Sunday, September 18, 2011

Photospot: Vicina Quay

Photospot on SL Unearthed is a semi-regular feature that highlights a Second Life spot that is a cool place at which to take portrait photos inworld. Not an entire sim, not even a complete parcel, but just a single specific location - a spot - with portrait opportunity.
Flickr members: you're invited to join the
SL Unearthed Photospot group and add your pictures taken at Photospot locations to the group pool.
Take note that very little in SL stays the same for very long. After even a short while, Photospot locations may be gone or changed in a significant way that renders their SLurls ineffective as originally intended, so be sure to grab these opportunities as they come!

I'm happy you caught up to the new Photospot home on SL Unearthed! Travel with me now down to the end of a long, lonely railway structure known as the Vicina Quay Rez Zone. As with most Photospot locations, there are plenty of images to be found along the quay and in several directions around it, but down here at the end is where we're specifically focusing today.
Photospot: Vicina Quay
Here we find a simple but effective setting, mainly consisting of railings and life preservers. There's a tugboat in the water off to one side, a small, tropical island with a boathouse off to the other. Straight ahead, nothing but water as far as the maximum Draw Distance eye can see. On the quay itself, you decide... it could be nighttime or daytime; it might be foggy and rainy, or perhaps sunny and windy as it is for me today.
Oh My Hair And there I go, switching avatars. I've been keeping a tight timetable, so I'm letting this spot do double-duty for me. But really, as a tip, that's also something to keep in mind at a photogenic location. You don't have to shoot while wearing whatever you happen to be wearing. One of the conveniences of a virtual world is that you can become completely different, on the spot, in the matter of a few moments. So try out different outfits, hair or a variety of avatar forms. How about putting on your tiny? android? dragon? elf? furry? You might catch some unexpected image enthusiasm by mixing it up now and then. Say What?
I go through several Windlight settings, searching for something close to the feeling I want to impart. When I find one, I generally modify it (lightly or considerably) for the sun position, ambient color and other tweaks. It's good to keep a number of settings handy in addition to the default handful, but keep in mind that if you store up too many, it'll be more difficult scrolling through the list to find what you're looking for.
While I was setting up a face shot at this spot, the lighting was close-but-not-quite what I had in mind, yet close enough that fiddling with the Lighting dials would probably lose it. So instead, I altered the colors of the water and sky just enough by fine-tuning the "Blue Horizon" color under the Atmosphere tab. Notice how it tinted the surroundings without significantly changing the sun/ambient lighting. That's a very simple trick that can mean all the difference between "good enough" and "just what I want!" when the color tone of the environment is an issue.
If you're here long enough, you might get to see a couple freight vehicles come down the railway and get loaded onto a ship. (Oh, and don't be surprised if you see an ice cream truck pass by along the water, pretending that it's a boat. This is Second Life; stranger things do happen.) Visit Vicina Quay and see how it inspires you inworld or in your graphics program, or both.

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