Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Nobody knows what waits for the dead
Some folks just believe in the things they’ve heard and the things they read
Nobody knows what awaits for the dead
Bradley Cooper, ♫Maybe It’s Time♫
When it comes to an event like Pose Fair I find that it allows for you to essentially take photos of all sorts of scenarios or find a way to be anything or anyone you want. Whether it be a wizard, a warrior, a gymnast or even in my case for this post: a cowboy. Very rarely have I done shots like this because I’m from the city so I don’t really have the mentality it would take to be a cowboy. It doesn’t mean I dislike them (because I totally think anyone who is a cowboy is alright with me).
CuCa Designs has a great pose set for men for this round and is appropriately called “Going Country”. It comes with the black Stetson hat that you see in the shot along with mirrored versions of each pose. Want to take things a step further? At the booth there is also a backdrop called “Hickory Barn” that you can give your photo an authentic country feel.
Pose Fair just opened a few days ago so if you happen to try to go and the region is full? Don’t give up because a lot of photography treasures await you. There’s plenty of time to get to the event so don’t stress out.
BACKDROP: CuCa Designs – Hickory Barn @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
POSE: CuCa Designs – Gone Country (Male) @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
It’s the end of the summer
It’s the end of it all
Those days are gone its over now were moving on
It’s the end of the summer
But we’ll see it all again
So hold on to this moment till then
It’s the end of the summer
Theory Of A Deadman, ♫End Of The Summer♫
Later today begins a brand new round of Pose Fair. I made mention of it in two of my previous posts to not only get myself even more hyped up about it but also get anyone who checks out this blog out hyped as well. When I did the “A Day Without Poses” post it truly made me realize how fortunate we are to have creators and events like this to help make our photos more meaningful. We’d be stiff as boards and there would be no emotion or feeling that could be attached to them.
Summer is coming to a close soon so I wanted to make sure that I got at least one more beach shot if I could manage it and found the perfect clothing to make it all work. Lapointe & Bastchild has the “Jett” Tank and Board Shorts at the recently opened September round of TMD. There are a lots of combinations and it took me a while to find the right combination but I like how everything turned out.
I’m throwing caution
What’s it gonna be?
Tonight the winds of change are coming over me
If I don’t get out
Out of this town
I just might be the one
Who finally burns it down
The Killers, ♫Caution♫
Pose Fair begins in just over a day and I’m looking really forward to getting into a lot of the great items that this round has to offer. Not only am I featuring the “Breathing Pack Orion” by Beras from the event that begins on the 7th, but I’m also wearing the brand new “Alessio Suit Blazer” by Cold-Ash which has just dropped at the Anthem event that began just a few short days ago. If you already have the trousers of the same name then all you have to do is pick up either the open shirt style or the button up with tie style. If you feel ambitious then go with both because both of them are really sick. I felt like using the open version would go along with what’s going on in the background. Turning up the heat if you will.
Lock&Tuft also shows up in this entry with the new “CHAMPION” hair which can be found right now at The Warehouse event. For anyone that ever wanted a mullet style on the grid now you can get it. Business in the front and party in the back as they say! The style I pulled off for this pic was immensely satisfying. Keep an eye out for more featured items from the September round of Pose Fair.
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling
Listen to reason, season is calling
The September Round of Pose Fair is fast approaching and one of the things that they’ve encouraged us to do is a challenge where we take a photo without the use of a pose and relied on just background and clothing. I can already tell you that without the use of poses or animation overriders, the grid would be an awfully boring place with everyone wandering around aimlessly like robots. So my advice to you is if you happen to run into a pose creator take the time to offer them some kind words and possibly even thank them for what they do.
Without them we’d all just kind of look like goofs. As you can see with my secondary shot below, there’s a lot more going on then because of the appearance of movement. So here’s to you pose creators and animators, you sincerely have my adoration!
In a world full of hate, be a light
When you do somebody wrong, make it right
Don’t hide in the dark, you were born to shine
In a world full of hate, be a light
Thomas Rhett, ♫Be A Light♫
The past 6 months have been pretty crazy to say the least. The world has been going through a lot and I’m fairly certain that no one needs a recap. I haven’t been as creative as I once was and that’s just kind of the road that I’m on right now when it comes to blogging and creating art in Second Life. Now and again I’ll hear a song that I want to share and create a picture with and this post is a great example of that. Thomas Rhett’s “Be A Light” is a prime example of something good in this world that we all need right now. As always I embed the video for the songs I choose in my posts so if you’d kindly check it out when you get to that part of the blog or even skip to it right way, that would be something I sincerely appreciate.
The way I lay out my blogs now is a lot different then how I used to do them. I think for time and just wanting to get things out quicker that the way I have been doing them suits me just fine. I am still happy to be a part of some great blogger teams and I try to do them proud as I work to get back to a better routine where my head sparks more creativity. They’ve been awesome to me and I thank them for that more than words can even express.
One of the latest releases from lock&tuft is the “Rhett” hair and the name alone is what inspired me to use the song that I chose as the theme for this blog entry. Not just because it is a good song (which it is in my estimation). The hair has 32 colors to choose from and also includes a Bakes On Mesh hairbase to go along with it. It has been created with LeLUTKA Evo head owners in mind but I managed to make it work with the CATWA Stanley head so it should work with most heads with some slight adjustments.
Session Skins latest male release “Cooper” is in their brand new store for all of you guys to try. Intended for use with the CATWA Stanley head (may work well with other CATWA heads but that would be require some experimentation). The package comes with appliers for the skin as well as Bakes On Mesh head layers in several options. The options are Brow, Hair, Hair No Brow and No Brow. I’m wearing Tone 02 but it is also available in Tone 03 as well if you prefer a little darker (tanned) skin.
In a race that you can’t win, slow it down
Yeah, you only get one go around
‘Cause the finish line is six feet in the ground
In a race you can’t win, just slow it down
A 100 bad days made
A 100 good stories
A 100 good stories make me
Interesting at parties
AJR, ♫100 Bad Days♫
Even after Pose Fair and Skin Fair end (there are only a few days left for each through the end of today) I will still have a lot of material to work with for posts in the foreseeable future. There’s just so much to dive into that it can easily make your head spin. Looking from the viewpoint of a consumer going to these two particular events (or any events really) it makes me think of the gif (or meme) where Fry has a handful of cash and the caption says “Shut up and take my money!” That’s what comes to mind because there are so many wonderful things to explore not just for the bloggers or Second Life photographers but also just every day things (such as building a new look for your avatar).
Boo’d Up has several different pose offerings for Pose Fair but I took a liking to the Aesthete pose pack. It contains five different bento static poses (which this cross-legged one is by far my favorite). Inside the pack there is also single poseballs for each pose if you choose not to use it in your own stand or you have rezz rights to the location you are taking photos at.
I’ve been wearing a lot of short hair styles in pictures lately so I thought it might be time to switch it up. Lock&Tuft released the “Ackerman” hair a while back but I finally found a way to put it to use in a look. This style also comes with a hat (the name of the type escapes me as I’m writing this) which you can wear as part of the hair or solo without the hair if desired. There is a HUD to accompany the hat with 6 different texture styles and the HUD for the hair itself boasts 66 different colors (from solids to hombres).
For my skin I am wearing the Richard skin from Lure. It’s made for CATWA brand heads and is suggested to be worn with Victor for the best look. Bakes On Mesh layers as well as an applier HUD are the ways you can wear this but keep in mind that the body appliers/BOM layers are sold separately. When I first put this on I felt like the face reminded me of someone. Perhaps a video game character at first but then I started to think about it more and thought it reminded me more of the vocalist from Shinedown, Brent Smith. The face has very distinguishing features and has a more mature look which those who are fans of this type will really clamor for it.
It also felt appropriate that I used the Vice X #Adored Sleep Depo Shadows. They give a great example of a tired look which seems fitting for the look of the skin that I have on too. This set of 9 color variants (in two styles) are Bakes On Mesh layers only and optimized for CATWA branded heads. It’s possible that they may work with other BOM capable heads but I haven’t tried them so it would be something to try at your own risk.
When all is going wrong
And you’re scared as hell
Watcha gonna do
Who you gonna tell
Oh, this guilt is a heavy cross
There is blood on the path I walk
And each step I take is haunting me
Personally I have never been one to have an overly muscular avatar either in my every day interactions or for photos but I thought I would give it a try. Tellaq has been around for almost as long as I can remember so with the name recognition I decided to photograph one of their skins that is an exclusive right now to the Skin Fair. Before I talk about it though I want everyone to keep in mind that it is made for the Actonon Mesh Body 2.0 that can also be purchased at the event.
The “Bitcher” skin by Tellaq is specifically for the CATWA Skell head and Actonon Body. I have a sneaking suspicion that it is a take on the popular video game and now Netflix series “The Witcher”. It only comes in the tone that I’m blogging but the CATWA applier HUD does offer lots of different choices of scars, beard and hairbase styles. It is a detailed skin which would be great for fantasy sim type roleplaying and for those that take a lot of fantasy inspired pics for their blogs or for the fun of it.
Another fun item at the event is the “Cheeky Carving Pack 1” by Rekt Royalty. The best way I can think of to describe it other than by the pictures is that it is a fresh wound that is likely the result of going to a body modification artist and having scarification done. The pack includes BOM layers and an Omega Applier HUD with 6 different designs. I chose to go with the lightning design because it best fit my personality and what I wanted with this look.
Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger.
Fall Out Boy
Baby be the class clown
I’ll be the beauty queen in tears
It’s a new art form showing people how little we care
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah
Lorde, ♫Tennis Court♫
For a time (probably in my teens) I had this thing for Tennis. It was like this fascination I had with it even though it can be really boring for some people to watch. It was something that at least inspired me to get out and get fresh air and get exercise even when I wasn’t completely good at it. I would watch all the Grand Slam events on television and cheer for my favorites like Andre Agassi and jeer my least favorites like Pete Sampras. It was all in part to the influence my brother had on me and the things he liked were kind of an impression on me.
I find it really funny in a way that many years later I am like super excited to see well made tennis poses. OsTentatoN has three tennis themed sets out right now at the Pose Fair that I think for photographers and bloggers will really enjoy creating fun looks and be reminded that warm weather (at least for us in the US) is coming soon.
TennisCouple is a set of poses 4 can be purchased as single packs but there is an advantage of getting the FatPack because it includes one extra pose that you cannot get unless you do. Each set comes with a supplied mesh racket for both men and women (except in the pose I’m using which only the female one is needed). The great thing about it is that it comes with it’s own court backdrop (which is a clay court). It’s really well done and the textures on it are details but if I could have made one suggestion is that the court could have had a texture changer for those who prefer grass or hard courts as well. Clay was never my favorite to watch but it was amusing to see the tennis players white uniforms get destroyed with the orange of the clay that seemed to always get on them.
This set is available right now exclusively at Pose Fairs 10th Anniversary Round and it runs through the end of the month. Take a look at this pack and some of the other fun works by OsTentatioN while you are there!
Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.
POSE: OsTentatioN – TennisCouple @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW
So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”
Cats In The Cradle, ♫Ugly Kid Joe♫
My journey through the Pose Fair has been a fun one so far and we’re almost a full week in with all of the wonderful things you can get at the event. For this post I’ve selected two of the packs from a relatively new (to me) store named Beras. I’ve seen their poses in different weekend sales and things and really liked the looks of them so when the opportunity presented itself to blog them I did. Keep in mind that these poses have breathing animations so they are not 100% static poses. At this time I don’t have the capability to show the breathing part to you but these are not only good for picture taking but you can put them in a standing AO and give off the appearance of being a living, breathing human.
Both the Trevor and Bob Breathing Pose Packs contain 4 poses each (Trevor has an alternate pose in his pack). I really like these poses and sometimes breathing ones are a challenge to capture well but I think in this instance it worked out great.
For one of the looks I am wearing items from Skin Fair but I’m going to go into a more detailed blog for that later on today. There’s a lot of photo taking and writing going on which is definitely keeping me very busy. If some of my entries are a little short it works out for me writing less and for you the reader to read less haha!
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
POSE: Beras – Trevor Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW POSE: Beras – Bob Breathing AO Pose Pack @ Pose Fair ✦ NEW