Category Archives: It’s Only Art

Second Life Photos: What I Like #10

Out on the edge .. ♪ ♫

Out on the Edge by Isabella.N.

I like Out on the Edge by Isabella.N. even though it gives me an uncomfortable reminder of when I fell off a cliff overlooking the Missouri River. Lucky for me, the face was perpendicular so I bounced a few times on the way down, slowing the momentum. Bad memories aside, this photo evokes other emotions as well, the exhilaration of challenging yourself, of being ahead and apart from the madding crowd, of being out on the edge. It is also a beautiful example of the Golden Ratio at work.

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I’m Sorry by Marion Beresford

I like I’m Sorry by Marion Beresford. I like the bright light and the subsequent contrast between the brightness of the right that blows out the background and the shadow on the right that her hair fades into. However what I like most of all is the emotions projected by her eyes, the tilt of her head, the furrowed brows. I like this avatar’s face. Continue reading

What I Like #9

2017.0404 by Irukia Levee

2017.0404 by Irukia Levee

I like 2017.0404 by Iruki Levee. Her control of color caught my eye first.  There is the desaturated skin and background in shades of gray that make the bold reds, yellows, and blues pop. Then there is the beautiful free-form setting as though she is resting in a cloud, though clouds don’t show shadows (I’ve tried.) Then, the composition fully embraces the Fibonacci Spiral. It all comes together in an amazingly powerful photo.
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What I Like #8

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Wandering World 484 by Nekonuko.

I like Wandering World 484 by Nekonuko. The bottom of the windows fall exactly 2/5ths from the bottom, but the real magic in this picture is its impressionist painterly feeling created with an overlay that adds texture as well as making the lighting more complex and richer. The color story is beautiful, too, with the yellows to balance the blues.

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Untitled by Kiiko.

I like Untitled by Kiiko. I love the interplay of shadow and light. The Rules of Thirds is used in bounding the dark right edge and the placement of the subject. The green and red are complementary colors. It’s well-composed in framing, color, and lighting.
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What I Like #7

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Earth by Kate Bergdorf

I like Earth by Kate Bergdorf. I love the lighting, even though the sun is not directly visible, we can feel its heat and brilliance in the way it sets the grass alight. I have mentioned before that we unconsciously look for and identify geometric shapes. This beautiful landscape is filled with geometry and that gives it balance and makes our lizard brains happy. Whether Kate Bergdorf deliberately set out to capture all these shapes or whether her innate instinctual search for patterns guided her lens, I do not know. It still works.
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What I Like #6

Turn the page

Turn the Page by Nevereux

I like Turn the Page by Nevereux. Page-turning is common enough that there are dozens of “Page Curl Effect” tutorials on the internet. What I like about this is the idea of turning from black and white to color and even more the use of a person to turn the page. The pose is active and dynamic, as though there was effort involved in turn the page. This was a great concept and brilliantly executed.  Continue reading

What I Like #5

[sYs] PAULINE dress

Pauline Dress by [sYs[ Design

I love this picture from [sYs] Design. Yes, it’s a commercial photo, but that does not keep it from being a marvelous composition. It’s not just that the subject’s perfect placement following the Golden Ratio, but also the use of angles and curves. The curves of the hem, the sleeve caps, and the waist are echoed in her hair and the grass and tree. Her pose gives us angles at her hip and her elbow that juxtapose the angles of the collar and the juncture of the two hills. It is a beautiful composition while keeping it simple so that the focus is on the dress features.
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What I Like #4

Berg

Berg by Skinny Nilla

I love the atmospheric noir sensibility in Skinny Nilla’s Berg photo. There is the dynamic created by the two people looking away from each other, It feels deliberate, not like two strangers passing on the street. Continue reading