Photo Shoot #10: A Devil of a Day

Hair & Face: Rei Ayanami
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Kei Tanaka
Series: Neon Genesis Evangelion

Face: Miki Sayaka
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Kei Tanaka
Series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Body: School Swim Wear Body
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Motoki Inada, Eil
Series: Cu-poche Extra

Outfit: Devil Parka Set
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Series: Cu-poche Extra

Face: Dark Magician Girl Ver 1.5
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Naoki Nishimura
Series: Yu-Gi-Oh!

Hair: Miho Nishizumi
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Kei Tanaka
Series: Girls und Panzer

Body: Belle
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Producer: Kento Ogasawara
Series: Cu-poche Extra

Outfit: Angel Parka Set
Manufacturer: 
Kotobukiya
Series: Cu-poche Extra


The first thing that I would like to make note of is the fact that this is not Wednesday. Apologies for the late post. I had wanted to get this out earlier, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. To be honest I have to think part of my hesitancy to post these shots was due to the fact that I’m not very excited about them.

I experienced several lighting issues when trying to get the fires of Hell to burn a fiery red. My initial vision had me using Christmas lights to achieve this. It failed. The lights would not shine bright enough to light the “lava” nor light the scene sufficiently. a-devil-of-a-day-001This being the case I resorted to drastic measures. A desk lamp and a red shirt. It did the job, but was bulky and at times was just too red, or not bright enough. Which detracted to what I wanted to show.a-devil-of-a-day-002There were some decent shots though so I’ve posted some of them for your viewing pleasure.a-devil-of-a-day-003I had thought that my biggest stumbling block would have been suspending the cage which housed the angelic captive, but it worked fairly well. Though I did have to be careful not to jar it as it did have a tendency to spin if touched.a-devil-of-a-day-013Though as you can see the spinning does add a fun effect. Poor little spinning angel.a-devil-of-a-day-004While the cage worked well, it did limit the type of shots that I could take. After trying to change the angel’s pose once I realized that it was a frustrating undertaking, and decided that it was not worth the trouble to try again.a-devil-of-a-day-006a-devil-of-a-day-007I did try several different things though, and tried to focus on other elements of the scene as well, as I grew bored of just having one focal point. I would have liked to shoot more of the angel, but in the cage her face was just too obscured by the bars.a-devil-of-a-day-005So our demonic princess was the star of this shoot. a-devil-of-a-day-008I liked the thought of using Rei as the face of the demon, but to be honest I really wish the figure came with a third face to add a little more variety. a-devil-of-a-day-009a-devil-of-a-day-010At one point in the shoot I was looking for another source of light and color so I started using tea lights to add a little more impact.a-devil-of-a-day-011a-devil-of-a-day-012I worked around the limited number of faces by using a Miki Sayaka face later on. I think that was the moment I started to have a little fun with the shoot. Rei’s face is just so blah.a-devil-of-a-day-014Soon after I freed the angel and took a few shots of her, and again I felt a little more pleased with these shots. a-devil-of-a-day-015a-devil-of-a-day-016a-devil-of-a-day-017a-devil-of-a-day-018I suppose all and all the shoot was not a failure, but it was not what I had hoped for. It is my hope that Heaven will be more pleasant than Hell.

My setup for Heaven was interrupted by a Halloween challenge that caused me to make several props. I will be posting the prop making process for that this week.

The Halloween challenge was supposed to be a Snapshot, however, the shoot is pretty awesome so there will be a series of pictures being posted for that one.