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

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Nightwing = Best Waifu

The night was dark and full of sexy Dick pics,  Dick Grayson to be exact.   I had the opportunity to shoot with the elusive @takacosplay  as he portrayed Nightwing.  We hit up downtown in the early evening and ventured into an alley that gave a creepy vibe but didn’t scare us away.  I brought out the Nikon  D750 and borrowed an 85mm f1.8 G from my friend.  Nightwing forgot his weapons at home so we had to improvise a few stances. After reviewing the photos and talking with another photographer, I got a few tips on how to make an action hero more imposing.  Highly unlikely that I’ll remember to use them when the time is needed, but I’ll try.

 

 

In the end, Nightwing took it upon himself to rescue a young damsel from boredom.

 

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”