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Tsukiko in black kimono

March 20, 2012

After showcasing photos of Atsuko earlier, it’s time to share a photo set with you of Tsukiko, clad in kimono.

Mentioned earlier when Saber Alter 2nd ver arrived that wouldn’t keep her as Saber Alter but rename her to Tsukiko and imbue her with a different personality instead of the dark alter ego of Saber from “Fate/stay night”.


Although the default dress included with Saber Alter 2nd ver is gorgeous, the lack of protective inner lining against color transfer and reports of it staining the white DDIII body convinced me to keep it sealed.

So instead, opted to dress Tsukiko in the Umemurasaki Plum Violet kimono from Volks, a stunning black kimono with dark purple lining and flower pattern inserts. A body stocking is used underneath for additional color transfer protection.

Playing with kimono's obi cord

Must confess that after her initial arrival and seeing the white skin type among my other Dollfie Dream, was unsure if I would like Tsukiko as much as Atsuko, the recent custom DDH06 I had acquired.


Even though headed into it with some uncertainty and doubts, quickly bonded with Tsukiko during this first photo shoot. Not only found her adorable, but was mesmerized by the default Saber Alter eyes, which are really unique.


Speaking of bonding with a doll may strike some of you as odd. Regardless of giving them a name or imbuing them with a personality, these Dollfie Dream do remain inanimate dolls to me, objects that have specific purposes. Chief purpose is being a photography subject, because in front of the lens they truly become a subject in their own right.


Included a few photos taken at another location, it never ceases to amaze me how other lighting, settings like exposure and tweaks in Adobe Lightroom can create such different imagery. Am impressed with the improvements of the DDIII body type, but haven’t explored so much poses yet with this kimono.


For these last three photos, processed the original raw captures using a custom preset as a base to achieve a different look. (Taken from this presets pack)
Quite like how this warmer, near golden glow turned out, it works especially well with the warm sunlight or Tsukiko’s yellow wig and eyes.

Black kimono, golden light

There is not only a stark contrast between the black kimono and white skin tone, but also between the deep shadows and bright rays of light, giving these images lots of contrast and punch, even if they have a darker overtone.

Black kimono, golden light

Very happy with Tsukiko having joined my small Dollfie Dream collection, you can expect plenty more photos of her in the near future.

You can see more of my Dollfie Dream photography on Flickr.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 12:46 am

    Congrats on the new arrival 😀 Since I am a character base driven collector, it makes more sense for me to keep that certain character trait that is associated with the character, since that’s why I like them to begin with~ No fear on the outfit! My Alter II is proudly wearing it since the day of her arrival!

  2. March 21, 2012 7:01 pm

    Nice photo set, really like the shadows, and congrats on Alter2 (^^)

  3. March 21, 2012 7:28 pm

    So the outfit doesn’t stain then? Not even the black stockings? Or did you line/protect the body first?
    Thanks! ^^

  4. Haku1923 permalink
    March 24, 2012 5:43 pm

    Could Tsukiko’s “Tsuki” (Moon) come from Type-Moon? Just thinking :3
    Some really nice photos here with a 独特 atmosphere to it. Quite like how the black kimono goes with Alter’s dark theme. Wouldn’t be surprised if Volks released this as her optional outfit 🙂

  5. March 24, 2012 6:32 pm

    Well, Type Moon character, white skin DD like the white moon easily led to Tsukiko. ^^
    Thanks! Am quite pleased myself with how well this black kimono suits her.

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