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Diorama/Portrait: Basement car park. Bike is acquired from eBay after hunting for days for a scale/size i wanted. It is quoted as a 1/9 scale, bike length = 235mm.

Associated photo/setup: PICTURE #1221837

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UPDATE: An article on her here in MFC: blog/19762

Shot with Nikon D5200 & Sigma F1.4 50mm lens.
f/5, ISO100, 1/2.5sec, spot metering, active D-Lighting, 2 light sources (key & rim) & 1 bouncer (mirror).

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Setup:

http://i1029.photobucket.com/albums/y352/EXkuroganeII/re2015-02-09140432_zps1b9580ce.jpg
3 years ago
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Great Shot! (*≧▽≦)
2 years ago
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Moro (3 years ago) #2689341I see. I agree that a lot of people don't pay attention to their displays. A good display for a good figure is almost as important as the quality of the figure itself.
View spoilerHide spoilerI suppose I just don't have the confidence in my own work to feel comfortable working to inspire, because I'm always afraid that everyone else will pay attention to them instead. Damn, that's a bit sad, isn't it? Oh well.
I'm a cheapass so I rarely choose EMS, but I'm not much of a photographer either, so I guess it doesn't apply so much. I even have the use of a nice camera, but I never have the ideas for elaborate images in the first place, so my photography is strictly informative--just to show the details of a figure to those interested or who might be looking to buy one of their own. I think my basic informative photography is all right, it gets the job done anyway, but such things get no attention because they aren't worthy of attention.
I admire your creativity. I asked if you were afraid if others would steal your ideas, but none of them are ones I would have come up with, so perhaps I wasn't giving you enough credit to begin with.
Thanks for such a detailed reply. I wasn't sure if maybe my question had offended you or something - ^-;


Erm nope, no offense taken =) It's a good (and interesting) question, hence I explained what i really feel about regarding that topic. I know, that lengthy reply might have given you the impression that I was lashing back or something, but that's totally not the case ^_^
3 years ago
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EXkurogane (3 years ago) #2680261-space snip-
I see. I agree that a lot of people don't pay attention to their displays. A good display for a good figure is almost as important as the quality of the figure itself.
View spoilerHide spoilerI suppose I just don't have the confidence in my own work to feel comfortable working to inspire, because I'm always afraid that everyone else will pay attention to them instead. Damn, that's a bit sad, isn't it? Oh well.
I'm a cheapass so I rarely choose EMS, but I'm not much of a photographer either, so I guess it doesn't apply so much. I even have the use of a nice camera, but I never have the ideas for elaborate images in the first place, so my photography is strictly informative--just to show the details of a figure to those interested or who might be looking to buy one of their own. I think my basic informative photography is all right, it gets the job done anyway, but such things get no attention because they aren't worthy of attention.
I admire your creativity. I asked if you were afraid if others would steal your ideas, but none of them are ones I would have come up with, so perhaps I wasn't giving you enough credit to begin with.
Thanks for such a detailed reply. I wasn't sure if maybe my question had offended you or something - ^-;
3 years ago
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Thank you everyone for the kind comments ^_^

Moro (3 years ago) #2679267I got maybe a weird question. Why do you always share your setups? Aren't you afraid people will steal your ideas or learn your techniques? o:

[Long reply >.<]

The main point is to let people learn what i do if they are interested and motivated enough to do it. To be an inspiration to others - it's especially in my very own country where people keep on buying as much figures as possible until their rooms look like warehouses - not doing enough to make their room/spaces look good, and rarely anyone care enough to do their figures any justice by making them look good in photos. I can't blame them, as figure photography is not being well appreciated (because very few people put effort in figure photos) compared to cosplay photography, and the common trend with such hobbies for those who can afford it, is that "more in quantity is better" instead of putting in some money to make their rooms look good or get photography gears. That's why i share what i do with people and even wrote articles on them once in a while, trying to inspire people to try the same. I myself, is someone who was inspired by what others here did with their figure photos and started to do the same.

I'm kind of aware of the well-known "kiasu" attitude (in Chinese Hokkien dialect, it means "fear of losing" or excessive competitiveness) - they are everywhere among my friends and college mates, and i probably have a bit of it (as a typical Asian? lol), but i believe more in sharing all the nice stuff with people instead of keeping things to myself. Indeed, i do avoid the "theft" of my ideas via 2 simple ways - never revealing too much on what im currently doing/work in progresses before i finish the product and complete my photoshooting.

And, for new/recently released figures, i try to grab them asap if i want one and i have enough budget, and ship it fast with EMS. I get the figure early, i'll be one of the earliest collectors/hobbyists to release good shots of that figure online and 'set the standard', with the main aim being attracting more audiences to my photos and my facebook page. Most of my planning and prop building would have been started early by a a week, or up to a month early before the figure was even released (depending on the complexity). I grab lots of photos from here in MFC and study them so that i know what to focus on in prop building which will determine the composition of the shots for an unreleased figure. By the time i received my figure - within that same week i can begin photoshooting.

I didnt buy Mika that early (back in december) due to financial constraints, but i was confident my bike/basement idea isn't something anyone can easily come up with, because it took me really long in studying her figure from official shots whenever im free, before concluding to go with that setup. It was still a 50/50 risk, where i spend money building props for something i dont know whether it will work because i dont have the figure in hand yet. But, after i'm finished with i wanted to do i will share the behind-the-scenes as much as possible - i dont mind if people try to copy what i do after that - well, since i did it first for that particular figure.
3 years ago
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wow i'm rather impressed.
The setting is downwrite perfect.
And btw i really love the details on the parking garage diorama.
3 years ago
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I like more her position in the setup pic, but anyways awesome
3 years ago
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EXkurogane (3 years ago) #2674354Setup:
http://i1029.photobucket.com/albums/y352/EXkuroganeII/re2015-02-09140432_zps1b9580ce.jpg

amazingly done!
i'm always interseted on the making of
3 years ago
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Nice picture !!! :D
3 years ago
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its amazing to see the process and setup! great job!
3 years ago
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I got maybe a weird question. Why do you always share your setups? Aren't you afraid people will steal your ideas or learn your techniques? o:
3 years ago
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