Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Photospot: Inner City Sidewalk

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.

Today's Photospot is bringing us to a neglected and decaying section of a large metropolis. The sim of Sinners Heaven (home to BC322, Black Maria and other punk/grunge shops), is a highly detailed build with gritty textures and heaps of realism. This is where we'll find our inner city sidewalk.


Our spot is marked by a couple of discarded banana peels. Unlike most objects around here, these peels are fairly fresh. Be careful you don't slip on them - unless you want a different kind of picture! You can catch some intriguing views in nearly every direction from here. You could even try shooting down from overhead and include the cool streetlamp/telephone pole. I was partial to the long view up the street northward.


There are active crows flying in this area which might work with your shots. Also, there are myriad framing devices, including building and car windows, fencing, barbed wire, a gnarled tree and steel grating. The scale of ruin and disrepair that surrounds you could be cause for depression except for the copious amount of love and attention behind each and every carefully placed prim. It may not stand out at first glance, but the longer you hang around, the more plainly obvious it becomes.


The more you look, the more you can appreciate the effort that's been put into this sim. Just this one spot for today. You could return here again and again and never see it all. But what you do get to see is worth it, each and every time, and your camera will come away filled with souvenirs.


Style notes: Clothing is Delirium Style, and the hair is Black Maria.

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!

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