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365 days of SL, day 66

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May. 19th, 2012 | 12:23 pm

365 days of SL, day 66:


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timberwoof recently gave me a tip about how narrowing the camera's viewing angle in SL can produce interesting effects. For the above screenshot, I narrowed it down from its usual 1.04 to a mere 0.19; the camera is actually quite far away, but it still appears as if I'm right in the foreground, and the little gazebo and house across the sea in the next parcel look like they're right in front of me, too (but then, compared to my distance from the camera, they are).

It's an interesting effect, and I may fiddle with it more; unfortunately, like so many things in SL, you cannot change it in a convenient manner (it's buried in your preferences instead of showing up e.g. on your camera controls, much less being assigned a hotkey or so). I wonder if there's any SL viewers aimed at photographers that remedy this and allow more convenient access to things like graphics settings, full camera controls, environment settings etc.

Location: FP Enigma (16, 134, 21)

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: May. 19th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Hm! Interesting thought. Effectively, you're shooting with a virtual telephoto lens - indeed, that's a technique I enjoy, resulting in some quite unusual landscape shots, such as that orange hued Golden Gate, or "Sienna lightning" the other entry, with the tree in front of the hectic clouds.

Can't advise on the viewer front, as I'm afraid I've barely engaged in any SL photography n months, but I'll keep an eye out. Mostly, I'm on Firestorm these days, as it offers an easy means of adjusting avatar ground offset, so when I'm wearing footwear, my boots don't have to sink into the ground. Fullscreen mode is very welcome, too, dropped in the official viewer since v2, though it insists on being fixed at 1024x768 - a low res, and not 16:10, but often preferable to having all the distractions of the rest of the system visible, disrupting immersion.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: May. 19th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm using Firestorm, too; not full-screen, but maximized, at least (which is why these tend to be 1920x1033 instead of 1920x1080).

Heh, I really don't know anything about photography with (D)SLRs, especially what sorts of effects different lenses have; but yes, it sounds like telephotography. Does real telephotography produce the same kind of effect?

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