So... I did let my fingers get a little pruny trying out Windlight settings, and I think I've done about as well as I can do for now. I've posted pictures taken from behind before, so we'll skip the break this time.
It's all too easy to forget where we came from. We get used to improvements, impatient, and always look at what we don't have. "Why's mesh taking so long?" and so forth. To remind myself of how far Second Life has come, here's the very first photo I took on the grid, about five and a half years ago:
I was so proud of it... then... and I remember how amazing the sim seemed, with railings and stairs and benches, and a little bar at which you could sit and watch the ship in the distance, and the art exhibit you could walk through.