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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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” fromย  .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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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ย Details

on Sazzy

Jacket: [MotiAme]ย  – “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.

BLOODY VALENTINE VIDEO

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 –ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Details

Outfit: Prism – “Tikka”

ย 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

Hairmania with EMO-tions

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EMO-tions – “Nella”

And finally RL let me free to enjoy SL a bit more again ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would like to start my blogging year 2015 with a “New Hair” post.

Mirja Mills from EMO-tions was such a busy bee even during the christmas and holiday season, that I really thought I owe her a special hair post ๐Ÿ™‚

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EMO-tions – “Mona”

Recently she made some wonderful mesh hair styles, I really fell in love with. The “Nella ” and the “Mona” style totally captured my attention as this is kinda the way I used to have my hair RL and it reminded me of some cool pictures i got from a gig with my band. Both are kinda windblown and not just al good girl sorted. So the perfect choice for an amazing everyday look.

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EMO-tions – “Michaela”

But even the good girls will be satisfied with for example “Michaela”. The amazing long braid, that is coming down over the right shoulder comes in 2 different looks. Once like we see it on the picture with hiding half of the face under a wonderful wisp of hair. The “Michaela 2” as well has some hair needles wich pull exactly that hair to the back.

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EMO-tions – “Laleen A”

“Laleen” again is a ‘2 in 1’ hair style with the amazing sweet and cute animation, which the avatar does when you change the hairstyle by touch. The “Laleen” hair can be worn as a long ponytail over the right shoulder or when clicked it becomes a sweet casual up-do ๐Ÿ™‚

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EMO-tions – “Laleen B”

For both versions the knot at the back of the head stays the same.

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EMO-tions – “Jared”

“Jared” originally was made as a male hair style. It as well has an amazing beard in the box but that really looked too awkward for my today’s post ;). But I never saw the reason why certain male hairstyles cannot be worn by females as well ๐Ÿ˜‰

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EMO-tions – “Lauren”

With Lauren my little punk heart was beating a tick louder than usual. Those amazing little braids all pulled over to the right side of the head show a wonderful shaved under-cut on the left side of the head.

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EMO-tions – “Alicia”

“Alicia” is one of those hair styles I dreamed about in RL ion forever but I never dared to cut my hair again so short, after I had a bad accident with a person that cut my hair while I was a child too short. But “Alicia” totally brings a super modern vibe to me and makes an amazing every day hair style.

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EMO-tions – “Eles”

Last but not least for today we have “Eles” a more elegant hair style which as well can be used for casual stylings but gives them a more classy look. The playful wisps tha go down at the sides add a very realistic touch.

Even if I posted all of those amazing hair now in only one color, you certainly have the normal color options we know from EMO-tions ๐Ÿ™‚

So do not wait and take the next taxi to the EMO-tions main store!

In Midian City with [sys]

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If you blog or create looks and styles, I am sure you know the feeling…

You like something, buy it and it simply does not wanna talk to you in the first place. You get not the exact right idea or have no clue how to stage it right.

Then you put it aside for a few and all of a sudden afer some time you wear it again and immediately know what you wanna do with it, kinda as it would talk to you.

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Exactly that happened to me with the “Biopunk” outfit from [sys]. I liked, it had a very cool attitude but when I was wearing the first time I was sure I wanted to blog it, but I had no idea for a scenery orย  background.

When I was putting it on yesterday again, I had immediately the idea how I wanted it to look like.

I wanted a cool tough environment for a futuristic, urban, swag look.

The “Biopunk” outfit contains a short with open zippers, leggings and the boots.

To pimp it even more towards my futuristic idea, I am wearing the “Inquisition” sunglasses, as well from [sys].

The hair is a wonderful picture hair from EMO-tions. The “Aquaria” hair probably was made for underwater shootings, butย  I loved how wild the whole look became with it.

Now I just had to find the right location. The best places for making pictures – if you do not wanna create your own set – for me are RP sims. Mostly they are created with so much love for the detail.

After looking around I found a place called Midian City. The place had so many amazing corners and hide outs to make pictures that I ended up having way more pictures than I could use ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

The people were very nice and kind and I was told I can snap some pics as long as I do not disturb the people who wanna role play. I even got an invite to take part in that RP but I did not yet have time to think about to be honest. But after getting some information about the RP it is totally something I would look into if I would think about RPing again ๐Ÿ™‚

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Details

Outfit: [sys] – “Biopunk”

Glasses: [sys] – “Inquisition”

Hair: EMO-tions – “Aquaria”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Nail Polish: Nailed It! – “Dark Set”

Lipstick – Launa Fauna – “Liptick Red3”

Poses: Del May

Location: Midian City

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

LOTD 09/10/2014 – Autumn with PurpleMoon & LeeZu

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Today I am very happy to showcase a look made with items from PurpleMoonย  & LeeZu, 2 of my favourite designers for years.

The days get shorter, the trees get more and more colored in red and yellow tones, so my mood was totally autumn today ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

The amazing “Erica” jacket, wich includes the top is made by PurpleMoon. It comes with a huge HUD, that let you change the jacket and the shirt separately to various colors.

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The “Milan”pants from LeeZu are one of those things, that I like to wear again and again. The are timeless and you as well can choose between a long and a short version. Today I chose the short version as I wanted to wear the new “Croco Boots” from PurpleMoon. The “Croco Boots” you will not find at the main store for now, as it is the contribution for the Instruments event of October 2014.

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Details

Jacket: PurpleMoon – “Erica” – NEW

Pants: LeeZu – “Milan”

Shoes: PurpleMoon – “Croco Boots” – NEW @ The Instruments

Hair: Maitreya – “Sasha”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Makeup: Launa Fauna – “Smokey Cat Shadow [Golden/Green]

Lipstick: Launa Fauna – “Lipstick [Neutral 2]

Poses: Wicca’s Wardrobe

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Sunny Autumn with GizzA

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Today the weather outside was again sunny and not sa cold as the last days. This inspired me for my todays look.

The beautiful “Anne Marie Dress”, one of the latest releases from GizzA was the perfect base for the look. The ensemble of a wonderful creme toned top and the autumn green skirt is one mesh piece. The small and slim belt as well is part of the mesh piece. The dress is available ni several other colors as well.

The new t-strapped high heels are as well part of the outfit and match wonderful the tone of the top. For the accessories I chose as well to stay with Gizza and put on the “Asia” watch and bracelet. The cute flower necklace as well you will find at GizzA. I took it from the amazing “Papillion” set.

To see all the other fantastic autumn color combinations of this outfit you can take a look at the GizzA main store ๐Ÿ™‚

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Details

Outfit (incl shoes): GizzA – “Anne Marie Dress”

Hair: Vanity Hair – “Bitter Sweet”

Bracelets: GizzA – “Asia”

Necklace: GizzA – “Papillion”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Eyeshadow: L.Fauna – “Smokey Cat Shadow /black” & “Basic Shadow /gold”

Lipstick: Miamai – “Monica Naturals 01”

Poses: Corpus

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Dead Dollz for .PENUMBRA. A/W Fashion Week 2014

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Outfit: Dead Dollz – “Tortuga” – NEW

Hair: EMO-tions – “Mela” – NEW

Jewelry: Mandala – “Soul Cream”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva” – NEW

Pose: PosESioN

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Snowpaws for .PENUMBRA. A/W Fashion Week 2014

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Outfit: Snowpaws – “Adorn” – NEW (mesh)

Earrings: SoliDea FoliEs – “Aliza”

Hair: Vanity Hair – “Bitter Sweet”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva” – NEW

Pose: Wicca’s Wardrobe

Model & Photogrpaher: Wicca Merlin