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Images On Your Screen Are Not As They Appear

Filed under: Games,Second Life — folkcat at 4:59 pm on Friday, September 21, 2007

Cameras Lie About Color

You know, this desert-themed entrelac has been a pain to photograph from day one. It wasn’t so bad when it was simply the blue yarn and it photographed overly intense. But then I started into the yellow, which always came out so red that it looked like vivid orange. And now that I’ve got actual rusty red yarn in there, I can’t get anything but a muddy looking brown from that!

I’ve tried tweaking the photos in PhotoPaint, even, and can’t seem to get the colors to balance correctly. The best I can do is this:

WIP Christmas 2007 - desert-themed bag, 5th tier

So it takes a lot of imagination to look at this photo and see what it really looks like in real life. The blue isn’t quite that intense; the yellow is more golden than orange; the rusty red is redder; and the brown I’m currently knitting with is more red as well.

As you can see, I’m making somewhat better progress than I had been. Now that I’ve got a chart, it’s a quick matter to whip out a few squares here and there.

Yes, That’s Me

Probably and Arondelle Dancing

I’m the one with the purple hair, my friend Arondelle is the blonde on the right. Last night we went to a live concert in Second Life, and hung out dancing to the music for a while.

My avatar doesn’t look a thing like me, as much as I wanted her to. It’s hard to make an overweight female in SL that doesn’t look like Frankenstein parts glued together. Since I can’t look just like me, we’re going for a fantasy life here. Which is, I suppose, the whole point of SL anyhow, right?

Now that the weekend is here, I imagine I’ll be online a fair bit. I think I may create a second avatar as well – Probably Perhaps was created nearly two years ago, after all, when I had no clue what I was doing and no one to guide me as I do now. A second avatar will give me a chance to make a better start.

If you’re in Second Life, Probably will still be around, so feel free to IM her or offer friendship. And I’ll let you know who I am in the new avatar, too, once she’s created.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Comment by Carol

September 21, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

Purple hair rawks!

Comment by sarebear

September 22, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

Taking photos in red rocks desert areas can be challenging too, at least color-wise (digitally, at least). A trick I learned is to aim at the sky and push halfway down on the shutter, then bring back to the landscape shot one is going for, and that helped quite a bit.

Of course, the subject of your photos is quite a bit smaller, and closer (so focus is more of an issue), but in case there was anything in this that could help, I mention it.

It is hard to capture this sort of thing, though. I can tell it’s gonna be gorgeous! It “rocks”, hee hee!

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

September 24, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

Heh! I have a ‘realistic’ SL avatar — that is, it looks like me enough that my friends say I’m recognizable, but it definitely is a few pounds thinner. Still on the chubby side, because I find it entertaining to watch people’s reactions to a plump avatar. Plus I have bags under my eyes, just like in RL! 😉

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