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.
Some of the more interesting portrait spots I've found are tucked within or around the decor of inworld stores which offer more than simply their products. Such is the case with today's spot which is a delightful blossom garden in the lawn just outside the ARice shop of the Hello World group. You land on the entry porch. To one side is the shop; to the other the Linden sea. And between them: Trees! Flowers! Vines! Blossoms fall like snow, and puffs of many kinds float on the air. Leaves of greens and ivory are everywhere. Butterflies flit while sunbeams pour downward.
Additional notable features include a large birdcage, a slatted bridge, and an artsy apple chair with several poses (suited for men as well as women). There's also a large, paned window of the ARice shop (quite picturesque in itself) that can be shot through to the garden.
This garden has a lot of transparency and alphas, particles and glow. (Ladies, be aware your skirts or hair might visually disappear at some angles.) There is sparkling water in the grasses.
I probably don't need to point out how beautifully Windlight colors will affect this area, but well, I guess I just did. I enjoyed a mesmerizing time just clicking through presets to see the grand effects. Altering time of day and sun direction provides many additional appearances. It's hard to stop shooting, so be sure to bring plenty of film with you! *wink*
When the photoshoot is done, you might want to head inside the ARice shop and drop a few lindens to help keep this place going. (Men, there's a cool masculine scarf in the gachapon toward the back!) The blossom garden is a beautiful area to which you could find yourself returning many times.
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!