Location Scout: Urban Exploration of Taiwan’s Green Mansion

While I am still quite behind in my cosplay shoot posting (though catching up in terms of post-processing), I thought I’d dig back into my archives for some photos I hadn’t posted before – in my final trip to Taiwan, I extended my stay and did a bit of urban exploration. Using my normal location discovery methods, I found out the exact location on Google Maps, with...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Angel Sanctuary

The second of three shoots on the day before SMASH! After wrapping up the Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun shoot, we had a bit of a break, the cosplayers zimiel and Karen went back to their accommodation to get changed, while I took the opportunity to change my equipment. We also met up with takuyar, who would be assisting with the final two shoots. Whereas TnK required nice soft...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

Having quite enjoyed Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun myself, I jumped at the opportunity to do a shoot for Karen and zimiel who were portraying Shizuku Mizutani and Haru Yoshida (respectively). This would be the first of three shoots for that one day, so we started fairly early. It used to be my limit for shoots per day was two. But then in the 2012 SMASH! period, I pushed it to...

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Light-stencilled cosplay photoshoot: Ultimate Madoka

This was probably the most experimental and preparation-intensive shoot I’ve ever done. As many of these things, I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to embark on something like this, but a combination of a number of factors meant I could pull it off (albeit with quite a bit of expense and effort). First of all, though: my absolute thanks to the cosplayer Sairla,...

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Post-SMASH! 2013 and Facing Challenges

Before I get into the main topic of this post, I wanted to thank the cosplayers who I shot with around the SMASH! period, Ray, my partner in crime for the cosplay photography panel at SMASH!, and the many people who came to attend the panel itself. Your support, patience, and your generosity with your time have really kept me going. SMASH! 2013 was a great convention,...

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Cosplay photoshoot: FREE! Haruka Nanase

Will (AmenoKitarou) asked for a FREE! solo shoot the other week, in what would be a fairly simple affair where we go to a pool, and we shoot there. And it was actually that simple. Lighting was done with two silver umbrellas because we had to dispel some shadows cast by the afternoon sun. I also attempted to shoot through a piece of perspex which had some water drops on...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Shakugan no Shana

When Ayuvi asked for a Shakugan no Shana shoot, it was a bit nostalgic for me, because I used to watch quite a bit of the anime! Since we were doing the school uniform version of Shana, I was reminded of a location I had scouted some time ago, which was an abandoned hospital building (though the building itself might have been used for functions or administration). The...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Kindan no Elixir

Pictures of this shoot for Skye and Hiyuki (who are part of DIVA Cosplay – go Like their page) might already be familiar to those of you who are “in the scene”, because they have been posted in a few places already! Massive props to the cosplayer, as well to the helpers on the day Daniel, Kenneth of RunSnipe Photography and Ray, who went above and beyond to get a...

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Jesse Willesee x Kurt Johnson: BLACKOUT

Become re-acquainted with the darkness, my friend. In the murk of half-exposed profiles, of shadows blurring into each other, furtive hands, and the imagination of childhood stirs. Let not the garish light unveil all; let mystery and black enchantment rule. The light is now but a necessary evil: it defines edges, and in its revealment, implies unseen crepuscules, skin and...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Kara no Kyoukai: Remaining Sense of Pain

Brenda’s friend Melissa was over in Sydney, so we scheduled a shoot for Kara no Kyoukai (Garden of Sinners) together with peppanda. For this shoot, I wanted to achieve a more cinematic look, in sympathy with the original works, so the decision was made to use green gelled lights for the background, evoking the green tint of fluorescent bulbs. This worked well, as the...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Evangelion 2.0 EVA Provisional Unit 05

For such an involved shoot, the actual planning for the execution only took a short time. Will asked for a shoot for the cosplay of the EVA Provisional Unit 05 (as seen in Evangelion Rebuild 2.0), which was his entry into the 2013 Sydney Madman National Cosplay Championship. Since I didn’t actually go backstage during Supanova Sydney 2013, or watch the competition...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Flandre Scarlet

This shoot for Andi was part of the Supanova-related festivities. The weather during this period was pretty much dominated by rain but as it happened, though the ground was pretty wet when we started shooting at a *certain* cathedral it was actually not pouring, which was nice. Though rain did come and go for a bit while we were under cover. When the shoot for Flandre...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Genjo Sanzo from Saiyuki

The Sanzo shoot was the second cosplay shoot I did in Taiwan during my trip there a few weeks ago. I had previously met enyen in 2012, when I did a shoot for No. 6 with Jermany and Pie, and she helped out during that shoot. This time, when I contacted her again about doing a shoot, we arranged to do a Sanzo shoot at a tea house in the Banqiao District called...

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Supanova Sydney 2013

Well, writing this blog feels like jumping into the story in the middle of a chapter, because in my mind, my trip to Taiwan, the shoots there and Supanova and its associated shoots are all intertwined. But since I (1) processed Supanova stuff first, and (2) am in the middle of some extended post-process workloads for the shoots in Taiwan, it seems only fair to do an...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Magi – Morgiana

Kiara asked for a shoot in a desert location, and since I’ve never actually shot in the Kurnell sand dunes before (someone else did that notorious shoot where they went during summer), and it is currently the antipodean winter, I said yes. As it turned out, I came down with my annual bug right around that time, and when I was bedridden the whole of the next day, I...

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Cosplay photoshoot: Saber Alter

Itakoaya had a number of different costumes ready, but some of the costumes and shoot requirements were considered too cold for winter time, so instead she decided to shoot the Saber Alter Casual costume, which would allow the use of a studio. Which was lucky, because the day of the shoot ended up being really rainy. Super thanks also to sakanamochi who came to help...

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