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Yeah, I honestly promise, I won’t run off with one of the prizes in this Koinup Photography Contest, as I’m on jury duty. And I’m in one hell of a company: Pastrami Linden - one of the original WindLight developers and currently Windlight Team Manager - and Torley Linden - the WindLight uber-fan and well known guru of Second Life Arts and Aesthetics.
So show us your best WindLight settings! Did you know WindLight can not just do great scenery but also give your virtual photographs an incredible sense of depth? If you shoot at early morning, or just before sunset, the ’sun’ is low, which means you get great shadings on your avatar, what gets rid of the ‘flat’ overall lightning (diffuse) we had before WindLight. Personally, when shooting in evening light, I like to tone down the redness a bit - or boost the blue. But of course, that’s personal preference. ;)
Rules are simple:
- In order to take part in this contest, you must have an account on Koinup. Registration is free and takes only a few seconds.
- All the submissions in the contest must be tagged with this tag: windlightcontest (copy this tag and paste it in your entries)
- Submissions can’t be photos already hosted on Koinup. So please, publish new works!
- Each participant can submit only two photos. But pay attention to this: If you enter two submissions, use two different WindLight settings and shoot them in two different regions. (Note from Vint: If we need to play ’search for the two differences’ on your submissions, you did not follow this rule correctly! ;))
- Some kind of post-processing is allowed, but remember: the contest is about WindLight. Excessive post-editing with psp (and other photo-editor) won’t be appreciated.
- Photos have to remain on Koinup after the end of the contest. Obviously you are free to share them also on other websites!
- Entering the contest implies the acceptance of these rules.
Here you go if you want to re-read the rules, or get a Koinup account. And take a look at your competition here.
Not a photographer, but still want to create and/or win something? I’m still offering a 10k L$ bounty for best trademark parody. You may photograph, build, sing, do acrobatics… whatever. As long as it’s original and close to hilarious! ;) Oh, and the Greenie Postcard contest deadline is postponed until the 27th of April, because the Surfline ft. SLSA Surfing event got postponed too. Happy contesting to all! :p
I’m not on strike. Neither am I going to join in. I believe in making noise, and screaming out discontent. I believe in ignoring Linden’s trademark policy until they stop ignoring us and our petitions for more clarity on the matter. Real Life Gods gave mankind fire and let them keep it. Linden Gods gave the SL Bloggers and Content Creators restricted use of their logo and brand name - While you are in full compliance with the usage guidelines described here, you may use the “Second Life” name on your website, as well as the related logos and graphics available at Toolkit, solely in the form described there. Additionally, you may use screenshots from Second Life to the extent that Linden Lab has the right to authorize use of the content within such screenshot, including screenshots of Linden in-world objects and Linden avatars, subject to these usage guidelines. - and took it away again (while in the mean time not caring much about our IP rights). I’m tempted to change religion.
So what do we do if we do not go on strike?
Nope! my Second Motto is ‘always look on the bright side of - virtual - life’. When I combine that with ‘making noise’ I get… Trademark Parody Contest!
LL Trademark Parody Contest?
A LL Trademark Parody Contest isn’t that complicated. It simply means that:
- You take any of the following Linden Trademarks: Eye-in-Hand logo®, Hexagon logo™, inSL Cube logo™, Linden™, Linden Lab®, Linden Lab Hexagon logo™, LindeX™, Second Life®, Second Life Eye-in-Hand logo®, Second Life Grid™, Second Life Grid logo™, SL™, SL Grid™, SLurl™, Teen Second Life™, Teen Second Life Eye-in-Hand logo™, TSL™, WindLight®, Your World. Your Imagination.™ (Full list and explanation of the terminology here.) and…
- using photoshop, in-world building, music, clothing, body language, a poem, RL photographs, your mom, World of Warcraft, machinima, a pile of avatars, crayons, MSpaint, … you make a funny and original parody on the trademark you have chosen in step 1. Mind you, I said humorous and original parody! That does not mean glueing the trademark in question on a goatse photograph!
- Then you submit a link to, a photograph of, a sound file, a video, a description of, … your parody here in the comments before Wednesday the 23th of April midnight SLT.
- The one I like best will receive 10 000 L$ cash. (It’s my money, so I get to pick. ;)) (Clarification: Of course the parody does not get the money, but the person or team that created it. Duh!)
- The sole restriction is that all entries - regardless if you win or not - should be released under a CC attribution non-commercial license, on the web or in-world. Of course, anything ‘more open’ (CC attribution, released into public domain, …) goes too.
Let’s get those creative minds to work, and show Linden exactly why they don’t want to chase us away. We’re amazingly good at creating content for their Second Life®. ;)
(On a side note: 27left to go)
Always wanted your photograph on display on the Greenies fridge?
The Flickr group Greenies Holiday Photographs is created especially for the gathering of entries for the Greenies Postcard Contest.
There are 3 themes, and you can submit a max of 3 photographs/theme:
- Best Postcard (tag: “surfline_postcard”)
- Best Holiday Photo (tag: “surfline_holiday”)
- Best Action/Sports photo (tag: “surfline_sports”)
For an entry to be valid, the photograph must be taken at one of the Rezzable Surfline sims and must contain at least one Greenie.
The best entry in each category (as decided upon by Nock Forager, Nobody Fugazi and Vint Falken) shall receive 5000L$. The winning photographs will be put up on the Greenie fridge for a month with a note saying who created them. Rezzable is allowed to use the three winners for promotional purposes when attribution is given.
The contest starts *now* and ends on the 15th of April. The winners will be notified before the 22th using Flickr mail and in-world IM.
What hangs on the fridge now? Of course, these do not enter the contest. I’m sure you can do better anyway!
Imagine the sound that 20k L$ added to your in-world balance make… no sound? Uh? Ah well, there is one in my head. It’s a nice one, a tinkling, lovely sound, that whispers ‘clothes, guns, maybe some shoes, …’. Sadly enough I had to tell it to shut up by firmly saying ‘rent, tipping dj’s, even more rent’. But I quickly felt guilty, adding to that ‘ … and maybe some glowing pink neko ears and tail’. ;)
Assuming you all want to know where I got that 20000 L$: I was one of the two jury-picked winners for Koinup’s exotic contest. I
own owe Shockwave some great thanks for giving me the Squid-o-gram as a Valentine’s gift, else I would have never made the winning photograph. And Sofia London for the dress!
Some great eye candy amongst the honourable mentions too, as there are Darkness by Annisha and Collin Savon’s Restroom Redemption (which you will need to look at over on Flickr).
Overly excited, I decided to throw a ‘Vint in Pink week’ fashion event, to celebrate both my winning and the acquisition of new ears and tails. I took over the runway at Rezzable’s Carnival of Doom and gave the best of my - pinkish - self in an outstanding modelling performance.
Sadly enough, I forgot about promo, so the amount of avatars that showed up to watch me model my highly fashionable outfit was … euhm… rather low and disappointing. Pffff… ;)
But I did find out the easy cheating trick to prevent models from falling off stage. *grins*
From 07 February to 30 March at midnight, the residents of Second life can participate in an appeal for creative work by filling in the participation form and entering their creations on the site www.dr-muglerstein.com/exposition with the limit of one participation per artist and per category:
- Machinima (Video)
- Photos :
- Photo of a fantastic landscape
- Photo: portrait of a mutant avatar
- Photomontage ”art of metamorphosis”
The artists can send their photos as “post cards” directly from Second life but digital retouching and photomontage are also permitted …be daring and extravagant!
No submissions of photos and/or videos will be accepted after 30 March 2008 at midnight C.E.T. To be valid, the photos and/or videos must imperatively depict the Dr Muglerstein’s Island, or part of the island.
A jury made up of image and Second life professionals, presided by the creator Thierry Mugler, will select the best works submitted for the purposes of an exhibition.
The winner of the MACHINIMA (Video) category will received a modelled 3D reproduction of their Second life avatar, made by the company ART TOY (measuring about 20 cm tall), of an approximate value of 1,000 euros.
The 3 winners of the PHOTO category will receive a “large format” reproduction of their photo of an approximate value of 150 euros.
Ow, and your work will be showed at a gallery in Paris.
Do read the contest rules though, if you participate you allow them to use your photograph for promotional and other purposes relating Dr. Muglersteins’s island, even if you do not win anything. Attribution not even obliged.
PS. Press ‘English’ version on the website, if you do not speak French. ;)
February 18, 2008 11:30 pm
Here goes my first entry for the Koinup ‘Exotic’ contest. It’s what I like to call an ameliorated, better shaded and thought of version from one of the Squid series. I figured exotic did not need to be oriental, belly dancers or naked ladies with sunsets. Exotic is everything we can do in Second Life that we can’t even dream of happening in First Life. Well, or things that we would do everything for to prevent it happening in First Life. *images squid taste* Yaakes!
Anyway, I would be much obliged if you would take a look at it in it’s full splendour, leave a comment - or two - or if you add it to your Koinup favourites. Photo-whoring? Me? Nah… ;) And if you have a photograph in the contest too, let me know, I’ll return the favour.
I know it lays in their nature to be a bit mischievous. I know they are experts at travelling between realities. Yet, sometimes they take me by surprise, and scare the living hell and all galaxies out of me!
Take for instance early this morning, I was quietly watching the shopping channel with the human - yeah, we really do need a 4th kitchen robot, an air cleaner and some fitness stuff - when all of the sudden… *poof*.. the screen went static and then a Greenie appeared. At first we thought they wanted to sell my human their new product for doing the dishes, but really, calling MARS-00156-6578bleep59 seemed a bit to expensive to us.
But then he said the cleaning product was just a joke - aren’t they cute? *grmbls* and what he really wanted to do is to invite me for their upcoming mixed media event. They claim to have found a way to get photographs via e-mail (be it from a mobile phone or from PC) on Flickr and their in-world TV. I’m not sure what to believe. They do tend do be good at cross-reality stuff, but still…
They said I should come and see for myself. The Greenies are organising a TV Pyjama Party with a 2000 L$ photo contest to demonstrate. It will take place in their living room, and snacks I should bring myself. Now the snacks isn’t a problem, but I don’t have any pyjama’s! Can somebody bring me a pyjama to the Greenies sim on Tuesday February 19th somewhere between 2AM and 6AM SLT? I’d be greatly obliged!
PS. The human wants to take us to the doctor because I am hearing extraterrestrial voices and suffer from hallucinations. But see, I have photographic proof! :(
February 15, 2008 12:39 am
Update: I submitted my first entry. I would be much obliged if you would take a look at it in it’s full splendour, leave a comment - or two - or if you add it to your Koinup favourites. Photo-whoring? Me? Nah… ;) And if you have a photograph in the contest too, let me know, I’ll return the favour.
Use Second Life photography - or snapshotting, if you really must - to show what is the most ‘exotic’ thing of your Second Life and get L$ 20,000. Not that hard, you say? Well, you first need to convince the jury - notorious SL blogger/journalist Hamlet Au, Mario Gerosa and the Koinup Community that yours is with the three best submissions.
C’mon, everything is Second Life is different from that sphere our humans reside, so this can not be to difficult? Just find the thing that’s most exotic to you: be it prim breasts, a baby furry or having texture teeth and still having to brush them. Just don’t go with a silly picture with a obviously non-exotic belly dancer and palm trees, will you? ;)
If you’re all new to the SL photography stuff, use the ’snapshot’ function and read up on my tutorials on how to actually use this. If you’re not familiar with photoshop or the gimp, you might consider reading up on how to prevent objects you do not own from appearing in the snapshot.
How to get your 20k L$:
- Submissions will be taken from February 14 till March 6.
- Submissions must be uploaded to Koinup. Register here. (*coughs* Can I have an affliate program, please? ;))
- Maximum 2 submissions / avatar participating. (I guess those are avatars, not humans.)
- Add the tag ‘exoticcontest’ to you photographs.
- You may use WindLight and post-process. (I guess the photo editing freaks have a slight advantage here. Although that’s a bit equalled out by WindLight. I’m confusing myself here. Disregard all this.)
- Submissions can’t be photos already hosted on Koinup. (This kinda sucks. I uploaded my best already to Koinup. So no shoe-boxing it is.)
Two of the winning photographs will be chosen by jury duty, one by Koinup’s measuring system for popularity, which is - to me - as obscure* as Flickr’s interestingness. I do assume that the sooner you submit, and the more you ‘network’, the more likely you are to fetch that price.
Good luck to all, may the best win, you can look at your fellow competitors’ works by searching Koinup for the exoticcontest tag.
* not in a bad way. I just didn’t figure it out yet. ;)
February 13, 2008 5:07 pm
Recently I was asked to be a member of the panel of judges for a Miss SL World contest. No problem with that, but I do wondered where we had to judge upon.
Though candidates would be screened on their submission letter telling why they think they deserve the title, having to judge solely on ‘who looks best’ still left a sour taste in my mouth and I answered with an - elaborate - thanks, but no thanks.
Where first life miss contests claim to judge on more then just looks they often do not*. So maybe, being a Virtual - and hopefully better or at least equally shallow world - we should look further than just avatar customisation skills. I wonder, where would you base your vote for Second Life Miss Wold upon?
Here are mine:
Top 5 Voting Criteria for Miss SL
(apart from Avatar Customization)
- Behaviourism or SL Etiquette - Not as complicated as the word lets you think. Does she know what is allowed in a mature or PG sim? What’s ‘push’ and why it’s mostly bad? What’s the best way to befriend someone? Or what do you put in an IM to a person you’ve never spoken to before? What do you think of camping? And those ad farms? Do you answer all IM’s?
- Communication skills - I realise you can’t expect everybody to know two or preferably even more languages, but for a Miss Second Life World I would expect a basic knowledge of English. Yet as we are a mixed community, I would understand for instance that a female avatar that already speaks Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Inuit and some other - for me rather strange - languages, does not speak English much more than ‘thank you’, ‘that’s lovely’ and ‘world peace’. So translators might be needed, it’s SL Miss World, not SL Miss UK-USA-Europe after all.
- A clear opinion about Second Life - We trust our RL Misses with a representational function for our country. It’s the same for an Second Life Miss. I expect her to clearly tell what Second Life is all about, what it’s potentials are and even to be honest about it’s flaws. We’re ‘jack shit’ with a Miss that only knows the best shopping places. Imagine her being interviewed for a RL article: would it be nice if she answers she loves Second Life because clothes are that cheap?
- Basic building and scripting skills - My preferred Miss Second Life would need a basic understanding of how our grid functions. What is a 3D mesh exactly? What’s the best size for a texture in case of building and in case of clothing and why are sizes limited? What’s an inventory ID and how do you make something react when you click on it. What’s the difference between an object set a group and one that isn’t? Really, just show me she has some clue about what kind of world she lives in.
- Follow the Second Life news - Be familiar with all the ‘hot’ Second Life issues: be it new features, new bugs or new uses. She needs to know what Age Verification is about, what the difference between the WindLight and the normal client is, that we’re testing Havok 4 at the moment and that it’s a physics engine, that Linden Lab opened up a European office in the UK. Etc.
I would personally also give bonus points for ‘originality’. A beautiful and interesting neko, furry, vampire, elven, child avatar, or whatever is more likely to get my vote than just a ‘perfect representation of a the average beautiful human’. But I do understand that not everybody agrees with me on this one.
* RL Belgium now has a Miss Belgium that at the moment of her election - although studying Roman languages - did not speak a single word of Flemish/Dutch. She’s learning now, but still, this has lead to a lot of ‘wtf’ and ’see, we should separate from the Wallons’ reactions. The organisation said - although they previously claimed knowing both French and Dutch would be very important - they rather have a language-impaired Miss Belgium than one that is ugly. Really, all the girls in the top 10 are stunningly beautiful. It still confused me why they did not go with one of the other nine.
After a long, friendly chat with CodeBastard Redgrave last night - just disregard the gun I held to her head - I now know 2 things for sure:
- She and Nadine are ‘an item’ for over six months now.
- The winners of the SL Bloggers party photography contest.
Assuming all but me already knew about that relationship, I’ll go directly to announcing the winners of a free year of Flickr Pro, a Machinima Cam and a lifetime supply of free VintLab outfits (mod or copy, to your liking) to those that according to CodeBastard Redgrave and Vint Falken took the best photographs of the SL bloggers party themed ‘Robots’ held at the Code Red Lounge in October 2007:
The one year free Flickr Pro and a big ‘W00t!’ from Codie and I go to Ryker Beck for her photograph Panoramic RedHawtness. We feel Ryker, who is a long time SL photographer and recently started a great blog at Rykerized - check out her tutorials -, deserves first prize because of the original non-standard dimensions of the photograph and delivering a great and interesting ‘overview’ of the SL Blogger’s party. Having such a wide view with the people in the middle gives a feel of coming together, getting to know each other and intimacy. *applauds*
Second prize, a Machinima Cam (and free updates for that one) will find his way to Raul Crimson from A Crimson World. Raul’s Dancing with the Sun has a great composition which clearly displays the party atmosphere and action going on: we’re all young, sexy and a robot! ;) The distort glow effect makes it a shiny pleasure for the eye, and Codie just loved the use of the lens flare. I think it might have been a stronger picture without that, as it sort of diminishes the ‘eye force field’ from Veyron’s cute pixelatd butt to Crap & Codie to Vint & the stranger. But to flare or not to flare, it’s a kick ass picture!
A lifetime supply of VintLab clothing goes to Nadine Nozaki for her excellent Vint & Nadine at the Code Red. The lady from the Winter Market does a great job at displaying with this photograph how I looked at the idea ‘metaverse’ before I ever knew it. Reading William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I imagined untanned, pale humans with implants and androids doing ordinary daily stuff. The paradox of such ‘advanced’ creature playing a classical piano, is just awesome.
*asks for another round of virtual applause for or three winners and gives all winners 6 kisses: 3 from her and 3 on behalf of Codie*
Something rather stupid that ‘ruled out’ a lot of photographs - and made our task of picking the winners more easy - was the ‘jagged edges’ or ‘alias’ bug we so often find by Second Life photographs. Probably having a top notch graphics cards may help to prevent this. I don’t know for sure though, as I don’t have that. What does help is in the snapshot window, pumping the resolution up: 1600×1200 I use for normal snapshotting, 3200×2400 if I know I’ll need a huge final result or am planning to seriously crop the picture. And see: jaggy edges are no more! (or at least less ;)