I have some Sebille photos coming, but I’ve been lazy with their editing, so I’ll just put these up first. There have been taken on 3 different occasions and mixed up a bit. There are my first underwater doll photos and I’ve been practising controlling all the elements. There’s airbubbles, floating hair, floating clothes, fish, sand, sun and a lot of other things to consider while shooting and it’s not easy. My very first photos didn’t have much definition due to bad lighting, the next ones had light but the colours, exposure and sand was all over the place. Third and final session had more things right, but the sand and other floating stuff in the water is seriously the bane of my existence. ALso focusing with the camera I have is not the easiest thing and I can’t see where the focus or composition is properly as the screen reflects strangely. I would need a mask and go under myself, but I haven’t done that yet. There are some sharper photos, some grainy ones, some with a lot of ‘trash/sand’ and others with a ton of random blur, so bear with me. I still like a lot of these and do want to try again in the future, but for now I think I’ll give Nae a rest. There’s a lot of maintenance to be done after each shoot, so it’s quite labor intensive.
My dream would be to have a pool of my own where I could just set up a backdrop, some props and shoot without caring about sand and other random stuff beyond my control. I could do it, but I never have the extra money (with these heatwaves in the summer, I would love a pool of my own though xD).
Continue reading “Creature of Water”
Okay, the second version with sunshine is done. I was also armed with mosquito repellent and was thus able to stay longer, which resulted in a longer shoot than the original. I sprayed some on her wig too, so that I didn’t have to photoshop giant killer mosquitoes off her head while post-processing. Last time the photos were flat due to the clouds and I used a picture style I’ve made specifically for Seere (and my other red-heads) and that resulted in me having to de-red her skin tone and generally edit them a lot. This time I was able to shoot with a more natural style (customised faithful is my go-to) and had to only do minimal editing, so yay.
Yes, I attempted to re-do this same pose from the previous shoot because I hated how I posed the tail fin last time. Not necessarily better but at leas the fin doesn’t bother me anymore.
Continue reading “Sunny Stream”
Finally, Nae’s first official shoot. I’m really happy with a few photos and less than happy with the rest, but I’m planning a trip back there again in the coming days to attempt some more photos. This stream is at a nature reservation site and I had to be extra careful to not stomp on the plants and moss, so I only had a few footholds (mostly spots in the stream) and my angles were a bit limited. I also forgot to take my reflector -or more like considered it and for some unknown reason decided against it. I also want to take Nae to the deeper stream I took Kilbas/Avis photos at last year, but I think I want the weather to get warmer so that I can actually stand in the water. This stream is very shallow so rubber boots are enough, but that one is knee high and I don’t have boots that long. xD
I do think I want a warmer coloured wig for her -and I still need to re-make her tail fins but ugh, I keep failing every time.
Mosquito repellent would be a valid accessory as well. Much of my time was spent hitting my own head and I rather sure I carried multiple mosquito corpses back home with me in my hair today.
Continue reading “Mossy Stream”
Aand Delmia photos from the meet. These are a bit repetitive but my angles were limited due to the branches. xD
Continue reading “Among flowers”
We had our traditional Hanami meet at the local apple tree orchard yesterday. The weather wasn’t the best around, but at least it didn’t rain and the sun even made a few short appearances, so we managed some decent photos. I also had Delmia with me, but I’ll post her photos in another entry.
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Time for my spring ritual again, this time it’s with Hexia (for the first time). Yay! She isn’t as impressive outfit-wise but man does the location suit her. :3 There’s some repetition cause I couldn’t narrow them down.
And just for comparisons sake, here are all the previous spring shoots in this location I have done:
Cold Spring (2018, Sigrun), Only Death (2017, Sigrun), Magical Green (2016, Iria), All Dead Here (2015, Prisca), Jorougumo (2014, Yami), Entangled (2013, Sigrun), Death Wood (2012, Prisca)
If you study the shoots carefully, you’ll see that there are changes to the landscape in each one. Most notably the fallen trees: every year there’s at least one new one. This year there were several (but some of them were above me, as they’d fallen against another tree) courtesy to the snowfall last month where the snow was really wet (=heavy) and it snowed like 30-40cm within 48 hours. That broke a lot of trees (including the one that Hex poses against) that in turn either squished the smaller bushes or just left them standing all bent. Nobody uses that path anymore -not for years since before I started using it, so nobody comes to chop the trees up to move them out of the way. The spruce forest in the beginning of the path has gotten pretty wild too and I keep getting poked when I try to shoot. At some point it’ll grow over and I won’t be able to shoot there anymore.
Continue reading “Hibernation”
Aand now some newer photos. Rushed outside when it was snowing a lot yesterday, but unfortunately it stopped after the first poses and then I lost inspiration. But I do really like a few of these. :3
Continue reading “Out of the cave”
I took these some weeks ago but forgot to post them. Not very happy with them either because the forest was kind of ugly, but since I went through the trouble…
Continue reading “Old friends”
Hello everyone! As you’ve probably noticed from my last entry, I finally received my Bimong order from last May and got to work with her immediately. I spend the first day modding the torso and the next few days painting her and playing with her. And since I documented most of what I did (starting with the tail last April) I thought I’d make a post about it. For my own records if it’s not of interest to anyone else.
I’ve wanted a mermaid doll for forever. Actually since childhood: I quite loved my barbies and other dolls with mermaid tails. I even have Siren because the Soom Cass pieces at the time were pretty much the only things that came close and they’re beautifully shaped. But as I am now, I’m also very picky with actual mermaid tails. Most dolls either don’t have attractive jointing in them, the tail is too thin or too short or they’re only sold as giant fullsets and are too expensive for me (looking at you Asleep Eidolon and Angell Studio). Or then the dolls are just tiny and I wanted something bigger. But when I saw the Fairyland seahorse tail for the first time, I quite liked what I saw. It’s not that smooth or mermaid-y looking but the jointing is quite well hidden and above all: versatile. So yes, I knew I wanted it, and that brought forward this character.
So, once the bottom half was decided on, how about the actual doll? Initially, I thought I’d get a grey skin Withdoll for this character, but I already have most of the head sculpts I want from them and I’m not a huge fan of the torso of the girl body anyway. However, a cold blue tail with a grey torso would’ve made a really nice cold climate mermaid. But when Bimong announced his final preorder for Narae and Narin, it all clicked. I’d wanted a 408 head for a long time and also a tan Narae, so what better than to combine the tail, 408 and tan skin. She’d be more warm toned and kind of tropical for our climate but what the heck. xD
I originally hunted for the clear blue tail, but I let all the ones I could find slip through my fingers. I didn’t have the funds and I wasn’t looking at it that seriously as I wasn’t, at the time, sure what doll I would get to be on it. Well, when I finally was able to afford and seriously look for one, pretty much all of them had gone and the market started to be replaced with that steampunk tail -which also was clear, but I did not want the carvings and gears and stuff on it, so it was no good. Luckily I at least found one mint tail with all the pieces that I could buy, so that’s what I had to use. But it really needed to be dyed. :3
Continue reading “A 10 month project (working on and modding Naenia)”
Woo, I finally received my Narae order from Bimong last week and got straight to work with her. I’ve had her tail piece since before I ordered her, but I had to mod the waist to make her fit on it. I can’t wait for the snows to melt and the weather to get warmer to actually get nice photos of her. A good wig would be on the agenda too, but I first have to message some wig makers and gather up the funds. I haven’t finished all of her blushing yet and these photos are really dark and all, so not the best. But I just can’t help but to play with her. x3
I’ll make a separate entry of her modding, dyeing and stuff once I get good face up photos taken.
So yes, this is Naenia or Nae for short. Her name means death song or funeral song pretty much. She’s a Naiad, which is a type of a nymph that preys on humans and animals too. Similar to Siren but she’s not quite as predatory and not as resistant to cold.
Continue reading “A Death Song”
Ooh, I managed to put my winter gear on and grab a doll and a camera yesterday. I still have other dolls I should photograph as well since we’ve had an exceptionally pretty winter so far. The only problem is that because it’s been cold, all the snow is powdery and there’s too much of it for most dolls. Like I wanted to take some photos of my noodle as well but nope, it’s too steep.
Sorry about the slightly boring.
Continue reading “Waiting for the girlfriend”
I shot these at mizya’s place about 7 months ago, but then forgot about them. I also had a few demonstrative videos of the posing, but I seem to have accidentally deleted them or moved them somewhere else, since I’ve switched phones after that and they were shot with my phone camera. I will add them later if I happen to come across them, but I’m afraid they’ve been deleted.
This is otherwise kind of late, too, because the new Soom female SG body has been around since 2012 after all. But I haven’t really handled it much as I never bought one for myself. I got to borrow this one from kesakeru for this purpose.
First we have a comparison with some other dolls of the same size, and then a small review of a few of the joints.
(So sorry about the quality of the photos: the light was bad and there was not enough backdrop)
Oasisdoll Chic body (ns) > old Super Gem female (pv) > New 2012 Super Gem female (tawny) > old Souldoll Zenith double (ws)
As you can see, the new SG body is the shortest: both the shoulders are the lowest and the neck is short so she says short. Old SG is tallest, though Zenith has the longest legs (those girls are all leg).
The new SG also has the shortest neck and sharpest turn at the base, making her stand quite stiffly compared to all the others. Both the new SG and Oasis doll have quite boxy shoulders as well, but due to the sculpting elsewhere in the torso, the Oasisdoll looks much more relaxed.
Continue reading “Soom 2012 SG female body comparison + review”
These are something I’ve had the idea for for a while but it’s been pretty dark. Today the sun was out, though there were a lot of clouds coming past, so the lighting kept changing, thus the different colours.
My noodle STILL needs a name, but I promise, I’ll get there. xD
Continue reading “Taming the Noodle”
I’m not very happy with these photos, but they’re the only ones I have with autumn colours and I made the effort to actually go out for photos of Seere in this dress, so… And big thanks to Turre for the ride and company. (Also mizya and Petra who joined us)
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Okay, finally we have the set I took the contest photo from. I got this idea almost immediately when I heard the theme was nude dolls. And I’m definitely a winner here because I had too much fun. I almost immediately wanted to go back there, despite not having a different doll to take… But next year I should have the perfect one =w= and I really look forward to (taking) those photos.
This is a bit of a story but no narration or dialogue, so you can interpret it however you want. xD
Continue reading ““Occupied””