Yuks General at Sakura Mi 2014

Went to an event at Lake Balboa to check out the blooming cherry blossom trees over the weekend, but they hadn’t quite bloomed fully yet.

Still, I did get a chance to take a few nice shots of Yuks General, and got to try a couple sunset portraits. I’ve always wanted to try doing one, and there were just enough clouds to make a really nice backdrop.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS

Yuks General at ALA 2014

Before ALA began, I’d contacted Yuks General to schedule a shoot, as I’d seen previews of her Lu Ling Qi cosplay and really wanted to shoot it. We ended up doing shoots each day for each of her cosplays, and also a couple of her friends too.

Saturday: Jinx, with G2 as Jax, Ichi Rohai as Yasuo, Ren Fawnlet as Annie. This was the first time I’ve done a shoot with a group, but fortunately my light was up to the task, once I’d turned up the power just a bit higher than I normally set it at.

Sunday: Judal, with David the Han as Kouen. For this shoot, the battery for my remote trigger died so I couldn’t use my dish (that was a little embarrassing). Still, there was plenty of light from the sun and I’d picked out an area that was well shaded, so the shots still turned out pretty well.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish

JS, Lychii, Mika, and Usagiko at ALA 2014

During ALA I ran into a few cosplayers I hadn’t seen before, and did a few quick mini-shoots with them (except for Lychii, who’d I contacted ahead of time to do a shoot of her Princess Hilda).

With JS and Lychii, I was able to bring out my Einstein light and play with a few different angles. The scythe was a bit of challenge to fit in the frame, but I really like how the shots came out. With Lychii’s Hilda shoot, I think I should have tried to get more of the background lighting in. The area had some hanging lanterns that would’ve made for a more interesting backdrop, but they were really dim, so it would’ve been a challenge to balance with the fill light.

I came across Mika, Twerkette and Usagiko at the hotel’s pool area, so I only had my flash to work with, but I think I still managed to work with that and get good shots. Although my flash did run out of batteries mid-shoot with Usagiko, so that was a little embarrassing. Good thing I’d brought spares.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS. Light: Einstein E640 with 22″ white beauty dish