Me and my Zibska shadow…

I just scored this fabulous Plaisance dress from Zibska~Jewelry, Roots & Couture!  It was really tough to decide which outfit to purchase, because Zibska has some really creative…or, as she aptly describes it, punk nouveau designs.
Me and my shadow...
I absolutely love the geometric, three dimensional, hollow boxes with their gray scale harlequin design.  It makes me think…art and fashion meet science…just brilliant!  (click through the pics to see the detail of the dress)

I chose to accessorize the dress with the ethereal Glam Affair Roza Unamed skin, the fashion forward Just Design Mesh Creations Deviant Shoes, Tuty’s LIMBO Short Wet Hairstyle, and Mime Eyes from Dirty Cute-Ugly Duck (store is empty and eyes not currently available).
Me and my shadow...
William Weaver’s build 002 served as a perfect backdrop for the shoot and The Apple Spice Fighting Gravity Poses from Apple Spice, cStar Limited and AnTi-Social highlight the fabulous quirkiness of this dress.
Me and my shadow...I’ve been visiting the Lumipro blogspot to learn more about how to get the best usage out of my Lumipro HUD from Stefan Buscaylet.  So, on this shoot, I kept fiddling with the lights and found a way to make the shadows pop and become part of the focal point of the pics.

I know they aren’t perfect and I broke the rules…but I had a blast composing and taking the pics. My biggest disappointment with them is knowing how much I really need to learn more about using layering/masks so that I can get a better color balance to the pics.  The skin is wayyyy to bright here…despite adjusting the intensity, fall off, radius and color of the Lumipro lamp.

It’s all part of the journey and staying captivated.

The Other Details

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant.

Eyeliner:     LpD  Prim Eyeliner (black)

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black)

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:]

Teeth:     PXL creations [ PXL ] OpenMouth PRO with HUD

Lips:     .:Glamorize:. Rival Black Combo Makeup

Phototools, William Weaver & Firestorm 4.3 Beta

Ok, so I think I have my viewer/video card issues fixed.  I downloaded the Firestorm 4.3 Beta; which now comes loaded with the amazing Phototools.  It appears to be playing nicely with my video card…but I’ve only had it two days and haven’t done any serious photo shoots…so the jury is still out.  If you don’t know who William Weaver is or what his Phototools is all about…he is definitely worth checking out and Phototools is indispensable for SL photography.  Also, check out Mr. Weaver’s fabulous FREE photography builds on the Marketplace.

Here are a few quick snaps using the Edward Hoppper build 001:
Shadows...
I didn’t use a specific windlight…instead I used a combination of the sky setting sliders and my Lumipro lights…so I don’t have specific details on the lighting for you:(…
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I took one from inside and one  from outside the build so you could see how the different perspectives look with the shadows.

Anyway, Firestorm 4.3 Beta is working great so far…hopefully I can stick with it and not have to bounce back and forth between it and Niran’s Viewer.  I REALLY like the quality of photos that I can capture in Niran’s…I’m just too dang stubborn and lazy to learn a whole new viewer.  I’m also spoiled by all those windlight presets that I can access in Firestorm, but are limited in Niran’s.

If you do download Firestorm 4.3 Beta and want to use the Phototools…make sure you read all the documentation on the Paperwork Shows site; where you will find all the information you need to utilize Phototools to maximum advantage.  Don’t forget to follow William Weaver and his amazing work! I don’t know him personally nor have we ever conversed or met…I just truly admire his work and builds. <3<3

The Other Details

Sari:   Zaara  ZC : 7 Menaka Sari

Hair:  “D!va”  “Maya” (onyx)

Shoes:     Maitreya Gold  Yaxkin Pearl sandals

Earrings:     ZIBSKA Severine earrings in Gold (Gift from Hair Fair)

Armband:  !!!Quality Designs!!! Athena set

Necklace:  *~*Illusions*~* Orinthia Puro set (Texture & Stone change)

Ring:  Zaara Raga oyster ring *paua*

Wedding Rings:  CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY Kismet Engagement ring and inset & women’s wedding band set.

Skin:  Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural Clean(a)

Eyes:  [Curio] Tragic Eyes – Fatpack (Purples and Blues) Watercolor Shine Large (Prim eyes) Not currently available.

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black)

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:]

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant.

Poses & Props:     None…I used my Perfect Lady AO from Vista Animations

Props:   

Bed:     {what next} Morning Tea Bed

Luggage:     Sweet’n’Tart Skins & Tindy Creations [Boxed] Tindy Creations : I’m Leaving Home(Coconut)

Shot at: ~Ephemera Studio~

She’s a Love Zombie {dollle*} with a Paper Heart…

Love Zombie {dollle*}

I absolutely LOVE Halloween..and I look forward to when October rolls around so I can start putting costumes together and decorating my place.  One of the best things about Halloween in SL is that I don’t have to wait until the 31st to start wearing my costumes and the decorating isn’t limited to my small First Life apartment.

{dollle*} just sent this fantastic Bloody Bandage Dress to their subscribo members. *It is a mesh item so you will need a mesh enabled viewer to see it properly.  I paired the outfit with this fabulous Bride of Frankenstein Hair from Paper Heart; available on the Marketplace for 1L and the Blood Blaster Heart from A Folf in Sheep’s Clothing; also available on the Marketplace for 1L.
Love Zombie {dollle*}

I finished off the costume with a deep crimson colored lip tattoo, that I scored for 1L from cStar Limited, at The Boho Culture Fair, Bloody Tears III Face tattoo (5L) from REPULSE , and Dead bloody eyes from Sicknessthesia…(FREE) on the Marketplace.  The Liane Goth skin in silver, from Amacci, was featured by Renee here.

I went all out decorating my sim for Halloween and I saved buckets of Linden by taking advantage of the wonderful hunts taking place around the grid and by scouring the Marketplace for freebies.  The Zombie Mausoleum is a prize for the SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt from Post Mortum Designs, the crows are actually Walking Skeleton ACTION auto-rezzers from Another Fine UGH Design  for 10L on the Marketplace and the tombstones are free…as part of a Halloween Decor set from Diavolo Creations. The black pumpkins are a  group gift, 50L to join, from ::PM:: Purple Moon Creations.

Hunting for freebies on the Marketplace can be quick and easy when you use a few tricks to filter what you are searching for.  I always search the Marketplace with a key word for the item I am interested in and then use the “Category” and “Price” filters in the side column.  The category column can be filtered down to a fairly specific group and I usually search for items priced between 0-10L.  There are other ways to search for freebies on the Marketplace, but I find this to be the quickest route.  Just remember to only take freebies that are from the creator of the item and that you write a kind review if you like the item.  Creators really appreciate the positive feedback and it is a great way to thank them for offering something free to everyone in SL.

Additional Info:

The pics were shot on my private home sim, which is part of SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt…so stop in to hunt for your FREE gifts!! (Made by my fantabulous husband <3)

The facial expression is from AnyPose Expression, available for FREE on the Marketplace, from Phate Shepherd Creations.

The pose was created by myself using Animare Pose & Animation System (NOT free), available on the Marketplace, from YT Recreant.