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Time and emotions

When the mind is free.... ( touch to get a larger version) 

 

Just got a book by a fellow named "Time" (written by Ulrik Uggershoej, DK, physicist to Aarhus University)
He begins his book by quoting from a popular children's broadcast "Kaj and Andrea." In the show says Kaj (a frog) .. that "time is something strange " ..They sing a children's song,  and follow it with, "Yes: Here you had 2 minutes."
The author delves into the concept of time and mentions among others,  Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. I must avoid messing myself into too much of it, but the point is, than we often experience time  very differently.

We all know that one minute can seem like a split second or less, or it may perceive as longer than an hour.  At least it is, in my view, a long time since I've written here.. or I can see at the date that's been a few weeks. The weeks or days as the weeks comprises of, has flown away for me. And I have not felt that I had time to write here. Or ..probably it is just a question of priorities.
I have spent some time practicing, even more, to take photos in Second Life.
Just as we experience time very differently, the images also will bee interpreted differently. I try to get an expression, a feeling, a story up in my pictures. The emotions, the narrative, expressed in a whole through the motive, colors and the header of the picture. Or that's at least what I'm trying to get ahead. Then you decide whether you think it succeeded. 🙂 

Here are some examples:

Mesh head and body

So I did it. I invested in a mesh head, and few hours after also a mesh body.

Long ago I switched hands and feet of my classic avatar to Slink mesh hands and feet.
I have long time considered whether I should get a mesh head or not. But when Bento was current, and several options to use facial expressions,it became even more attractive. But it's still lots of Linden to spent, so I hesitated.

But since I started photographing my avatar to learn how to use the camera, I've got more desire to decorate her with make-up and tattoos. And frankly, the add-ons to mesh heads are awesome.
Sooo .... I decided to buy a Catwa head. I got it installed, and I also supplemented it with few add-ons. But ... suddenly, .. yes, I thought that I could just as well jump right  into it and switch to a Slink mesh body too.

And what a difference. Better shape, better skin, and my body suits my hands and feet perfectly.
I'm glad I have a Catwa head, but there is a little bit of challenge to get the texture of the neck to be in the same tone as the body. I found some tools to fix it..but I´m still not quite satisfied with the result, so I´m still working on it. 

Now wait a lot of work ahead of selecting the clothes I want to keep and bring Slink addons. But also a lot of fun to adjust my avatar, and give her the personal look I want, so she reflects my personality 🙂

 

Experiment with photography in second life

These dark winter evenings (in RL), where I come home, tired after a long day's work, there is nothing so relaxing, and the best escape from reality, as to experiment with photography in second life.
I try different styles. I love landscapes in second life and will eventually probably walk around and find beautiful spots to photograph.
But right now I do have a focus on my avatar. I would like more than just take pictures of my avatar in different places and different environments. I practice capturing a certain mood, a particular expression, a feeling.
I haven´t found my style jet, and I´m still not satisfied with my work.
But (laugh) maybe that´s the energy and drive that keep me going on.
I have posted several of my photos here:

3D building _03

WOW! So many amazing buildings in the contest "Everything ice " in the group "Building Artistic dream B.A.D."
The three winner buildings you can see in the post.

Around 10-12 builders gave their contribution to the competition. And it was very difficult to choose the favorites. But to be honest, the three builders who become the winners, were also for those I voted
I am very impressed. There is so much I have to learn yet. (fortunately)
It seems to be an excellent building group with a courteous and friendly atmosphere. There has been no time to be extremely social, but maybe next time. 🙂 There is a new theme every month..so now I'm very excited about what comes next.

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3D building _02

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I have just been introduced to another group of builders in Second Life
Here it is allowed to build with prims and sculpt maps.

It is a great challenge for me because I until now almost exclusively have built in mesh.  But a significant chance to learn to torture prims 🙂

The group is named Building Artistic dream B.A.D
As far as I understand, there is a competition with different themes, about once a month. The purpose is mainly to develop your creativity and having fun.

This month's theme is "Everything with ice" .. ice -castles, sculptures, etc.
My humble contribution is in the photo above. In the end of the competition , I will post some more pictures.
Visit the place and take a look at some amazing buildings:

3D-building _01

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I spend much of my free time in Blender. A free software program for creation of 3d art, buildings, avatars, etc.
In Second Life, I, fortunately, a couple of years ago, found a sim where Build off World belonged. Here were  Rottin and Graham, who have built a friendly gathering place, where people interested in 3D building can meet and exchange experiences.

Click at the logo to get a link to the place in Second life 

There will be small building contests. The purpose of the building is primarily to challenge ourselves and improve our skills. As well, as a vital part, to help each other. We are given a topic. Examples can be as up to this Christmas, "Santas toy factory." Other items have been "Your store," "Tudor houses," "Harry Potter" and much more.

The fun of these competitions is to see how differently we perceive these issues, and many amazing buildings and interpretations created. Graham and Rottin arrange, with different ranges, lectures or teaching respectively. Architecture and building in Blender.  Everyone is welcome from super start level to high-level builders with years of experienced.

When I started, I could just barely rez a prim, and to Blender, I have only sporadically been introduced to. With the help of especially Graham and Youtube videos, (well ok, and then maybe added many hours of exercise and a healthy dose of stubbornness), I managed to produce several different buildings.

See more of my buildings on the 3D building page  

Photo contests_01

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I have no ambitions to become a model in Second Life, but I want to be good at taking pictures, I can use subsequent with my RL photos.

Therefore, I have at the beginning of this year, signed up some photo contests in Second Life, and have thought about signing up for more. The intent is to be good to put the light, controlling the camera, and find the right positions for the model (me :))

Right now I have sent pictures to Ghee Photo contest, and to Kultivate Magazine photo challenge. And I assure you; it is a challenge. At least for me. It's hard to get light, position and camera angles to move up to a higher level.
But fun it is, and fortunately, I experience it will be easier.
But imagine spending a whole evening to take a single picture, and yet not be complete satisfied? 🙂 Well, then there is motivation to try to do it better the next night.

Here are a few examples of the images that have become right now 🙂     

My gallery in Second Life

In Second Life, I have built a small gallery where I exhibit some of my pictures and photos. There are also some pictures of the buildings that I had built when I participated in competitions with Build Off World.       (click at the image to get the destination coordinates) 


Why do I have a gallery in SL?     (click at the image to get the destination coordinates) 

Well, there are several reasons. First, I have created the gallery myself.  To build in 3D was unknown to me a few years ago.  My brain is severely challenged when I have to think in 3D on a 2D platform. And brains tend to develop by challenges.

Next, it's great to understand the art of giving the buildings or all shapes 3D texture. With a good texture you can get even a mediocre building to seem fantastic, and vice versa, even an amazing building, can occur horrid with the wrong textures. I still have lots to learn there.

For me, the Second Life is a hobby, a sanctuary for today's bustle. Here, I can forget the hustle and bustle and relax by challenging my little creative abilities. The same is true when photographing, and subsequent work with my images in Photoshop and Second Life.

Currently, I try also to learn how to shoot in Second Life. There are several photo -tools built in the different viewers.
And you can also invest in various instruments to improve the lighting.

My small contribution to creativity, you are very welcome to come and visit 🙂 And if you are prevented, there is a small section of my gallery images here:     (click at the image)

 You can also see some of my creations on Flickr. There are links in the sidemenu.

A lazy day

Best wishes for a happy year 2017

A day to repair hangovers and lack of sleep after New Year's evening and night with friends. What is more relaxing than watching "Bears from Alaska" on television and work in photoshop with some of the last year's pictures. I have worked with about 20 different layers, blending, brushes, and coloring.
Three images I made today: "Guidelines for the New Year, "Entering the New Year," and "Sailing in the early morning "
With these three pictures, I wish you all a happy year  2017

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Sunrise

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Today I went up early and saw this beautiful morning sky.

The photo is taken with my Canon zoom lens 75-300, and just with the automatic landscape program.

We have had a lot of beautiful sunrises and sunsets in December.

I think I never will get tired of photos with those spectacular colors.

I have uploaded few more photos on the landscape site . Click at the small photo