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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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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Figure Review: Good Smile Company 1/8 Ultimate Madoka

Not many people who know this blog as it currently is are original readers from the time when Hunting the Elusive called its home at this domain. Those who do will know that for a long time, my only photographic practise involved anime figures, which I captured for reviews. While I learned things like aperture, ISO and shutter speed from figure photography, I can’t...

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Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN E (for Sony NEX) and Location #111

I recently got myself a nice and cheap Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN E for use with my Sony NEX-5. The main reason for this was to use it as a replacement for the 16mm f/2.8 pancake prime, which, apart from not being particularly fast, is also so soft that I dread putting it on my camera. In any case, the Sigma 19mm, which was just released recently, is such a cheap lens at $209...

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Review: Image Melbourne’s Evo light stand

Light stands are an indispensable part of my kit when I am out shooting normally. As the name suggests, it is used to hold lights – in my case, small flashes which are triggered via a wireless radio system. Since I tend to have to walk quite a lot for many of my shoots, portability is a big factor in my equipment choice, and that applies to both weight and size. When...

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