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(EZRA) 2/52 : Great anger is more destructive than the sword

 

Kurt is entering a commercial contest for the upcoming Sakura Con 2013, and he asked some of his friends to help him out, including Ezra and me. We spent one entire Sunday shooting during his visit here.  This was Ezra’s costume for the shoot. I took a few pictures of her while we were waiting for our turn to be filmed, and we ended up liking this one so we decided to upload it. I know that Ezra recently had a shot using this same sword just a few weeks ago, but we figured it would be shame not to post this just because of that.

Kurt has won the commercial contest for the past two years, so we’re hoping that he’ll win again this year.  Wish us luck!

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(EZRA) 50/52 : Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Our attempt at high-key photography.   We’re obviously still having a lot of fun with my strobes :D  Aimed one strobe at the wall behind her, and I bounced a second strobe off the ceiling.  We also placed a reflector on her lap so her face wouldn’t be too shadowy.

I love how this turned out.  She looks so angelic in this shot, totally different from her true personality, mwahaha.  Peace Ezra XD

(Title came from a quote by Hans Christian Andersen)

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(EZRA) 49/52 : It’s the season to be jolly

Ezra’s Christmas portrait.  We shot this early December on the first day we had our Christmas tree up, but we keep forgetting to upload it.  This was back when I had just bought my flash and we were experimenting with it.  I put one strobe behind her and aimed it at the tree to light it up a bit, then another one above her, which we bounced off the ceiling.  We also but a reflector on her lap to bring some light to her face :)

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(EZRA) 48/52 : Some of the greatest things in life are unseen; that’s why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry or dream.

We were trying to do a low key shoot here, but I placed her too close to the wall (which was blue), so it didn’t end up black.  In the end we decided we liked it anyway, so I added another flash behind her and aimed it at the wall for that glowing effect :)

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Week 30/52 : Deep in my shallow dreams

It’s been raining nonstop the whole day. Classes have been suspended and most offices are closed. Manila is flooded once again. Authorities managed to evacuate some citizens in time but from what I hear on the news there are still a lot of stranded people. I’m lucky to be living in an area that’s not affected easily by floods, but a lot of people aren’t so fortunate. So far it doesn’t seem to be as bad as the Ondoy situation back in 2009 but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. We’re all just praying that the rain will stop soon.

Anyway I shot this this morning. It’s obviously inspired by the current situation we’re in at the moment. The water and the rain are Photoshopped (this was shot inside my room) but my “wet look” is not. I actually stood under the shower (with my clothes on) before I took this picture to make it more realistic. Unfortunately I think I might have caught a cold from doing that because I didn’t hop right back in the shower immediately afterwards. I’m loading up on Vitamin C right now and hoping that this will help me feel better. I’d feel pretty stupid if I ended up sick because of one picture while other people are out there right now battling Mother Nature.

Title came from Owl City’s song called “How I Became the Sea”.  Water and cloud brushes are from http://www.ObsidianDawn.com.

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Week 13/52 : May the odds be ever in your favor

Shot this weeks ago but forgot to post it here on my blog.  This was taken the week that The Hunger Games movie was released.  Ckloy and I went and saw it that weekend and we loved it.  So for my self portrait that week I decided to be a Capitol citizen. What do you think? Would I fit in with the rest of them? I wish I had a pink or purple wig, it would have been more convincing, but the only ones I own are brown, black and white. Brown and black are boring and so un-Capitol so I went with the white.

I had fun playing around with my makeup for this shot. I normally don’t wear makeup when I shoot my SPs (everything is done on Photoshop) but I decided to experiment this time :D

Outtake:

Ckloy said I look so mataray here XD

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(EZRA) 13/52 : I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!

Ezra’s self portrait for three weeks ago. I have no idea how it got to this. I thought she was only two weeks behind, gaaah!

Anyway, at least the theme of this photo fits perfectly. Very late indeed.

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(EZRA) 12/52: Black is always beautiful

Eeek, this is 3 weeks late already! But she was super busy with her thesis so we didn’t have time to shoot until recently.  She wore this dress during her thesis defense about 3 weeks ago and I told her that with the pig tails it made her look like Wednesday Addams (from The Addams Family – we used to love that show) so she decided to go with that idea for her self portrait that week.  She decided to leave her bangs down for the shot though, instead of parting it in the middle like Wednesday usually does.

(Although she’s originally supposed to be portraying Wednesday, she reminds me more of that “Orphan” poster in this shot. It’s funny because you know how the tagline for that movie was “there’s something wrong with Esther”? – whenever we would pass by one of those posters, Ckloy and I would tease my Ezra by yelling out “there’s something wrong with Ezra!!” XD  It used to annoy her so much, lol.)

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Week 11/52 : A tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men

I read that quote on Tumblr or 9gag a few weeks ago and I totally have to agree :D I have such a weakness for suits.

Anyway, this was obviously inspired by my nail art last week.  Isn’t it adorable?  It’s not at neat as I would like, but I still think they make my nails look so classy. Like a sir! XD  (If you’re interested, I posted a mini tutorial here on my blog a few days ago.)

I was originally planning on naming this photo “Hey, I’m Mr. Simple” because the suits remind me of Super Junior, but I realized that most people probably wouldn’t be able to make the connection, so I chose something else.

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(EZRA) 8/52 : Fly on home

Ezra’s SP last week. I didn’t get around to editing it until the other day. And I didn’t really like how my first edit turned out so I made a few changes. I’m still not fully happy with it, but it’s much better compared to my first attempt. It’s very similar to her Week 4 self portrait (the one where she is summoning a dragon).

Anyway, this was inspired by the baby owl we found in our garden last week.  I didn’t really get that many pictures of the actual owl so I had to use a stock image from deviantart for this :D

Resources used:

  • Owl stock from HERE
  • Trees and clouds brushes from HERE

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