30. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 14 – GSC 1/8 Senjougahara Hitagi · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,

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Neil’s challenge to me this week involved Good Smile’s 1/8 Senjougahara. The challenge itself was as follows:

BRIGHT COLORS. I’ve always loved the purple of Hitagi’s hair, and I think you could do something cool with bright saturated colors, either in the background, or in the way you shoot the figure. Have fun with making the colors strong.

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30. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Spotlight: Kill la Kill – Mako Mankanshoku – Nendoroid 408 (Good Smile Company) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , , ,

If ever there was a round headed character who was perfect for the Nendoroid format, that character is definitely Mako Mankanshoku. This ebullient figure was released this month for ¥3889. She was released along with the protagonist, Ryuko Matoi, but that Nendo is taking a little longer getting to me, so I’ll just be looking at Mako here.

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26. August 2014 by · Comments Off on This Old Figure: To Heart 2 Kousaka Tamaki Bunny ver. – 1/6 (Kaitendoh) · Categories: Unboxing · Tags: , ,

It is my hope that this post will serve to dispel any alarm that might come from the fact that I haven’t posted a new Tamaki Kousaka figure in… 3 days. This time we have Kaitendoh’s veritable ten-car-pileup of visual themes; the Bunny ver. of Tamaki. She’s wearing a swimsuit, sorta, but it’s kind of winter themed and the fluffy white trim is reminiscent of Santa, but it’s pink instead of red, and she’s got bunny ears and… Oh I’m so confused. This version of Tamaki was released by Kaitendoh in 2011 for ¥8500, as well as an all-white limited edition variant.

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26. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 14 – Kotobukiya Dark Angel Olivia · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,

photo-fight-14_finalThis week I got an excuse to take the majorly-huge Dark Angel Olivia out of the DETOLF. After hiring a crew to help and renting a crane I moved it to where I could attack the challenge Jeff gave me,

Your challenge is to use that new macro glass of yours. There’s a criminal lack of up close shots of this figure, given the ridiculous amount of detail they crammed into it. Get scary close and give us something sharp.

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23. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 13 – Sonico – Sweets Time ver. · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , , ,

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Neil gave me a bye week. My figure was the Sweets Time ver. of the FuRyu Sonico prize figures, and my theme was:

“Clean and relaxing. Have a nice time, and make something smooth and easy on the eyes.”

I lucked out and got a nice rainy day to shoot against. Everything else about the shot is pretty simple – I staged it on top of a cooler with an old piece of velveteen as the carpet instead of shooting it at the desk, and borrowed the TV from the Taito P4 Nanako prize figure. Sadly we can’t see that Sonico is utterly entranced by a “Junes” ad, but that’s alright.

23. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 13 – Kaitendoh Kousaka Tamaki · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,

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Pardon the large file size this time, I haven’t cropped or edited my photo. That’s because Jeff’s challenge encouraged doing all the work in-camera.

ƒ 3.2. Crack that lens wide open and give us something soft and intimate.

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17. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 12 – Wave Beach Queens Tanigawa Kanna · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,

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Tanigawa Kanna is upset because when she heard she was heading to the pool for Photo Fight 12 she expected something more impressive. The challenge from Jeff this week was,

Summer’s more than halfway over. Now’s the time to cram as much fun into the good weather months as you can. Your mission is to fake a pool scene. I know it’s a “beach” figure but you can’t always make it to the shore.

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16. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 12: Monogatari Nenrodoid Manga · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,

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Neil’s challenge for me this week was:

>Monogatari Nendo Manga.
>You must include at least one speech bubble. Optional: more than one frame and/or monochrome like it’s printed.
Not a hell of a lot to say here. I am a photographer, not a digital artist, and this is what happens when you ask a photographer to spend a week pretending they are a digital artist.
10. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 11: Otakon Edition · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , ,

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Otakon seemed the perfect opportunity for a unique and interesting Figure Photo Fight. With that in mind, Jeff and I each were challenged to shoot a figure at or around the convention.

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10. August 2014 by · Comments Off on Figure Photo Fight 11: Otakon Edition · Categories: Photo Shoots · Tags: , , ,

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Since Neil and I both were attending Otakon 21 this year, we decided this week’s photo challenge would be a little special. Our photos were to:

  1. Feature a figure purchased in the dealer room of the convention, and
  2. Be photographed on location – be it at the Convention itself or in the surrounding neighborhood, but most importantly, away from home and all of our comfortable desks and lights and reflectors and tripods and what have you.

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