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Previously posted @ Laura18 Streeter.

If any of you are still here reading my blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t blogged as much lately.

I haven’t been in the mood. And blogging for me isn’t about slapping a photo on a page and putting down credits.

For me it’s about telling a story. My favorite posts are the ones in which my photos are tied into a story, an atmosphere, an expression of my mood, with an outfit, a location, and many other ingredients.

So today I’m going to tell you a different story.

I got my first camera for my birthday, as a little girl.

I’m not really sure which birthday that was, but way pre-teen. I loved my little camera and ran around taking pictures of everything I found. Of course they were all really horrible pics, but I was happy!

I got a new one not too long after that. It was cool ‘cos I could fit it in my purse and it had a zoom in it so i could do close up piccies! And I had more flashes for it than my cubes that came with the first one.


I guess life went on, adolescence came, and I didn’t use my camera so much anymore. I didn’t take pics of my besties or stuff like that; we all had other things on our mind at the time. But I still liked to take my camera with me and do pics of places I visited and landscapes.

After I graduated high school I went on this “family trip” and took my camera pic with me. I met some cool people; one was a French girl called Aline whose pic I took and still have somewhere, she was so fun! But summer ended and it was time to go to college.

Well, college was college – for me, the first two years was mostly parties, studying was unknown, it was about emotions,

When I got to college I was made to take an aptitude test for what could be a good job for me. The results astounded me bcause it said
1. Computer programmer
2. Photographer

Well, at that point I had never even seen a computer yet (it turned out to be my occupation for many years and still going strong); photography… well I had played but from that to a job??

That’s when I got my first “real” camera for my 18th birthday. My uncle apparently thought my interest in photography was enough to get a reflex and try my hand at it. Regardless of everything else that happened ith him, I have to be thankful for that.


Yea, looks ugly, right? But I loved it. I learned about how to use aperture, shutter speeed, and to do other things like that. I took tons of pictures in those two years, and I have something like 12 albums full of them at home. It was mostly about “landscapes” (underground stairwells from odd angles, etc) and still life – in fact, I liked to create “mini sets” to take pictures of – a bowl of M&Ms with my teddy bear, one of my bras hanging on a pair of cowboy boots, and other weird things like that.

Then real life kicked in. I moved to USA and went to university. By then I had kind of figured out – if my childhood hadn’t been a hint – that life is a bitch and then you die. 

I bought a new camera at uni, 



and played and did lots of things but none of it was worth mentioning, sadly. The most “work” I did with pictures in the first year was reading TONS of photography magazines, and other magazines too. Any photo I found which I liked got cut out and pasted on my bedroom wall. I had two walls of my room full of pics, and dreamed of things like advertising photography.

At one point I figured I could improve my photography by improving my equipment. Everyone knows that’s illusion but anyway I upgraded my Minolta to the pro version, not so plasticky, solid and “professional”. – even tho the 7000 actually came with more things which were optional in my new one.


Needless to say, I didn’t get much photo work in regardless of the new camera.

After finally making it through Uni and returning home, I tried to pick up photography again, but I just wasn’t inspired. First, I got a job, and I had my mind on that, and then other hobbies got in the way, and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to take pics anymore. But I kept my camera, which rapidly was getting old. The only time it got used is when I went somewhere with my friend on a trip, and she hated all the pics I took of her. But that’s life. In the end, she ended up using the camera more than me and she still has it, although she claims it’s broken and can’t be saved anymore.

The only thing which involved me in photography, or in at least some form of art of composition,  sets etc., was Second Life, and modeling. I learned about Photoshop; I learned about posing; about what works in SL and what doesn’t. I am in no way a good SL photographer. But what counts is I had fun. But…. somehow it’s not as exciting anymore. Read on and you’ll know why.

Then… I moved to here. I had a better salary and decided it was about time I look into photography again, not to mention figure out what this whole “digital” thing is all about. So I looked around but ended up shopping with my heart too.., and I got a Nikon.


I took it out for a spin; it was a holiday, May 1, and I went to shoot flowers and closeups to see what I could do with it.


After my Second Life experiences, I decided I wanted to know more about photography in the beauty and fashion world. I had never done portraits, and I knew that every time I tried, it had resulted pretty much in disaster.

But my friends know that I hate giving up. And now I am trying to specialize in beauty and fashion photography. 

My last shoot was last night. If you want to know more, you’ll have to ask me!



Green Screen Photography Tutorial by Astralia

Previously posted @ .

**This tutorial is made of 3 parts**

Links to the previous tutorials:

[Shadow under the chin] , [How to shoot a good snapshot] and [Removing Green Bg]

Hello guys! the link to the new help page will be released soon! :)

♥ ♥

tutorial

On Astralia:

E-Clipse Joy Shirt Black
E-Clipse Karina Pant Red
Elysium – Irina fashion hat – red  [The Dressing Room Fusion]
Baiastice_Rhino AnkleBoots-Black
[LWL] La vie en Rose Glasses (Black)
[monso] My Warmer Muffler – Black
Maxi Gossamer – RING – Roho – Small


Mr. X and Valery Lady – New Release by Resun and THE POD – new photography studio

Previously posted @ Perceptions Sita Writer.

Here is a winter coat that understands.  Resun’s new winter fur coat called Valery Lady  is sophisticated and sexy, a trademark of this SL designer.

A luxurious fur collar that reminds me of cold winter days wandering hand in hand with Mr. X along the banks of the Neva River in St. Petersburg.

Fur lined cuffs frame black leather gloved hands and a wide belt at the waist gives you an hourglass look, Mr. X likes that…and Resun is a master at making a winter coat look sexy.

A cute pair of ankle boots also comes with this outfit completing the winter look perfectly.

I shot this blog with the brand new NINE prim photo studio by Image Photography.  It does it all and comes loaded with options including 101 textures and 70 prims, plus you can add your own full perm textures and animations. The Pod also comes with lights in varying degrees of intensity and a handy hud with full controls.

The studio has 4 handy drives, one has rgb colors in 4 basic color backgrounds perfect for simple photo shoots.  The other drives store textures.  This studio handles several avatars (you can move each one to create the perfect shot) and has options for steam, rain and snow plus facial expressions and eye movement.

This studio at 9 prims is unbelieveable and makes SL photography a pleasure.  It is easy to use and offers tons of options.  Creators, Sparkie Hallard and Grandma Bates have outdone themselves on the Pod.  Get it!

Wearing:

New – Resun – Valery Lady
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rare%20Jewel/13/146/25resun

Skin – New – Jewell – October 4Seasons
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/October%20Enterprises/115/126/3003

New – Photo Studio – Image Photography
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Manx/46/199/24

https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/40187

The Nutcracker ~ An Arcade Photography Contest Entry

"Before long, it was time for all the guests to leave. Marie reluctantly said good night to her nephew and went to bed but she couldn't sleep. She kept thinking about her Nutcracker doll. She slipped out of bed and tiptoed downstairs where the Nutcracker was still resting on his little bed. She cradled the Nutcracker in her arms and fell asleep on the sofa in the parlor. 

Suddenly, Drosselmeier appeared out of the darkness. He gently took the Nutcracker from Marie and fixed it. Just as he was placing it back in her arms, she started to wake up. The lights on the tree began to flicker and Drosselmeier appeared on top of the grandfather clock, flapping his arms like a giant owl…"
Special thanks to my wifey, Zie, for sharing this light filter with me.
To see my credits, keep reading!

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-The Bay- Photography Contest

Previously posted @ Randomisms.

Conserve Landscaping and CerberusXing present The Bay Photography Contest.

December 1st – 23rd
Location:
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cats/26/217/25
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(First Place) 8,000L$ + Gift card courtesy of CerberusXing

(Second Place) 3,500L$ + 1/4th sim with 800 prims for 2 weeks

(Third Place) 2,500L$ lindens

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Rules of Participation

**All photos must be taken on -The Bay- Sim.

**Photos must be titled; -The Bay- Photography contest (Yourname)

**Maximum of 3 entries per person (but only one will be eligible to win a prize).

**Entries must be uploaded to the flickr group pool. (www.flickr.com/groups/2719992@N24/)

**Must be a new, original photo. Old photos may not be submitted.

**Photos may not be submitted into any other competition.

**All entries must include a SLURL to The Bay sim in the Flickr description

**By entering you give The Bay permission to modify and display your entry on The Bay’s website and use in any future marketing/advertising.

**Judges highly recommend participants to utilize adult themes and membership to our VIP group.

The Season’s Upon Us ~ An Arcade Photography Contest Entry

My Arcade Photography Contest Entry!

The season's upon us, it's that time of year
Brandy and eggnog, there's plenty of cheer
There's lights on the trees and there's wreaths to be hung
There's mischief and mayhem and songs to be sung
 
There's bells and there's holly, the kids are gung-ho
True loves finds a kiss beneath fresh mistletoe
Some families are messed up while others are fine
If you think yours is crazy, well you should see mine….
To see my extensive credits, keep reading!

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Lush by Coco Urbana Collection Subscriber Gift / Otium Blogger Photography Exhibit

Previously posted @ Kestrel’s pixelandia.

Lush by Coco’s Urbana collection is inspired by the everyday wear of the young, easy spirited urban woman. This sexy swimsuit is Coco Lush’s current subscriber gift. Selected items from this fun, well-crafted collection are available at the Lush’s main store as well as selected special events around the grid, such as Designer Showcase and The Couturier’s Docks.  

Style Credits:
Urbana Swimsuit by Coco Lush for Lush by Coco
Hair –  HYA209 by boo Nakamura for Boon
Sunglasses – Hex Shades by Michi Tesla Heather for FAUN (special at Kustom9)
Earrings – Obnoxious Hoops by Apple May for Apple May Designs
Bracelets – Spring Street Assorted Bangles by Khy’lin I. Navok for ILLMATIC
Shoes – Milan Heels by Mina Tesla for Le Primitif for Slink Feet
Rings and Nails – Takara by kikunosuke eel for Mandala
Pose by Manifeste
Photographed at Otium
Otium – leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, resting, contemplation and academic endeavors. Think of withdrawing from one’s daily business or affairs to engage in activities that are considered to be artistically valuable or enlightening. (Wiki  for more)
Otium in sl is a very beautiful seaside retreat with a lovely European style village that sits atop its big island’s highest landform. In the village, you will discover Syra Hyun’s Blogger Photography Exhibition, which consists of some of the best sl blogger artworks displayed on easels placed amongst the village’s stone structures. Syra tells me that exhibit is scheduled to run through the month of July. 
Grab a beach towel, swimsuit and a swim hud and enjoy this lovely place.

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