Tsukiko in black kimono
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.
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.
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.
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.