Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/10

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Subject: [Leica] More Anime Convention Photos
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Sun Oct 10 07:56:27 2004

It's really too bad you didn't  have a stronger light source on the
Friday's batch does look good.
S. Dimitrov

> From: "Richard F. Man" <>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <>
> Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 03:21:28 -0700
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> Subject: [Leica] More Anime Convention Photos
> This is the Masquerade and the Friday set. I have ~100 photos from Saturday
> to be processed and uploaded later.
> Let me stress again that for most "cosplayers," they love to see their
> photos. So they don't mind even really glaring photo errors (e.g. trees
> growing out of their ears, or lens distortion make them appear to have a
> giant nose, or they suddenly acquiring green tints w/o green makeup etc.),
> as long as they are in the shots. In other words, there are redundant
> photos or some that are definitely decidedly not too good. Having said
> that, I really like how some of them came out, especially on the Friday
> set. I was playing with different composition technique of cutting off
> portion of the body to add drama, but my wife just told me that whenever I
> do that, it's almost always the right side that I chopped off. Oh well.
> live and learn.
> In the Masquerade set with the Studio flash, I didn't have time to fully
> explore different lighting techniques or try the single lighting technique
> that Mark Rabiner suggested. For the group shots, it definitely will not
> work well anyway. Anycase, I did move the lights from my usual boring two
> lights at 45 degrees setup and moved the lights further back with the right
> light being stronger and the left one more like 30 degree and closer but
> less powerful to try to eliminate some back shadows. In some shots, I think
> it works reasonably well, but in some others, it fails spectacularly with a
> big ugly shadow right in the middle. Again, since the cosplayers want to
> see themselves, I left even those up. I would have not put them up
> otherwise. Generally, I am happier with these studio light shots than the
> ones I took a year ago (it was the first time I used the lights in this
> sort of situation). Last year I got some burnt out with the white costumes,
> and this year looks like at least I got that mostly under control.
> Camera: M7, 35/1.4 ASPH, 50/2, and a small number with 90/2AA. I bought the
> Tri-Elmar to travel around Japan but I found that it is just as easy to
> swap lens or move around. I do martial arts and I notice that after a shoot
> of 2-3 hours my legs would be killing me because I would quickly switch to
> difference stances to get different angles and distances from the subject 
> :-)
> As usual, comments and suggestions are always welcome.
> // richard (This email is for mailing lists. To reach me directly, please
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