6)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Visionaire (Cerise)
  • Attachments: Slink Avatar Enhance Hands and Feet
  • Outfit: Zaara Chandni sari (olive; now with Maitreya version added into the package)
  • Shoes: Glamistry Hibiscus Heels
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Sile necklace (Cherry) and earrings (Fucsia); Finesmith Isabella Hair combs (Bronze) x 3; Logo Elegance in Chains Gold necklace (vintage, worn as a chaplet); [M.Couture Destiny rings; Mandala Takara Bangles (Inca gold)
  • Makeup: JUMO YOUnique eyeshadow (Green Yellow); MUA All the Ways Eyeliner (Pack 1 – 1); Zibska Lordes lipstick (04); Oceane Body Design Eyeconic mesh lashes

Photographed at House Marikh, Danbi region, Mainland

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Tweeting   Leave a comment

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I finished up a survey I volunteered to take on religion in Second Life today, and took some time afterward to wander around the land.  As I was walking back from the Celtic cross I have on a sub-island, look what I spotted sitting on my bridge!  He was a friendly type — didn’t move an inch when I bent closer to talk to him.  I felt like Snow White for a minute, singing to the birds in the forest….

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Snow White didn’t dress like this, though, which I found at a side location while I was picking up my eyeshadow for this shoot.  Green and black leather, fitting nicely, soft and supple when I move.  I matched this dress with new rings and earrings from Modern Couture, and a bracelet from Zuri Rayna.

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And, at last, a long hairstyle I enjoy!  The Tsubasa wig from Argrace fits wonderfully, doesn’t stuff itself into my boobs, and is modifiable for color to the jelly-bean colors I choose for some of my characters.  I can see Ariel in her trademarked dark blue shade with this hair when she doesn’t have it in an updo; and as for more normal shades, look at Sharra here.  There are more shades available in both dark and light red, of course, as well as other colors.  If long hair is your preference, try this one out for sure!

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The details:

Please note, some items may not yet be available at these links, which are all to the main stores.

Most poses by Bauhaus Movement

Photographed at my home

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