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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Toronto Auto Show 2014 Photography

Hey guys, yesterday I went to the Canadian International Autoshow. I’m not a huge car buff but I do go to get some sport or industrial photography done under fantastic spotlight lighting. I really think conventions are really great environments for beginner photographers to hone their skills. I’m not a super professional photographer but I do remember getting bringing my first DLSR, a Nikon D60, to the auto show in 2010. You cannot work with Program automated settings at an auto show, the lighting just doesn’t permit it. Each area is lit according to their own exhibits and cars, as well, each colour reflects light in its own way. As a result, I was forced to switch knobs to Manual mode… and that’s how I learned how to adjust my own camera settings.

I hope you guys like these photographs, I tried to be more selective this year with what I was photographing but you can only find so many interesting angles at a convention while avoiding all the heads and random photo-bombers. This was taken with my trusty Nikon D3100 and a Sigma 17-70mm macron lens and nothing was edited.

Hope you guys liked this post and I will talk to you all soon!

– Cloudy

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Nendoroid Petite Mami and Homura Photography

Hey guys, HAPPY NEW YEAR and for the first day of January 2014, I wanted to share with you some figure photography. Here is Mami Tomoe and Homura Akemi from the Nendoroid Petite Puella Magi Madoka Magica Box Set. I bought these two figures while on vacation and I spent quite a bit of time trying to guess my way into my favourite figures or at least two that weren’t identical. This collection is pretty much sold out now so I’m glad I picked up two when I got the chance.

Here is the full set, photo courtesy of the Good Smile Company online site here.

Here are some New Year’s evening themed photography done with Christmas lights (and sparkles). I just wanted to glam up these magic girls for the holiday. I picked up some decorations on sale after Boxing Day and everything was actually set up at home on top of a box and in front of a white wall so I really focused a lot on setting up in order to blow up the white lighting in order to set a snowy bright wash over the scene

Again, taken with my Sigma 17-70mm on my Nikon D3100 😉

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I hope you guys enjoyed this photos. They were just taken yesterday a few hours before the new year so they’re hot off the SD card 😉 I also wish you all a wonderful rest of holidays and safe winter with your family and friends. Cheers to a great new year!

– Cloudy

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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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Photography with Ho-kago Tea Time!!

Hey guys! I am super excited to share you guys the K-On themed photography that I did with my set of H K-On! Tea Time in Wonderland Ichiban Kuji set by Banpresto.

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I absolutely fell in love with this series of dolls when I found them in Japan and I went about scouring Electric Town for the full collection. I was inspired to come up with a separate little story and I started with Mugi. My last shots with Azusa were more challenging because I didn’t know what to do with her! In the end, I changed it up with a K-OnXMy Neighbour Totoro Crossover. Since I loved the Wonderland theme, I wanted the photo to portray Azusa stepping into Wonderland (or in this case, Totoro’s world), for the first time. I tried to keep things sweet and fairytale-like overall and played around with a few of the coloured filters which was especially prominent in bringing out the blue in Mugi’s eyes. The only touch-ups were in some brightness and a bit contrast as always.

All of these photos were taken with a D3100 basic Nikon DSLR and an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. Normally I don’t use the kit lens a lot because I’m really into extreme close-ups or super wide- fisheye distortions with my shots. The 18-55mm range is usually a family gathering, snapshots for fun kind of lens for me.  Ideally I would prefer my Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro however that lens is currently under maintenance and I won’t be picking that up till at least tomorrow.

Despite the change-up in lens styles, I’m really pleased with how these photos turned out and I hope you guys like them!!

Today has been a very K-On filled day, wouldn’tcha say? Thank you so much for dropping in and if you enjoyed this post remember to hit like or follow for new stuff that’s coming every day!

– Cloudy

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