Naenia is totally my muse, lol. Been two years since I’ve done a proper water shoot with her though, cause I missed my chances last year. I wanted to be a bit more ambitious with this, but unfortunately I forgot a few tools home and the sun came out in the middle. I’m really only happy with one of the photos, but the others that I bothered editing are decent enough to be posted. Still, I want to practise more. :/ In the end I couldn’t even take photos from above water cause the weather turned windy and started making such strong waves that she wouldn’t stay still (and I got cold).
Continue reading “Waterbound”
Ookay, it’s been ages since I’ve done anything with my dolls. Have had some bad times and health problems and just lacked any motivation. But well, this is the only time of the year I can use this location and I’ve been thinking about it for years, so I finally actually got out and went there. I’m so out of shape though that the stream yoga killed my legs. xD Also these could be better but I’m very happy with a few shots at least. :D Love water as an element.
Continue reading “Feel the water and the wind”
Oookay, some more Nae again. But I really love shooting her and I had to go check out this stream before stuff starts growing. It’s going to be a jungle later on, and it wasn’t very easy to travel even now.
Unfortunately it also seems like Nae’s face up is pretty much dead. Lots of flaking on the coating from her repeated lake shoots. Well, I might see if it can survive a little longer and I get to try some more underwater stuff. I’d rather not re-paint her and then submerge her again. Not even sure I will be able to re-do her in a satisfactory manner. xD
Also so sorry this is even more repetitive than usual. I didn’t really have a good day this time, but I commend myself for actually biking there (3,8km), trecking through the budding jungle and spending a few hours on location after scouting the best spots. It took everything I had physically.. by the end my legs were shaking so much (from photography yoga) that I just couldn’t keep the camera stable anymore. Once I got back home I lost all strenght in my legs. xD
Continue reading “Season of water”
I also had Naenia with me on my trip yesterday. Larissa was in an element she didn’t belong to, but that’s not the case for Nae. She’s eagerly waiting for things to get warm so that she can again become what she is supposed to be.
Continue reading “Almost there”
I took these sometime late last year when we got our first (and pretty much only) snows. I had a whole story to go with them but ehh, I’ve forgotten most of it. Main point was that the winter came and Naenia was forced to abandon her tail and don some legs until spring. She loathes winter with every fiber of her being as she also hates wearing clothes. But now that it’s cold, she has to put on layers and layer of clothes to keep warm. Can’t win here. xD She’s originally from the tropics and just can’t handle the cold, whereas my siren will just dive down to the bottom and hibernate where the temperature stays at a nice and steady 4°C.
I had two wigs for her in this shoot as neither is perfect. The dark brown one is a bit dead from the lake visits and the red one is not styled properly yet, so they both make an apprearance as I was figuring out which to use.
Continue reading “Freeze is coming”
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”
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”