Believe It Or Not, These Stunning Second Life Landscapes Are 100% Photoshop-Free
Understanding color, lighting, depth, and most of all composition in photography (be it virtual or real) isn't something everyone is able to do innately, but it can also be pretty easy to take for granted. That is, until you see all those things employed so masterfully that they put anything you've done (and usually fudged with editing tools like Photoshop) to shame.
That's the experience of going through Loverdag's Flickr gallery, in a nutshell.
Color me impressed, because apparently even the most jaw-dropping pieces in this collection of SL snapshots are entirely un-Photoshopped. Loverdag makes heavy use of grapics features and tools withing Second Life, namely depth of field and the Chouchou cinematic HUD, to get the desired effects. Even so, talent is no small part of the equation, especially when these shots aren't even being cropped outside of SL; every pixel has to be perfectly placed, with no margin for error.
For my part, I'm not sure I have the stomach to be that exacting with SL or RL photography, but I'm sure glad Loverdag does.
(Hat tip to Anya Ohmai for pointing Loverdag's work out)
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