I have a play with wigs, giving my displays a fresh look...
This is Amadiz Studio wig "Aphrodite", modelled by Soom Breccia (on a new SuperGem body);
I just love backdrops...
These are printed fabric photographic drops approximately 1 metre wide and 1.5 metres long.
There is always a good collection on ebay.
When I got a new white, flowered gown from MonaeGlow I knew just how I wanted to photograph it - with a moonlit forest background. And I found the perfect backdrop on ebay and took a series of photos with Iplehouse Doria (Swanhilda). If you click on the photos below you will be taken to their Flickr pages.
I also had a play with this sunset sea backdrop, with Soom Breccia on a Cass (siren) body;
Three of my photo on Flickr have been 'explored'.
The first time it happened, I was very puzzled to find one of my photos seemed to have garnered a surprisingly high number of 'views' and I had been invited to join the 'in explore' group.
It took me a while to realize that being 'explored' meant that somehow my photo had been flagged by the Flickr 'explore' algorithm, and that the invitation to join the group was completely separate, and came from the admin of the (user) group and not Flickr admin.
Apparently the Flickr 'explore' algorithm picks 500 newly uploaded photos each day, which it deems 'interesting', for reasons which are obscure and places them in an 'Explore' list. This list is simply to allow users to browse new photos which they might not otherwise see.
A brilliant idea! Occasionally I have a peek in there and I see many wonderful photos which I otherwise would never have come across.
It's very gratifying of course to be deemed of enough interest (even by an algorithm) to be added to the list, but at the same time, deeply puzzling.
Why that photo? I guess I will never know. If you click on the photos below you will be taken to the relevant Flickr page.
Here is the first photo;
The next photo to be 'explored' was a quick snap of Angelika in a new DZ70 blouse which I took with my phone to show a friend how it fitted. For reasons which will remain ever obscure to me it became very popular indeed and quickly garnered over 10,000 views and 100+ favourites. Go figure. I have to laugh given all my attention to carefully photographing my dolls, and then having a quick snap attract so much attention... who knew?
And then, inexplicably, a similar photo was chosen, this time of Iplehouse Doria in the same blouse;
Why? I guess I'll never know - the methodology of the algorithm is kept secret, for good reason, since those Flickr members obsessed with collecting 'followers' would game the system.
But the attention sure is nice while it lasts!
I purchased SID man Vincent from Iplehouse in 2014 through the Doll Choice system. I had always liked him, but did not purchase him when he was first made available in his Limited Edition in 2013.
I first envisaged him like with short blond hair like his promo photos, but with his black brows and eyelashes, he just did not make a convincing blond.
His Limited Edition promo photo; here we can see that the major difference is that his lower eyelashes are painted lighter.
Photo copyright by Iplehouse.
I subsequently re-envisaged him as a different character (Luc) with black hair and blue eyes, which was much more successful. Observe the difference in the lower eyelashes - this is the only difference that I have been able to make out.
I do note that the promo photos show a little gloss applied to the lower eyelids and mouth, lending the face-up a little more liveliness. This does not seem to be added by the production face-up artists but I like it and will add it myself to my dolls once winter passes and the weather and light are a bit more conducive to painting.
Then a friend got the chance to acquire a Vincent cast during his original promotion. We could see that his face-up was slightly different from my Vincent. My friend equivocated over getting him, as she preferred the face-up on my Vincent, so I arranged with her to swap the heads.
The result: yes, the face-up on her Vincent was the original promo face-up and much more amenable to Vincent reverting to being a blond.
I took a couple of experimental photos showing his awkward reunion with his 'girlfriend' Sylvie (a beautiful Soom Breccia). Much to my surprise, the second photo below was invited to the "explore" group in Flickr which meant it suddenly garnered a lot of views, far more than any of my other photos.
I don't know why that was selected above the others - I'm always a little surprised as to why some of my photos are favourited above others.
I wanted to give my BJDs stylish new looks for Winter 2015. I'm torn between BoHo and classy looks - so why not do both?
I started with Griffin, my Soom Ender/Iplehouse SID hybrid. I had this exact image in my mind as soon as he got his new blue eyes (actually, default Iplehouse acrylics, but they look marvellous in him).
I wanted his photo to look like something from a fashion magazine spread. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. The coat and sweater are by Iplehouse, and the pretty blue variegated scarf was knitted by me to complement his eyes. The little posy is ofvintage glass flower beads from the Czech Republic. I love Etsy!
This "photo-shopping" business (I actually use Paint.NET) is not easy to do with hair. I must see if I can find some tutorials to do it better/more easily.
I took some photos of my favourite couple Griffin and Aria, for Valentine's Day.
I bought quite a few backdrops from ebay.com in the previous month, and this was my first chance to try out the beach backdrop.
Griffin is wearing Can-Teen surf boards and bandana by my friend, DoA member HelenNZ, and Aria is wearing a beautiful one-piece swimsuit by DearElizabeth (Etsy shop DEWear).
They sure are a cute couple! Aria reminds me of "Gidget", from the TV show. I love the chance to showcase Griffin's awesome tattoo - not painted by me - I'm not that good. It's a "temporary" tattoo. He was sprayed beforehand with Helmar art fixative, and the tattoo is protected by a few layers of Reeve's matt acrylic varnish.
I have already damaged it slightly as it does get rubbed at the shoulder joint when moving his arms upwards. I'll just have to be more careful.
What I have been doing for the past month... my very first body blushing exercise... using Griffin, a BJD hybrid with a Soom Ender head on an SID Iplehouse body. They are both normal skin, but Soom NS is a lot pinker. His head has been blushed to tone with the body by the artist who did his face-up. I bought him from a Den of Angels member who resides in Brazil, and he was customized there. Unfortunately I can't remember who did his face-up.
Yesterday I assisted Lyanne with a photo-shoot with Sylvie, my Soom Breccia.
Sylvie is on a normal skin, new style body.
It is interesting to see how others view one's BJD's - Lyanne immediately picked out a MonaeGlow gown which I would not have thought of putting on Sylvie.
Add a glowing Monique wig in carrot red, and Sylvie becomes a stunning enchantress.
Iplehouse nYID Oscar was already dressed for a dance-party, so we added him to the photo-shoot. His black and white gear makes a nice contrast to the verdigris and copper of Sylvie's ensemble.
This photo-shoot reinforced my opinion that it is better to hide a distracting background with a dropcloth than try to get rid of it later. Digital manipulation is easy to detect and photos are generally better without, although I generally like to brighten photos up so that they ping off the monitor.
Sylvie looks very lovely. Now, I wonder what her escort is whispering in her ear?
More photos are available in my Flickr album here;
With Spring, comes flowers; whether intentionally planted or not.
With the Auckland spring sunshine being a rather timid visitor, one has to seize any photo opportunity right that moment....
These forget-me-nots popped in the garden and I didn't have the heart to weed them out. Inside they gave me a wonderful opportunity to show-case Marguerite, my Soom SuperGem Red Queen.
Her company face-up is marvellous - she has sunset eye-shadow and two sets of lashes - one set long and red and curling!
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.