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A walk in the park

After taking some pictures of Yukino in the veranda yesterday, we went to a park for her first afternoon outdoor.

Yukino at the park

The destination was the Citadel Park in Ghent. It was quite calm for a Saturday. The passers-by could slow down the pace to take a better look at Yukino, but no one really got in the way. There was even one lady that complimented her beauty. The proud mom here was in the clouds!

Yukino at the park

You will notice that I am not really keen with the wig. Her hair was pretty much covering her cute face all the time. Hairstyling has already been added to my “things to improve” list.

Yukino at the park

As it was first time outside, I made sure she had her teddy rabbit with her all the time. She did not feel alone this way.

Yukino at the park

The hours passed very fast! It was an afternoon of discoveries and adventures for both model and photographer. I must say that I thought I was going to feel weird by taking pictures of a doll(fie) in public. I never felt this way though. Once I took her out of bag and placed her by the tree for the pose, I did not think about anything else anymore.

Yukino at the park

I would like to thank flan_man for his patience, support and great ideas. Arigatoo gozaimasu!

 

Credits:

DD: Yukino 2nd version, VOLKS

Clothes: “White Album” Yuki’s Everyday Wear Set “Coat & Jeans” Version, VOLKS

Necklace: Yeahplayer (www.flickr.com/photos/36421005@N06/)

Toy: Rabbit (Yukino’s welcome gift), Dollmore

Posing for the first time

It is true that I took some pictures of Yukino on the day of her arrival. However, I don’t count those as a photo shoot. There was no setting, the lights were not good and there were more pictures of the box than of Yukino herself.

So to make it up, she did her official debut for the camera today.

Yukino's first photo shoot

I will probably repeat myself many times, but Yukino-chan is GORGEOUS! Her eyes are so beautiful and she has this sweet look that is simply moe.

Yukino's first photo shoot

For now, there will not be any fancy poses since her stand is still on the way. Even though we kept it simple, model and photographer did their best.

Yukino's first photo shoot

You will see that I have not figured out yet how to get her hair right. It is not only the wig, but it is the styling itself that is not simple. I am so afraid of damaging the curls… >_<*

Yukino's first photo shoot

To help Yukino feel at home, I got her a small teddy to keep her company. The rabbit is so sweet. It is so small that it fits her jacket’s pocket, but it is so cute that I could not resist it.

Yukino's first photo shoot

I hope you liked the pictures and mainly my beloved Yukino! I uploaded more shots on my Flickr. Hints are always welcome.

Yukino's first photo shoot

Until next time! またね!

Feeling like moving forward

I did not check the customs today as it is weekend anyway. If they did not released Yukino last Thursday, it is not going to happen today (neither tomorrow).

It was really a pity because the weather was so beautiful! There were surely lots we could have done together if she were here.

As it was not possible, I grabbed the camera and got my Mio Nendoroid to pose for me.

Mio Akiyama

Needless to say that feedback is always welcome. 😉

Mio Akiyama

I am feeling more confident with the camera now. Despite knowing that there is still a lot to improve, I see some progress and begin to understand my possibilities.

Mio Akiyama

I think it is already time to start post-editing my pictures.

Mio Akiyama

Even though it might be a source of frustration in the beginning, it is probably worth a try. Waiting until I get expert in taking pictures to start would simply be a waste of time.

Mio Akiyama

To be continued…

* more pictures on my Flickr.

While I am waiting

To my despair, Yukino-chan is still at the customs office. This wait is crazy!

Besides some clothes, I have also received another I placed for her. It was a little welcome gift that I can hand in yet because the owner is still on her way home. *sad*

In order to pass time, I decided to practice photography on another figure from Hazuki I have.

Hazuki 2

This figure has a lot of details and I ended up struggling with the shadows.

Hazuki 2

I ended up going to a light background at the end.

Hazuki 2

As usual, tips are always welcome. On my Flickr, I posted more shots. Please let me know your favorites to help me improve.

It is Hazuki’s turn

In this path of mine to learn how to photograph better, I have been helped by a lot of people. One of these people is balldylox that I know from forums and figure.fm.

After yesterday’s trial, I was a little bit disappointed and even feared I would never make any progress. Today, however, I feel that I took a small step forward.

I picked Hazuki from Moon Phase this time. I love this anime (who can resist Dimitri from Paris’ Neko Mimi Mode?).

Hazuki - Tsukuyomi

It is still a path of trial and error for me, but I think that I start to get the idea behind the lights.

Hazuki - Tsukuyomi

I wanted to play with the angles and test whether I was able to detect slip ups during the shooting.

Hazuki - Tsukuyomi

This week ends with a positive balance. I am looking forward next weekend when I will again time to practice a little more.

* More pictures from Hazuki on my Flickr.

Not easy

As I am still waiting for Yukino-chan, I decided to work a little bit on skills as a photographer.

I never thought it could be so difficult (for me) to take real pictures. Last time, I used only the automatic settings from the camera as I didn’t want to make it too hard on myself on the first time.

Today, however, I wanted to be cool and play around. How naive am I…

My victim this time was a figure of Kaoru Kamiya (Samurai X), I got on Valentine’s day from my boyfriend some years ago. She was my very first figure and it made sense to me using her in this learning process of mine.

Kaoru Kamiya

I could never imagine that getting the right light could be so complicated. I struggled using too much or too little the whole time.

Kaoru Kamiya

I even hoped that a different background could help me a bit, but I didn’t get much far.

With Yukino-chan on the way, I sincerely start to doubt I will ever make it. Right now, the disappointed is huge. Let’s see if I manage to give it a try again in the next days, or if I give it up for good and leave it for the pros.

Kaoru Kamiya

P.S.: No post-processing was done on the pictures. I want to learn how walk before I start to run.

Photographing

I love taking pictures, but I am more of a snapshot person. Lights, lenses, posing is not really my specialty. However, I would love to be able to photograph Yukino when she arrives.

There are some people who are born with the talent of registering beautiful moments. As I am not one of those lucky few, I have practice.

Today, I put aside my fear of failing miserably and decided to give a try with my Nendoroids. Even though I started with Konata Izumi, I like the ones with Louise better.

Louise - Zero no Tsukaima #61

She was a little impatient in the beginning and was not really happy with the background I chose for her.

Louise - Zero no Tsukaima #61

She even tried to put a spell on me. I was lucky it is not by chance that she is called Zero Louise. (°_°*)

Louise - Zero no Tsukaima #61

She calmed down a bit when I gave her a flower.

Louise - Zero no Tsukaima #61

But I ended up reaching her limit with my pranks and the poor thingie started crying. (T_T*)

Final impressions: I still have a lot to learn about photographing figures and dollfies. It is not easy, but I really enjoyed this little warm-up.

P.S.: If you want to see all the pictures of this photo shoot, please visit my Flickr.