Category Archives: General

Anything that’s too general to be otherwise.

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2012

What is Chicago Comic Con? It is a large multi-day Comic/Science Fiction/pop-culture convention held at the Donald E. Stephens convention center in Rosemont, Illinois. It consists of an extremely large dealers room, a vast number of artists showing and selling their work, a large number of famous people, various scheduled events, and a lot more. This year I felt that they stepped things up to another level with a nice … Continue reading

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Abandoned Church Cosplay Photoshoot

A group of people I know from the convention scene went back to an abandoned church in Gary, Indiana recently. This was a great opportunity to try out some off-camera flash, so I went all the way and bought another Cactus V5 and a middle-weight tripod for a setup I was planning. Here are some highlight photos from the excursion: Here is the lighting setup: The strobist lighting setup consists … Continue reading

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Klehm Arboretum Model Shoot

Yesterday I took some photos at a local arboretum for the person in the photos. Overall the results turned out decent, but I was having some issues with judging the level of exposure. I’ll talk about that more after the photo break. Here are some example photo from the photo session: I again went with the combination I used for my event at the Botanic Garden in Chicago. As per … Continue reading

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I went with a Pentax K-01 camera

As you might know, I frequently use two cameras at the same time. I usually do this at conventions and situations where I need a decent range of focal lengths with the prime lenses I use. It adds extra cost, but it’s the way I prefer to do things. My K-7 is having some issues with the rear dial and potentially some other issues, so I went about remedying that … Continue reading

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Licensed Music in Youtube Videos

As you might know, I’ve been submitting videos to Youtube for a while that are connected with my photography in some fashion. The channel is located here if you haven’t seen it before. I always strive to improve the quality and content of my videos. It’s been a great learning process with video/audio and just as rewarding and fun as photography. I had done quite a bit of video editing … Continue reading

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ACEN 2012 Photos Completed

I’m finished going through the entire ACEN photo set. Even though I took considerably less than 2011, it still took around a week due to having some contract work. My related articles: http://photographybanzai.com/2012/04/29/i-went-to-anime-central-2012-acen-photos-to-come/ http://photographybanzai.com/2012/05/02/acen-2012-sixh-opera-fashion-show/ http://photographybanzai.com/2012/05/02/acen-2012-private-photoshoots/ http://photographybanzai.com/2012/05/03/acen-2012-friday-photos/ http://photographybanzai.com/2012/05/04/acen-2012-saturday-photos/ http://photographybanzai.com/2012/05/05/acen-2012-sunday-photos/ My favorites and other honorable mentions I didn’t post before: With the big drop in quantity, I think I’ll have to try my best to stay at a hotel closer to the … Continue reading

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ACEN 2012: Sixh.OPERA Fashion Show

Besides private photoshoots, I just finished going through the pictures I took on Friday for the Sixh.OPERA event. This was an event where the Japanese designer named “Sixh” had a fashion show that was also mixed with his own live band music. It’s an interesting combination. Here are a few photos from the show: Equipment wise I was using the Pentax K-5 and FA* 85mm f1.4 lens. EXIF is visible … Continue reading

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I went to Anime Central 2012 (ACEN), photos to come…

I recently went to ACEN 2012. This is my 6th ACEN I’ve attended (first in 2003, skipped 2008-09). If you are unfamiliar with these events, they are Japanese Anime/culture events. They also include other topics like sci-fi media, comics, video games, Internet spawned forms of media, and costuming. I took quite a few photos, but it will take me a while to go through them (potentially a few weeks as … Continue reading

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