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Contact Sheet 63 — Diconay Boa   Leave a comment

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life. All rights to featured images are reserved to the artists under appropriate copyright laws and/or allowances under the Creative Commons. 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).

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.


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

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anticipation.
Copyright 2018 by Diconay Boa; all rights reserved.  Click on the above for the full-size version.

Diconay Boa has been around for years, but has never made an edition of Contact Sheet.  This is a bit remiss of me, as I’ve followed her for all this time, and her work is excellent.  This photo, anticipation, amends that lateness on my part. 

I chose it because, in an extremely economical setting, Diconay combines both intensity and humor.  The lack of color forces a focus on the tableau in the foreground.  Diconay is plainly waiting for something or someone; and her desire for resolution creates the intensity of her gaze on the clock.  At the same time, her expression, combined with the fixity of her stare and the cigarette she is smoking, inject a note of absurdity that I find wonderfully irresistable.

Well done, Di!

I’m Dangerous Tonight   Leave a comment

“Beside her, her husband could only splutter, and he stopped even that when she half turned to flash him a smile – the instinctive, brilliant smile of a woman who knows what feeble creatures men can be. You couldn’t learn to smile like that. It was something a woman either knew the minute she was born, or never knew at all.”

Cornell Woolrich, The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich, “I’m Dangerous Tonight”

Black and White for Berry’s Monday Meme — Updated

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I’m a lover of black-and-white photography — the way photographs used to be done, before Kodachrome gave us those nice bright colors 1.  There was a different kind of artistry involved in shooting portraits in monochrome; composition and lighting took on different meanings, and shadows became more important for the setting of a mood.  So, when Berry Singh threw out this week’s Monday Memeshare a black-and-white head shot of your avatar — I leaped at the opportunity.

I’ll admit, this could use a lot more work, and I may do a repeat if I can improve the shot; I’d like a deeper shadow on the darker side of my face, and perhaps a more intriguing pose, more Hurrell-like.  (I did add a touch of blur to this photo to get some of that old-style glamour look in here.)  This makes an interesting first approximation, though, and gives me some thoughts on how to proceed to improve it.

  • Eyes:  Sterling Artistry Resin Eyes (Cognac)
  • Hair:  Truth Chilali
  • Jewelry:  Lazuri Kaya suite
  • WindLight:  Isa Fallen Angel

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UPDATE:  February 6

As I wanted, I went back in and did a fresh shot.  I’m still not entirely satisfied; the hair/background interaction is too dark now to my eye.  But there’s a more level angle to this, and better shadows across the face, and my upraised hand gives more of a feel of life than a simple head pose.

Berry shot 2

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1 Thank you, Paul Simon.
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Binary

 

Binary Wild — free and savage

 

Binary Civilized — cool and sophisticated

Contact Sheet 39 — HivaOa Insoo, Wise Sandalwood, Shmoo Snook, Aelin Quan, anna Anton, SiviKe, mayna

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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, Flickr or Koinup 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.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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This column may be the last one before the fourth anniversary of Around the Grid, so I still haven’t caught up yet with where I was planning on being.  But I’m getting there!  For the next-to-last special Koinup edition, I have six newcomers and a seventh from a previous artist that I just can’t ignore.

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First, a double by Aelin Quan, which I consider to be something of a diptych as they have been worked in post-processing the same way from appearances.  They give the same feeling that I can’t quantify, can’t define, but it’s something that speaks to me.  That’s what is vital.

More after the break….

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Contact Sheet 34 — Dax Dover

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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, Flickr or Koinup 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.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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I wrestle with alpha-channel work.  I’m still trying to get consistent results out of GIMP, and I wasn’t much better with my beloved Paint Shop Pro.  So I respect those who can pull off the trick; and Dax Dover has done this with a little piece on her Flickr stream that caught my eye.  Here is just a slice of it as a teaser; you’ll need to go to the page to get the rest (evil grin).

Seems fairly ordinary, doesn’t it?  Wait until you see who’s reaching for Dax’s hand.  Not only that, but she’s added in shadows for both herself and…well, you’ll just have to see!

Contact Sheet 31 — Monochrome

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, Flickr or Koinup 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.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

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It’s only been four columns ago, but a year of actual time, since I did a feature on black-and-white photography.  In that time, a lot more photos have accumulated at my Koinup group.  Here’s a sampling of what I feel are the best in this, the foundation form of photography, and still the best form, according to some.

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(C) copyright 2011 by SavoreeLeDesir. Used by permission of Creative Commons License

“Film noir” ran through my head when I saw the thumbnail for SavoreeLeDesir’s Hotel Chelsea.  The “big” splash of lurid red on the hotel’s sign against the monochromatic background had that effect, though the rest of the composition is purely straightforward.  I’m not even sure if Savoree had that idea in mind when she took the photo.  It just seems to leap out at you for a few seconds before you get drawn into the remainder of the shot.

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