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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – part two of an exploration of the art and techniques of Second Life photography, featuring three leading Second Life photographers – is now on the web!

We talk to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

In this show we talk to our three photographers about post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

Ships and Boats Exhibit at the Tradewinds Yacht Club by Wildstar Beaumont

For more on our guests, see:
Strawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

If you missed the first show (which has some awesome advice about taking great photographs and adjusting windlight settings) you can see it here or here.

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

Together these shows are a fascinating exploration of Second Life photography with some of the leading photographers in virtual worlds … and a valuable repository of tips and tricks for photographers and machinima makers!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a special Valentine episode that  show sees us returning to New Babbage – is now on the web!

Designing Worlds Episode 261 – Biggins In Love from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

It all begins with the annual delivery of presents for the urchins of New Babbage from The Primgraph magazine. Miss Widdershins delivers the presents while Mr Merlin decides to visit Mr Jon Weatherwax’s new Mayfair Theatre.

What could possibly go wrong?

It comes complete with, of course, the estimable Mr Jebediah Biggins (twin brother to Mr Obadiah Biggins, star of The Blackened Mirror) and the stalwart Assistant Maceholder, Mr Victor Mornington – and also features an appearance by those wonderful avatar horses, pulling the most beautiful troika from Ladies’ Pleasure, and driven by its creator, Miss H0ney Heart.

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Many thanks to Mr Mavromichali Szondi, and to Miss Beq Janus for awesome design work beneath the streets.

Cast (in order of appearance):
Miss Saffia Widdershins … Herself
Mr Victor Mornington … Himself
Mr Elrik Merlin … Himself
Mr Jon Weatherwax … Himself
Aurora … Miss Garnet Psaltery
Mr Biggins … Himself
Troika driver … Miss H0ney Heart
Horses …. Dancer Ingelwood, Cherry Lastchance and Kalypso Whitesong

This is a New Babbage special for Valentine’s Day – and we think you’ll find it a very poignant tale!

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

Troika Dashing through the New Babbage snow

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Bedroom Set by Strawberry Singh

Bedroom Set by Strawberry Singh

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – an exploration of the art and techniques of Second Life photography, featuring three leading Second Life photographers – is now on the web!

In this first of two special programmes, we meet and talk to three different photographers about their work: Strawberry Singh, the well-kown fashion and portrait photographer, Honour McMillan, whose landscape pictures feature regularly on her popular blog, and Wildstar Beaumont, our team photographer who is also well known for event photos and seascapes.

In this first show, they talk to us about how they take their wonderful pictures – what elements are important, and what makes a really good picture. There are hints and tips – and maybe just a few surprises too!

Fantasy Fair by Wildstar Beaumont

Fantasy Fair by Wildstar Beaumont

For more on our guests, see:
Sttrawberry Singh: http://strawberrysingh.com/
Honour McMillan: https://honourmcmillan.wordpress.com/
Wildstar Beaumont: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildstar_b/

Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

Forgotten City by Honour McMillan

The second show will be screened in two weeks time and that will look at post processing techniques and also ways of sharing your photographs with a wide audience.

 

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New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit one of the best known Dr Who/Timelord roleplay regions of New Gallifrey, which has recently been completely redesigned – with a spectacular new look!

This region houses several timelords’ private Tardise but also the Panopticon, the focal point for the adventures of the Time;lords who, after the Time War, found themselves trapped in Second Life. Time travel adapts rather well to Second Life – but in this episode we’ll be concentrating on New Gallifrey itself. The old Panopticon, which we visited way back in 2008 was destroyed as part of a summerlong storyline. Now the new New Gallifrey has emerged, and it really is stunning.

 

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

New Gallifrey, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

We are given a guided tour by Sen Pixie, former Lord President of the High Council of New Gallifrey, Kylie Todriya, who in the New Gallifrey multiverse is the Pythia of the Sisterhood of the Jade Dreamers, and also Chancellor of New Gallifrey, and Rowan Thursday, the High Seeress of New Gallifrey and also Sister Dreamweaver to the Pythia. They are also the primary builders of this magnificent edifice, and of the landscape that surrounds it.

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Inside the Tardis of Coordinator Deimos, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we are given a tour of the darkly stylish Tardis belonging to David Abbot, aka Deimos, head of the Celestial Invervention Agency – which has a rather unexpected special feature.

It all makes for a great show – don’t miss it!

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We take a trip to New Babbage – a rather chilly one too, if all the reports we’ve heard about the coal shortage are true!

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas?

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas?

Now, our trips to that industrial steampunk city have not been entirely without incident in the past – what with murders, dangerous dark mermaids, mendacious Santas and purloined diamonds … to say nothing of Elrik being mistaken for Sherlock Holmes, or that time we discovered the dark secrets under the lost Asylum …

But really, we’re visiting libraries this time! What could possibly go wrong?

Of course, we have failed to reckon with the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage (kept under strict guard in a few Babbage libraries).

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

You’ll have to watch this special episode to unlock the true terror of Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns … if you dare.

Mr Biggins braves the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage

Mr Biggins braves the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we we talk to Troy and Danger Linden to learn all about the new experience tools provided by Linden Lab – and get a chance to try them out in The Cornfield and at Loki Eliot’s Escapades – is now on the web.

In a fascinating and fun show we talk to Troy Linden and Danger Linden about what these new experience tools are, how creators can use them, how users can join in the experiences, and how they can be protected. And we discover that – even though the tools are still in beta – a surprising number of Experiences have already been created by Second Life residents, including art installations, educational applications, and gaming experiences.

The Cornfield – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

The Cornfield – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

And we have a chance to try out the game Linden Lab have created in The Cornfield to demonstrate how experience tools work!

Then we head for Escapades Island where Loki Eliot, the talented creator of a wealth of cool things (including the central stage at this year’s Second Life Birthday Community Celebration – has created a great series of games using the new tools, and we talk to him about how he is finding the new tool set, as well as trying the games out – or rather some of them!

Joining the Experience at Escapades

Joining the Experience at Escapades

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – our special Thanksgiving celebration – is now on the web.

This year, we’ve invited some of the people with roles to play behind the camera – Aisling Sinclair, our director, Wildstar Beaumont, our photographer, and LaPiscean Liberty, owner of SLArtist and Aview TV, two of the channels that screen Designing Worlds. They will be talking about their many projects and the fun things they have been doing. Aisling hosts the event in her beautiful new home, designed by Pamela Galli of La Galleria – and Pamela also supplied the amazing dining table too!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Aisling's home

Thanksgiving Dinner at Aisling’s home

And we are also joined by Elizabeth Tinsley, the organiser of Fantasy Faire, who has some very exciting news about the Fantasy Faire calendar which – very shortly – you’ll be able to obtain in Second Life – and in real life too – with profits going to support Relay for Life in Second Life. And here is one of the THREE choices of covers that you can have for your calendar!

Fantasy Faire Calendar Cover Heavenslough

Fantasy Faire Calendar Cover Heavenslough

Also this week’s photographs are very special; as fans of the Prim Perfect Jigsaw will already know, rather than sending Wildstar to photograph a location this week, we asked him to choose his favourite photographs from all the years that he has been taking pictures for the show … What has he chosen? You’ll have to watch the show to find out – but here’s a sneak peek!

Coeur Sims - photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Coeur Sims – photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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