Madoka Rebellion Story movie: a personal interpretation

This post is very different from the usual content on this blog (it doesn’t even fit into many of the categories), but I felt I needed to write something in response to the third Puella Magi Madoka Movie: The Rebellion Story. Needless to say, this entire post is a spoiler for anyone who has not seen the material at hand. It’s also a personal interpretation informed by...

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Nintama Rantaro cosplay photoshoot

Apart from vague childhood memories of watching Chinese-dubbed episodes of Nintama Rantaro on television, I approached this shoot for Alice and Tammu with little in-depth knowledge of the series. What I did have, though, was a pretty good idea of the look I wanted to achieve for this shoot, and how to go about doing that. One issue for cosplay photographers is how the...

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Photographing a translucent Sydney Opera House

This post is very different from the content you might be used to seeing on this blog. Basically, it covers a particularly interesting commercial job that I took on last year, in a genre very different from cosplay. The more technically-minded might enjoy reading this post, because I break down the process of preparing and executing for the job in order to minimise the...

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Otome Yokai Zakuro cosplay photoshoot

Trying to shoot with cherry blossoms (sakura) is always a bit of a risky venture in Australia, because they aren’t all that common, and the ideal bloom period can be quite short. With the fragility of cherry blossoms, a rainy and/or windy day can quickly spell their end. That said, a few months back, there was a particular craze for shooting during the antipodean...

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Vocaloid Karakuri Burst cosplay photoshoot

Ayuvi and Alice asked me to shoot them as Rin and Ren from the Karakuri Burst PV a few months back. Taking direct inspiration from the colouring of the original art, I adopted a similar approach to the League of Legends Blood Moon Akali shoot, gelling flashes for the vegetation in the background. We used a small bamboo grove which effectively provided a “wall of...

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Darkness concept photoshoot

The first really concept-heavy photoshoot for me took place in May last year, when I put on a Creative Director hat (in addition to photographing) for the shoot “Darkness”. After putting off processing it for some time, I finally did it near the end of 2013 and did a limited release on my Facebook page. The delay turned out to be a good thing as it allowed me to look...

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Fate/Stay Night: Saber (Realta Nua) cosplay photoshoot

This shoot for Yuki Pandaz’s Cosplay was one of the more conceptually-heavy shoots for me, as in I had a certain look I wanted for this shoot, and that was to match the feel of the Realta Nua ending of the original Fate/Stay Night visual novel (even though the costume was to be the non-armoured version of Saber’s normal battle outfit, which matches the first part of...

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DC Comics: Spoiler & Batgirl cosplay photoshoot

This shoot for Breathless_ness (Stephanie Brown/Spoiler) and Zuzu (Casandra Cain/Batgirl), with assistance from Christie, Gig and Clare, took place in an alleyway in the city. The thought, of course, was to get the Gotham City look, so I chose a place with cobblestones (which provide a strong texture as well) and iron grills on the windows. From having seen the art for...

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League of Legends: Blood Moon Akali cosplay photoshoot

The photoshoot for Blood Moon Akali, cosplayed by ChupiSays, took place in the evening after I shot Mysterious East Alice. The inspiration for this shoot comes from the stock art for Akali which often shows her against a backdrop of fire and smoke. Since neither fire nor smoke were options, I decided to fake it all. Eric, who was helping with this shoot, drove us out to...

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A personal note on the year 2013

2013 could count as one of the worst years of my life, personally speaking. In the space of a couple of months, I encountered serious set-backs that still have repercussions for me today. But this blog is not about those losses, nor is it about my personal travails. Instead, I’d I’m here to talk about coming back from those difficulties. The fact is, negative things...

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Alice: Madness Returns (Mysterious East) cosplay photoshoot

For this shoot of Alice (from the American McGee game) with Kotani (who had dropped in from interstate), I knew from the outset that given the conditions, I would be unable to replicate the feeling of the original Mysterious East (Oriental Grove) level, which is a really soft, wispy kind of look reminiscent of Chinese ink landscape paintings. That said, I still wanted to...

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Project K Finale cosplay photoshoot

Boy oh boy! What can I say about this shoot? This was the one that nearly broke me, and I still remember well the sheer frustration as my best-laid plans fell apart, forcing me to work well outside of my comfort zone. If I had executed this shoot a year ago, I would probably have thrown in the towel halfway through. But with interstate legends Zimiel and Min on the job,...

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Kamisama Hajimemashita cosplay photoshoot

Approaching this shoot for Kamisama Hajimemashita, cosplayed by Zimiel and Karen, what was really important to both the cosplayers and I that we really depict the relationship between the characters in a manner faithful to the original material. For the location, we used Sydney-based Ryokan Gojyuan, with whom I have a friendly working relationship. It just so happens...

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Psycho Pass cosplay photoshoot

Thanks first of all to Min and Minami for inviting me to shoot their Psycho Pass cosplay! I executed this shoot on the evening of the same day that I did Dangan Ronpa. For the characters Kougami and Ginoza from Psycho Pass, I wanted strong lines and shadows to be key parts of the shots, and it was from this initial visualisation that I started building the concept. The...

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Dangan Ronpa cosplay photoshoot

“I have no illusions of earning your forgiveness…because all of this is my fault.” Naegi could feel the thumps of the compactor intensifying as the conveyor belt he was on grinded towards it. Slow, inexorable, and final. Hands gripped under the table, uncontrolled heart rate. A host of different circumstances had led to this farcical situation: Naegi’s...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Nurarihyon no Mago

The third and final shoot for this pre-SMASH! day for zimiel and Karen was for the characters Nurarihyon and Setsura from Nurarihyon no Mago. Having planned the sequence and locations of the shoots, we shot at a bamboo forest, the same one I used for the League of Legends Ahri, which was a walk down from the location we used for Angel Sanctuary. While the cosplayers went...

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