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Pirate Treasure with James&Dew

Pirate Treasure with James&Dew in Second Life

Another round of Anthology has just opened, and the item that immediately caught my eye is the Captain’s Lullaby decor set from James&Dew. This captivating set includes a decorative chandelier crafted from bottles and ship pieces, along with candles nestled in bottles, all evoking a delightful DIY old-world charm. I absolutely adore how these items have been repurposed, making them perfect for a rustic or cottage-themed setting.

Pirate Treasure with James&Dew in Second Life

As I delved into the description on Flickr, I was intrigued by the mention of a hidden surprise. Curiosity piqued, I meticulously searched and eventually uncovered a hidden treasure! While I don’t want to give away the surprise, I can assure you it’s definitely worth exploring. Who knows? You might find treasures that have washed up on the shore somewhere. I’m thrilled about this treasure hunt feature, as I have a soft spot for nautical-themed items.

Pirate Treasure with James&Dew in Second Life

I must say, it’s quite bold of James&Dew to release this set with PBR textures only, sans fallback. This decision highlights their forward-thinking approach. As Second Life progresses, we’re moving beyond older texturing methods. For those unable to view PBR textures, the fallback is a blank white texture, but it’s high time designers focus on the future. Continually supporting outdated texturing methods is a tall order, and it’s refreshing to see creators embracing advancement.

Filmed in Second Life: Stormy Sips & Play

To showcase the stunning PBR textures of the Captain’s Lullaby set, I created a short video. I rezzed a reflection probe in the entire room, although it’s not necessary to enjoy the beauty of PBR items. The probe merely enhanced the reflections, making them more focused. In fact, foregoing the additional reflection probe might even reduce lag, as regions already have auto probes, albeit less concentrated.

So, embark on this nautical adventure with the Captain’s Lullaby set, and who knows what hidden gems you might discover along the way!

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Buddha Garden

Buddha Garden

Hello from the serene Buddha Garden! I discovered this gem through the Destination Guide, an excellent resource for finding picturesque spots and experimenting with EEP settings.

I was pleasantly surprised by how tranquil and well-designed this homestead region is. They’ve kept things simple due to prim limitations, but this simplicity enhances its charm. As a long-time admirer of Second Life water, being surrounded by it here is a dream come true.

The default EEP settings in this region were quite dark, so I created a new one specifically for my photos. Interestingly, I didn’t plan on making an EEP or shooting a short video, but I was inspired to capture the stunning new Second Life skies in a PBR viewer.

Adjusting to PBR has been a challenge, but I’m coping better by fully embracing the PBR viewer. By doing so, I avoid making constant comparisons with the old viewer’s water. Surprisingly, I’m starting to miss the beautiful pre-PBR water a little less each day.

Sometimes, diving in headfirst is the best approach to adapt to a drastic change.

My photos are straight from Second Life with very minimal edits—just a bit of blurring and cropping.

Buddha Garden
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Independence Day

Independence Day

Hello from the 4th of July Block Party! This delightful mainland parcel may be small, but it packs a punch with its many photogenic spots. When it comes to Summer holidays, gingham print always springs to mind, reminiscent of a classic picnic blanket.

To celebrate the Fourth of July, I’m rocking this Spring Tied Halter top from Fashionably Dead. To complete the ensemble, I’ve added the Blair Headband (4th of July print) from Sparkle Skye. Both of these items are part of the weekend sale at their main store, so grab them while you can!

Independence Day

Since transitioning to using a PBR viewer full-time, I’ve been tweaking the colors of my skin and body. I previously wore a body skin from Not Found but have since switched back to The Skinnery. The Luna body skin from The Skinnery is stunning, offering a myriad of options. I’ve reviewed it before, and was thrilled when they released the fabulous Body Bundle—it addresses several of my personal preferences, prompting me to give the body another go. Now, if only skin designers could offer face skins with neck options or none at all, it would make blending with our body skin choices so much easier.

Body Skin
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JuicyBomb – Day Cycle EEP Settings

JuicyBomb - Day Cycle EEP Settings [PBR Ready]
Buy on Marketplace: JuicyBomb – Day Cycle EEP Settings [PBR Ready]

What’s Second Life like post-PBR? It’s darker, it’s brighter, it’s more saturated—honestly, it’s so confusing! To help cope with these wild lighting changes, I created a Day Cycle complete with sky and water presets. You can apply this day cycle to your land, or even to your avatar, taking it with you wherever you go.

I have a lot of waterfront homes, and the water is completely wrecked by PBR. However, it’s a little more tolerable when you apply my day cycle, bringing back some of that nice, blue, shimmery water we all love. I aimed not to make it too bright, as this is a neutral day cycle. But don’t worry, I have plans for more vibrant day cycles in the future!

JuicyBomb - Day Cycle EEP Settings [PBR Ready]
JuicyBomb - Day Cycle EEP Settings [PBR Ready]
JuicyBomb - Day Cycle EEP Settings [PBR Ready]

And guess what? I made a video to showcase it all! I even generated the custom music and song with the help of AI. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you so much for your kind words! If you have any lighting requests, just let me know in the comments.

Buy on Marketplace: JuicyBomb – Day Cycle EEP Settings

Portrait

Portrait

It was time for Gogo to get a fresh new portrait to celebrate the new PBR lighting in Second Life! The last time I changed my profile photo was 4 years ago. Despite taking selfies all the time, I rarely think a photo is good enough for a profile update. Hopefully, this one will last for the next four years!

My friend Sparkle has crafted the most darling Emily Pearl Headband set. You can snag it at her main store on Sparkle Skye. Right now, it’s 50% off the fatpack, and there’s a special discount pack for the weekend sale. It pairs beautifully with the new Destiny hairstyle from Doux—a match made in virtual heaven!

Portrait

These photos were taken at my Linden Home using the JuicyBomb – Country Skies EEP Settings. Even though I made these settings pre-PBR, the viewer automatically adjusts the lighting—it’s fantastic that they still work so well for photography. If you have this pack, you can easily tweak the lighting to suit your needs.

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Aurelias Fables & Fairytales

Aurelias Fables & Fairytales
Aurelias-Sparkle Skye Bridge

Welcome to Aurelias! Sparkle and I are thrilled to introduce you to our enchanting town that we’re so excited to bring back. Instead of recreating our original town that we love so much, we have chosen to embark on a new adventure with a darker twist – welcome to Aurelias Fables & Fairytales.

Imagine a town filled with Victorian charm, where surprises await you at every corner. Aurelias has been transformed into a place where time moves slower, eagerly awaiting your exploration. As you meander through the forest, prepare to encounter an unexpected graveyard. It is a place that is both eerie and enchanting, where the wind carries ancient tales.

If you enjoy serene landscapes and nature, make sure to visit the swamplands of Aurelias. It will take you through lush and mysterious swamps, promising an amazing view with unpredictable weather – so bring an umbrella!

Aurelias Fables & Fairytales
The Aurelias Swamplands
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