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Animania Sydney 2012

Animania was this weekend, I mostly socialised on Saturday and cosplayed on Sunday.

I guess this’ll mostly be a photo post, though not a huge number of them. I had a good time with people and took some photos, I can’t ask for much more than that.

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Caption: The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow is a huge car, something that’s difficult to appreciate until you need to maneuver it out of a tight parking spot. England is visible in the reflection, we’re going to take some photos of him with the Rolls.

Just for kicks, I brought one of the Einstein studio strobes and the battery pack, mounted on a lightweight stand. It’s absurd overkill, but I wanted to try anyway. It’s remarkably portable when fitted with just the plain reflector, though a proper umbrella or softbox would be preferable. My conclusion: it works, well, and is more than controllable enough to get the job done quickly.

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Caption: Took this on the lower level of the ATP carpark, well shaded by the high wall you can see in the background. The insane levels of light output make me cackle with glee.

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Caption: Full-res from the camera, I’m really liking the airy feel. Einstein firing about quarter to half power through the rear windscreen.

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Caption: In the front seat, covered in luxurious sheepskin.

Kevin’s cosplaying Akemi Homura today, a few quick photos. The posing could use a little work to feel more natural, but it’s getting there. Done in a very haphazard manner while waiting for other stuff to happen.

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 220, 62.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 200, 35.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 220, 58.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 100, 35.0 mm on NIKON D800

Gangnam Style? Or Gundam Style! This was a hilarious cosplay, then they proceeded to tear it apart in combat.

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 800, 70.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/250 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 280, 50.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/160 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 400, 70.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/160 sec. at f/4.0, ISO 180, 56.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: 1/160 sec. at f/5.6, ISO 320, 32.0 mm on NIKON D800

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Caption: Lolitas and Hope (centre).

And that wraps up Saturday!


I’m cosplaying as Ririchiyo from InuBoku today. The costume is barely finished, but it’s done! I actually feel pretty good about it too, there’s hardly anything that’s ghetto about it.

First shot for the day, from kuroneko. He’s shooting my 105mm f/2 on a secondhand D3 he picked up recently. I’m so proud! I don’t know why, but it gave me a really big warm-fuzzy feeling when he decided to jump ship from Canon.

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Caption: SHO PRETTAY!

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Caption: It’s so hard not to tease her, she’s so damned adorable.

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Caption: Arcana Famiglia spotted! I think it’s based on an otome game, so it’s full of guys. In its defence though, the girl does have delicious zettai ryouiki and a spiffy uniform to boot, so that’s a win in my books.

I notice now that the 50mm f/1.4G didn’t really like the strong backlighting and produced some veiling. The 24-70mm would probably have been fine, but being able to shoot faster indoors was nice.

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Caption: Dakimakura! Most notably, a Homura on the left, and Mary Clarissa Christie on the far right. I believe it’s specifically this art on the pillowcase. Shikkoku no Sharnoth is kinda niche, so it’s nice to see here. Mmm, those heterochromia eyes~

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Caption: “What?” Taken during the Gangnam Style dance recording, featuring no small amounts of action with boys, thanks to Kuroko no Basuke being very popular right now.

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Caption: Gilgamesh is unfazed by the Kusomiso mask.

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Caption: Our photographers getting in on the action as well.

There’s actually a few InuBoku cosplayers around. I can understand why; it’s a really nice series and the uniforms are appealing.

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Caption: Ah, I recognise her! She was coordinating cosplay when SMASH was held at Town Hall, and she was Maria at Mini-Animania Sydney a couple of years ago. She really is about the right height, or maybe shorter.

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Caption: Karuta-chan~ equipped with the summer uniform, which features a dashing houndstooth pattern on the side panels.

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Caption: Inori from Guilty Crown, we had a couple showing the love over both days of the con.

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Caption: Gilgamesh remains impassive when faced with half a dozen dancing nekomimi maids.

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Caption: Undertaker from Kuroshitsuji.

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Caption: Tutturu~! We found a Mayushii from Steins;Gate.

So it turns out that Feiris already knows Mayushii. This means we can organise a group photoshoot sometime, though we’re still missing an Okarin, which’d be kinda tragic. I’m looking forward to that though, probably in a month or so.

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Caption: High speed lolitas! They have to unwind too, you know.

After finishing dinner in the city I was so happy to get home, drop everything, and rest. Oh except that I didn’t, I wanted to take some more photos first before getting changed >_>

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Caption: I’ll admit I want to replicate some of the cheesecake that’s featured in the series…