Polaroid OneStep 2 Unboxing

So initially I didn’t have any immediate plans to get the new camera from Polaroid Originals assuming that it would have been a few hundred and probably out of stock for a while.  I dropped by Salt Kakaako to check out Hungry Ear Records for some new music.   On the way out I did my typical stop in at Treehouse to say hi, low and behold the new Polaroid was on display.  To make it even more tempting, the price wasn’t excessive like I had expected it to be.   In total this will still end up costing a pretty penny, but this new camera uses cheaper packs of film thanks to the battery being removed.  This price drop for i-type film is even more noticeable when you count the extra few dollars discounted once Polaroid Originals became official and not just Impossible film.

 

The camera will have a difficult time indoors without the use of flash but I still felt the need to test how it would be.  I also have to remember to make sure I’m a few feet back for the focus to be accurate.   I’ll be taking it out more when I do some outdoor shoots and if I can find enough light indoors too.   I’m generally not very comfortable with direct flash but maybe this is something I’ll have to get used to for using this camera.

 

 

Beach D.VA

The wonderful thing about Overwatch is the huge variety of outfits available for the cosplay community.   Masapuff picked up a swimsuit and we hit up the beach for some photos and snacks.  The tide has been messing with the spots I frequent in town so we switched it up a few times to see what worked best.  The only downside to moving so much is having to clean off the sand before getting into the car.  As much as I never expected to use it, the tilt screen for these newer cameras can be pretty useful.   I couldn’t get the perspective I desired until I held the camera way above my head and it would have been much more difficult to focus without such a useful feature.

 

Everything was closed

There was a badly planned Sunday where Plan A, B, and C fell through since we started a bit too late.   On the bright side I still had some boba and a neat spot to snap a few photos.  Sachi’s shirt had some great print of a koi fish that deserved some attention.

 

Runa’s Beach Day

Runa was visiting from Japan and got in contact with a fellow photographer, he was kind enough to invite me along and I got some killer shots out of it.  The timing was pretty rough since it was right around lunch.   The light ends up being the harshest at this time of the day and it was no exception for this shoot.   Runa powered through that bright sun and so did we, much to my delight the photos turned out better than I could have expected.   I wish there were more time with her, but that wouldn’t happen since we caught her at the end of her stay in Hawaii.

 

Got an umbrella

A friend hooked me up with a large umbrella to soften up the light on my flash.   I chose a larger size not realizing how much it is to handle when you’re outside and the wind is hitting you or even fitting this in doors.  I really should start bringing assistants out or perhaps an extra 40 lbs worth of sandbags could do the trick, this could be a serious workout all by myself.

This time around @genkidenki hung out while I played around with the settings.   The buildings added a bit of pizzazz to the image with all the colors they had to offer.

 

Silk Cosplay

Salt is a great spot for practicing my hobby.  The guards, so far, have been very calm anytime I show up to shoot.  To keep it casual, I’m usually shooting with whatever natural light I can find, but there has been an urge to expand my skill set into off camera flash while outside.   Balancing the ambient and flash light is still difficult for me even though this shoot was a while back.   I was lucky to have a patient model and a few friends guide me through this.

Much thanks to the talented @sachisenpai , @krislabang @islandbag

 

Shot with AnnAsian

Quick lil shoot with some friends.   They were trying to show me how to fill in some light with reflectors.  Been a while since this happened, definitely need to reschedule another shoot with @annasian.

 

V.K. Sweater

There have been a handful of random Japanese lingerie pieces getting popularity.  It’s pretty fun   @alohaAaliyah_ came over with the Virgin Killer sweater and we got to shooting.   These recent months have seen an increase of me playing with studio lights at home,  this feels as foreign as it can get since I tend to shoot with natural light most of the time.

 

Sheer sunset

Bonnie had this nice little body suit and sheer robe to shoot with.   Naturally, I wanted to hit up a spot that let the sun shine through.  As nice as the spot is for photos, there tends to be a lot of cat calling from people driving by and even going so far as almost causing accidents when they stop paying attention to driving.

 

Kawaii Kon Saturday 2017

The rest of the weekend involved me attempting to find friends to photograph.  A lot of them were running around in preparation for the big contest.  The prep for prejudging and the actual show caused some difficulties finding them till after everything finished.   I also feel like my time management could have been done better. While I did manage to shoot a handful of my friends, there were many people I missed.  Internal crying occurs when I finally saw all the great cosplays everyone else had the chance to photograph.

This whole problem developed from the way I started shooting.   There are almost no general hallway shots anymore, I have started pulling off to the side in order to avoid the crowds or find some decent lighting.  It means the people meeting with me get a lot more attention at the cost of not running into others. I really enjoy meeting everyone during these cons so there needs to be an adjustment to how I manage my time.