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Free Water Normal Maps by Trompe Loeil : StrawberrySingh.com

In case you haven’t seen a link to this article yet, or actually been to the original, rush off to Berry Singh’s article on a new goodie from Cory Edo.  Cory has released, through Trompe Loeil on the Marketplace, a set of normal maps for use in world in the WindLight editing tab of your client.  Please do read all of this carefully, and make sure to see Berry’s video on how to use the maps.  You can’t make a “water prim” this way, but you can give your in-world water a look that you desire for photography purposes or machinima!

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Shadow Dancing

After doing the photo set for the Black Ice pictures, I needed to go back in and check on the WindLight setting I’d used, so I could credit it properly. Fortunately, since I have some hundred or more WindLight settings, I found the right one quickly (Torley Linden’s “BIGSUN: Awwyeah” [grin]). But in the process, I had to do some hopping around to compare lighting and sun size, so as to make sure I did have the right thing. I ended up on the roof of my house, which has several trees around it, especially now with the winter decorations.  I happened to position myself in an excellent spot to experiment with poses and expressions, and with shadows turned on (as in the original photos). The feathery cape from the RFyre outfit I was wearing added another layer of light interaction, and I reeled off several photos.

I would have been willing to do many more; but turning on shadows makes my computer run like a stoned sloth — it creeps. Some good shots were lost because I’d click the shutter button, but it would take several frames of refresh before the screen was copied. Other problems were less mechanical in nature and more a function of what I had available to work with in expressions and software to model myself. Still, I picked up some interesting bits here, and may have learned a little as a result.

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(If you wish to see larger versions, you can go to my photo stream at Flickr, or you can right-click and select “View image” [or equivalent].)

WindLight Settings from JUICYBOMB

Cajsa Lilliehook twigged me onto a special download of WindLight settings from the JUICYBOMB Second Life Fashion Blog. Just click through and download the zipped folder, then take the actual files and copy them into your WindLight folder on your viewer.

Regional WindLight Settings Coming Soon: New World Notes

Thanks to Hamlet Au

New World Notes report that regional control of a sim’s (or, I’m hoping, a plot’s) WindLight environmental lighting settings will be coming soon. This will give the owner the ability to modify the mood of the sim with tweaks of the sliders on the land controls, similar to what we can already do on an Resident-by-Resident basis in the viewer enviro controls, and make it uniform for anyone walking or teleporting in.  (I would assume that you could still change things to suit your individual desire after landing, but the article does not go into this.)  There is a video to demonstrate this; watch as the avatar goes over the bridge from one region to another.

I can imagine one use for this beyond just creating a mood for certain types of RPG settings:  this could be very useful at Hallowe’en, and possibly Christmas as well.  Combine the lighting with weather control and some artfully positioned rainstorms, leaf drifts or snow piles, and you can put together an incredible region!

Lighthouse

Isla Menorca

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
and on its outer point, some miles away,
the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
with strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

The Lighthouse, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The lighthouse here is in Isla Menorca, and I discovered it from the opening wallpaper on Emerald Viewer.  Emerald has this nifty ability to visit the place that the wallpaper picture was taken at.  And Isla is an excellent place:  a series of islands — not the ones set up as house lots, but far more like something on the New England or Canadian east coast of North America.  A lighthouse on one of the outcroppings here would be appropriate indeed….

Fashion details:

Standard shape/skin type 1, except:  Redgrave Moon Pale 07 skin

  • Hair: Goldie Locks Regina (white/blue tips)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge
  • Shirt: SAS Bibi top (the bodice from an evening gown; not available separately)
  • Pants: SLink Skinny Leather Pants (silver)
  • Shoes: Style metallic snakeskin boots
  • Jewelry: Imagen Triangulos suite

Photographed with WindLight settings by Torley Linden, Chinese Legacy

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WindLight Settings by Ilian

Ilian posted some WindLight settings for photographers in world to give more light to their faces, clear some sky glare, etc.  The results are quite nice, based on what I’ve seen at his article, and I’d suggest downloading them and adding them to your settings (or hand-inserting them, if you’re of a mind).  I have something similar already, offered me by Connie Arida; but it never hurts to have options.

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Posted March 27, 2009 by Harper Ganesvoort in Photographs

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