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Black & White

when you look at me

I always struggle with black and white photos so I’m going to try and practice them more often. I feel like in the past I didn’t put enough black into them so I tried to do that more this time but now I think there is too much black lol. I always admire Bear Silvershade‘s black and whites, he does a great job with them.

Maitreya has had a new clothing release made specifically for the Maitreya Lara Mesh body and they have also updated a lot of their older clothing and shoes to fit the Maitreya body. You can see a full list of all the updates in their blog post. The top I’m wearing in this post is fitted mesh and made to fit the body so well. The back is my favorite part of it.

I get a lot of CSR questions on a daily basis from people that are having trouble with appliers and the Maitreya body. Majority of the time these glitches occur because people have worn two appliers at once or on different layers and they are conflicting with each other. There is a free HUD on the marketplace which you can pick up and that will help you remove any and all layers of appliers if you start to see glitching. I hope that helps you out if you have also been struggling with this.


SL Go has added a new payment method if you are interested in signing up, you can now pay with Lindens inworld! If you are not familiar with SL GO, it is a mobile app viewer created and maintained by OnLive (NOT Linden Lab) and it enables you to experience Second Life on your mobile devices. Here is their press release with full details:

You’ve probably heard of SL Go, the viewer that streams Second Life from the cloud in ultra-rich graphics, right to your tablet or low powered computer. You might have wanted to try it, but hate giving out your credit card info and personal information. Well, we now have a great solution for you!

For a limited time, if you sign up for SL Go with a NEW USER account you can buy weekly subscriptions in-world using Linden Dollars (L$). There is a private sign up booth where you can create your free SL Go account, and then pay for subscriptions using L$. Each week is only L$650, and you can buy up to 4 weeks at a time. Also, you can return and renew or extend your subscription in-world at any time.

Sorry, but existing users with monthly subscriptions will need to wait for this feature. It is much more complex to transition an account from US Dollars to Linden Dollars. We will be bringing this feature to you soon.

Paying for SL Go with L$ has been one of the most common requests we have received in our forums and chat rooms. We are very excited to offer this now to new users. We hope this makes it much easier for you to be a part of our growing SL Go community.

Teleport here to Sign Up in-world:

For all those gacha lovers out there, Gacha Minion is giving free Pro Access to users for a month. So if you’d like to trade or sell your extra gacha items, click over and check out how you can sign up for free this month.

The prop I’m using in the second image (which you can’t see that well) is from Exposeur and currently available for only L$100. The prop is like a narrow, dark alley and it comes with 20 single poses. Exposeur also has 6 other items in their marketplace store for only L$1. If you go to their marketplace store and sort by lowest price, you’ll see them pop up.

And finally, three new interesting events starting this weekend to keep you busy!
> Skin Fair – March 13th to 29th
> Consensual – Adult furniture event – March 13th to 27th
> Create your own Tarot – is a series of Second life events exploring one theme of the Major Arcana cards in each month. – March 15th to April 1st

*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Eyelashes: MonCheri “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Olivieri
*Mesh Eyeliner: -Glam Affair- Couture Eyeliner no.03 by Aida Ewing
*Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes by Ikon Innovia
*Hair: .LeLutka.Rebel hair.S by Thora Charron
Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Inermis :: by Leti Hax
*Top: Maitreya Lisbon Top * Black * Lara Mesh Body by Onyx LeShelle
*Pants: Rowne.Chleo Leather Pants – Onyx.S by Fashionboi Landar
*Shoes: {Livalle} Modig -High Strapped Sandals- Noir (Maitreya) by Lindsey Warwick
*Jewels: [MANDALA]Pearl-Rain-Season3(BLACK) by kikunosuke Eel (@ Shiny Shabby)
*Pose+Prop in 2nd picture: Exposeur – Narrow Dark Alley by RubyStarlight Writer


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

7 thoughts on “Black & White

  • Another thing I learned recently from my sister about Maitreya layer glitching is if you look at the Maitreya hud, there is a button under each type of layer called “mask mode” (or something with mask in it). If you click that, it allows for masking of each layer.

    Because the Maitreya body has 3 different “layers” (one for tattoo, one for underwear and one for regular clothing), by hitting mask mode on the outermost layer, it allows for things like your tattoos to be seen (like let’s say you have one that is partially covered by your top without it glitching out.

    It also helps when your favorite mesh hair starts looking transparent in parts over your clothes, exposing your flesh.

    I had no idea and it was pretty cool to learn, so passing it on since I saw you were talking about the glitching thing.

    Side note: Berry, I’ve been a long time follower and fan of this blog. I never thought you struggled with black & whites. It’s good to know that you’re still learning and aren’t always sure…but I can assure you, if you hadn’t have said something…I don’t think we would have known. 😛

  • Oh yes, thank you Kilolo, I can’t believe I forgot to mention the mask mode buttons lol. Those are also very helpful with glitches.

    And yeah, I still have lots to learn about photography and different ways of processing or even shooting. It’s definitely fun to try new and different techniques. I don’t want to get stuck in a rut with similar images over and over again.

  • I’ve never thought you struggled with B&W, either. I’ve always found your B&W and monochrome images pretty interesting, like the great portrait you opened this post with.
    Thanks for the shout out though. It’s nice to hear that someone whose work I admire so much likes mine too. 🙂

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  • valkyrie

    For SLGO, do you have to make a new avatar or can you log in your original one? I’d hate to have to start buying poses and cloths etc. For a new avi….

  • Thank you Bear, that means a lot because I greatly admire your photos. <3

    Valkyrie, When you sign up with SLGO, you get an OnLive account, you login to that and then you get the Second Life screen. At the Second Life screen, you can login to any avatar through OnLive SL GO. I've used SL GO with both my main account as well as my Manberry account.

  • valkyrie

    Oh that makes a big difference. .. that wasn’t clear on all the info I read on their sight..

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