Sunday, March 31, 2013

DIY Beauty Dish

This is a beauty dish based on a popular design on the Net. However, I wanted to use a rounder bowl for the front reflector, so I was unable to use bolts to keep it in place. I ended up leaving the handles on the dish and using plastic steel to glue it to the the bigger dish.

The bigger dish

The inner reflector

The inner reflector

Holes cut for flash head and holes drilled for mount.

Bolts fitted and back sprayed black

Mount fitted (from softbox)
Finished beauty dish from the front
Finished beauty dish with flash attached

Friday, March 29, 2013

Cosplay at Xizhi Ruins

After planning to go to th Xizhi Ruins for over two years, I finally made it last weekend. We did a photo shoot with two characters from the Japanese game Zone00.

The mansion belongs to a former movie producer from Taiwan. Word has it that the KMT used the place to stash their loot. The producer is currently in exile and the property is worthless for reasons unknown to me.

There are still many intact mirrors all over the house.  The lack of vandalism in Taiwan amazes me.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Cosplay in Taipei - CWT32 & CWT33

Cosplay is pretty popular in Taiwan. Especially the Japanese comic book and video game characters. I recently attended the CWT32 and and CWT33 events hosted by Comic World Taiwan to take some photos. These are held at National Taiwan University every few months.

These were all shot with a Canon 7D and Canon 17-55mm lens. A 50X50 cm softbox and reflector was used for lighting.

Souji Okita (沖田総司, Okita Souji)
Souji Okita (沖田総司, Okita Souji) is one of the main characters in Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan. He is based on the historical Okita Soji.

Okita is a handsome young man, standing at 176 cm or 5’9” with brick brown hair and emerald green eyes, with a charming personality and sarcastic wit.
He idolizes Isami Kondou, the commander of the Shinsengumi, and imitates his hair style. As much as he tries to hide it most of the time with teasing and rudeness, he is honest, good natured, polite, but he seems to be the type of person who likes to keep important information to himself, just to see what happens. Souji has a great respect for Kondou and is, in fact, one of the most loyal men to him among the Shingengumi.
He usually wears red/gray/orange clothes and due to his tuberculosis has a failing sense of taste, requiring him to eat strongly seasoned food (to everyone else's misfortune when he's on cooking duty), but attempts to hide the beforementioned disease. Souji warned Chizuru that if she ever got in his way during patrol or a fight, he'd kill her, and yet, he protected her from Kazama during the Ikedaya incident, despite him being injured. When everyone realized Chizuru was a girl, Souji commented that "It was obvious she was a girl" yet he didn't say anything.

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