Posts Tagged ‘photo editing’


Ely Love

January 29, 2011

I’ve mentioned in the past that the lovely and talented Elysium Eilde’s SL photography and design blog, Photographing Second Life, is what really drew me into SL.  I had logged in and out on various avatars, made some friends, explored some sims, but didn’t really find much purpose.  I started Google-ing for SL blogs and images and found this whole world of photography and fashion and design.  Now I toddle along behind some amazing creators and try to take pretty pictures of their designs.  I am having so much fun with SL photography and photo editing and I have Ely to thank for that.  I also blame her for the serious shopping addiction I now have as well.  I keep spending the lindens to find the pretties.  And when I’m feeling broke enough that I don’t even look at the FLF specials, Ely saves the day.  Ely is one of the generous creators that inspire a loyal customer base with her years of RL and SL experience as a foundation topped by amazing style and creative designs.  Her fantastic group gifts are the cherry on top.  She recently sent out the Ellen Sweater to her group members before releasing it in her stores.  Yes, it’s a pay group.  But her gifts come pretty regularly and are top quality.  Gah…  I’m rambling.  As usual.  Anyway, the point:  Ely makes awesome stuff.  Ely is crazy generous.  Ely has so much passion for her creations that it spills out and inspires even the least creative folks (me!) to look for an outlet of their own.  Anyway, I’m feeling a lot of Ely and Ellen love tonight.


Sweater | *elymode* – Ellen Sweater  (Light Purple)
Skirt | *elymode* – Ellen Mini Skirt (Purple)
Top | *elymode* – Shorties Jumper (Light Purple)
Skin | [ROCKBERRY] – Uma Happy Holidays Hunt (Light)
Lashes | Cheap Makeup – Vintage Lash 1
Hair | Magika – Cinta (B & W Pack)
Shoes | – Basic Flats (Purple)

Pose | *xoxo ania* – Simple Stand 09b


52 Weeks of Color – Yellow

December 9, 2010

I hope Luna doesn’t have too many more weeks in the yellow family…  I think I’ve used everything yellow in my invvy already between this and goldenrod.  This week was a little different for me.  I took off my comfy skin and comfy hair and tried some poses and settings that were outside of my norms.  I also did something a little different with my pics for this week and put them into a little collage-y thingy.  And I want to give a disclaimer, just in case anyone is actually reading this for any fashion gems- everything in this post is edited in GIMP.  LOL   I matched the yellows up to each other, I modded and edited the birds in my hair, I don’t know what else I did, but these pics are not accurate to what you’d see inworld.  I’m not in love with the final result, of my avvie or the final picture collection, but stepping outside of the box is never comfortable, is it?

Have some yellow.

Shirt | – Basic Cami (Yellow)
Sweater | *elymode* – Joell Shrug (Black)
Jeans | [Decoy] – Inferno 88 (Charcoal)
Shoes | – Basic Flats (Yellow)
Hair | Clawtooth – A place to call home (Dusty Black) (Hair Fair Goodie Bag)
Birds | Clawtooth – A place to call home (birds) Valentine sweets
Necklace | Fusion – Wing Charm Necklace (With Love From… Hunt gift)
Skin | Mynerva – Elise I thought this time I’d keep all of my promises (Believe I never wanted this)

Poses | Photo 1 – {.:exposeur:.} – Geek Chic 5
Photo 2 – {.:exposeur:.} Geek Chic 1


52 Weeks of Color – Goldenrod

November 20, 2010

Not much to say today, other than I love this pic and that I’m worried about the rest of the year.  LOL   I’m depending more on the landscape than my outfit for my “goldenrod,” but I still love it for this week.  Finding this sim was a happy accident and I fell head over heels and risked looking like a fool to shoot there even though there was a hunt going on.  Short and sweet, on to the good stuff:


Hair | Magika – Diamond (Blonde Honey / Platinum Hunt Gift, modded)
Dress | Boho – Aya Love with Bohemain Flair Skirt (Special Edition Platinum Hunt Gift)
Feet | SLink – Jolie Pied Barefeet Flat
Skin | LAQ – Aline Glow 06 (Milky)
Makeup | Djinn & Tonic (Sweetly)
Eyes | Poetic (Poison Ivy)
Pose | Posies – Take My Hand
Shape | Custom


52 Weeks of Color – Blue

November 14, 2010

Blue. My shoulders sagged when I saw what Luna’s Color Challenge was this week. I have a strange confession to make. I hate the color blue. HATE it. Which is an odd thing to say because I think clear blue skies are beautiful, I think the deep blue ocean is gorgeous, I think the wild blue chicory growing by the side of the road is lovely. But when it comes to clothes, blue is the last color I would wear. Ever. So, it’s even more interesting that, despite the DEEP digging I had to do in my inventory to come up with the couple of blue pieces I did find, I really enjoyed putting together these photos.
I’ll go ahead and give you a two-for-one on the confessions while I’m at it. I know very few people read my blog, that plenty of the hits are Envi (Hi honey, thanks for reading! *mwah*) and that I have no one’s expectations to live up to but my own, but… (And that’s a big “but.”) But I have… performance anxiety? Blog anxiety? I feel this pressure to turn out something decent so I won’t be TOO embarrassed to share with all of the fabulous SL bloggers and photographers I have on my Plurk TL. Now, I don’t have the endurance or the desire to regularly update and I can’t spend any more lindens than I do without going broke as it is, so I can’t quite keep up with all the fashion hoopla, but I was able to teach myself a wee bit of photo editing. Basically, I’m addicted to GIMP now. I want to edit everything. I’m checking out other people’s Flickr pages and trying to recreate effects and emotions that I see and I’m coming up with a bit of a style of my own. I’m getting better, but I’m still not… satisfied? enthusiastic? proud? of many of my photos. And… that whole ramble boils down to two things: I have very little confidence in my skillz and I over-edit as compensation for having no real knowledge of graphical/illustrative/creative whatnot.
I fully intended to work on these some more, making the background go with the blue theme a bit more, but… I kinda love them as they are. So. Here you have it. My unedited, straight from SL, blue blog photos. Enjoy.

Hair | *TSM* – Shroom (LE Dark Shines Blue)
Shirt | – Longsleeve Boatneck.Tee (White)
Bottoms – KHUSH – GeGe (Blue)
Arm Warmers | [Plastik] – Leo Warmer (Psyche)
Necklace | Tea Lane – Bouvier Orange Pearl Necklace
Heels | Tea Lane – Eve Bouvier Orange Heels
Pose, Photo 1 | Exposeur – High Fashion 10
Pose, Photo 2 | Exposeur – High Fashion 4

Windlight Preset | [TOR] SCIFI – Shilarto


52 Weeks of Color – Grey

November 8, 2010

So, I’m going to try participating in Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge. I would love to do a 365, but I really can’t be arsed to post every day, so I’m hoping that every week is more to my speed.
I’m kinda cheating this week, because I just got home from vacation and am still feeling terribly jet lagged. But I HAD to get a quick SL and GIMP fix, so I took this snap while I was fiddling with shadows (which worked onscreen, but not in the picture, btw, weird). It’s not a great representation of grey or the challenge, but I wanted to get started on the challenge before I got swamped in the return-from-vacay-crash-that-makes-you-want-to-never-leave-the-house-again feeling. So, without further ado, I present to you, GREY:

Hair | Magika – Rebecca (B&W: Grey)
Tattoo | .:Acid & Mala Creations:. – Boho Tattoo (Colorable Grey) for Project Themeory
Shoes | Maitreya Gold – Esprit (Black)
Skin | LAQ – Aline Glow 06 (Milky)
Eyes | Poetic Eyes (Lava Dust)
Makeup | Djinn & Tonic (Sweetly)
Shape and Pose | Me


Endless Possibilities

October 7, 2010

Anything is possible when you set your mind to it, right?  That’s what my mother tells me, at least.  That and “If you don’t succeed, try, try again” and “Stay positive” and all that other positive thinking, new age, mind over matter mumbo jumbo.  Well, I still don’t think I believe any of it, but I’ve been feeling inspired, motivated, optimistic, even.

I’ve made quite a few changes since 2010 began and all of them are shaping up to be very positive ones.  I’ve made time for family, even though they’re 500 miles away.  I’ve been doing a bit more socializing in RL (after only 5 years of living here, woo!) with people my age.  I’ve moved on from a… somewhat baneful situation and have been keeping myself healthy and happy.  I’ve found some creative outlets that allow me to express myself more eloquently.  I’ve started school (again!) to get a degree in something that I probably should have pursued from the beginning.  And through it all, I’ve been lucky enough to have someone to support me when I needed a little buttressing.

So, inspired by Envi’s faith, Rae O’ Sunshine’s plurk and GIMPKnowHow, I’ve put together a project that shows what a little hard work and a little confidence can do.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed myself while making it.


Challenging Discoveries

July 17, 2010

The past two days have been pretty rough on me emotionally.  You never realize it at the time, at least I don’t, but emotions and reactions to emotions and reactions to reactions are quite fascinating.  Now, I know they don’t feel fascinating when someone is crying or yelling or shutting down, but interpersonal and intrapersonal interactions are amazing.  The way you change and grow, or change and wither, when you’re with someone or without someone.  The way you anticipate their next thought or move and plan to counter it before it even happens.  The warring that goes on within yourself when you’re wrestling with difficult decisions.  Fascinating.  Now, at the conclusion of the second day, everything has been resolved as well as it could be; a relationship was renewed, a relationship was lost and a soul was searched.  In my Second Life profile, I have a quote from an unknown author, I’m not even sure where I ran across it, but it rings true in many aspects of my life right now:  Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known into the unknown.  So the last couple of days have been about growth.  And growth doesn’t sound so scary, it sounds great, actually, but when you realize that change has to precede growth…  That’s when my knees start knocking.  I’m not good with change, not good with risk, not good with the unknown.  But I must have faith in myself to take calculated risks for my heart and my mind and hope that growth is not far behind.