Photo Cafe' Beach Lounge ~ Chat Transcript ~ 18th December, 2021 H.11:00 AM SLT
[ The following Episode #9 will be on:
Sat, the 15th of Jan H.11.00 AM SLT! ]
[11:05] Duraya: Hello everyone, welcome to the last Photo Café of this crazy year 2021.
[11:05] Duraya: it was nice to have this cafe, to get distracted from rl craziness
[11:06] Duraya: I enjoyed every minute with you and I’m already looking forward to all our new adventures in 2022. We agreed to start Jan. 15th – right?
[11:06] Kika Yongho: Yes!
[11:06] Duraya: Thank you for all your beautiful pictures, we know it’s a very busy time of the year for most, we appreciate you took the effort anyway.
[11:07] Duraya: Before we start sharing our experiences Kika agreed she would share some of her ‚no-light-adventure ‘with us and will inform you about the new feature of the Café for everyone to use. Ready Kika?
[11:08] Kika Yongho: So, I will introduce you today a new facility on the sim, available for everyone to use: the “Photo Booth”!
[11:08] Kika Yongho: What is a “Photo Booth”? It is a sky box, that can be reached using any of our teleporters, that has a mini-photo-studio on it! The booth has got a background image that you can select from our available backgrounds, a couple of lights that you can customize by menu on touch, and a pose stand with hundreds of static poses. It is available and free for anyone to use!
[11:09] Kika Yongho: The thought of having a mini-photo-studio started a while ago, to give to any visitor the chance to be able to take perhaps a better profile photo, but it can now be used also for Christmas cards for example, as there are quite a few seasonal backgrounds available!
[11:09] Kika Yongho: Being this is the first stage of this Photo Booth there are no props (it’s not a backdrop!). But either the lights, either the pose stand can be made invisible to take the picture, simply giving commands by script (lights) or text chat (pose stand), as will be said when sitting on the stand.
[11:10] Kika Yongho: The background images can be selected and then reduced size, enlarged and moved by menu buttons that are on the background object. The use is very intuitive, as they are shaped as arrows.
[11:10] Kika Yongho: Clicking each of the light sources will present a menu with some light settings (you should all know them by now!), that are: intensity, radius and colour. The light can be set on and off and invisible for 5 minutes, again clicking in the menu.
[11:11] Kika Yongho: We recommend to use Shared Environment in the Photo Booth, as there is a special one with no lights at all, so you can better enjoy the effect of the light sources.
[11:11] Kika Yongho: And this is all you’ll ever wonder about the Photo Booth 😛
[11:11] Kika Yongho: Easier to go later and see it than to explain it more 😀
[11:12] Kika Yongho: And about the “no lights”… Duraya should I talk about that when presenting the photo?
[11:12] Duraya: yes – that would be best
[11:12] Kika Yongho: Thank you 🙂 Then for my short intro this is all 😀
[11:12] Duraya: Thank you so much, Kika 🙂
[11:13] Duraya: And now ‚tataaaaaaa‘
[11:14] Duraya: I present our second round of‚ getting to know each other by sharing art‘!
[11:15] Duraya: Our theme was ‚’light and shadow’– and what varied results did we get! Amazing!
[11:16] Duraya: How did it go for you this time? What was your approach? Was Kapaan’s input on it helpful?
[11:16] Duraya: Please remember the c, q, r and done-routine!
[11:16] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): c
[11:17] Duraya: yes onceagain please
[11:18] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): it has been really useful for me just because I was working on a new exhibit and it was difficult try to do what I want.. and after the lesson.. puff … DONE!
[11:18] Duraya: your picture is so lovely – it’s pure Zen
[11:19] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): so easy, so simple.. never think about it before, because I was used to manage only the windlight
[11:19] Duraya: great
[11:19] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): ah.. the pic is just for fun, I’ve created on ps the sign you see with the tree
[11:20] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): I’ve used so many projectors for the new photos.. you will see from the 23rd of December 🙂
[11:20] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): done
[11:20] Duraya: thank you once
[11:21] Kika Yongho: c
[11:21] Duraya: Kika please
[11:23] Kika Yongho: I had the fundamentals of light projectors from the last Photo Course by you and Kapaan so I knew some but this time I went all the way through it using in fact a Sky that is called “Phototools No Lights” (same as it used in the Photo Booth – thanks to Dane ;)) and using only one light source to give the effect I wanted to
[11:24] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): cool Kika
[11:25] Michiel Bechir: fascinating Kika
[11:25] Kika Yongho: So the photo looks more dramatic, cold and intense. I used only one to express the contrast between the pitch black and the white light better. Together they work to compose the photo effect 🙂
[11:25] Kika Yongho: I think this is all about it 😀
[11:25] Kika Yongho: done 🙂
[11:25] Duraya: thank you Kika
[11:25] Gann Gigamon: really love how it turned out and the long shadows
[11:26] Michiel Bechir: i am impressed by the art displayed
[11:26] Duraya: I love the angle you chose for taking the picture
[11:27] Michiel Bechir: it is sometimes difficult to see directly who has created the works..
[11:27] Elfi Siemens: c
[11:28] Duraya: Elfi is next
[11:30] Elfi Siemens: i have been working with projectors for quite some time already, mostly to cast better shadows than just with EEP, but sometimes also with projected images that add up to the whole picture
[11:31] Elfi Siemens: like in this case. it was a spontaneous idea after i found out that lately i’ve been so busy, that i didn’t even have time to get a pic for here done in almost 2 weeks
[11:31] Elfi Siemens: the huge clock is a projector and i took the pic in a low light setting
[11:32] Elfi Siemens: so, like the melting clock, everything else in the pic just melts together.
[11:32] Elfi Siemens: done
[11:32] Duraya: thank you Elfi
[11:35] Duraya: it’s a pity Prinz isn’t here
[11:35] Duraya: I find his interpretation of light and shadow very interesting
[11:36] Duraya: the colors surprised me
[11:37] Duraya: would have been interesting to learn how he did it
[11:37] Jaminda Moon (jaminda): I will mention it to him and am sure he will share next time
[11:37] Duraya: thank you Jaminda, would you share something about your picture?
[11:38] Jaminda Moon (jaminda): sure 🙂
[11:40] Jaminda Moon (jaminda): Mine was very simply done with one projector ….I have wanted to do some black and white images so thought this was a good opportunity to see how light and shade works with that medium…I didn’t have a lot of time either so am hoping it worked ok. I was pleased with the candles there is a bit of shading on them …done
[11:40] Duraya: thank you Jaminda
[11:42] Duraya: so let’s have a look at Violette’s picture
[11:42] Kika Yongho: Violette was stuck in RL too unfortunately but we can talk behind her back about her photo 😛
[11:42] Duraya: since it’s a good one she won’t mind
[11:42] Kika Yongho: She’ll read all our comments in the transcript 😀
[11:43] Duraya: I love the effort she took dressing up and finding the pose
[11:43] Kika Yongho: Yes her usual time to take a shot is 3 days 😛
[11:44] Duraya: LOL – would be a bit like that for me – if I had to go find those stockings all over sl 😉
[11:44] Michiel Bechir: yes, the effect of incoming light is great on her body and ground
[11:44] Kika Yongho: Yes I know she used the shades projector 🙂
[11:45] Duraya: I’m sure she will like the comments when she reads the transcript
[11:45] Kika Yongho: Yes it’s a great photo 🙂
[11:45] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): agree with Kika
[11:45] Duraya: so we have two more
[11:46] Duraya: Gann and Dane
[11:47] Gann Gigamon: c
[11:47] Duraya: yes Gann
[11:48] Gann Gigamon: I’m really not much of a photographer, I don’t set up shots and plan them out, etc. I love that y’all do and am amazed and so impressed with all of your art. I simply take pics of things I see when I see them and try to do so in a meaningful enough way to share them with people I care about.
[11:50] Gann Gigamon: this was in our living room, Elfi was decorating, had just placed the band and I was camming around it, took a few pics, then rezzed a flashlight and played around with the shadows. This one turned out pretty fun, Elfi liked it 😀 So here it is. It’s funny because this was weeks before the challenge. I played around with one or two others one day, but still liked this one the most.
[11:50] Gann Gigamon: done
[11:50] Duraya: thank you Gann
[11:51] Duraya: Dane, last but not least!
[11:53] DaneAlbion: mine is pretty simple, i was keen to use the projector with a texture that Kapaan showed us and i had in mind an old Man Ray image for inspiration so thats what led me to my picture
[11:53] DaneAlbion: done
[11:53] Duraya: thank you Dane
[11:53] Duraya: and thank you all for sharing
[11:54] Duraya: Thinking back, what of your work last year you liked the most and which was the one that gave you most headaches?
Where do you feel you personally should put some work in to improve the outcome?
[11:55] Kika Yongho: c
[11:55] Duraya: Kika
[11:56] Kika Yongho: I can easily reply about the headache.. It was an expo I did for an event about Violence against women. It was really a tough topic and it gave me more than one headache to go through, but it is also the experience that gave me more satisfaction to have been completed.
[11:56] Kika Yongho: And I should surely improve technically about making poses .. that’s surely a weak point I do have but working on it! 😉
[11:56] Kika Yongho: done
[11:57] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): You have done a great work Kika
[11:57] Kika Yongho: Thank you 🙂
[11:58] DaneAlbion: c
[11:58] Duraya: Dane please
[11:59] DaneAlbion: i’d like to be able to develop more meaning in my pictures, i enjoy what i take but they seem superficial when compared to to others
[11:59] DaneAlbion: a hard thing to learn i’m sure but i feel its a good challenge
[11:59] DaneAlbion: done
[11:59] Duraya: you are referring to a story or a message?
[12:00] DaneAlbion: both really
[12:00] Kika Yongho: c
[12:00] Duraya: okay
[12:00] Duraya: Kika 🙂
[12:00] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): c
[12:01] Kika Yongho: I wanted to say to Dane about that what is my “technique”? I start the other way around: by the thought, emotion or message I wanna give and let the photo come out naturally
[12:01] Kika Yongho: done
[12:02] Duraya: Once you are next
[12:02] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): without a shadow of a doubt the work that caused me more problems is what will be on exhibit next week … but thanks to the lesson on projectors I am very happy to have solved it .. I don’t know if the others will like it too but it has been a success, is comes as I had in mind … perfectible but times are now tight 🙂
[12:03] onceagain (manoji.yachvili): done
[12:03] Gann Gigamon: c
[12:03] Duraya: thank you
[12:03] Duraya: and Gann
[12:03] Gann Gigamon: this one is by far the hardest I’ve done here :p
[12:03] Gann Gigamon: done
[12:04] Duraya chuckles
[12:04] Elfi Siemens: the hardest part was to convince him to send it for today 😛
[12:04] Gann Gigamon nods
[12:04] Duraya: as it is late I think we will take up this review next year
[12:05] Duraya: Ahhhh – and of course since this is the time for gifts you will get a little something from us, I prepared some kind of ghetto X-Mas-backdrop I will pass you and Kika designed a more sophisticated way for you to get another giftie.
[12:05] Kika Yongho: Yes you can click the red boxes under the Christmas.
[12:06] Kika Yongho: Thank you all for making this Cafe’ so enjoyable and instructive!
[12:07] Duraya: And now, at the end: Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all, relax, have fun, enjoy!
[12:07] Duraya: And see you again next year!