In SL, it seems we can touch the sky.
While flying about and practicing inworld photography, I stumbled across what many talented photographers already know of and use expertly. No, not photoshop…although that’s another one that I’d like to learn one of these days. I’m talking about that little earth shattering/sky shattering (and apparently clock shattering) tool, the environmental editor.
Here’s a “before” picture, with the environment set at the region default.
Here are a couple of pictures that resulted after moving the sliders around in the environmental editor. You can pop the stars out and cause the moon to traverse the sky. (It’s very cool to do this somewhat rapidly…it’s the same effect as fast-forwarding the sky in a film.) You can even flip the moon and the sun around and spin the world on its head. So to speak.
And then there are several preset options, where the work of manipulating the sky, the clouds, the atmospheric density, the light, and stars has already been done and saved for the choosing…if you should choose not to do that work yourself.