Ice & Green (A Winter to Spring Photoshoot)

Hey guys how are you all? Today I’m back with another photoshoot… it snowed and hailed in the UK this week and because the snow is so scarce in the UK, there was still so much green in the grass and trees after the mini snow episodes. I loved the contrast in textures, colours and shapes captured in the gardens and walls around my residence.

I definitely think I pushed my DSLR to the max this time and the closeness of the composition made it painfully obvious that I was reaching the limitations of my basic Nikon D3100. But alas, the prices for full frame DSLR cameras are out of this world and I don’t see myself getting a new camera any time soon… The sigma 17-70mm macro lens did a great job capturing all the finite details of the webs but focusing was a challenge because I actually used an extra macro x10 filter to get in REAL CLOSE with my subjects. The few pictures of the squirrel were last minute decisions because it took quite a bit of creeping up to my fuzzy friend before I got the shots I wanted. My photos with the squirrel made me really want to try wildlife photography one day…

Here are my best and favourite pictures from the shoot. The shoot itself was unplanned but as I shot more and more, a coherent theme for the pictures emerged through the artistic composition. The pictures feature sharply defined subjects and splashes of colour over the UK’s grey  landscape. I shot each subject at least two or three times to get different angles and lines as well as different sources of lighting. I’ve only edited brightness and contrast for some pictures. Others are raw ones just watermarked for artistic copyright purposes. There’s an overall sense of transition in these photos; from winter to spring, wet to dry, light to dark, empty to full. I hope you enjoy.

– Cloudy

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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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Spring Light Outdoors Photo Shoot (Nikon D3100 & Nikon1 J2)

Hi guys, today I wanted to share with you a new and fun little photo shoot I did outdoors. Spring is quickly turning into summer but I wanted to bring out a lovely spring green foliage kind of aesthetic. For this shoot I chose anime figures with colours features that both complimented and offset the bright verdant shades of the outdoors. I brought two cameras with me this time – the Nikon D3100 with a Sigma 17-70mm lens and a Nikon 1 J2 with the 10-30mm lens.

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out if I want to invest in more lenses in the mirrorless series with the J’s and V’s of Nikon so I wanted to see how it compared to the usual DSLR I use. Naturally the DSLR proved to be a lot more versatile in all settings and technical respects however I found that the J2 was able to give me some really nice shots as well. I would highly recommend you take a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with you for light travel photography. For the shots from the J2, I found that I had to edit a bit of lighting in every photograph while the DSLR almost always gets the exact lighting and metering I want. I used a Manual mode for the J2 and continuously swapped aperture and shutter settings according to the lighting in each environment. For a mirrorless, the J2 handled the shooting reasonably well.

Shots from the Nikon D3100 (absolutely no editing done on photoshop; only text was added) There are a lot more shots with the D3100 because when I do any sort of photo shoots I move at a lightning fast pace and only a DSLR can keep up with the lighting conditions and the speed at which I shoot. I really enjoyed a lot of Lacus’ final shots because her pink hair really pops against the green background. As well, her character has one of the most natural poses and expressions which makes her a great model for lazy spring afternoon settings.

Shots from the Nikon 1 J2 (edits include contrast and curves on Photoshop CS4) The hardest photos to edit were the Miku Vocaloid ones because all the green in Miku’s hair and the green around her reflected and bled into the light giving some of the shots a greenish hue which was difficult to edit. However, the greenish hues in the lighting reflected beautifully with Saber’s green eyes creating a pleasing balance to the overall composition. Any sort of mirrorless camera will end up flattening a lot of the colours and shapes – I felt that really challenged me as a photographer to find and create depth by changing the positions of the subject along with the sun.

 

Canadian Winter 2013 Ice Photography

Hey guys, it’s been a really busy two weeks catching up on reviews and other otaku features. Today I felt like winding down with some classic landscape outdoors photography. For those of you who don’t live in Canada, this is just how cold it can get…

Taken with my trusty Nikon 3100, Sigma 17-70mm macro lens and a lot of strange photographer positions on the ice and in the snow. Even for Canada, it’s pretty rare that everything gets ice-ified outside so it was a good opportunity to take some interesting pictures.

– Cloudy

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Gundam Seed Winter Ice Photography

Hey guys, so if you’ve known me for a while, you might have caught on to that fact that I’m Canadian. Yeah, that means it snows. A lot. In the winter. But hey that gives me plenty of opportunities to practice lighting in intensely white landscapes or dull grey overcast weather. Today I wanted to share some new figure photography in the winter snow starring Lacus Clyne and Cagalli Yula Athha from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. As always, only some of the contrast and brightness is edited and all the photos were taken with my trust (though somewhat basic) D3100 and my favourite Sigma 17-70mm macro lens.

Hope you guys liked this little photo shoot. Got down on my hands and knees in the ice and snow while my dad was shoveling the driveway… the neighbours probably think I’m a weirdo but you do whatcha gotta do for your photos right? More fun winter holiday stuff to come soon! Thanks for reading!

– Cloudy

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Sunset Photography On-the-Road

Hey guys, I wanted to share some photography with you all today. I actually took these last week in the car while I was on the road back from Kingston. There’s not a lot of nice landscape to take while you’re on the highway so I opted for some creative photography in the car. Whenever I’m going on trips, I always bring my little Yui plushie with me because I love using her for vacation photography. Yui’s personality is so carefree and happy that she goes well with many spring and summer sunny landscapes. This time I threw Sebastian into my backpack before I ran out of the house and I tried out a few photographs with him but he’s more suited for domestic settings dontcha think?

I love photographing sunsets because they’re different every evening. Sometimes the lighting becomes the focus of the photo, sometimes it’s the swirling colours and clouds. This little collection of photos were taken with a D3100 Nikon and a 17-70mm sigma macro lens with no edits at all this time.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’ll be driving into Kingston again this weekend so I’ll try to get some photography done again this weekend. Thanks for reading!

– Cloudy

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Cityscape Photography

Hey guys, here’s some photography I took off the balcony of my aunt’s apartment in Hong Kong. The city lights are absolutely gorgeous over there and i couldn’t help but play around with some light painting we as well.

– Cloudy

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