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Rock girl

February 26, 2012

Back in November last year, after spotting JList having miniature guitar replicas in stock, purchased a scaled Fender Mustang 69 Candy Apple red guitar, the model used by Azusa Nakano in “K-ON!”.

With its ¼ scale, knew the guitar might look small on a DDII or DDDy, but was confident it would work out well with the DDS body. Luckily, this turned out to be the case as it fits great on a DDS.

My heart, your beats

Had the perfect outfit for Kyouko to give her a rock girl look together with this Fender Mustang guitar. Looking like this, she would definitely fit in well with the けいおん girls.

Are you ready to rock? Because Kyouko is waiting for you backstage, feeling lonely with just her guitar.

Girl at the rock show

Did this particular photo shoot using only artificial light. Had two primary led spots which create neutral but tightly focused, directional light, adding to the whole rock music atmosphere by mimicking the spotlights of a set or dim backstage lighting.

A third led spot with color changing function was used to imbue a specific mood by switching it to different colors.

Lonely with my guitar

Having only a few led spots for lighting meant slower shutter speeds, hence mounted the camera on a tripod, used a remote trigger and the mirror lockup function to help ensure sharp captures.

Considering the various poses I put Kyouko in, also stopped down to f/3.2 often to have more of her in focus.

Rock girl backstage

The background is made of sound isolation foam panels that you can pick up in any home improvement store.

Still had a thick panel lying around that once came as cushioning in an equipment case, also used some soft pliable panels that could bend into angles to seamlessly serve as floor and wall.

Fender Mustang

The look of such sound isolation panels seemed perfect for the rock music theme and although these panels are dark colored, their material composition also adds a glittering effect where some of the light is reflected.

Girl at the rock show

Processed all of the above photos using preset filters and other tweaks in Adobe Lightroom to achieve a different effect and atmosphere.

Did like the original look of the raw files treated without specific filters, but some photos felt a bit too neutral and cold then, so opted instead to process them into the results showcased here.

Ready to rock

This final photo is a preliminary shot made using the light from the setting sun, hence its different color temperature and lighting atmosphere.

You can see more Dollfie Dream photography on Flickr.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2012 4:05 pm

    You really have a great knowledge , booth in photography as in post-production. Surely a inspirations for us in the beginning of the learning curve!

  2. February 26, 2012 5:36 pm

    @Saluli
    Thanks for the compliment. Though I’m still a beginner myself as there’s always much left to learn. I just try to have fun with this type of photography. ^^

  3. February 28, 2012 4:02 am

    Quite nice effect with the background and floor. Her outfit fits perfectly for the rock star girl look 🙂
    Also, nice find on the 1/4 scale guitar. Seems to fit her exactly ^^

  4. February 28, 2012 1:27 pm

    Bro, you have a very good photographic skills. The last shot, my favorite. Kyouko looks beautiful with a guitar in her hand.

  5. February 28, 2012 4:01 pm

    I really like that second to last shot! She’s so cute hugging that guitar. ^ ^ The effects and coloring are also really nice.

  6. February 28, 2012 7:22 pm

    @anonymous_object
    The sound isolation panels worked unexpectedly well as background. ^^
    Those 1/4 scale guitars are just right enough for DDS, for DDII they look a bit small.
    @Shizuo
    Thanks! Glad you like. ^^
    @Yi
    Since I lack a strap, had to work with poses of her holding or hugging the guitar, else it would slide off.

  7. March 1, 2012 1:12 am

    Nice to see the 1/4 guitar works out :3

  8. March 1, 2012 8:43 pm

    @Wolfheinrich
    Yeah, though I’d like to get or make some sort of strap for it. Will make it more versatile and convenient to use for poses.

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