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The folks at The Neo Tokyo Project got me to do a shoot of some of their cosplay friends in their RWBY costume. I’ve never seen a single episode of RWBY prior to this shoot but it looks pretty interesting. Had a crash course in their fight scenes on Youtube just to get an idea what this anime is really about. Turns out, it’s an awesome web animation by Rooster Teeth about gravity-defying girls and boys and oversized weapons and massive monsters… and a professor obsessed with a mug, apparently :P I’ve gotta start watching the series now that I’m finally done with Game of Thrones (for now).
For this shoot, we found an aisle somewhere in Singapore and set up two Bowen Esprit Gemini GM500s. I wanted to get the shots during the golden hour but that also meant we were running out of daylight. We had only a few hours to do the shoot and it didn’t help that the traffic that evening was exceptionally busy. We had vans and cars passing through this back alley every half an hour or so. At one point, a police car drove past with its lights flashing, causing the Bowens to trigger (it was funny!).
To soften the lighting on the cast, I attached a 95cm octagon softbox to one of the Bowens. The other Bowen faced the background to light up the surrounding area so I can separate the cast from the backdrops if I need to. Truth be told, I feel the need to invest in another Travelpac battery unit as the cables for the Bowens are ridiculously short (3m each) and they do not sell the 8m versions in Singapore anymore. As a result, the Bowens couldn’t be separated far apart.
A lot of post-processing was done to ensure that the cast look like their anime counterparts. The biggest challenge was getting Penny to look right as the cosplayer initially came with a few swords which were used by the character in the anime to display her powers. Unfortunately, there was no way we could make the sword float like in the anime. Another tough challenge was getting the swords to behave like they should – the swords had to be precisely placed in a circle around the character before she fires her green beam at her enemies.
The only way to do this was to Photoshop those swords in. I wasn’t really keen on finding images from Youtube captures as they would definitely suffer a drop in resolution so I had to craft a PSD image of a sword and clone them so they could look like they should and could be placed so they would behave like they did in the anime.
Overall, the shoot was fun – a little uncomfortable as some of the vents from the kitchens in the surrounding cafes blew hot air at us. It didn’t help that the day was quite hot and humid also (but that’s expected here in Singapore). But the results paid off! Monty Oum himself shared our shots on his Facebook page.
Trivia: We shot this on the eve of Monty Oum’s birthday, and released the photos of Team RWBY on my Facebook page on Monty Oum’s birthday.
Now, that’s amazing!
Photography by The Art of Mezame
R: Hibiki Xtyl
W: Chang Xuan Hui
B: Max’s Derps
Y: Eugene Lim
J: Koh Kai Jian Leon
N: Akari XOnpu
P: Esther Evangeline Au
R: Yuuno XMegane
Penny: Yan Li
See more at RWBY by The Art of Mezame
This is a joint passion project by The Art of Mezame. We built the props and weapons, got the costumes done ourselves with the help of so many wonderful people who encouraged and supported us along the way. We had the wonderful Taryn-Ann Rae Swyny Fonseca to model for us. It’s awesome working with girl-gamers like her!
One of the most fun aspects of this project is our very own customization of weaponry made from toys you can find in major departmental stores and Black-Tactical.com.
Taryn-Ann Rae Swyny Fonseca as Lara Croft
Shyam Luiz Ramasamy
Special thank you to all who believe in us.
Additional slogan: http://www.gamecatchup.com/wp-content/uploads/a-survivor-is-born.jpg
Tomb Raider logo: http://msgeocachers.com/msga/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/tomb-raider-logo1.jpg
Photography by The Art of Mezame
Talent: Hibiki Xtyl
Costume/Props/Make-up: Talent’s own
Assistants: Siti Zahara, Ranger Khai Khai, Jason Koh, Shiki
Photography by The Art of Mezame
Collaboration with Shamsydar Ani Photography
This was a challenging shoot as the mosque was undergoing repairs and clean-ups in preparation for the Ramadhan period and the couple had to move off to the next location right after the solemnization to avoid getting caught in weather that is not so favourable to everyone.
I had to be very aggressive with Photoshop and Lightroom to make sure this image comes out the way I intend it to.
Debris, trash and obstructions like newspaper pieces, a projector and a projector screen and cables had to be removed. A giant industry ceiling fan (man, those things are huge) had to be removed as well.
The image was taken from the third floor gallery of the mosque with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III paired with my Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM at 35mm focal length. The shot settings are as follows: ISO 4000, 1/250 sec at f/5.0, using only ambient light and the mosque’s spotlight which coincidentally lights up only the middle portion of the floor from the bottom left hand corner of the foyer.
In the end, it’s all about removing the distractions so this picture would become memorable for the right reasons.
As requested by some friends. This was what I had to do to get the final shot of an A-Wing which crashed in Hoth. Basically, I set the diorama up outside my place because throwing powder all over the living room is a bad idea.
Once I have set up the diorama on a piece of black corrugated cardboard (easier to bend and fold for discarding), I set up my camera on a tripod and connected it to the Phottix Odin system with a transmitter on the hot shoe and a receiver each on my two Canon 580EXII speedlights.
Final EXIF are as follows…
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Focal length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/18
ISO Speed Rating: ISO 1250
Flash: Did fire, manual 1/4 for blue light from top on boom and 1/1 bounce off wall with CTB filter gel
I used the 70-200 lens because I wanted the image to look as flat as possible without any issue with the corners. I didn’t want the bokeh to be too much because I’d rather have more details around the crash site.
The hard part is getting the diorama right. The toys refuse to stand properly after the ‘snow’ was applied. About half of a bottle of powder was used to get the snow right. I had to stuff other toys underneath the A-Wing to give it a bit of elevation. The figurines had to be dug into the snow to keep standing.
Photoshopping things in was easy. I just had to find good images of the fire and ember sparks and blend them in using Photoshop blending options/tools. “Screen”, under blending options, is your best friend. It is best to use fire images with black backgrounds so you can easily remove the black background in your image.
The falling snow was made by the powder. That was a toughie. I had to use self-timer set to 10 secs and throw the powder and blow it off so it looks like snow. Unfortunately, some of the powder didn’t fly the way it was supposed to so I had to use the cloning tool. But hey, Star Wars had a lot of clones too, right?
To view the final image in its entirety, head over to http://on.fb.me/1e45f9Q
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“The Last Spartan”
Toy Photography by The Art of Mezame
I made some modifications to yesterday’s shoot of my Play Arts Kai Halo 4 Master Chief figurine, adding Reach’s skyline, a Pelican dropship and a Strident Frigate. What do you guys think of this version?