So last night I was looking through my Flickr groups and saw this picture and I knew I had to head over to explore right away.
Circo Loon – Origami Editions is by Pallina60 Loon and it is an enchanting and beautiful place to explore. You will find paper cranes and other origami creations all over the area, and some of them are interactive.
There are areas where you can relax, meditate or cuddle with your sweetheart. It’s a really pretty, meditative and fun place to experience. I think you should head on over and check it out. I loved it!
But Noweeta is not just for couples and romance. I met a couple of people like myself who were there to explore, enjoy some solitude and take pictures of the beautiful landscape. It’s a SL photographer’s dream.
So this morning while I was zooming around the sim, framing my shots, I realized that I rarely, if ever use the ctrl 8 camera feature for my SL photos. I often use ctrl 0 to zoom in on objects, and the rare close up pics I have of my avatar face. But ctrl 8 for zooming out, is not a function I have ever made much use of. I figured it was a good time to give it a try. As you can see from the two photos above, this function gives your SL camera somewhat of a fisheye effect and changes the entire look and feel of the scene. I plan on experimenting more with this “fisheye lens” for future shots.
I’m kind of addicted to Depth of Field shots. Honestly, I don’t know what the hell I am doing with the DoF sliders in the Dolphin Viewer. I couldn’t tell you what F Numbers, Focal Length, or Circle of Confusion means. I just slide them all around until my screen looks good to my eye, and then I snap a picture. Maybe I’m doing it all wrong, but it works for me.
As much as I love taking photos in my Second Life, it gives me a bit of RL camera envy. I would love to have a “real camera” besides my iphone to snap pictures around the city on my daily walks and weekend bike rides. I’m not kidding myself. I realize that landscape photography in the atomic world is FAR different from what I do in SL. But I would love, LOVE to spend more time out in nature, hiking through trails, exploring landscapes and waiting all day for the right light for that one perfect shot. This may seem crazy, but the thought of this makes me dreamy.
The trouble with this day dream is not that I don’t have the camera and equipment. I can get those things. The trouble is finding the time for it. Between my 9 to 5 job, managing my husbands business, two children, shopping, appointments and shuttling them to lessons, playdates and all that, I am left with very little time to spend an entire day in the country taking pictures. Maybe one day I can make this happen, just not right now.
But hey, that’s life right? I’m not complaining. I enjoy my life the way it is and I get to do all kinds of fun things with my kids. But it’s good to dream and to want certain things so you can work towards it and have something to look forward to.
Until then, I’ll enjoy the opportunity I have to live out my day dreams in the virtual world.
Brown sugar flecks of melanin
speckled across my face,
lights up pale skin
Three years ago when I first arrived in Second Life, did I ever think I would be posting extreme close ups of my face on the internet, with no make up and untrimmed eyebrows? Hell no! Yet here I am!
I felt totally insecure and vulnerable about posting that for the Single Frame Stories this week. When I read the theme for this round, I knew right away what I wanted to do…except I wanted a picture of my freckled face avatar. But my graphics issues prevented me from doing that picture because my avatar skin looks too pixely and blotchy close up. I also wasn’t sure if anyone would get my single frame story. In the end I decided that it means something to me and that’s really all that matters. I think it turned out better this way anyways, untrimmed eyebrows and all.
I really love the Single Frame Stories Challenge and I love seeing everyone else’s photos and their takes on the weekly theme. There is still time for you to take part! Check out Single Frame Stories for the details.
Another weekly challenge that I have been participating in is the Virtual Artists Alliance Photohunt Challenge, which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. This is a lot of fun, and the photo above was my entry for last night’s challenge.
I’ve never really taken part in such challenges in Second Life and I’m learning about how positive these kinds of group activities are for my confidence in expressing myself creatively. It’s also great for drawing inspiration and encouragement from my peers. They are a challenge in the sense of coming up with new ideas, thinking up ways to express that, and sometimes taking risks in doing so.
The old me would probably have shyed away from taking part in these challenges. Instead I would have choosen to sit back and observe, while feeling slightly envious of everyone’s creative talents.
Now, I’m realizing that in stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new, you gain an opportunity to do your very best at something. Expressing yourself creatively involves taking personal risks sometimes, but the true risk I think comes in the possibilities you lose when you fail to at least try.
I don’t know much at all about Finland, to tell you the truth. Snow comes to mind, and long cold winters. Finland definitely would not come up in my thoughts when thinking of summer getaways. But based on my explorations of Finlandia, the virtual world representation of a nordic summer in Finland, I think my assumptions about the country are inaccurate. Or, they are incomplete.
It’s so pretty and peaceful here, I could have spent hours more in the sim. It’s ripe with landscape photo opportunities. I will be going back to this place and adding more photos to my Finlandia set on Flickr.
There are several areas where you can hang out with friends, in a treehouse, around a campfire, swimming, or swing on the tire swing and take in the tranquil mood of the landscape.
Follow the paths from the landing point, that will lead you on a quiet walk through the countryside.
This flagpole intrigued me. I did a bit of research and learned that it is called a Juhannussalko – a flag pole that the Fins put up in their midsummer celebration. The celebration takes place between the 20th and 26th of June, which to us in North America is Summer Solstice.
Finlandia is certainly a very pretty place to explore and take pictures. There is a tip jar at the landing spot if you would like to donate to this sim.