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Aura in Black Lingerie

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on May 9, 2010

Haven’t put the default lingerie from Dollmore on Aura for a long time since her arrival, I washed it with liquid detergent and made it dry, then put the lingerie on. After failing to create a new customized optimization profile in my Nikon D40X, I used PO(portrait) since then. I set white balance to auto because I use desk lamp of fluorescent white light, but the outcome is kind of greenish, and little under exposed. I tried to fix the former by moving the Tint switch making it redder, and latter by boosting the exposure panel and the brightness.

It seems that it’s more easier to fix under exposed photos than over exposed photos. Besides, I found another way to reduce the lights on my black fabrics for the background other than boosting the Black switch in Photoshop RAW: under exposure the photo, then boost the exposure in Photoshop RAW or any other equivalent software after importing.

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New Apple and new wig

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on May 8, 2010

New Apple,

I went to a local mall and saw this 3D jigsaw puzzle of apple. I took one and got it finished. This apple comprises 44 pieces. Were it not for the instructions, I am not able to finish it.

And then here’s the new wig for Aura,

This is the seventh wig for my Aura. Auburn curls looks so great.

So here’s the modified version of the queen’s apple from the preceding post.

There are lots of dust halos.

Box of my Timberland shoes.

And ‘Thus spoke Zarathustra’ by Friedrich Nietzsche,

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Aura Photoshoots 5

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on April 17, 2010

I read an hour and a half, swam 1.5 km and then started to take these photos this morning. I want to try smaller apertures so I use the main lamps of my room, my monitor and a desk lamp as light source, white acrylic sheet as reflecting aid. After photographing my Aura many times, I have not get used to her height yet; her legs are visually appealing but stretch out of the scene so often and so easily. Here’s my first satisfactory result today. The white acrylic sheet reflected my messy desk:

I am not fully satisfied with my second result. I tried to bring my stuffed Pokemon as much as possible this time but I forgot my Steiffs. Besides, the overall color tone are not that pleasing though I have tried to switch the bars of options on lots of panels.

Finally, here’s the last. I am totally exhausted after taking this one. I was trying to focus the words on the book as many as possible, and keeping Aura centered at the same time. It shouldn’t be difficult but it took me more than half an hour to focus manually. Another trouble I met today is the lens I was using, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, slides. Every time after I set my camera downward, the lens lengthens itself owing to the gravity. I used tapes to fix this. I am totally exhausted after taking this one; but this photo is really worthy of my time, I really love this final result. But Mom says that Aura looks ill-posed, with her neck over-twisted, her waist and right limb uncomfortably-bended.

Add 2. This is taken in front of a Byōbu (屏風) as a background, with main light sources  located on the opposite side of the  Byōbu. Yellows almost utterly reduced (I found I forget to reset my white balance too late), eyes reflections slightly boosted.

Why there are so many options when importing Raws! I desaturated yellows,  lowered orange saturation, lightened the oranges, boosted clarity to the max,  raised noise reductions, finally sharpened and auto-leveled after the import screen, yielded this result:

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Aura Photoshoots 4

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on April 12, 2010

Photoshoots no. 4 and I got 4 photos to upload. The first one is taken about a week ago. I placed my large acrylic sheet on the ground and put my Aura lean on it. I applied the Gaussian blur filter in Photoshop to the tiles and the border of acrylic sheet. However, I found there’s a weird sharp rhombus-shaped edges inside the sheet in the photo; but the lasso I used is feathered, which cannot produce edges like this. So, what is it?

Then the following three are taken today. This is the fourth wig for my Aura (there are many 4s in this post). The fringe was so long and kind of messy hence I cut it down. I also used the fabrics I bought last week. It’s dimmer, less glossy. I don’t have to boost the blacks in Raw so much like I did last time. It seems much more colors are conserved.

I dress her with the black top and panty from Dollmore. I washed this black set twice last week. It was truly over dyed a little bit and made the water scarcely black the first time I washed them. This got on my nerves and that’s the reason why I washed them for the second time. I used vinegar, shower gel and then liquid detergen.

Here’s my favorite:

Photoshoots number four and I got four photos to upload. The first one is taken about a week ago. I placed my large acrylic sheet on the ground and put my Aura lean on it. I applied the Gaussian blur filter in Photoshop to the tiles and the border of acrylic sheet. However, I found there’s a weird sharp rhombus shaped edges inside the sheet in the photo; but I the lasso I used is feathered, which cannot produce edges like this.

Then the following three are taken today. This is the fourth wig for my Aura (there are many four in this post). The fringe was so long and kind of messy hence I cut it down. I also used the fabrics I bought last week. It’s dimmer, less glossy. I don’t have to boost the blacks in Raw so much like I did last time. It seems much more colors are conserved.

I dress her with the black top and panty from Dollmore. I washed this black set twice last week. It was truly over dyed a little bit and made the water scarcely black the first time I washed them. This got on my nerves and that’s the reason why I washed them for the second time. I used vinegar, shower gel and then liquid detergen

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Aura Photoshoots 3

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on April 2, 2010

Raw format gives me wonder. After reading the latest issue of Digital Camera, I tried to take photos in RAW format this time. Unlike ordinary jpegs, I need software like Photoshop to open it. And the moment the RAW file is input into the stage, a large panel full of switch bars pops up. It is said that optimizing one’s photos through these panels is less destructive to the input photo than through normal image editing functions. There are lots of functions on RAW panels seeming really useful, “black”, for example. By dragging this “black” switch bar, this time, I reduced most reflections on my glossy background fabric.

The other thing I tried today is acrylic sheets. I got two large acrylic sheets today, a black one and a white one. The dimensions of both of these two sheets are 100 centimeters by 60 centimeters. It took me such efforts to move them home. However, 100 cm by 60 cm seems not large enough for my Aura for she is relatively tall. Her legs may stretch out of the acrylic sheet easily.

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Aura Photoshoots 2

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on March 31, 2010

It took me almost a hour to take these two photos. Being surprised by the difference the time of exposure gave me last time, today I decide to try under the same condition: dimmed room with monitors as the only light sources, relatively long exposure time, and intermediate aperture. I used my desktop PC and my laptop as light sources this time. I also displayed blank white photos on both of them to maximize their screen brightness. By the way, this might be my first time using manual focusing in my life.

I am really satisfied with these two photos; this is my first time I capture the glistens of her eyes successfully.

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The Arrival of my Aura (Dollmore Ipsae Monahan)

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on March 25, 2010

After waiting for slightly more than two weeks, my girl has arrived at a local post office this morning, and I took her back home. She was wrapped like a cocoon; then put into a golden corrugated box with a large Dollmore trademark on it; and finally, together with outfits, shoes, and so on, sealed in a larger ordinary corrugated box which weighted 5.6 kilograms.

Here’s the box weighted 5.6 kilograms:

It took me a moment to figure out what’s actually happening here. There are a little bit more items than my order: a towel due to Dollmore 8th anniversary, an extra wig, 2010 calendar, a brooch, a pair of sneakers, and even a cookie?

The cookie I told you; star-shaped; it seems more likely to be a real cookie to me:

The calendar, a manual, and a certificate:

Then the golden corrugated box:

“Cocoon”:

“Cocoon” removed. She’s blindly beautiful! I decided to call her Aura, which means breeze in lots of descendents of Proto-Indo-European language starting from classical Greek and Latin. Although her default lingerie is pink, I asked if it’s possible to choose a black or a white one. I got a black lingerie set:

Sitting. Her long, wavy default wig is really beautiful:

but is hard to be stick to a location. I tried to pose her as in official stock photos. I have to use her right hand to fix her front hair. On the other hand, I haven’t realize I am such an awful photographer until a moment ago. I dealt with my Nikon D40X, pressed and switched lots of buttons on it though I don’t actually know what I was doing. The only thing I succeed is to cancel the flash. I am afraid of giving extra rays, especially the light power unit area in a small time interval of flash is high and I am not going to take the risk.

Indeed she’s undoubtedly beautiful. She’s absolutely far more beautiful than what she looks in these photos. Thank you so much, Anny, Nahuette, Sadaloha, Rose and Jee. I am so glad that I have chosen her. It’s so sad that the photos uploaded are the best photos I took. I really need to know how to use my D40X properly under condition of this kind.

Her hair:

Daydreaming?

Her face looks really gentle though gloomy a little bit:

Slightly photoshopped:

Close-up:

Here I’d like to link Nahuette’s album on Flickr (Please click the picture below ):

Nahuette is an owner of Pacifica (name of Nahuette’s Ipsae) for almost four years. Before me making decision, Anny had suggested me do a little search on Flickr and I did. The result was so surprising and I was thinking “Wow, more than 50 percent of photos are from her albums”. The outfits Nahuette made for her look so fine and the photos are so wonderful. Her album ” Pacifica visite St Malo en Bretagne” is my favorite. “If I own an Ipsae in the future,” I thought, “I am going to be a good owner like Nahuette.” Though I realize it’s not possible for me the moment I found I spent more than a hour simply on changing feet for high heel. Nevertheless, there’s still my best for me to try.

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敗家:Dollmore Ipsae

Posted in Ball Joint Doll by Uni on March 12, 2010

這次敗家金額是931.5 USD,內容有:Dollmore Ipsae本體、一套洋裝、一雙靴、一雙腿(更正:腳掌Orz)、一套贈送的睡衣、一對贈送的玻璃眼珠。金額好大,短時間之內我不敢再刷東西了。

話說其實第一次看到這款是大約2007年1月吧,我也不太記得為什麼我會突然有一天知道有BJD這種娃的存在,然後就逛了幾家官網網頁,到覺得很喜歡這一款Ipsae都是很久以前的事了。兩三周前被某A推坑,其實還不算推,但是最後是在坑裡了。無論如何,對於這次我會刷下去,是三年前的我絕對想像不到的。

至於事前功課,共問了四個娃媽,然後要對尖尖的下巴有心理準備,Ipsae尺寸比較特別,所以到時候衣服會不好買。還有不要太依賴官妝,反正大約六個月左右就要清掉重來,屆時需要噴消光再上妝,不過現在我都還不清楚,六個月還久嘛,而且也要幾個禮拜以後她才會被寄過來。平常要保養好樹指,要放在箱子裡延命。

名字也想好了。原名Ipsae Monahan,Ipsae是韓文的입새,意思是嫩葉。Monahan則是愛爾蘭姓,來自manach牧師、僧人,再加上dimunitive字尾,這個姓的常見度在美國的排名是2,411。然後我選的名字是Aura,拉丁文的微風,陰性名詞。拉丁語系下的微風幾乎都和這個拼法相去不遠,古希臘文αὔρα就是微風,也是陰性名詞,這個名詞作為女性名、在美國的常見度排名是1309

Mar. 17 更新:決定好了:Elena Aura Laurentius, Elena一樣是老名字,希臘時的海倫Helen(Ἑλένη)來的,可能和太陽Helios(ἥλιος)有關;Laurentius也是老姓氏,和英文的Lawrence同源,意思是(拉丁文)Laurentum的人,而Laurentum可能來自laurel這個字。日文名字不管了,我缺乏想像力,決定叫あい了,漢字給她靄,我腦袋想的是「靄靄停雲,濛濛時雨」,根本一整個就是先想漢字再想讀音的。

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