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Blood Moon Eclipse – April 15th 2013

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April 22nd, 2014 Posted 9:36 am

Just last week there was an eclipse of the earth casting its shadow on the moon. Lucky for me I had the night off work so I was able to photograph it! To the naked eye it did have an orange/red glow but it didn’t come up to well in the photos so I corrected them in post. This eclipse was nicknamed Blood Moon because of the color. It was quite beautiful!

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I experimented with longer exposures to make the glow more prominent. The over exposure caused a little lens flare too!

 

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And here is a shot with a “correct” exposure and more of the red shadow showing. If you look carefully in the red section, there is a darker shadow where you can see the “rabbit in the moon” that is part of Japanese folklore.

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Botanicon – “We swear it’s still 2013!”

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February 20th, 2014 Posted 12:02 pm

It has been a while since I attended a cosplay meet and I’d had a Highschool of the Dead cosplay for months that I hadn’t had the chance to wear! On the 25th of January 2014 was Botanicon. With a bit of last minute destroying of a black skirt and cutting a fringe into an old wig, I was good to go. Now me and Ethan both have HOTD cosplays! It was more of a casual picnic meet than a photoshoot and despite taking my camera I didn’t really get any decent shots. It was also quite sunny and I got sunburt through the lace socks, which left a weird pattern on my leg. It’s still there now a month later!

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Ethan as Takashi.
Jodie as Saeko.
Photos by Matt Murphy.

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MelCosPho 13

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February 28th, 2013 Posted 12:14 am

On the 13th of January of 2013, I attended the 13th edition of the MelCosPho meet ups. It was in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne. The weather was overcast and a little chilly for summer but the clouds made for nice photography lighting.

I went at Ayumu Aikawa (magiclad version) from Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? (Is This A Zombie?). My boyfriend Ethan went as Takashi from Highschool Of The Dead.

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So I was a zombie and Ethan was a character that kills zombies, I thought that was funny and asked Neil to take this shot for us!
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Ok now for the serious shots!

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Photo credits : Neil Creek

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Photo credits : Than Nguyen

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I didn’t take a whole lot of photos myself but I’m trying to aim for quality over quantity these days.  I was busy enjoying time with friends, posing for photos or assisting other photographers with their photos.

My cosplay was mostly purchased but I made the hat and painted up the chainsaw from a kids toy. The shoes are from Bodyline. I also was Ayumu to a New Years Eve party the week before, which had an “End of Days / Zombie Apolocalypse” theme, so I got good use out of it! It is most hilarious to tell people that you are cosplaying a boy while wearing a pretty pink dress!

My full gallery is here ~ http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Cosplay/MelCosPho-13/

 

Figurine Photography

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February 23rd, 2013 Posted 4:30 pm

I’ve been enjoying quite a bit of figurine photography lately! I’ve begun to explore the potential of outdoors and some new techniques.

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The Kaworu 1/6 scale figure by Kotobukiya is quite heavenly! These pictures were taken at home on the steps to the back yard. I modified the color balance to give more of a warm glow. I wanted a summer lighting look but was actually waiting for an overcast day to take the photos so the lighting/shadows would not be too harsh.
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I just got the Yukata Miku and her outfit has spent more time with Kaito! I met up with Trung, a photographer friend, in Melbourne yesterday to take these new photos. We both planned on entering a competition with the theme of toys. It was good to do this in the city but have a friend there so you don’t feel so weird. So we sat under a bridge to escape some of the summer heat and did our own thing with our chosen figures. There two other figures that I took photos of but the Kaito ones are the most charming.

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Another of my new figures! Rin Okumura by Megahouse GEM. I experimented with lighting and using the tv as a fake background. You’ve got to be careful that lights don’t bounce off the tv and make reflections on the photographic background. Matching the lighting and the angles in the chosen photo and placing your figure can be tricky but the results are great! Especially if you don’t have access to the locations you’d like to photograph your figure with.

You can see all my figure photos here in my smugmug gallery ~ http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Hobbies/Figurines/

Code Geass Meet #3

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January 23rd, 2013 Posted 3:55 am

I hosted my 3rd Code Geass meet on saturday the 20th of October and had quite a good turn out! These events are really growing!

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There are also awesome photos taken by friends that you might want to check out!

Neil Creek : http://neilcreek.smugmug.com/Costuming/Code-Geass-Meet-121020
Dean Ismail: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151222663094696.480839.810289695&type=1
Trung Do: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152218766065445.929458.670410444&type=1

My most favourite picture from the day, was the last one we did and was taken by Neil! It features, me as Emperor Lelouch and Ethan as Zero.
Neil also chose this shot to be in his top 10 for 2012 photos. It feels good to be a part of things like this!

 

Melbourne Photowalk 20/11/2011

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December 26th, 2012 Posted 7:00 pm

A little over a year ago I met up with some photographer friends and went for a walk around Melbourne. It’s fun to explore without any main objective and photograph the interesting things you find. There’s amazing architecture and oddities to discover when you take the time to slow down and look at the city with curiosity.

http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Melbourne-Photowalk-2011

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Princess of the Crystal Nendoroid

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December 11th, 2012 Posted 11:01 am

My friend Owen kindly got me the Princess of the Crystal nendoroid for my birthday! She’s really cute! There’s so many intricate parts that it’s hard to get her to “stand still” for a photo. Even with the stand, getting her to balance on the penguins took a while to get right!

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I had a play around with other nendoroid parts to make Shouma Takakura from Miku’s face and Kaito’s hair.

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MelCosPho10 – Sayaka Miki Cosplay

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November 24th, 2012 Posted 10:08 am

My cosplay of Sayaka Miki from Puella Magi Madoka Magica was bought for me by work to wear to conventions.  I also wore it to MelCosPho 10 and my photographer friends got some lovely shots of it. It was a really great summer day and I made new friends. Cosplay in general has been such an amazing experience for me, giving me a place to explore photography, get creative with costumes and meet lots of new people.


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Here is my gallery of photos from the meet – http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Cosplay/MelCosPho10

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Code Geass Meet #2

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November 22nd, 2012 Posted 2:17 pm

As the first meet was a success, I decided to keep hosting Code Geass cosplay events! So on March 11th, 2012 I had the “Black Knights” gather at the Melbourne Museum for another afternoon of food, friends and photography.

I cosplayed as “Luluko”, which is Lelouch’s crossdressing festival outfit from one of the picture drama episodes of Code Geass that come as bonus material on the DVD’s  and Blurays.

My Photos: http://unikorn.smugmug.com/Cosplay/Code-Geass-Meet-2
Neils Photos: http://neilcreek.smugmug.com/Costuming/Code-Geass-120310
Jess’ Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33955578@N08/6822969838/in/photostream

I may have been somewhat enchanted by a boy named Ethan cosplaying as Zero. We all had fun making Lelouch selfcest jokes.

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I very much loved dressing like a ‘princess’. I bought this particular cosplay and while it wasn’t super accurate it’s still quite lovely. I did my very best to try and be ladylike for at least one day!

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There are heaps of beautiful photos from this day! Be sure to check them all out!

Photography props that won’t break your budget!

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November 22nd, 2012 Posted 12:16 pm

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I’ve been collecting various little props to use in figurine photography. Cheap gift/homewares stores like Daiso and The Reject Shop are perfect. Anything interesting looking that you can place your figures on or inside of are great! I got the cute little basket above for only $2.20 from Tokuya, a small store on Bourke Street in Melbourne.

On the other hand, Photography gear itself is expensive and while I do recommend you get a flash unit for your DSLR rather than rely on the mounted flash, you can also create lighting effects on a budget with regular lamps, torches, small LED’s and cellophane.

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Cellophane can be taped over a lamp to create colored lighting! Safety first though! Be careful your lamp doesn’t run too hot, it could melt the cellophane, so make sure to turn off the light when you aren’t using it between shoots.

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One of my favourite things I picked up was this ring of LED’s that is meant to be a camping light. It’s like a ghetto ring flash, although it doesn’t fit around my lens in the fashion that a real one does. But it does create some really good even lighting that’s perfect for small scale things like figurines.

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