Reimu Nendo Test
Posted by meronpan on February 2, 2010
Feeling a bit rusty in the review department so thought I’d take some quick practice shots with reimu.
I hope my copy is legit, seemed to good to be true getting her at toranoana for 3000 yen ^^; Used goody japan as a proxy so the entire transaction still cost a bit, but given what she’s probably going for on ebay I imagine I didn’t overspend ^^;
Only a fraction of the number of pics that I usually put up for a full review so that along with the extremely late timing… again, more of a test shot post then a review ^^;
One of the things I was testing was my new circular polarizer! Mostly got it for outdoor shots but was curious to see what sorta uses it might have in figure photography.
One thing to note is that a polarizer won’t magically eliminate all the reflections from your photo. As you can see above there’s still some angles reflecting the light straight in the lens.
The above pic was taken without the filter. In the upper right you can see the reflection on the text “CANON LENS”. Adding the filter back:
Much better right? Well, that’s sorta cheating since the light is reduced by the filter, changing the exposure. Trying to get back to a similar exposure:
Still a noticeable improvement. In general you can use polarizing filters when shooting water (may allow you to see through the water rather than get a reflection), through glass (may allow you to see through the glass), or outdoors (to bring out vegetation, skies). Wouldn’t really recommend dropping huge bucks on one for figure/product photography ^^;
reimu! love that face ^^
Did another set of test shots for the polarizing filter with brs:
Here you can see kind of dramatically how certain reflections were completely eliminated. Nice tool to have but I can’t wait to test it outside ^^;
One final thing I was testing throughout the shoot:
If you’re having white balance trouble and your camera supports custom white balance… totally recommend getting a gray card. Shoot a pic of the card under the lighting conditions your subject is in (fill the frame with it), then (on canon’s at least) just set the custom white balance to use that pic. The rest of the pics you take under that lighting will turn out perfect ^^ Been using it at my parent’s house, where there’s a terrible mix of fluorescent and incandescent light… been working out perfectly.
ooo, and i almost forgot, another one of my completely self indulgent announcements, but i’ve 1cc’d mof!!!
this is the quickest i’ve progressed from one touhou to the next, though technically i’ve been playing mof on and off since i started last year ^^;; i think that pofv insanity really helped with kanako’s last card (shown above). I’ll have to do a post with vids of my replay later, though those are just 200% self indulgent also :P
Alrighty, that’s all for today ^^;