*****UPDATE Dec 2010 - New ones here www.flickr.com/photos/mescalinetammas/5264957282/
11 x Unedited SL photos, better viewed at Original Size
You can download any one or all of the Windlight Presets by clicking on the links below, feel free to do with as you please, its our sky XD. (use with the East angle - in lighting to get shadows where you want them, these were all put to roughly the same for comparison in this comp).
2. London 2026
3. London 2050
10. Morning Glory
or... Download ALL
PC users put the unzipped .xml file in C:\Program Files\SecondLife\app_settings\windlight\skies
Mac Users right click Second Life in applications, show contents, then put the unzipped .xml file in Contents\Resources\app_settings\windlight\skies folder.
Some of these settings have been made with shadows in mind, some before, most of them attempt to emulate 'Magic Hour', the first and last hour of sunlight during the day when the quality of the light and shadows (long) is perfect for cinematography.
Conrad Hall said that "Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.... There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job."
I leave you with some other thoughts on shadows.
"Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories."
"what is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset." - Anthony Ferrer
"To contemplate is to look at shadows."
"Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light."
In dreams we trust.