Time & Fashion~ (A Fall Photoshoot in Manchester)

Hey guys how are you all?

I haven’t done an actual photo shoot in a long while… this was mostly due to summer review schedules, lack of inspiration and a lot of traveling over the summer. Recently I’ve decided to do a year abroad in the UK and where I’m staying, many of the old landscapes and greenery in certain areas of Manchester have inspired me to develop a new creative project using fashion photography as a medium to express visually, through textures and colours, the different periods of time throughout the day.

Our photo shoot spanned around six to seven hours and as you scroll down the post you will probably see the mood of the photographs shift from white-washed vibrant and clean lighting to grungier, darker and sometimes angrier atmospheres. The change of lighting and mood was one intention I had in mind at the start of the shoot but seeing as this was a fashion shoot through and through, I’ve fiddlled with lighting and ISO in the last seven photographs (refer to end of post) to create compositions inspired on the spot by circumstances and setting.

Everything here was taken with my basic Nikon D3100 and Sigma 17-70 mm f/2.8-4 DC macro, a combination of my most familiar pieces of equipment. Though I brought an Sb-400 flash along with me, changing ISO and manually adjusting settings was sufficient for the shots I wanted. Only a handful of photographs (mostly in the evening shots) that lacked sufficient lighting or vibrancy have been modified with curves and brightness on Adobe Photoshop CS4. Most of these are raw shots taken straight from my SD card.

Morning…

Noon…

Early Afternoon…

Evening…

With natural light fading quickly in the early evening, I decided to blend the various sources of light from my camera, surrounding city lights and what remained of the cloudy daylight. The results of the combination of artificial and natural here are the different palettes of colour veiled over each of the photographs. While some photographs can clearly be distinguished as morning or evening shots, others have become somewhat ambiguous. These seven compositions also break away from the initially polished styles of the earlier photographs going for much more artistic and even edgy flair.

I do think these are some of the best pictures I’ve taken to date so a special shout out goes out to my beautiful friend Kenzie for helping me out with these shots. For a first time model, she was one of my most versatile and cooperative subjects I’ve ever worked with. Thank you so much for all your hard work!! 🙂

– Cloudy

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Cloudy Says…

Hi guys, how are you all?

We’re starting to get into the cool fall weather and the flu is really going around so I hope you’re all well! By now, you guys will probably have noticed that I’ve changed a few things on the site in terms of layout and look. Since all my posts are organized into categories, or featured on the Recent Posts widget, the home page should generally load faster and hopefully everything is more easily navigable for you guys.

I’ve decided to feature all my latest updates and news on a Cloudy Says page so be sure to check there if you’re ever wondering what I’m up to. As well, fall is the season for many many new manga releases so for fans of the series “Are You Alice?” I’ve already planned a review for volume 2 as well as one for volume 6 of Betrayal Knows My Name. Of course, these are just the series that I personally follow and several other manga that I have purchased are still sitting on my shelf waiting to be read and reviewed!

The beginning of October also brings us the new releases of the fall anime season. If you guys are interested in what that may entail, check out my Fall Samples post for my picks this season. I can’t wait to check out the new shows and a poll will be coming up very soon for you all to vote on what reviews you want this season. Right now, I’m following Diabolik Lovers and from the summer season, Kimi no Iru Machi has just finished this week so I still owe you guys one last summer anime review.

On a side note pertaining to the may-or-may-nots, I’ve recently made an otome buddy who has me playing Starry Sky~After Spring.  I’m currently in the middle of the visual novel so depending on how I feel after I’ve completed the routes, I am considering a review of the game as well as a review of the game Second Reproduction that I finished a while ago.

Now that my Cloudy Says news are going to be perpetually posted on a page, I hope you guys will find it easier to follow along my blog agenda. Thank you all so much for dropping in. It means a lot to me that you take the time to read what I write.

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– Cloudy

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Cloudy’s Fall Anime Season Samples 2013

Hey guys! I hope you guys are all doing well. I cant believe it’s already September  the summer goes by WAY too fast! I’m so, so, so excited to introduce my picks for the Fall-lineup of anime this season. Since I … Continue reading