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Nendoroid Churuya-san

On vacation!

I wanted to get a new post up this week but wasn’t able to. I’ll be on vacation until next week… hopefully I’ll have something cool to post by then. Later!

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Test Chart

I got a new camera! Time to put it through its paces…

After quite a lot of time shooting with Canon’s 6D, I decided it was time for a change. The 6D has all the features I need as a studio camera… and nothing more. Not content with merely producing images, I wanted to see if there was a more fully-featured camera out there. Unfortunately, my camera budget isn’t what it used to be so I had to settle for a model in a lower price bracket. However this market segment is very competitive, and there were plenty of choices within budget.

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Challenge: Tabletop shoot with simulated natural light

I’ve been reading a lot about everyday carry lately (don’t ask why, I don’t know). There are a number of sites dedicated to blogging about and reviewing commodities that are useful in day to day life: pens, notebooks, multitools, gadgets, and everything in between. The one thing that struck me about all of them was the photography. It wasn’t anything earth-shattering, but like 75% had this look where the product was photographed with natural daylight on some sort of wood surface. The cool light, wood grain, and close-up product shots combined for an effect I really liked. It looked rustic, rugged, old-timey, what have you. So I decided to try it out with some stuff I had sitting around.

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Snap Fig crowdfunding campaign begins today

If you’re interested in figure photography or just want a book of cool pictures, you might want to check this out. Sakura Doujin reached out to me some time ago for a contribution to a planned photo book. Aside from featuring photos from collectors around the community, they wanted to capture some of the photographic techniques that went into each image. I thought it was an intriguing idea, so I submitted my work. Now this photo book, Snap Fig, has hit Indiegogo for a crowdfunding campaign. Donate $40 or more for a hard copy, plus some extras (mostly prints and/or t-shirts). The funding period will end July 17, after which they’ll no longer be able to take additional orders.

2013 is over, here are opinions and superlatives!

We’re several days into the new year now, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 2013 and offer some opinions about it. Since this is Makigumo, I encourage you not to take any part of this list too seriously. To start, I chose this header to represent the most bizarre scene in an anime for 2013. It’s from the piano duet in Evangelion 3.33. And a scene that’s too weird for that movie is just too weird, period.

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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Gear spotlight: Canon’s EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

I think I’ll try something different today. I’ve been pondering doing a post about my photographic gear for a while, but I’m not sure how much people would actually get out of looking at my kit. Instead I want to highlight just one piece of equipment in particular: Canon’s EF-S 60mm macro lens.

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The week in things: stuff and happenings

It’s Friday night so that means we get back to my favorite time of the week: shout-out time! I haven’t done the separate anime and figure posts in a while, although I did somehow manage to write both an anime review and a figure review in the same week. Strange things do happen. Read on to see the most exciting things and stuffs in my otaku world.

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All hail Hanji

The week in review: Comic Con’s over and now everything sucks

Well, all good things must come to an end. And while the best word to describe four days (plus a bonus night for press) of Comic Con coverage is “grueling,” it takes a while to adjust to the pace of normal life afterward. The world did not just freeze while I was in San Diego, though. Happily, there are plenty of shout-outs to give and news to cover.

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Erica Hartmann by Alter

The hiatus after the hiatus

Getting review samples is great, unless you get a bunch at the same time. Trying to get the reviews done before deadlines has been slowly murdering me (I was also trying to finish The Last of Us in that time so that’s my fault). Well the game remains incomplete, but the reviews are done. I’d be remiss if I didn’t post at least a bunch of shout-outs before disappearing for the week, so here they are.

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Rubbish Evangelion Merchandise June 19, 2013 Edition

This week’s items weren’t selected due to dubious quality; rather, they just make me wonder why they exist. I’ve always felt like if I wanted to buy licensed merchandise, the item itself should have some connection to the licensed property beyond just having a logo or something slapped onto it. Of course, Evangelion merchandise defies even this bit of logic. However, it can lead to good – even wonderful – things, as you’ll see in this post.

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Rubbish Evangelion Merchandise June 12, 2013 Edition

So much has happened this week. The San Antonio Spurs embarrassed the Miami Heat last night. All of reddit jumped on the PlayStation 4 bandwagon after Sony’s E3 press conference. It’s a lot to take in, so I’ll give you a mid-week break. Why not click through and have a chuckle at some Evangelion merchandise?

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Shingeki no Kyojin episode 10

The week in anime: June 10, 2013

It was kind of a down week for Railgun S and Shingeki no Kyojin, but I won’t let that stop me from having a few laughs.

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