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Monev the Gale (2)

7:00 AM by , under

Monev the Gale

I love portfolio work for celebrities. Even pseudo-celebrities. The hurried phone calls from their agents, run ragged trying to meet their demands. The awed hush that comes over the studio when they finally arrive.

Or not.

Monev the Gale fell out of the public eye several years ago. I mean, let's face it, Trigun didn't end well for the guy. Sure, he got a cool action figure made and made an appearance in the anime, but publicity is all about the now. So when he came into the studio, I'll be honest, I was surprised.

"Dave, you gotta help me. My career has completely tanked and I can't get anyone to return my phonecalls. I need some shots for my portfolio." He kept looking at the floor while we spoke. A real shame to see a guy broken like that.


Stepping over to the outdoor studio, he seemed to perk up a bit. A little awkward at first, but he fell into his groove pretty quickly.


Fortunately, we only had a single incident. Reflector sometimes forgets that he isn't the boss...


We needed one more; something for him to sign at events. This one had to be a stinger!



Be good,

Even though you think
I might just set you free

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Godzilla (2)

6:56 AM by , under ,

Godzilla (by ElDave)

Godzilla (ゴジラ, Gojira) is a fictional Japanese dinosaur, first appearing in Ishiro Honda's 1954 film Gojira. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon starring in 28 films produced by Toho Company Ltd. The monster (daikaijū) has appeared in numerous other media including video games, novels, comic books, television series, and an American remake. An American reboot is currently in the works by Legendary Pictures.

With the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still fresh in the Japanese conscious, Godzilla was conceived as a monster created by nuclear explosions and a metaphor for nuclear weapons in general. As the film series expanded, the stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla in the role of a hero, while later movies returned to depicting the character as a destructive monster.

(Courtesy: Wikipedia)

One of the most interesting parts of being a photographer is the variety of subjects. I really don't know what I'm going to be working with from one week to the next. So you can imagine my surprise when my able assistant came in with this week's assignment.

What am I supposed to do with Godzilla?! Ok, ok. Deep breath. You are a professional. You can do this. Try not to think of Hank Azaria...

Let's start with a profile shot. That's always good.

Godzilla2 (by ElDave)

There, see? You can totally do this. How about a vintage-y, black and white look? Something dignified, but still showing off his age.

Godzilla1 (by ElDave)

Good. This is easy. Textbook portraitu- GIGAN OUT OF NOWHERE.

Godzilla4 (by ElDave)

If they start fighting, I'm-

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-out of here!

Be good,

How do you know you?

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Wall-E (0)

7:02 AM by , under

Wall-E (by ElDave)

WALL-E, promoted with an interpunct as WALL•E, is a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton. The story follows a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He eventually falls in love with another robot named EVE, and follows her into outer space on an adventure that changes the destiny of both his kind and humanity.

(Courtesy: Wikipedia)

You may have noticed some similarities between the last few posts, and that is due to my amazing outdoor studio. I'm fortunate enough to have this great little secluded stream within walking distance.

WallE3 (by ElDave)

I've taken several figures down there, and I'm rarely disappointed by the results. The variety of landscapes offers a tremendous variety of potential shots, even though I mostly just dunk them in the water.

WallE1 (by ElDave)

It's even shady enough to bring the Starflex out to play.

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Ok, I think that's enough for this week. Say bye, Wall-E!

WallE4 (by ElDave)

Be good,

Some of us live life
Like we didn't know it exists

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