UPDATE: This art was selected as one of SCRUPLZ Magazine's January 2011 "FIVE QUILLS" awards. Scruplz is a SecondLife online magazine featuring amazing SL art and fashion. scruplz.com Page 201
When I saw this SecondLife build from the amazing 3D artistic SL builders of AM RADIO an Mencius Watts of a lonely dark winter scene of a typical North American prairie, I totally fell in love!!
I am from the deep flat Canadian Prairies and this scene is all to common. They made this look so real and truly so haunting cold and lonely - yet peaceful and beautiful. It touched something me. I explored this land they created for 2 days - even though there really is little detail to initially see, but when you are there - its so peaceful. Watching the falling snow... seeing the migrating geese fly over head. Looking out to the never ending prairie horizon (just like where i live). I could gush on and on.
I took this photo in October (with several others) and I worked it in Photoshop with my own new textures. But it sat unfinished for a long time. Something wasnt finished. THEN this weekend I took some photos of the snow that fell this past week in our city. POOF! that was the missing component. I merged my new fluffy snow texture (link below) to this art and it was done! It might be subtle but I also wanted to portay warmth inside on a cold night - so the window of the lil shack is glowing.
If any of my fellow SL Photo Artists have not yet gone to this amazing sim build in SecondLife... you dont know what you are missing! For those of you that are not SL residents... wow... the beauty you all are missing.
CREDITS & PERMISSION:
> All textures used to manipulate & enhance the main winter scene photo of this Photo Manipulation work are my own private stock textures. Most I do not publish but I have offered one of my textures used here for public conditional use. Fluffy Snow toysoldierthor.deviantart.com/#/d33qe2z
> The main Winter Scene photograph is my own photograph from the virtual world of SecondLife. I abided by all terms and conditions formally set out by the owners of LindenLab Inc. when taking this photograph. See detailed description of SecondLife Photography below.
> The SecondLife 3D Builders of the Sim I photo'ed
Artists: Group "IDIA" Members: AM Radio & Mencius Watts
SIM Name: AMRadio at IDIA Labs_001