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Assignment #4: Auto FX – dreamy photo, and Pseudo Assignment

The Filtering Second Life group was kept a little more busy than usual this week with two filters to play with.

The “official” filter assignment is from Auto FX and it’s called Dreamy Photo, and is available for both Windows and Mac users. 😀 This particular filter, although free, requires a quick and painless registration process before you are able to use it; simply fill out the online form and a serial number is e-mailed to you.

For this filter, I chose a sunset shot I’d taken in my home sim, Meddledown. (Note: I didn’t just use the filter on this image. I also added a desaturated copy of the original image and gave it a red-orange hue and painted over it with a soft large brush to add a more vivid, fiery feel to the sunset.)

original shot

Snapshot_1231

retouched work

meddledown sunset

Our bonus assignment came from Gita Rau, who introduced the Luce filter from Antonino Perricone. This is a really cool filter that will cause soft rays of light to emanate from the subject. For this image, I chose to treat the filter as an overlay layer to make the lines a little more subtle.

original shot

Snapshot_1206

retouched work

luce - raindance

I’m really liking the luce filter, going to have to play with it some more in the future. 😀

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Gogolita is Genie In A Bottle

Gogo (or Gorgeous Yongho, or Gogolita ^_^ ) just posted another machinima video on her channel! This time she and Gallia Plubeau have donned costumes reminiscent of Barbara Eden in I Dream Of Jeannie, with a matching bottle house to boot. 😀 The video is set to the track Genie In A Bottle, by Christina Aguilera.

Enjoy!

September 21, 2007 Posted by | Machinima | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Avast, ye limey bastards!

I made a freebie t-shirt to celebrate one of my favorite holidays :p Pick one up at any of my three store locations in LicoLico, The LOLO, or Fashion Mode. w00t!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

September 19, 2007 Posted by | Mela's | , , , | Leave a comment

Assignment #3: Mehdi – Projection

The latest filter to be featured in the Filtering Second Life group was an interesting one this week. It’s from Mehdi and it’s called Projection. (Sorry, Mac users — this is for PC users only. Apparently filters that work for both PC and Mac are extremely rare.)

I decided to use a picture of Gallia Plubeau modeling a body shape for Gogo’s store, Demoiselles, located in the new LicoLico sim.

original shot

Gallia modeling Kalani

retouched work

mehdi projection

In addition to the filter, I added a tri-color gradient to make the largest image of Gallia (on the right side of the pic) stand out more, and just a tiny bit of a gaussian blur which was screened at a lesser opacity.

Looking forward to next week’s assignment 😀

September 19, 2007 Posted by | Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clothing demos?

K, I ❤ clothes shopping in SL. Seriously, like *really* love it. I dare you to look at my inventory and the overabundance of clothing items stashed within it and not allow the words “consumerist whore” to pop into your head.

Shopping in SL is not without it’s own peculiar pitfalls, however. I’ve ended up with a few items in my inventory that I really can’t make much use of because… well, they don’t cover me up properly. Here are just two examples:

demo plz

I really like this bikini, but I won’t be able to make much use of it for my own avi, although I’m sure I will be able to use it for one of my store posters. (But dammit, I bought this for ME, not for my store!) Just look at the crotch — if I wanted to let people know that my avi’s skin does not, in fact, utilize a Brazilian wax job, then wearing this would do the job.

And here I have my own little Nipplegate:

demo plz

What adds to the suckage is the fact that these items are non-transferrable, so it’s not like I can give them to a friend with less pubic hair or smaller nipples. Sure, I suppose I could wear a different skin in order to wear these… but I’ve already spent thousands of $L on a skin that I happen to like a lot.

Being the helpful person that I am, I like to propose solutions when I make complaints.  😀  Anything that is non-transferrable and has a plunging neckline, any swimwear, any lingerie, any fancy gown that’s $1,000L or more… provide a demo, please!  All the hairstyle stores do it.  Blaze does it, as well as ETD and a fair number of stores that feature wedding boutiques (i.e., Gracie’s).  I’d happily pay $1L for a gown emblazoned with the word “DEMO” because it’d mean I might end up being saved from throwing away $999L on some gown I’ll never use.

Offering a demo might also be the tip on the scales needed to score a sale.  Seriously, while doing some recent power-shopping for a formal gown, a couple of gowns ranging from $1,500L to $2,000L definitely caught my eye… but  I couldn’t be persuaded to spend that much because I wasn’t sure if they’d look right on my avi.  Who knows, maybe I was just a demo away from being convinced to cast my $L vote in that designer’s direction.  🙂

September 18, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Gogolita Is Running With Friends

This new machinima from Gogo is really cute 😀

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Machinima | , , , , | 2 Comments

I’m lusting after these bad boys…

/me passionately licks Nvidia’s geforce 8600… mmmmmmmmm!

September 16, 2007 Posted by | Gadgets | | Leave a comment

New machinima from Gogo :D

Check it out! It’s Gogolita & Friends in Cheerleader Uniform, w00t! Footage was shot at the UNC campus in Second Life, a very pretty place. 🙂

September 14, 2007 Posted by | Friends, Machinima | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

All The Rest – another machinima

I made another video… and omgz this one was a real pain in the arse to make. O.o

I really need to splurge on a pooter that can *handle* the abuse I want to put it through. While working on this vid, SL must have crashed at least a gajillion times; my fps plummeted to ZERO; memory issues were resulting in these odd blue, grey, and black marks on my avi; the location I filmed in was griefed several times; Windows MovieMaker went apeshit and froze on me at least five times while I was editing… aaarrgghhh!!

The song is Leave Out All The Rest, by Linkin Park.

Update:  I removed the video from youtube because I kind of hated it, lol.

September 13, 2007 Posted by | Machinima | , , , | 3 Comments

Assignment #2: Cybia – ColourWorks (converse effect)

The filter being featured in the Filtering Second Life group at flickr is ColourWorks from Cybia. The filter has twenty different effects; the one I chose for my shot is the converse effect.

original shot

cherry girl

retouched work

Cherry Girl - converse

I didn’t do a whole lot to this image other than use the sliders that came with the filter — I adjusted threshhold and cropped a little bit. Looking forward to next week’s assignment 😀

September 13, 2007 Posted by | Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment