Kawaii Kon Friday 2017

Kawaii Kon came through like a hurricane this past weekend. I didn’t dress up as Bob from Bob’s Burgers for once.   That caused a lot of confusion for the people used to only seeing me with a mustache.  It got even worse when I dressed up with a friend  doing a real cosplay and no one knew who I was.   Half of my Friday was spent dressed as Batou from Ghost in the Shell along with Sachi Senpai as Major Kusanagi.   I lost about 70% of my vision and had to be guided around like a puppy, it was an entertaining challenge to navigate the area and recognize people.  I failed miserably and would not have survived if it weren’t for my friends guiding me.

I managed to get a few shoots in before I had to dress up.

 

 

From here on out, I went full potato and decided to keep taking photos even though I was blind.   I left everything up to the autofocus in the camera.   You think I’d be frustrated with missing a few shots but I had a blast trying to do this.   After snapping some casuals I attempted a real shoot, I managed to get a pretty good set of photos.

 

@kebin.808  took over the camera for a minute and nailed some shots of me and @sachisenpai together.

 

 

The eye pieces were removed and I had my vision again.   Snapped a few more photos on the way to purchase @emkehawaii ‘s new CD

Rezero Cosplay in the Garden

@masapuff cosplayed as Rem and Ram from Re: Zero.   We didn’t have an extra person to make the pair so she switched things up in the later half to portray both characters.  I have been here a few times and tried hitting up different angles to see how I could change it up a bit.  It takes me a while to get comfortable with a scene so I might miss some really great angles the first time around.   Lately, I’ve really been wanting to make the eyes pop out in my photos, it really adds so much more to the photo when you can see some beautiful catchlights. The effect is enhanced even more when all these cosplayers have some crazy colored contacts.

 

 

The second half of the photos were edited in another session and I handled them differently.  This has become more common lately as I try to see what style fits in with my current vibe.  I’m not really sure what direction I’m trying to head in, yet.

Miraculous Ladybug Cosplay

Just before Valentines Day hit I met up with a lady bug and a cat for another session downtown.  Prior to this shoot, I didn’t know much about the show where these cosplays came from. Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is an animated CGI series from France and full of cat puns.   That alone has put this show on my list of things to watch in the future.  Ladybug and Cat Noir were portrayed by @stellafraise and @kyykun, totally worth checking out their IG accounts later if you like cosplay.  @takacosplay came back out to help out, holding items, reflectors and most of all eye candy.

Everyone brought a great energy to the shoot, I’m not one to be that serious so it helps when the people in front of the camera don’t take it seriously either.  It ends up being just a session of hanging out with a camera.

 

After getting a bit more comfortable with the triangle reflector,  I’m hoping to try out something larger like a sunbounce.  Even the cheap one is easily 4x more expensive than this knock off reflector I’ve been toying with.   The Fuji XT-2 and 85mm f1.2 was my setup of choice for this shoot.

 

Mori’s 2nd Cat Cafe

January 28th marked another pop up cat cafe for Mori.   This time around there were reservation times to keep the lines controlled a bit more.  There were several cat themed products available including shirts, pins and stickers from various local brands. There was a photo booth provided by Photo Ops Hawaii and refreshments from Morning Glass Coffee had a refreshment table with delicious snacks.

It was a bit hectic so some of the kittens needed alone time and didn’t stay out for long, thankfully about 7 kittens managed to find a furever home by the end of the day.  It will be great if Mori manages to create a permanent location for people to drop in and enjoy the kitten party frequently.

The kittens arriving in their crates minutes before being let loose around the store.

Catsmas lights

A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights.  I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you.  We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started.  We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in.  There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand.   Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach.  The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.

 

Nikon D750 with a black backdrop

 

Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls

 

Last Minute Trip to Cali Part 2

I had a great opportunity to shoot in a studio for the first time thanks to my friend Ed.   He held my hand as I worked with studio strobes and gave lots of great tips that I have generally forgotten.  The advice may need to be repeated a few dozen times. This experience has motivated me to set something up in my living room at home, the main problem is convincing people to come to this side of the island for photos.  Instead of going out on crazy adventures my trip was rather low key, spending a lot of time trying to meet up with my friends.  It may be considered boring to handle my time up there like I did, but I was so happy to meet up with everyone.

Last minute trip to Cali

I was given a chance to fly up to San Jose for Thanks Giving and was not able to make any posts due to a lack of a proper laptop. Now that I’m back, it’s time to catch up on everything or at least make an attempt.  I haven’t been to Cali during a winter in over 10 years and forgot how cold it can get.  Most of my time was spent eating pho, drinking boba and trying to take photos with frozen hands.  Granted the coldest it got was probably 40 degrees, Hawaii people do not do so well under these conditions.

I think this first round of posts will end up like a mini food blog.  I ate a lot of great stuff and kept going back for more.   The Vietnam Town in San Jose was down the street from where I stayed and it offered 4 different boba spots that were quality. Naturally, I’d get a drink, grab some pho then head back to another boba spot. Considering how much sugar is in these drinks, I’m lucky I didn’t come home with diabetes, everything would have been healthy’ish if I stayed away from the cheeseburgers but I got caught up in the Inn and Out goodness.

My Next Post will focus more on the things I got to join in and less about food.

Mori By Art + Flea Relocation

Mori is a store located in Ward Center that I recently got to know a bit better due to a pop up cat cafe that was held there.  They recently had their final day at their current location and I dropped in a tad late to the party, but still managed to enjoy one last look around their set up.  There was a vendor with tacos and some discounts on selected items.  Mori will be reopening at the new South Shore Market in Ward around the second week of November.

Neet Honolulu 2016

Neet is a small convention that happened on Friday Oct 21 at the Japanese Cultural center.  I wasn’t really aware it existed until recently when a fellow photographer asked if I planned to attend.  Luckily I was able to make it out and stay for a majority of the time.  The con lasted from 5-10pm and admission was $5, at that price range it doesn’t exactly feel like it needs to live up to any expectations.  So I personally had a pretty positive experience there. more “Neet Honolulu 2016”