The other night found Luke and Bre back at the Ohm location, but this time during a helicopter extrication after rescuing an asset. Although the third “Angel” was not available, Luke and Bre fought back the assailants long enough for the other team to secure the asset, and I had the chance to take a few photographs to document their tactical work, which would otherwise forever remain unknown.
Unfortunately the enemy had all ready attacked the local police department’s response team, but were able to get away safely as Luke and Bre dangled from the helicopter’s rope ladder, providing cover fire. Near the end, Bre grew frustrated and retrieved her favorite weapon to make sure that the assailants would back off.
Ohm is a partial sim that is open to the public (please note that it is an adult sim though) and is incredibly landscaped to be an apocalyptic scene with a variety of broken down or destroyed vignettes within the concept. We bought the SH RP Prop Gun – 870 Shotgun with HUD at Man-Pocalypse and couldn’t resist having a little fun with the guns in a little photoshoot at Ohm.
Note: I’m leaving the pictures a bit larger than usual, since they have more detail, are darker, and are scenes instead of closeups.
If you’re into a cool photoshoot or want to enjoy the awesome landscaping of a destroyed town, I definitely recommend checking out Ohm. I joined the group (I don’t know if it’s necessary for rezzing, but did just in case), and was able to even rez poseballs as needed. Most of the posing was done via the HUD that comes with the Shotgun, which is currently 400L at the event. A bit expensive for our usually frugal budget, but it has some handy animations for photoshoots (even walking and running aimed animations [!], although those didn’t photograph so well, so I didn’t include those lol), and they look so good that we’ll definitely be having some fun photoshoots with them again. Plus, it comes with a drawn version and the slung behind the back version, as well! We had a lot of fun and took way too many pictures while playing with windlights and angles. 🙂 Before I go, one little tip if you’re interested in doing one of these style photoshoots. Invest in the LUMIPro HUD, available on the MP. It’s expensive, but can be used with other avatars as well and super modifiable to fit your needs, and has way better lighting than face lights. I almost always use it when using alternate windlights than CalWL or another bright WL. Just add the HUD, attach the light balls (adjust if desired), pick a setting, and then click hide. There are different styles of light angles built right in or you can move the light balls around to get the look you’re going for, plus you can even change the colors they emit (which I’ll be showing in my next post, where I did a little color experiment that I saw on Pinterest that photographers have done in RL!). Anyway, I hope the tidbits are handy and you have some fun exploring while wandering SL during lockdown. Stay safe and healthy! 🙂
Credits for this photoshoot (please note that both avatars have had makeovers with LeLutka Evolution heads and went BOM, so the credits for what their staple items are on the contact page, just to make things easier, and I’ll update it as appropriate):
I’m a little delayed with getting this written, since I’ve been sick, but during the Skin Fair I decided that Bre and Luke both needed LeLutka Evolution makeovers. Partially because, you know, the newest technology so I have to get it lol, but also because it would make me fully learn BoM, to then help Luke and my friends switch over. I’ve done a lot of tweaking since the first pic, right after I got the main parts set up aaaaand I got used to the animations HUD (I swear I need to buy a magnifying glass for the static facial poses!). So, first round, not my favorite and a particularly unhappy looking one:
Luke got updated from Guy to the Evolution Skyler while Bre updated from Simone to Evolutions Erin, with updated Maitreya and Signature Gianni put on and Bakes on Mesh (BoM) turned on. His beard is one of the added features with the head and out of a selection that LeLutka generously provided, he liked this one (and the sideburns almost meet the hairbase completely, so he was really happy with that). I was stoked that I could still use my applier tattoo despite having BoM active, because it’s my favorite and the designer hasn’t switched to BoM yet. Poor Luke has no tattoos yet, since no BoM ones are hitting his Celtic open-my-wallet bone. (**Update: with a few missed clicks, Luke got to add his tattoo back on despite the designer not having it as a tattoo layer!) *grin* I had to change to a brighter red haircolor to match my wild RL dye job, of course (too bad it wasn’t that easy to change colors IRL! lol). He also got new glasses since the old ones don’t work well with the new “skeleton” of the Evo head.
After a bit of work on their shapes and a super handy guide on MP we looked a bit more like “ourselves”. (Naria Panthar also has some great tutorials regarding BoM over on YouTube if you are a visual learner.)
And what do you do once you’ve had makeovers? Go to Luane’s World and take sexy pictures, of course! *grin* She changed the regular sim over to Spring and there are so many hidden treasures in her landscaping that it is a must see destination, in my opinion!
Since I refused to take off my new overalls from Addams (and an old Sn@tch lucky board system layer top now that we’re BoM!), he went country with the Rebellion cowboy hat. It took some head movements and perfect timing to get a good picture with both wearing cowboy hats, so over to short hair (I’m a Truth addict, so it was probably harder to decide on which hair to change to than taking the picture lol). I used LumiPro on both avatars for the lighting (seriously look into it if you want to take pictures; it’s totally worth the cost and if the other person accepts the light balls that you can position and hide, you can light up both of you with the perfect light without face lights making the nose so prominent *grin*). For the barn pose we used: Ardent Poses – Entrapment, with Ardent Poses – Always for the standing one, tweaked a bit with the [HD]multi bento pose HUD beta v.1.41 giving a little help for our head tilts.
Once he logged off and I couldn’t sleep, I headed back over to Luane’s and took a bunch of different pictures. I had been looking on Pinterest at photoshoot ideas while on bedrest and went a bit wild trying all the different country ones I found that I had poses to accomodate. And if you don’t have an overwhelming amount of poses to try in your inventory, Luane has a ton of items with built in poses scattered about!
It was so hard to pick favorites to share, since I had so much fun. *grin* My top favorites are definitely the tractor and tree pictures, for sure. If you like any items I didn’t provide SLurls for, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments and I’ll share them ASAP. I just don’t want to overwhelm and look like a sponsored post, because this is all me (except for Luke obviously). Luane has lots of poses at the mainstore landing spot and tons on MP, like the Heart of Gold I used, so her poses are in my top recommendations.
Between being sick, makeovers, BoM, and working on improving my photography, I’ve avoided sorting my inventory really well. *grin* Oh, and one awesome tip, if you’re interested in some freebies during this crazy time of self isolation and quarantines, check out The Stay at Home Club SL. It’ll help bloat that inventory further and designers have been super generous!! Stay safe and healthy!
We decided to change a little bit of our second life and created a little storyline to go with it. Hopefully you enjoy the fun story to go with our little surprise…
Luke received an urgent call from a childhood friend of his in Ireland and after some brief discussion, Emma was dropped off to stay with Aunt Eva for a few days while Luke and Bre took the first flight out to see his friend in person. Sadly, Luke’s friend had just become a widow due to a car accident and was unable to take care of their young baby by himself. He reached out to Luke for advice and the comfort that only a longtime friend can give.
After spending time with Luke’s friend, until the traditional family and friend casseroles and visits started, Luke and Bre wandered around Dublin for a spell while talking about his friend’s situation.
They spent some time visiting some castle ruins out in the country, as well, where they could talk privately.
(So that this post doesn’t become super slow loading due to being picture heavy, I’m splitting it into two parts, but posting both today.)
Aunt Eva took Emma for the weekend, so Luke and Bre took off to explore Luanes World’s non-fantasy side. It was so beautiful; full of Fall landscape and romance. It was easy to take way too many pictures. If I don’t list a specific pose, which I’ll attach the MP link to, then it’s one built into the furniture set out on the property. Not all of these made it onto Flickr, but please check those out again via my Flickr this time, because I added a pretty quote for each uploaded picture. If you have not been to Luanes World, I highly recommend exploring. If you join the group, you even have rez rights and a group gift periodically. There’s even a path to the left from the store with all sorts of whimsical fantasy landscaping.
Early on in the movie Gidget becomes fascinated by the surfers and has to convince them to sell her a board (which is massively huge for such a petite little gal LOL) and to teach her how to surf, so I decided to have a little fun with that, since I had the “working on a surfboard” photo prop in my inventory (although it wasn’t Moondoggie in the movie that she got the board from, but hey).
Of course there are evening bonfire get togethers, so I decided to play with the idea and use some of the sim’s props for that stage where the love and fascination is starting. *sigh* How can a girl leave out that stage, even when doing a RP photo shoot? *grin*
Ah, those sweet moments of youth when you stay up talking all night until the sun comes out. *smile* With that happy thought I decided to end the inspired shoot. Again, I definitely recommend checking out Backdrop Cove (just click the beach TP sign at the landing point) and have some fun with the scenes they have generously created for users and photographers to enjoy. This Gidget and her Moondoggie hope you have as much fun! 😉
I was goofing off and ended up with two scenes that I wanted to share. First, if you haven’t tried the Vista Animations Roller Skating you must go and try the demo! I am usually pretty frugal and super picky about any purchases above 250L, and anything above 1000L is really rare, but once I tried these after seeing Strawberry Singh show them off on her YouTube channel, I bought the AO immediately and the additional shoe pack, since I want the ability to change up the colors (yeah, I know, totally a girls and their shoes thing, but I don’t care *laugh*). I can literally sit and watch my avi skate around with the different animations on the HUD for a good half hour and probably have the goofiest smile on my face while watching. Try to skate today and I’d be in the hospital, so it makes skating in world even more fun for me. I then remembered that when I roller skated as a kid I was always blowing chewing gum bubbles, so I had to add that, and then hit Backdrop City to take a skating picture.
See?! I seldom ever do typing exclamations, but DOESN’T THAT LOOK FUN?! Plus, Truth outdid himself with the Zahlee hair, in my opinion. I am almost as obsessed with it, especially for a fun, youthful look. A ponytail up top with a color changing band and all that hair! *sigh* Those were the days. *laugh*
Anyway, after the Cool Rider shoot at Gale Retreat I couldn’t resist going back and getting some beach shots. Although there’s still some snow on the other side of the sim, the beach has a few awesome areas clear, and it really helped shake off the last of the winter blahs. Most of the pictures are just for my slideshow, but couldn’t resist sharing a couple of cute ones. They’re the exact same pictures with just different windlights, but they’re a great example of how much a windlight can totally change the feel of a picture.
Other than playing with the WLs (windlights) in world, the only other thing I did was increase the clarity in my computer’s built in software, so this just goes to show how a WL can totally change the feeling to a picture. I figure there must be others that are learning SL photography as well; when I learn something I plan to share it.
In the meantime, I had a lot of fun wandering and hope you enjoyed my non-themed post. As usual, credits will follow. I hope you have a happy and healthy day!
I’m still in an older campy movies mood and ended up rewatching Grease 2 the other night. Ever since the song “Cool Rider” has been stuck in my head, along with the scene where she rides with Michael curled around him in reverse. My brain has this weird obsession with repeatedly wanting to listen to a song that tickles my fancy at the moment until I end up where I can’t stand it for a while, so “Cool Rider” it is for now. *laugh*
I decided to play with that concept, although I went with the singing scene outfit for her instead of the work outfit. My absolute favorite one is the sunset shot where she’s curled around him from the front; a little more like the movie and so sweet I should be passing out insulin shots to readers. *grin* I also went off on a tangent of thinking what it might have been like if he had taken her to the shop while working on the motorcycle, after tutoring.
Inspired by the thought of Michael taking her to the workshop earlier plus the same from a slightly different angle, just because I like that angle too and it’s my post, so I can put extras that I like. *laugh*
For once I’m glad that my mind is stuck on repeat, because it inspired what I think is a cute and fun set of pictures. Plus, I got to roleplay as the beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer for just a few minutes of my life. *grin* I hope you enjoyed and I’ll follow up with the credits in case anyone is interested in buying or visiting (a few I collected along the way and have no SLurls for – sorry!). Have a wonderful day!
The riding took place at Gale Retreat (an absolutely beautiful photographic sim I cannot recommend enough if you haven’t been there yet).
The garage scene took place at Comhar with the built in poses.
Cool Rider: SSP – Motorcycle Couples (MP; built in poses, using LeLutka Axis and HD HUD to adjust, as usual)
Bre is wearing:
A&CO – Vintage Sweater Blouse (darks)
Neve Pant – Bootlegger Leather (Heels are built in)
Truth VIP former GG – Reyane (If you’re hesitant to join due to group fees, Truth is super generous with at least 12 guaranteed gifts a year, plus incredible sales, so it’s a group I think is worth it!)