Playing with Projectors and Lighs – Part I

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A few days ago, I joined a class about blogging as I wanted to know if I can learn something new, as I am always looking for new thing I can discover and raise my horizon.

The class was amazing and at some point we came to the part of the pictures and how to take them and wich kind of pictures are for what situation. Usually you have more clean pics for blogging and castings and some more artistic pictures for a storytelling blog post or magazines.

We were talking about many of the very popular photographers in SL and as well about the difference of photographer and artists.

While a photographer usually just takes pics and does them tweak a little bit in one of the graphic programs, the artist takes a snapshot and you will not see the original snap anymore after the artist did the magic with the picture in his program by painting and editing a lot by hand. I would never go so far, to say one has less work or more work than the other, the amount of work might be the same, just it is in 2 totally different ways. While the artist has to be very familiar with his editing s program, his graphic tablet and his skills to paint and illustrate, the photographer needs to be familiar with the SL windlights, shadows, special angles and lights and maybe even with projectors or lighting tools. Both is a lot of work, I believe and it needs a lot of practice just it complete different ways.

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I saw for a longer time , that many photographers work with a tool called lumipro. I remember great pics done with this special light tool and I always wanted one to try but, since it is not cheap and I work in so many different areas, I never got one.

But then… lately I was talking to a very long friend of mine a lot and helped her here and there if she wanted my opinion, as friends do usually. Out of the blue one day when I logged in I got a gift…

The crazy girl did know, that I was after the lumipro for quite some time and guess what… She gifted me a lumipro!!! I stormed her IMs telling her she would be crazy to make such expensive gifts and I was totally happy and crazy about. She was just calm, smiles and told me that would be her way to show me how much she appreciated my help. I told her, that I did not do that for any kind of gift, more just because of our friendship and that I never expected anything for that, but she insisted on that this would be her way and I better accept it.

OMG I have a lumipro!

The rest of the evening was just gone, with all the work I wanted to do and I totally lost myself in my new toy. I have to admit I have still no clue how it works properly and I will need to watch a lot of tutorials and ask around to really get used to this fantastic tool but I am more than willing to try!

For today I just played around with the presets and changed them lightly, to see what possibilities and features it has.

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God this is a weapon if you know what you are doing with it!!!

I just placed myself in front of a white wall with my war turtle from [Swagga] and turned my windlight settings to midnight to see the full range of the light balls.

I was blown away what those 3 balls can do and I digged further into the user manual on the lumipro website to see what all those buttons of the HUD can do.

Then I found the projectors… holy cow! Now I know how some light settings were made on pictures that I loved so much!

The way to project lights behind you with different textures as filters, was something I totally had forgotten about since I started to play with windlights.

I do not know much at all yet to really use this fantastic photography tool properly, but I know that I will spend a lot of time in the future to be able to operate this HUD and bein able to use all its functions and features as this really is a lot of fun to play around with and that is the reason why I named this post ‘Part I’, because I am really sure about that this will not be the last post about my playing with lights and projectors 😉

But for now I have to finish as there is a lot of work left wich got delayed because of my new lumipro :p

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Details

Top: PEQE – “Corsetted Top” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Pants: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Anakri [B&W Edition]”

Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Raquel Heels” – NEW

Head Piece: Miamai – “Mia Madonna Chloe” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Mask: ATTIC – “Leather Medusa Masquerade Mask” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015 Gacha)

Wings: [SWaGGa] – ” Eli Wings” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Animal: [SWaGGa] – “War Turtle” (The Fantasy Collective Janurary 2015)

Poses: Del May

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Inspired by Tom Ford S/S 2015 – How I put my style together?

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I have to admit the idea to make a Tom Ford inspired look came not out of my head. There was a casting a few days ago and they requested a 70s Glam style after the S/S Collection 2015 of Tom Ford.

So I made my homework and sat down with google and watched first the fashion show of that collection and the I asked google for some pictures out of that show.

I tried to figure out what were the main aspects of the whole collection. Besides many details I saw black, black and black, some straps, a lot of sheer materials, shoes with high platform heels. messy hair and smokey eyes paired with nude lips.

So far so good. Since I did not wanna copy any of those stylings to as well bring an aspect of myself to it.

I started with the sheer part. I went through my inventory to find something that does not cover up the whole body and as well would not totally hide under all the mesh clothing.

In the end, the “Brigitte Body Tights” from LeeZu were the choice after trying on several sheer parts of my inventory. I liked it cause the arms and the lower legs are left bare wich gives a lightly sexy touch wich I found as well in most of the Tom Ford show pictures.

Now… find something that really shows the sheer and does not cover it up totally…

Regular pants would just have hidden the sheer body suit. After trying several pants – short, capri, 3/4 – I remembered the pants of GizzA’s “Donatella” outfit. With only one leg and the belt holding the pants in place that was the exact piece that I wanted. To cover the private part I wanted to use something not super solid and I put on the “Romance Black” panties from [Magnolia In], wich sadly does not exist anymore.

The top should be something that catches the straps/wrap character and as well the 70s Glam part. I decided to go with the “TSADE / Body Cuff” from  .Shi. It looked good and as well the way I wanted, but I was missing something still. I tried several bra, s and short top, but either they did not look good or they poked out under the Body Cuff. Since this was going to be a casting styling, there was no way to cheat with poking through prims :p

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Finally I found the “Daleth” top, as well made by .Shi. With the golden ornaments and the shining black texture it was exact the right piece for the look.

I saw no jewelry on most of the pictures that I saw and with the golden decorations at the top it looked ok to me.

Messy hair… sounds like an easy task but after trying some of the hair I already had and a lot of demos, I figured I need a short hairstyle as everything else was either poking into the “Body Cuff” or the top *sighs*. I did not saw any short hair on the pictures I looked and nearly started all over with a nother idea, when I saw the “Nyja” hair from eXxEsS. It was not exactly what I was looking for but after trying and looking at it for some time I liked it more and more 🙂

For the finish I just needed some smokey eyes and a light lip gloss wich not put any color on my lips, just a little shine.

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Details

Top: .Shi – “Daleth”

Top2: .Shi – “TSADE / Body Cuff”

Pants: GizzA – “Donatella”

Underpants: [Magnolia In] – “Romance Black” (store not anymore existing)

Sheer Body: [LeeZu!] – “Brigitte Body Tights”

Hair: eXxEsS – “Nyja”

Shoes: Cashmere – “Dastard Boots” (closed)

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Makeup: [sys] – “Skin – Smokey Eyes” & “Skin – Kohl Eyes”

Poses: Corpus

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Snow Fun!

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Snow Song

She sat there, eyes open wide
And she watched the snow cover the ground outside
Mittens on her hands
A smile ear to ear
She said, “In California
It hasn’t snowed in years.”

So come outside
And we can watch the sky
Turn up your palms
And open your hands up wide
Come outside
And open up your eyes

Sitting next to me
She ties her scarf on tight
Winter can leave you crying
But it brightens up her eyes
And show kisses her cheek
Where I want to be
And rests on her shoulders
Like in her New York dreams

So come outside
And we can watch the sky
Turn up your palms
And open your hands up wide
Come outside
And open up your eyes

Walk with me…
Take my hand I’ll lead you down these city streets
Won’t you walk with me?
Won’t you walk with me?

When she says goodbye
She turns around and smiles
The next time it snows
I’ll be on her mind

[Ron Pope]

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 Details

on Sazzy

Jacket: [MotiAme]  – “Duffle Coat”
Pants: ISON – “Side lace Pants”
Scarf: Rebel Hope – “Mesh Wrap Scarf”
Shoes: fri. – “Wendy.Boots”
Hair: [LoQ’ue] – “Tequila”
Makeup: MUA – “MakeUp Set – Soft – Eyes Only”
Skin: Glance Skins – “Sigrid – June – Glossy 03”

on Wicca

Jacket: Enna – “Female Jacket”

Pants: Maitreya – “Panel Leggings”

Scarf & Hair: Maitreya – “Voluminous Scarf Hair”

Shoes: Miel – “Timber Boots”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Poses & Props: oOo Studio

Models: Sazzy Nirpaw & Wicca Merlin

Photographer: Wicca Merlin

My Bloody Valentine with Prism

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On the 14th of February SCALA was having an awesome ‘Bloody Valentine’ fashion show. Who else that Honey Bender could come up with such an incredible idea and as a creative director at SCALA he helped to make this come true.

For all who missed the show… there is an amazing video on youtube, so at least you can get an idea about what I am talking.

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I felt very honored, when SCALA asked me to be part as a designer and I made 4 very special deigns for that but that will be a another post 😉

Originally I was not counted in as a model as I try to avoid walking shows where my own creations are being showcased, so that I can fully enjoy the show and see what models did with my creations.

But I found my name on the list of the backup models and it was ok because usually at SCALA there are not really any dropouts. Since I am a good girl (yes even me sometimes) I went to the rehearsals so that just could fill in if really needed, since the walks at SCALA usually are not that easy.

After we tried the run order on this amazing maze –  yes we had a lot of fun by exploring where we have to go – we found one little issue and before I even realized I was pulled in for one outfit. And what me lucky girl got assigned?

PRISM! – YAAAAAY!

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I know Journey McLaglen, owner and designer of Prism, usually gives me free reigns to style stuff and she does not mind, if I put my little weird and funky tweak on it :p

So … for Bloody Valentine show and me having free reigns … go figure, I had a lot of fun 🙂

The “Tikka” outfit contains a red, short leather skirt and a creme kinda brownish top with an amazing looking print in the front wich perfectly matches the Bloody Valentine Idea.

First of all I wanted some heavy boots to go into a contrast to the more girly looking short skirt. I remembered some really funky boots wich I got from Remarkable Oblivion (RO), called “Hobnails”. With the cool open front showing some hungry teeth those were the right choice for the themed show 😉

Now since the boots has such a grungy look I wanted to put on some socks and maybe some ripped stockings. :::insanya::: made those as a combination of exactly that… socks with ripped stockings underneath.

I did not wanna go with gloves so I thought about what else I could put on my arms, which felt kinda naked besides the amazing tattoo from Letis Tattoo.

I remembered a great arm gear from Death Row Designs. It comes for both arms but since I like asymmetric things a lot and both would have been too much I just put on the 3 parts for the left arm.

Since the whole look totally became crazy, I needed some crazy hair as well. Wich could do the job better that one of the amazing “Bizarre Hairs” that I have. Sadly the big folder I used to have disappeared some when and never came back. But some of my favourite ones, I got replaced by the very kind MyStiCa Matova, owner and designer of Bizarre Hair and so I am able to use the awesome “Angel of Elements” hair for today’s look.

To underline the Bloody Valentine theme, wich should make a total opposite to the usually sweet and nice Valentine’s Day, I wanted to go drastically on my makeup. REPULSE offers a lot of really creepy makeups and I could not resist to go for the “Worm Eye” for the right eye and a little “Forced Smile” for the left side of my mouth corner.

And last but not least, something I wanted to do in forever on a SL runway since I am used to do that in RL on stage when we play with the band… I wanted to smoke a cigarette and I know this was the only time I could get away with that :p.

I really had fun developing that look and I am very sure that the “Tikka” outfit from Prism would have never thought to be worn in that way 😉

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Details

Outfit: Prism – “Tikka”

 Shoes: Remarked Oblivion (RO) – “Hobnails”

Socks: :::insanya::: – “Stockings and Knee Socks n.4”

Tattoo: Letis Tattoo – “Regal Princess”

Arm Piece: Death Row Design (DRD) – “Female Armor”

Necklace & Ring: Pixel Box – “Steampunk Necklace Clock”

Makeup: REPULSE – “Forced Smile II” & “Worm Eye” + YaYo – “Running Mascara”

Lipstick: L.Fauna – “Lipstick Red 3”

Hair: Bizarre Hair – “Angels of Elements”

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

News @ LeeZu! & Finesmith

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Today LeeZu brought the “Sina Jacket” to her main store. Originally made for the Burlesque Event now the Amazing “Sina Jacket” is available in 7 different colors.  The jacket has a wonderful vintage touch. With the open front you can mix and match it with many other things to create the perfect look for you.

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At the back of the jacket you will find a cute pin-up print wich underlines the vintage look of the jacket and with the high collar and the two little flower looking ornaments on the front this jacket is a totally must have for every wardrobe, as it can be worn in so many different stylings. To show this amazing back I included a back view on the picture above. For the shirt I chose the Oui Oui Shir as well from LeeZu.

 Another new release comes from Finesmith. The “Kitaro” set. A beautiful set made of golden, black and fabric looking parts. The set contains basically 2 sets as you have two pairs of earrings, three necklaces, two bracelets, a huge headpiece and a ring.  The set as well provides a gems HUD wich let you change the gem parts of the whole set to different colors. For this post I decided to wear the left bracelet wich complements the earrings version 2, the Necklace number 2 and the awesome right for the right hand.

The absolute cool and sexy leggings are one of my favourites from Maitreya and the shoes I found on the Love is in the Air 2015 event, made by .Shi.

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Details

Jacket: [LeeZu!] – “Sina Jacket” – NEW

Pants: Maitreya – “Leather Skinny Pants”

Shirt: [LeeZu!] – “Oui Oui Shirt”

Jewelry: Finesmith – “Kitaro” – NEW

Shoes: .Shi – “Allettare” (for slink medium mesh feet)

Glasses: [URIZASK] – “Vinatge Silver Bike”

Belt: Maitreya – “Coin Belt”

Hair: Milk – “Jupiter”

Poses: Corpus

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

The Dark Warrior with PurpleMoon & EMO-tions

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Dark Illusion Warrior

From nowhere came a warrior
With a mission to complete
He was in possession of extreme power
That he’d use on everyone he’d meet

He came when you least expected him
He brought terror to the world
You could expect no mercy
As he swung his sword

He was cursed by the Gods
He had to fight ’til he died
But finally he beat the odds
And then he was free, free to rise

Nobody knew where he came from
No one knew his destiny
The story was told through the centuries
A piece of tragic history

He came when you least expected him
He brought terror to the world
You could expect no mercy
As he swung his sword

[by Supernatural]

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Details

Outfit (incl gemstones & gloves): PurpleMoon – “Belladonna”

Hair & Head Piece: EMO-tions – “Anorg” (color modded)

Mask: Illusions – “Unseelie”

Furniture: 22769 – “Beyond the Sea Chaiselongue”

Poses: PosESioN

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

LOTD 02/11/2015 – From SoliDea FoliEs & Miamai with Love

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Valentines Day is not too far away and today I would like to showcase one of the amazing creations of SoliDea FoliEs for the ‘Love is in the air’ event which is done by GizzA again.

Mila Tatham created this amazing “Palloncino” outfit for that special event. The short dress with the huge back part is an amazing piece which should not be missing in every fashionistas wardrobe. The dress itself carries a black fabric and the beautiful back part has a black & white striped outer and a cute and sweet pink inner side.

I will have anopther post soon about SoliDEa FoliEs, since Mila Tatham started to make her own mesh and already released her first self made mesh outfit!

To add some more dramatic feeling to it, I paired the “Palloncino” outfit with one of the latest releases from Miamai. The incredible “Claustra” head piece is available at the February round of We <3 RP event. On the first view they look kinda simple but if you take a closer look you can see the amazing detailed fabric, the runes on the top and the awesome metal veil with the tear drop gemstones. The head piece is the first release for the Black Label collection of Miamai in 2015.

The  shoes are one of my latest releases for Wicca’s Wardrobe. The “Doro Booties” are made for the slink high feet and available in 10 different colors at the main store. The leather based booties have some amazing silver details like the cross on the ankle and the studds that decorate the shoe. With the silver heel they are a must have for all the cool and daring girls out there!

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Details

Outfit: SoliDea FoliEs – “Palloncino” – NEW

Head Piece: Miamai – “Claustra” – NEW

Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Doro Booties” – NEW

Jewelry: Mandala – “Shippoah”

Leggings: LeeZu – “Marmour Tights”

Poses: PosESioN

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe – 1st Anniversary Show

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LOTD 01/27/2015 – Warm & Cozy

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Today I was in a very cozy mood so I decided to dress up kinda comphy 😉

With the new “Ashly Leather Tunic” from GizzA and the new “Metallic Leggings” from Leezu, I exactly could match that mood. The “Metallic Leggings” are very comphy and still look tight and sexy. With the shiny metallic fabric they perfectly match the actual trend. The amazing folds at the ankles give a great realistic feeling. At the LeeZu main store you will find in 7 different colors and for this post I just picked the bronze ones to complement the brown of the top.

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For the shoes I just made the new “Lydia” booties and all the brown golden colors inspired me to do a special new color palette for some new shoes all in a brownish, black and creme/white range. This colors for me totally go with the actual season and the trend.

The “Ashly Leather Tunic” you as well can purchase in several different colors and I am sure you will find the one that suits you at the GizzA main store.

The amazing bag that I put on the table as well comes from LeeZu and is called “Loret”. The bag you can get in several colors as well plus you can change the scarf that is hanging out with a HUD that comes with to different textures.

For the furniture I used one of my favourite sofa combination from LAQ Decor and the billboard on the wall was made by LeeZu again.

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Details

Pants: LeeZu – “Metallic Leggings” – NEW

Top: GizzA – “Ashly Leather Tunic” – NEW

Bag (standing on table): LeeZu – “Loret”

Necklace: Mandala – “Legendary”

Hair: booN – “MDR138”

Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Shylee” (for Slink High Feet) coming soon

Skin: [sys] – Eva

Furniture: LAQ Decor

Rug: Atelier Visconti

Billboard: LeeZu

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Holidays are over – Back to School with GizzA

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The Christmas Holidays were so nice and as always way too short. This week was my first week at work again… Back to school for a new year.

2015 started very nice and I thought it was kinda funny that GizzA released the “‘Emily Dress” right in time for my first day at school again. Even if I am on the “other side” as a teacher… when I put on the “Emily Dress” I got a schoolgirl feeling 😉

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The amazing dress comes in several colors of the amazing tartan. The white neck collar and the white wrists you have for all of them.

As it is still very cold I did not wanna go with bare legs and so I pulled out my “LaLun” Tights from Leezu. The sheer version just was perfect 😉

The shoes I chose because of the white socks that come together with the pants and just even more gave this school girl vive for me.

What can not be missing for a cute schoolgirl? Exactly the geek glasses :p. Mine are from Haysuriza. I chose the black frame and lenses of the 3 colors for each that are available on the HUD.

The earrings and the amazing long necklace was made by Mandala and my hair stylist for today was Tabata Jewell from Vanity Hair.

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Details

Dress: GizzA – “Emily” – NEW

Shoes: Pixel Mode – “Baby T’s”

Hair: Vanity Hair – “The Meadow”

Glasses: Haysuriza – “Retro Cats”

Jewelry: Mandala – “Kyara”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Poses: EverGlow

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin