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.
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
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