A Goodnight dream

Goodnight Photography, Berlengas; Inara Pey, May 2014, on FlickrGoodnight Photography, Berlengas (Flickr – click any image for full size)

Jeff Goodnight is an SL photographer who has a well-deserved reputation for taking some incredible pictures in SL, as both his blog and his Flickr stream reflect.  So when I discovered he’s completed his own region and was inviting people to visit, I knew I had to hop over and take a look.

Jeff describes Goodnight Photography as a, “labour of love and has been 5 weeks in the making.  After a couple of starts and restarts, I finally decided on the look I was going for and this is the result.  I wanted a tropical sim but I also wanted to infuse some color and warmth into it as well and this is what I eventually ended up with.” It’s fair to say that he’s achieved all that and more.

Goodnight Photography, Berlengas; Inara Pey, May 2014, on FlickrGoodnight Photography, Berlengas (Flickr)

On arrival one is presented with a tropical paradise, a beautiful island within a small archipelago, on which he’s built a stone house, its colour blending perfectly with a setting  which offers some wonderful opportunities for photography.

Given the surrounding islands, it is easy to imagine the island sitting within the caldera of some long-submerged volcano, perhaps amidst the Indonesian or Philippines islands. Indeed, looking out at the peaks surrounding the place, vents from the old volcano would still appear to be somewhat active!

Goodnight Photography, Berlengas; Inara Pey, May 2014, on FlickrGoodnight Photography, Berlengas (Flickr)

The design here is that of elegant simplicity, suggestive of an island which has been “tamed” just enough to provide a comfortable home, but which has not been unduly spoiled in doing so.  There are trails, low-lying beaches, high cliffs, grassy meadows where horses roam, places to lie in the sun or the shade, boats anchored just offshore, streams cutting through the rocks and around the house, rich colour and opportunities galore for photography. So much so, that it’s hard to point to a single aspect of the island as particularly photogenic – everything works so perfectly.

Goodnight Photography, Berlengas; Inara Pey, May 2014, on FlickrGoodnight Photography, Berlengas (Flickr)

On the subject of photography, Jeff has this to say about the island:

Not only do I want people to visit, enjoy, and photograph it, but I also want to use this as my launch into avatar photography.  Besides the setting on the ground, I have other photographic items set up to accommodate many requests.  If you would be interested in having your pictures done, either for profile pics or something more personal, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I would be more than happy to discuss them with you.

In the case of the former – people taking their own photos, rezzing is allowed on the island; just do please remember to clear-up again should you choose to put out a prop or two. In the case of the latter, should you have something in mind photo-wise, be it individual portraiture, group shots or something else, please do give Jeff a call in-world. If he’s not on-lin when you do, he’ll certainly get back to you.

Goodnight Photography, Berlengas; Inara Pey, May 2014, on FlickrGoodnight Photography, Berlengas (Flickr)

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SL11B Community Celebration: of applications and a note to exhibitors

There are just six days to go before applications to be a part of the SL11B Community Celebrations close at midday SLT, Tuesday May 20th.

The organising team have been thrilled with the response so far, but are urging anyone wishing to take part in this year’s celebrations, and who has not already submitted an application to do so sooner rather than later. After all, you don’t want to go and put it off until tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow – and suddenly find it’s the 21st!

the application forms only take a couple of minutes to fill-out, and you can find them as follows:

  • Performers (for any of the event’s main stages) should apply here
  • Speakers and performance artists wishing to use the auditorium should apply here
  • Volunteers ready, will and able to help keep SL11BCC ticking along should apply here (training will be given!)
  • Exhibitors seeking a parcel of land on one of the 11 regions should apply here.

An Important Note to Exhibitors

All exhibition space applications must conform to the SLB Exhibitor Policies, which should be read prior to submitting an application, as they do contain important information.

When completing your Exhibitor Application, please keep foremost in your mind that the SL11B Community Celebration is a non-commercial event intended to showcase the best ideas, creativity, content and craftsmanship that the SL community has to offer. As such, applications which suggest an exhibit is little more than advertising space for a business or an organisation or a group, etc, and lacks any real attempt to fit with the event theme or match its celebratory nature, might be rejected.

What the SL11BCC organisarers are looking for: at SL10BCC the Safe Waters Foundation presented an imaginative exihibit above and below the waves which matched the theme of the event and offered insight into their group without simply being a 3D advert
Any example of what to aim for: at SL10BCC, the Safe Waters Foundation presented an imaginative exhibit above and below the waves which matched the theme of the event and offered insight into their group without simply being a 3D advert

This does not mean that if you have a business, or organisation or group you cannot apply for exhibitor space. Rather it means that:

  • You can apply, and use your brand name, etc., so long as there is more to your exhibit than just your brand name
  • You can give out gifts, landmarks, information and have group subscribers within your exhibit again, as long as there are not just what you exhibit has alongside your brand name
  • You can integrate your brand or product(s) into a build, so long as the build is focused on the SL11BCC theme or celebrating SL 11th anniversary, and not solely about product promotion. Think of things that make people engage and not just look – interactive pieces, games, puzzles, exhibits which tell a story, etc.
  • You cannot sell goods or services or use your exhibit space simply as a product catalogue showing off your goods or services.

To help understand what might or might not be acceptable with exhibitor applications, a short video has been produced, which underlines the above points and provides some examples of things you might want to consider when applying.

If you have already applied for exhibitor space, but feel your application may not meet the criteria the organisers are seeking, you can reapply. Just make sure your new application is entered before the closing deadline of midday SLT, Tuesday May 20th.

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