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EXkuroganeEXkurogane6 meses atrás
 

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Diorama of a collapsing cathedral / castle, mostly handmad due to its size, with only the window and floor tiles being 3D printed parts. Photographed on my balcony. 35 frames were shot at f/2.2 and focus stacked. Slash effect was captured on camera as a separate shot via light painting and inserted in post.

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Comentários5 comentários

Shian6 meses atrás#74011036Hi!
Thanks for replying. I don’t by any mean to offend you with my comment before, it’s just purely my opinion since I’ve always look up for your works since a while. I know you spent a great amount of time and effort for this. But, I just feel this picture somehow seems weak compared to your any other works (my favorite still Shuten and Akane pics).
I expect more great pictures from you so please keep your good work.
Thank you


Don't worry, no offense taken. I appreciate any feedback. I myself actually send out samples of my photos to friends who are photographers (before uploading on social media for the public)
and I want them to be criticized if any potential flaws are present. This photo is a testbed for what's to come for the rest of the year. If you have noticed it is my first work to contain photoshopped effects. It's something I deem necessary in future as i photograph more action/fighting pose figures, and I'm starting to familiarize myself with doing it. I'm getting out of my comfort zone here doing what I dont usually do.
6 meses atrás
EXkurogane6 meses atrás#73994279The background is fine - it had to be a castle or a cathedral of sorts. Another option would be a plain open field but that is too plain. Unless you mean a messy background with dozens of solidiers in sharp focus is a better background. While a detailed background is good, too much of it will only make the scene too messy - way too many people make this composition mistake, including other very highly rated pictures here on mfc. I myself used to make that mistake. That is why i concealed some details with effects that function as a leading line and draw focus only to the figure.
And, regarding mysterious themes, mysterious themes are usually dark, with a single point light such as a dark forest with a point of light or light rays. This one is super bright in comparison, meaning it's hot and dusty. The dripping sand from above is supposed to reinforce that.

Hi!

Thanks for replying. I don’t by any mean to offend you with my comment before, it’s just purely my opinion since I’ve always look up for your works since a while. I know you spent a great amount of time and effort for this. But, I just feel this picture somehow seems weak compared to your any other works (my favorite still Okita, Shuten, and Akane pics).

I expect more great pictures from you so please keep your good work.

Thank you
6 meses atrás
Shian6 meses atrás#73986060Hi EXkurogane!
I've always loves your works, all of your pictures is great and had very nice composition and colors. I'm no expert in figure photography or anything but I'll be frank about this one. In my opinion, the figure and diorama doesn't go so well. Jeanne expression, spear, and her pose didn't match at all with the background, on top off all the fog effect is a bit too much so it hinder your diorama details. Maybe if you're use more mysterious characters instead of Jeanne it will be more match with the background.
I don't mean to be a jerk with this comment, just this is the first time I feel your work is not go too well despite your hard effort. Sorry for my poor english as well.
Thank you.


The background is fine - it had to be a castle or a cathedral of sorts. Another option would be a plain open field but that is too plain. Unless you mean a messy background with dozens of solidiers in sharp focus is a better background. While a detailed background is good, too much of it will only make the scene too messy - way too many people make this composition mistake, including other very highly rated pictures here on mfc. I myself used to make that mistake. That is why i concealed some details with effects that function as a leading line and draw focus only to the figure.

And, regarding mysterious themes, mysterious themes are usually dark, with a single point light such as a dark forest with a point of light or light rays. This one is super bright in comparison, meaning it's hot and dusty. The dripping sand from above is supposed to reinforce that.
6 meses atrás
I think this looks amazing! She totally looks ready for battle running down those stairs, and the diorama looks great with her! Super well done, and thanks for sharing with the community!!
6 meses atrás
Hi EXkurogane!

I've always loves your works, all of your pictures is great and had very nice composition and colors. I'm no expert in figure photography or anything but I'll be frank about this one. In my opinion, the figure and diorama doesn't go so well. Jeanne expression, spear, and her pose didn't match at all with the background, on top off all the fog effect is a bit too much so it hinder your diorama details. Maybe if you're use more mysterious characters instead of Jeanne it will be more match with the background.

I don't mean to be a jerk with this comment, just this is the first time I feel your work is not go too well despite your hard effort. Sorry for my poor english as well.

Thank you.
6 meses atrás
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