Figure photography – Alter’s Asuka test plug suit and Kasugano Sora – black Chinese dress version

It has been a very long time for any figure photography. Not surprising with work taking me away from home, any time I have is spent handling urgent overdue tasks. With this, I hope to begin clearing the backlog that has steadily been building.

I am glad I don’t have a deadline for such small projects as they are more for distraction from the many things driving me up the wall. Not many shots for this shoot, but I thought it might be interesting to try to do something with the photos and hopefully brush up on my other skills in the process.

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Scanning softwares (Silverfast 8, Epson scan) – Use it or not is entirely up to the workflow.

Whenever I have new developed film to scan, I would quickly fire up the Epson scan software that came bundled with my Epson V700, never giving another thought to it and proceed to scan my film.

Occasionally though I find myself thinking of using the other software that came bundled with the scanner as well – Silverfast 8 (actually, it was Silverfast 7, I was given a free upgrade to it when they offered a limited time upgrade for their bundled Silverfast 7). It is not that I haven’t tried it, but every time I have, the results were less than I had hoped.

Disclaimer: This is not a exhaustive review of Silverfast 8 – this is just to show why my film scanning workflow is setup to still use Epson scan instead of Silverfast. I know of many others online who have mastered Silverfast, and I do hope to eventually learn how to use Silverfast. 

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Kodak ProImage 100

Taken using Nikon F6 with Kodak ProImage 100

At first glance, ProImage 100 film box wouldn’t garner much attention, its rather dull looking when compared with Kodak Gold’s design. So it was really surprising after developing a roll. This film is incredible – it has amazing color reproduction especially in studio conditions. Although there are some limitations.

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Culture Japan Penang 2013 (Day 1 and 2)

No doubt some of you are wondering where the hell have I been? Well it’s a long story but it involves going back to Kenya for the golive and then coming back. That is another story I hope to do a blog on later.

Though as a result of that assignment I managed to get a nice week off and guess where I decided to spend it? I’ll give you a hint, “Culture Japan Penang”.

Okay, that wasn’t really a hint but a dead give away as I couldn’t come up with something witty.

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Ilford XP2

Previously, I had trouble looking for someone to help me developed B&W film so as a result, I looked to using C41 B&W and one of the first ones I tried was Ilford Super XP2 400.

Results were a bit mixed but that was before  I signed up for the print room‘s basic B&W course. Every since I have been shooting with regular B&W instead of the C41 stuff.

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Asia Festival Anime Malaysia 2012

Here is my belated report. This AFA is rather special because it is also the first time that it was held in Malaysia and just in time because it also falls on the same weekend as Super GT and sadly I only went to Sepang on Saturday. As for AFA, I only went for the Sunday show.

There were many stalls and events but I only stayed for a bit in the morning because I had an urgent call so I left early but I did come back later that evening for Sea*A and Kotoko~! ^_^

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1/4 Nanoha Takamachi Swimsuit Ver. PVC by Good smile company

I'll be honest, I don't really like the idea of buying reissues so whenever a figure I want completely sells out, usually the only other way to get a copy is to wait for one to show up on the second hand market. It has something to do with my mentality of getting the first one, that being said it really stinks up whenever I found out after searching how and low for something, I later find that the company has made a reissues, it totally invalidates all my previous effort and sort of cheapens the figure I spent so much trying to acquire.....

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