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Flickr Photo Contest at Landscapes Showcase

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For the first time we're organizing a photo contest. The contest takes place at our new showcase region Landscapes Showcase , that we've acquired to demonstrate out latest work to you. You can find more information about the contest in our contest Flickr group (please read Group Description carefully). Total prize money is L$ 120,000, of which L$ 80,000 are granted by a jury and L$ 40,000 by popularity, based on the number of faves on Flickr. The contest ends on May 31, 2021.  Please also follow Sominel Edelman on Flickr for previews of new landscape items. Good luck on the contest, we look forward to seeing your work!

Landscapes Showcase: a new homestead to show you our latest work

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On our new region Landscapes Showcase  you can now see our latest work. Right now, it is dedicated to the release of the Alpine Ridge Mega Surround, the first in a new series of landscapes. Isha (Sablina Resident) made an amazing hilltop village, called La Vallée, in the center of the alpine valley. The village is past its glory days, but the tiny train station is still functional and the few houses are occupied, even though the pathways are slowly overgrowing with wildflowers and bushes. Numerous pets and some wildlife roam around, some deer come down from the mountains to graze the green meadows. There are so many spots to simply sit and enjoy, to wind down form a busy day and talk to a good friend... You're welcome to spend as much time as you want there. You will probably find La Vallée in a Spring daytime EEP setting, but don't be surprised if someday soon the stars and planets will come out, and the snowy mountain tops will shine brightly in the silvery moonlight... Flic

Introducing Mega Surrounds

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I've always wondered if I could somehow make my landscapes bigger, so they would offer a more immersive experience. Over the last year I've been experimenting with some really huge 2x2x2 km mega prims. The problem that I encountered, though, was that close to the sim the resolution of both the textures and the landscape shape was too low. To deal with that, I started to use the 2 km mega prims for the outer ring and the "ordinary" 1 km mega prims for the inner ring. After making them seamlessly fit together, this resulted in my new Mega Surrounds. Incorporating the 2 km mega prims has several advantages. Mountain tops can be further away, and because of that they can be much higher, even without unnaturally steep slopes. This also gives room for a an inner ring with gentle slopes, rising to the foot of the mountains in the distance. The trees can be a bit further away (they look better that way), and it also makes it possible to create more open space in the middle fo

New release: Starry Night star system

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Don't you miss the incredibly beautiful starry skies we can see from Earth in the darkerst places, with the Milky Way in all its stunning beauty? Don't you have memories, like I do, of one of those special evenings on vacation, or at home in the countryside, gazing at the stars, at the little moving dots of satellites, Venus brightly setting in the West, that sudden shooting star? This new Starry Night system might bring back those memories, or help you create new ones with your loved ones in Second Life... The Starry Night star system is a huge off-sim item that spans 1.6 km. You can use it on island regions (single region or 2-4 connected regions) as an enhancement of the sunset, night and sunrise sky. Please do not use the system (or the demo) if you are not the manager or owner of  A remote control allows you to change all kinds of setttings: rotation speed, brightness, glow, moon phase, position on Earth (lattitude, because the sky looks totally different depending on how

A tropical edition of the Mirror Box

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We've just released a new edition of the Mirror Box. It's completely tropical, with the illusion of reflecting emerald water. It has eight skies to choose from, and is accompanied by mesh islands and beaches, palm trees, some rocks, a wind turbine ad some buoys. These objects were designed to enhance the mirror effect of the Tropical box. Like the first edition of the Mirror Box, this edition comes in 10 sizes between 32x32 m (for 1024 m2 premium parcels) and 1x1 km, for complete island regions. You can get free demos and the real version here. When you arrive, you will see a setup with the 256x256 m mirror box. This new edition is not an update to the previous Mirror Box.

Introducing: Off-sim Clouds

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Today I've released off-sim clouds in Second Life. These are the first ones that are actually very far away from the sim. They go behind each and every existing sim surrounding landscape, as you would expect in real life. By using a menu, that you get by touching a remote control, you can select out of 12 cloud types and layouts. You can change their appearence (glow, fullbright) and speed of movement. Yes, they move around the sim slowly (or more quickly), so that you will always have a different view when you arrive at your place. You can allow group members to change the appearence of the clouds as well. The clouds all have normal maps (materials), which means they will appear to be 3D when you have Advanced Lighting switched on in the Graphics settings of your viewer. Their land impact is only 4. They move into place by themselves (you can lift or lower if you're not pleased with their position), and you can use them both at ground level and around sky bu

Introducing: The Backdrop Box

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After releasing the Mirror Box , some people asked me to remove the water and lower part of the box, because they only wanted to surround an existing build with a sky. This is what the Backdrop Box is: it is only the sky part of the Mirror Box. It has the exact same scenes as the Mirror Box, it comes in the same sizes (except the height is halved) and it uses the same remote control. The Backdrop Box can perfectly be used in combination with the version 6 Sky Landscapes . A small sky landscape can be surrounded by the 125x125 m box, the medium one by a 250x250 m box and the large one by the 1024x1024 box. Backdrop box combined with HIGHLANDS COAST Skybox Environment [6.1] The scenes of the Backdrop Box were made by using these version 6 sky landscapes, so their look and feel will match very well. All you have to do is look for some nice environment settings! For now, the Backdrop Box is only available in my inworld store .