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
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
While at ALA, I got the chance to do a few mini-shoots with Tashi Cakes and her friend as swimsuit Asuka Langley and Rei Ayanami from Evangelion.
Fortunately for us, we were able to get a few pictures at the hot tub while it was (mostly) empty. It was in the shade too, so I avoided dealing with direct sunlight. Later the next day, we also gave a night shoot a try at the hotel pool. Since the area was lit with green and blue, I wanted to see if I could get some nice pictures out of it in the background. I only had my flash to provide fill, and I do like how the lighting turned out, although in hindsight I should’ve tried a couple shots with brighter flash power.
Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS