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!
Ah, October has arrived, turning our thoughts to the dark side ... the uncertain, the chaotic, the mysterious. What better time to journey to a place called Bewitched? Come, come if you dare! You'll be landing inside a ramshackle cabin. Grab the information card here and heed the sim rules which, among other things, prohibit face lights. You have my permission to swat the annoying fairy that wants to chew on your hair, but take note she has black wings and just might swat you back! When everything has rezzed, follow the beacon through the front door to the haunted porch and get your camera into action.
"Bewitched" is a haunted, dark forest constructed by Andrek Lowell, integrating works by Lauren Bentham. Before its current owner (Natalie Montagne), it was known as "Bentham Forest," a name which enjoyed some SL renown. In a virtual world where geography changes daily, that's quite an accomplishment. There's a huge forest out there, filled with all manner of things that go bump in the night. There are spook lights, blue and green and ghostly. And things ... there are things out there that make strange noises. And I'm pretty sure there is something lurking in the waters; I disavow any responsibility if you choose to go wading.
However, here on the porch is all we need for today's Photospot. There's plenty of camera fodder around these old, creaky boards. Check out those cabin windows with their gridded panes, glowing with a bit of inner light. There's a candle lantern hanging from one of the porch supports which could surely find its way into a picture or two. If you face the cabin and swivel your camera around, you might find more than you bargained for in the haunted forest surrounding you. The use of zoom (Ctrl+0) will bring the forest closer while you remain on the relative safety of the porch. Of course, you might not want to bring the forest any closer ...!
You can play with Windlight here, choosing your perfect colors for the ghoulies and beasties you might or might not see clearly. Even if you don't modify the lighting, remember that you can change the position of the sun to help mold your avatar's form.
If you want even more to shoot, there's an intriguing room inside the cabin, off to the side from the landing point where very little is restful. But don't even think of stepping off the porch! Unless, of course, you really really dare ...!