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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.

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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.

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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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Miss Bridgerton

Miss Bridgerton
Photo taken at Bright Diamonds Oasis (a region designed by Sparkely Sugar)

I’ve been fashionably late to the Bridgerton viewing party. Typically, my taste in historical dramas veers towards the darker, more intense ones, like The Tudors, where beheadings are surprisingly frequent. However, at the insistence of my friend Sparkle, I gave Bridgerton a try, and found myself falling in love with the scenes and fashion. It’s a delightful swirl of pastel dreams and romance.

Currently, I’m embracing my inner Miss Bridgerton in Second Life, fantasizing about a chance encounter with Duke Hastings. Sporting the Breeze hairstyle from Truth, straight from Hair Fair, and adorned with the charming Kaori Mini Hat by Sparkle Skye, also a Hair Fair gem, I’m fully immersed in this whimsical world. Bridgerton-inspired gowns have been my go-to this month, particularly the Jane Regency Gown from Just Because, allowing me to live out this Regency fantasy to the fullest.

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Stroll through the woods

Stroll through the woods

Hello from Aurelias woods! I wore a super cute outfit for my walk here, which is the Punk Doll Set from Red Blossom. You can buy the dress or the shoes separately. This outfit is really adorable and comes with a HUD packed with lots of customization features.

Does anyone else use a PBR-enabled viewer for blogging? The lighting is way too dark, and I’m not a fan. I use a PBR viewer only occasionally, to get used to it in case it becomes mandatory. I’m not liking the intense colors, and other lighting issues don’t seem to be fixable with the EEP sliders. Plus, the water is just too bright. It feels like my complaints are ignored by Second Life, as they haven’t fixed these issues.

I’m currently trying the Alchemy viewer. There are several things I appreciate about the Alchemy viewer, like the poser, and it shares many features with Firestorm. It also offers a Lightbox with tonemapping adjustments. If you liked the BlackDragon viewer before, you might enjoy Alchemy since it doesn’t have that annoying intro music, and the controls are similar to SL/Firestorm. Unlike with BlackDragon, I don’t have to mess with key bindings for movement, which was always a hassle. The Alchemy viewer also comes with a built-in AO tab just like Firestorm. Give this viewer a shot; it seems promising.

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AI Photo Editing and Second Life

Sparkle Skye - Butterfly Hair Sticks

Whether you’re a fan or not, AI photo editing isn’t going anywhere! For a long time, residents have been using photo editing apps to make their Second Life pictures look better than what’s attainable in-world by adding real hair, big smiles, and rendered bodies. Now, with AI making photo editing super easy, lots of Second Life brands are using it to help show off and sell their stuff.

Ads in Second Life are stepping up their game with AI. More and more skin ads now feature incredibly lifelike hair that surpasses what’s available in-world. It’s becoming a challenge to pinpoint where the AI effects begin or end in these ads—they’re that good at blending in. Clothing brands have showcased their apparel on 3D-generated models for a while, but nowadays, some are switching to AI-crafted models to ramp up the appeal of their clothes, although they might not look the same once you get them in-world.

Personally, I enjoy experimenting with Stable Diffusion, a generative AI photo app. These apps evolve so quickly; if you blink, you might miss an update. Models I used just a while back are no longer the best choices. AI still isn’t perfect—it can mess up hands and feet—but it’s improving rapidly.

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Cupid

Cupid

Valentine’s Day festivities in Second Life are a joy, regardless of your virtual relationship status. As someone who’s happily hitched in the non-digital world, I’ve always roamed through this virtual landscape solo. Honestly, it’s never been an issue for me; I adore getting into the holiday spirit and dressing up for the occasion.

My exploration last year took me to the delightful Dunk & Hug a Linden & Mole Event, a first for me, and it was incredibly fun. Donned as a charming Victorian lady, I had such a wonderful time that I’m tempted to revive that persona for this year’s celebration. The allure of that period’s romantic charm is simply irresistible to me.

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Sparkle Skye Peony Tumbler

Sparkle Skye - Peony Tumbler

Stay hydrated in style with the Poeny Tumbler from Sparkle Skye! Not only is this tumbler adorable, but it also comes with a holdable keychain and a sweet lollipop accessory. Ready to make it yours? Swing by the Kawaii Project and grab one!

These tumblers take a page from the wildly popular Stanley tumblers you see everywhere, but with a Sparkle twist. Decked out with glittering diamonds, elegant florals, and an array of shimmery pastel hues, these are sure to upgrade your virtual hydration game!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays from Aurelias! 🎄 Join us for some seasonal cheer on this second day of the 12 days of Christmas. Our festive decor is still up, and we’re serving hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts. The Christmas spirit will last a while, so make sure to drop by and soak up the festive vibes!

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Glam Affair Skin

Left: Glam Affair Skin – Feoui | Right: with BoM tattoos added

The new Feoui skin from Glam Affair Skin is one of the cleanest skin I’ve ever seen from the brand, it comes without heavy shading on the face (especially Glam’s signature one side of the nose is more shaded than the other side). I’m not a fan of that, but I get why some skin designers are doing it to give the face more depth or simulate shadows, but it’s so awkward in normal lighting. When I tried on this Feoui skin, I was pleasantly surprised it’s so clean! I still ended up adding a bunch of BoM layers to the face to remove blush, change eyelids, and and few touches to make it more Gogo.

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