Cosplay photoshoot: Alice: Madness Returns

Christie asked to shoot Alice: Madness Returns default costume for the Alice: Otherlands cosplay competition. We were doing this the day before entries were due, and used JezSpace again due to the availability of suitable furniture. This is the third shoot at Jez’s studio in a bit over one week, and I think it says quite a bit about how versatile his place is. For this...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Psycho Pass

This Psycho Pass shoot has been a few weeks in planning, with Min cosplaying as Kogami Shinya, Miyu as Tsunemori Akane, Minami as Ginoza Nobuchika, Zuzumoo as Kagari Shusei and Itakoaya as Shogo Makishima. Special thanks to helpers Su, Gigi, and Christie. We used a rooftop carpark as the location, since it matches the feel for Psycho Pass with strong lines, the city...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Project K

Min, on holiday in Sydney, asked for a Project K shoot alongside Raikou. They were cosplaying Mikoto Suoh and Reisi Munakata respectively, so Red vs Blue. While I had an existing idea in mind to create the auras for these two big players in the Project K world, I decided against it, since it would take too much time to setup and actually work, with no guarantee of a good...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

Jill (Breathless_ness) completed another Batgirl costume (Barbara Gordon this time: the previous Batgirl shoot for her was Stephanie Brown), and requested a shoot! If you don’t as yet know of her, she is one of Australia’s best cosplayers well-known for her awesome DC cosplays, and she makes all her costumes herself. Thanks must also go to Christie, Sheree, Gigi and...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Arrow at Free Comic Book Day 2013

This is my first time going to the Free Comic Book Day. In Sydney, Kinokuniya and King’s Comics were the hub of the festivities, and with the number of people turning out in cosplays, it resembled a convention at times. I was going there to meet up with a few friends, so I wasn’t going there with the intention of taking many photos. But I did pack my camera and a...

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Anime Review: Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭 Kotonoha no Niwa)

Please forgive my departure from the usual content of this blog, but lacking another avenue by which I may express the thoughts which have been bouncing around my brain since yesterday, I have decided to put up a review of Makoto Shinkai’s The Garden of Words here. This will not have spoilers for the film, other than some heavy referencing of the trailer and known...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Digimon

This shoot for Wendy, Cheroz, Alysael and FuyuneDesu was supposed to happen some time ago but it got rescheduled. At last, we all had a day off: Anzac Day! We decided on an “adventure” theme during planning, so bright and vibrant was the name of the game. We decided to shoot at a forest in the Hills area, since it was accessible via public transport and from the road...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Shin Sekai Yori

This shoot for Shin Sekai Yori with Madara as Saki Watanabe and Takuya as Maria Akizuki was executed during a day off. I had scouted the grounds the day before the shoot to verify its suitability – we wanted a foresty kind of area but still have a Japanese-y theme. It wasn’t until after the shoot that I realised I had totally forgot the original epic idea I had for...

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Cosplay photoshoot: AKB0048’s Atsuko Katagiri

This shoot, for Sairla was initiated by her boyfriend Eric, who contacted me about a possible contracted shoot. I decided not to do a paid shoot but to go ahead and execute anyway. After a few delays and a bit of negotiation regarding timings, location, etc, we ended up shooting for one hour (first shot taken 6:48pm; last shot taken 7:50pm) on a Wednesday...

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Underwater cosplay photoshoots: Miku Append & Angel Sanctuary

With the end of antipodean summer and the start of the autumnal seasons, I knew it would be another long wait before I would have the opportunity to do another underwater shoot. Frankly, it felt like a summer squandered! Having resolved to do an underwater shoot, Brenda and Itakoaya expressed interest, and so we lined up a date for it. Ita volunteered her pool for the...

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Jesse Willesee’s FLASH/MOB

Now for something a bit different, but more of the same! Since 2010, I have been attending Jesse Willesee’s art events, starting from Seven Hundred Photos events. Last year, I enjoyed the Haunted Hotel show that he put on at the Kings Cross Hotel. So when the announcement came up for FLASH/MOB (which is basically the new name for Seven Hundred Photos), I knew I had to...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Ao Oni

Quite honoured to be invited by Harmony (Takuro), fengsong (Hiroshi), arlo-arleh (Mika), headdeskben (Takeshi) and Treminate (Oni) along to shoot their long-awaited Ao Oni cosplay. Thanks also go to collin-kerr and PlaneswalkerLX as the other photographers at the shoot, as well as the great assistance provided by alita-b-angel and gonline. Initial colour grading and edits...

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The Sentinel

Summer is over, but still they flock here, to see the sun and the waves’ inexorable work on the ragged cliffs and the seagulls surfing on the bluster. There’s something here which draws me, as it draws them. A surreal landscape, rocks pitted and from sun and salt, grass growing in the most unlikely of circumstances. Yes, the heady days of summer, of blinding beaches...

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Mini-Animania Sydney 2013

There has been a bit of a delay in writing this after-Mini-Animania blog post, but that has to do more with my self-discipline than anything else. The photos have been done since last Sunday, and if you follow the Facebook page, you might have seen them there. The most obvious and most-commented issue with Mini Animania this year was the lack of attendees, or activity at...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Eager Love Revenge

Haven’t been shooting that much recently, but was recently invited by Ayuvi, arisu and Tammu to be second photog for their Eager Love Revenge shoot (primary photog was Takuya). It has taken me some time to get all the processing done, due to going to Brisbane, various work commitments and other such busy-ness, but here it is, at last! Sorry for the wait! Location-wise,...

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Cosplay photoshoot: League of Legends (LoL) Ahri

This is the first shoot I have done for a character from the League of Legends game. When Christina asked me to photograph her as Ahri the Nine-Tailed Fox champion from League of Legends, I knew straight away the general sort of look I wanted for the shoot. Further research from the game and other resources indicated that this character is cunning, flirty and ruthless...

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