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8th DD! And this time for Cosplay!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 11, 2012, 6:26 AM
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I post only selected shots here, as my standard for good picture is complicated. But I do much more, like shooting gigs every week. Of course, they end up online.
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Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles photoshoot
My little tradition is to pay DA some coins when it comes to another DD, so I can use paid features to embed images in my winning deviation's Description and get a better perspefctive of my work to viewers.

We did one of most favourite shots to date on January 2, 2012 with beautiful and highly talented cosplayer Aida Yuki---Onna and you can check out FULL set on these LINKS: www.diary.ru/~onkami/p17198049… and  www.diary.ru/~onkami/p17317835…. ALTERNATIVELY,  tsukasa.zenfolio.com/p67237068… is a Slideshow.

Below is what we posted on deviantART, both from my account and from Aida's:

Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 3 by onkami Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 2 by onkami Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by onkami Sakura Hime =3 by Yuki---Onna Sakura Hime by Yuki---Onna

I must say I was thrilled tha much only when I received my first DD. In my opinion, a DD marks that what you trying to achieve is starts to take off. Back then when my Alice Cooper shot received a DD I could not believe that it's true, because I was like nobody and this website collects virtually anyone around the globe doing the same stuff. It helped me to grow my confidence and pursue more in that area. When I started portraits and cosplay, it were quite simple shots "cute girl on green grass"... well, I even did not had good idea of White Balance setting back then! And I really was hoping that once I will be known not only as a gig photographer but also the guy that does something else. I adore great cosplay photographers and I am very much into Dark Scene (goths, cybers etc.), so I will pursue some goals in that way.

Some other portraits from me (last one is my DD from cosplayer's account):

:thumb261637403: :thumb255801177: :thumb255071279: :thumb217492131: :thumb253603536: Code Geass: Waving Cloak by Green-Makakas

Helsinki life + 7th DD (on other account :)

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 7, 2011, 5:46 AM
First: WANT ALL MY PICS THAT I MAKE DAILY? JOIN MY FACEBOOK PAGE  www.facebook.com/pages/Askar-I…

It will be soon when my paid subscription expires, so I want to write another illustrated journal before that. I usually buy a subscription each time a DD happen (so I can put in new DD signature some thumbnails to promote other work).

I live in Helsinki since June and I like it here. I found several good lolita models with a tremendous set of clothes. I am also going to get my hands on a studio. For the first time ever I live in a city, where I can score some good models! It is funny actually that a real semi-goth model I know refused to reply any of my emails. But lolitas are much, much more polite and we did couple of shoots already. Will not call these shoots tremendously groundbreaking, but it was a lot of fun and helpful experience.

Also there are much more gigs. I can go virtually every week (if I am lucky). Now, with my new workstation I also can do pics faster!

I REALLY would like to be befriended and recognised also for staged portraits. In fact I am more experienced in concerts now, and my portrait works are quite basic. But hope one day my efforts will result in some skills.  

Recent pictures
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7th DD
Wen did a rather short photoshoot with German cosplayers of ex-USSR origin back in 2010 in Koln. Just basically couple of hours in front of the Cathedral, after which I had to rush to Amphi Festival.
Apart from several appearances in online/paper press, this pic got a DD:

Code Geass: Waving Cloak by Green-Makakas


Wish anyone a great autumn :)

I am alive! + FANPAGE on FACEBOOK + Plans + 6th DD

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 9, 2011, 8:11 AM
Hi there!

I have been away from DA lately. No, I am shooting as much as before. But the critera of "extraordinary" shots have changed substantially. In fact only now I realise how exactly gigs should be photographed. You probably might not see it in my pictures (join my FACEBOOK to see each photoset I publish: www.facebook.com/pages/Askar-I…) but only now I became really concious about what I do during concert shootings. I mean, *during*. not after, so my perception does not change much but I started to be more patient when I take pics.

Also, the great thing that we have to observe always is light. Many people shoot things totally disregarding it. They just believe that  light should be bright and even, one should be able to see the subject. But it is important to have light appropriate. It is important to think what you're doing. Concert photogarphy skills help a lot during normal shootings, because you get trained to decide fast.

I noticed that 90% pics that I post here are from summer festivals. It is obvious — better light and way better chance to get a good pic when you shoot eight hours in a row. This summer Finnish SONISPHERE has happened, and I am coming to AMPHI (GER) and TUSKA (FIN). In fact, for latter I am going to use local transpors, as I am now moved to Helsinki. I like the job, I like the city, at some point I guess you would like to adjust things the way you prefer, correct :) ?

I was quie happy with a photoshoot I did today, so I decided to post picture here. It took some effor to put together model (face and pose) and also decide on light. My flashes umbrellas etc. were uselless at bright sun; but happily we had her white parasol, that looked to me (as a photographer-shifter person) just like another soft box. And it worked extremely well, providing great light on model, while we let sun strike at her black skirt and elaborate details there.

And after that I noticed that I got another DD. Thaaanks! I hope my portrait shoots will be considered for a DD one day, because now  I put much of my effort into learning this stuff; there are so many great people doing it right, sometimes I would like to hit my head off the wall in my talentnesses, but I walked that path with gig photography (still a lot to learn from fellow people, though) and I intent to walk it again. People learn.

Again, if you like my pics GO TO FACEBOOK AND LIKE MY PAGE: www.facebook.com/pages/Askar-I…

Portrait works
:thumb217492131:   My mask by onkami Lelouch vi Britannia by onkami Lilith Sahl by onkami Cyborg by onkami :thumb185460000:

So, summer festivals?

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 10, 2010, 12:05 PM
So far I am pretty sure I make it to:




held in Istanbul (pretty much of a mix of bands from former years Finnish festivals. And Amorphis is expanding its omnipresence to Turkey, what's up with teh world?)



in Koeln. I always wanted to go to a Goth festival, looking forward to dressed up people and some dark stage music.

Next year I want to be in Finland and hopefully catch up with usual Finnish events that I am used to.


Cosplay
:thumb166830387: Trembling petals of sakura II by onkami :thumb163993955: :thumb162068372:

Gigs
Alisa. Smashed flower by onkami Sepultura II by onkami Behemoth - Nergal by onkami Sepultura - we're on fire by onkami Sebastian Bach by onkami Lamb of God by onkami Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

What I like about some of my pics?

Journal Entry: Sat May 29, 2010, 4:40 PM
I got sorta bored of my previous journal, so have to write a new one. First, I congradulate my friends and colleagues for their recent DDs:

Balsara being the model for this portrait:

Mature Content

Aenima by vakial


and PetriW who is a Finnish music photographer and he got great style for emotional shots, usually performed in the most complicated conditions. Thanks for being such a great help in all that concert photography issues.

Mokoma III by PetriW

What I Like About My Pics
I try to think about how a viewer would see in my pictures, and what exacly I want to deliver.

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Anemone, a character, is actually a weird, psych girl. And, she is also an alien. In this shot we did'nt make her to do hysterics, but I like the etherial look of calm, spaced out girl with a flower, staying behind strong crossed bars. To reach character's heart was an impossible task, and she also was an elite soldier, so getting to and getting past her was impossible for the most men. Yet she's fragile.

Lamb of God by onkami
This guy just look epic and the smoke adds intence to the pic. Look, I am a metal elder.

Behemoth - Nergal by onkami
Like the Negal's glare. The best caption was give by my viewer: "He detected my soul and is going to take it!". I like strong glares and suspended poses, energy is there but it is burning inside.

Before the Dawn VI by onkami
Lars and The World. Sound is broadcasted in a largest Finnish club Teatria as the bassist of Before The Dawn oversees the audience, as audiense is enfolded with blue light and some slow coda of another melodic death metal piece.

Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami
It is the best, when your picture is a story, a fairy tale. Some paraphrase of reality. Here I see the smoke of Sauna Open Air to resembe snow or a cold fog, the lights are gone and the reality of the picture is cold and windy. And there is Eicca, soloing some deep, soul-thrilling sounds as you used to hear from Apocalyptica.

Well, enough. Can not really tell whether it is good to shamelessly interpret my own pics and whether the idea of writing this in deep night was any good (I hate being too pathetic in writing). Perhaps next journal would be about impressions about someone else.

Cosplay
Trembling petals of sakura II by onkami :thumb163993955: :thumb162068372:

Gigs
Sepultura II by onkami Behemoth - Nergal by onkami Sepultura - we're on fire by onkami Sebastian Bach by onkami Lamb of God by onkami Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

Ten things about me

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 10, 2010, 4:36 AM
idollisimo have tagged me with this "10 things" game. I am trying to cope and also write someithing that would be most informative for my readers, not only for myself :)

1. I was photographing since I was a boy, used little half-frame film camera, then russian rangefinder cameras and first SLR, also russian. I was developing films myself. However, what I did was a pure snapping. Things changed when I got a hand on reversal color film. I started to shoot sunsets, flowers and laser images we made using school's equipment. These films are somewhere in my Finnish shelves now and I hope I can scan them one day. For long time I was continuing to do things using film camera Minolta. Finally, I was able to invest 2000 euros into my first DSLR Nikon D80. I was about to set off to Japan and of course had been preparing. Day after I returned I was shooting my first gig, which was Yngwie Malmsteen. And I still keep these pics in DA, they turned really well!

2. I do not think that I am a good photographer yet, but it's a lot of fun exploring various techniques and approaches, and watch pictures becoming better. I do think that a creative person should be humble outside and ambitious inside. I do not have a portfolio site yet (I will but I can not come up with domain name!). Why I do not think I am a good photographer? I lack attention. I want to see more things during shot, not after it. I want my mind to be more used to shootings, to develop careful and attentive approach. Sometimes I shoot just on intiuition. Which is also good but intuition can't be controlled, while to get solid result out of the shoot you should not only rely to your feelings, but know something. By the way, many people create websites, own fanpages and even conduct exhibitions while are still to get good shoots. It is their right and I never tell anyone personally that they must not do that. However my IMHO is that can be against them. Anyone DOES produce crappy pics (if you google, you may find some pretty silly "rejected shots" from Playboy mag shootings, for example). But good photographer exposes only solid result in public.

3. I shoot metal musicians and young cosplayers with equal passion. I try to be immersed into their world, to undertstand what drives them, and to reveal it in my images. A photographer should be interested in some way of what he is doing. Though I sometimes want a cute underage girl to scream like Sotajumala frontman. Worlds collide :) And I listen to goth, metal and watch anime. Almost forgot, I also like Ball Jointed Dolls, but I do not owe one. They are great models :)

4. I was living in Kazan, Russia, till I was 24, now I spent five years in Finland and currently reside in Istanbul, Turkey (till November 2010). Later I hope I will live in Finland or somewhere in Europe.

5. This year I want to shoot more cosplay and more great bands :headbang:. For that I probably travel to Kiev (UA), Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Kazan, Berlin... if I have money.

6. I do not aim to become a photographer who earns money. I do not think that my work is of enough quality for that. However I did seen people with lack of skills who try to charge people even for very bad examples of photography. So far I earned 50 euro (minus taxes) from my Jalometalli 2007 picture published in a local news website. In concert photography I receive my "pay" in opportunity to be close to the bands I like, in portrait photography I value my freedom to work with these people who I like as a models. Professional photographers can be great artists, but they have to deal with, err, customers. I can not enjoy a routine photography of random people who just need a cute pic for Facebook or dating website. I adore my models deeply and very personally, that's why I shoot them.

7. I am a Catholic, but perhaps not the most accurate one. I do not have a religious "switch" enabled in my mind. Hovewer I hope that death is not the end and think that to make this world right, we need to act ourselves in some right way. And that way includes understainding other people and may remain without any proclamations about faith and such. On some metal festival, I saw a crowd of christian people next to the line, they were convinced that metal is evil and were standing there to make their point. But guess who would be closer to the actual people, some shouting guys with anti-metal posters, or all-black-clad photographer on the other side. And metal as a genre is not evil by the way.  Yet I shoot black metal a lot (this Sunday I expect Behemoth), while I do not employ any black metal attrubutes myself. Sometimes I might not even bother to convince myself: most part of that is the same commercial appearance as whatever else. I was interested why people try to be "evil". Often it's a protest against not a relighion but all insincerity in that. And indeed, it's very funny to see these guys in corpsepaint in modern 21st century. The more serious they are, the funnier they look.

8. What I do not like in art is kitch and obviousness. There are some good pieces of art, but they are heavily deteriorated by too obvious symbols. It's like when you depict a praying priest next to cathedral or decorate a wedding picture with plenty of "love" words and hearts. I enjoy complex images that slowly reveal themselves as you look deeper and you find something "hidden". Once I went to a cathedral, I guess it was Lubeck or Luzern, but I am not so sure. There was a "Pieta" statue in small chapel, left to altar. When I started to think, how I can photograph it from best angle (statues of humans should be photographed as real humans), I found myself far from symmetry axis pof the chapel, somewhere in the corner. And then I found that some stone tablet, that was dominating the wall somewhere behind the sculpture, fits symmetricaly behind the head of Jesus. That was hint from the cathedral architects that careful viewer would find. I like it.

9. My goals so far: be more sporty (lose few kilos), learn more photography, learn more Photoshop, shoot more bands, read more astrophysics, learn ExtJs framework, find a job after November (tfu-tfu-tfu), find a place to live for next five years, see my family more often, and I hope to get a personal life too.

10. I dream of going in tour with Apocalyptica and  be an author of photobook. Also my huge dream is to learn studio / portrait photography to be able to shoot my favourite musicians in a creative way. To make them remembered and to be able to contibute to their images and stories with my work.

That's it.

Groups

I love very much the new groups feature on DA. Great way to expose art to more people and get watchers. My groups can be seen on my main page middeneaht.deviantart.com/ at the left down corner. Besides ovious cosplay and musical groups I am enjoying Picture-Editing and digitalBRILLIANCE. Ball-Jointed-Dolls also is a great source of nicely done BJD portraits. Anyone know some really good portrait communities? Without common stuff please.


Some of my best shots
Sebastian Bach by onkami Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

There is a newly opened RussianCosplay group here in Deviantart!

This news is to promote the group. So far it is new but as I know hom much many of the contibutors  have in stock and how brilliant their cosplay can be, I expect a lot.

Here's button:
:iconrussiancosplay:

:thumb149706499: Naive by Megami-Shiawase   summer shot by MrsGnob Hachi by Lady-I-Hellsing Titania by MrsGnob Distant Worlds by etaru Euphemia by moonkilled :thumb143051526: Giselle by MrsGnob Fairy tale about tenderness by Ryoko-demon Look inside by Megami-Shiawase Computer genius by MollyMetaphora CODE GEASS: Lelouch and OotBK by KoujiAlone Princess Giselle by MrsGnob Playing to your Heart by Megami-Shiawase X1999: Arashi cosplay by RikardaJ Castlevania - Leon and Sara by adelhaid Lulu. by Megami-Shiawase :thumb136741291: Stand up and fight. BASARA by alberti :thumb150591255: Nana-Wish by love-squad Maka Albarn by onkami Condescension by Ryoko-demon magazine lady by MrsGnob Her Chess Majesty by MrsGnob Beginning by Ryoko-demon Play with me by Ryoko-demon Colour of summer. by Astarohime   Versailles - Teru by Joshou Yennefer: in the Blackwood by alberti Sieglinde. Trinity Blood by alberti Trinity Blood - Sunshade2 by adelhaid the mystic's dream by love-squad Kozi. Malice Mizer by MrsGnob Cosplay by MrsGnob  :thumb149183721:

Ten days, seven concerts

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 17, 2009, 11:00 AM
When I was about to set off for Moscow, I only knew that I am going to shoot one russian well-known band and attend couple of other musical events: acoustics of "Orgia Pravednikov" (Orgy of the Righteous), an art-rock band led by an exceptional poet and guitarist Sergei Kalugin (youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwAXO7…), and small acoustic concert by Anna Pingina, who got a beautiful, deep voice and sings very melodic songs (and also were performing as Fleur-de-Lys in the russian version of Notre Dame De Paris).  Check out her performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN6n_j…

What happens next, I checked what's else is going on... and I ended up with full table of rock and metal bands that suddenly came to Moscow at exactly the same time. Dark Tranquillity, Motorhead, Sebastian Bach and Tarja Turunen. All confirmed. And I promised that I do every concert within a week.

add to the list a conference, the Christmas and my PhD defense. And couple of studio shots.

Somebody on Heavens loves me. Now I know, more than I deserve. But overall, no displeasing stuff this time, at the very least.

Suggestions welcome how I really could process all that.

Some of my best shots
Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

4th Daily Deviation!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 29, 2009, 4:20 AM
I am pleased to see Simone Simmons shot to be awarded as the 4th DD of mine!

Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami

This picture was done in 2008 at pre-Tuska concert in Helsinki. The image was underexposed so I discovered it just when I started playing around with Photoshop, with no certain idea that this picture will become one of most popular entries of my gallery. The picture deserves some quality improvement, which I'll try to do tonight (if only I have my D700 one year before!!).

Gothic Lolita Shoot
A-Little-White-Lie is a great Gothic Lolita and model, and her shoot is one of the most successfull I had so far; to begin with, it's been a pleasure to meet you and stroll down the Gamla Stan, taking all these pretty images.

Gothic Lolita Andrea I by onkami Gothic Lolita Andrea II by onkami Gothic Lolita Andrea III by onkami

and for BIGGER (25 images) set you can check out my blog: users.livejournal.com/_tsukasa…

Some of my best shots
Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

I'm at my beginning

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 12, 2009, 11:19 AM
in real things of photography. That's how I feel. Whatever I am doing now is just experimenting, and the results are rarely satisfying for myself. I want more. More extreme shots from concerts that look unusual and advanced. I thought earlier that here I must post all the famous names in order to promote myself on DA, but in fact what is important is the image itself. If I compare a gallery with many mediocre, one-glance shots or with few excellent ones, I feel that the second one would have more impact. So far I have to keep many shots that I would rather exchanged for something better, but I yet have to obtain these better shots, while showcase at DA is necessary to show off my current work to necessary people.

I constantly feel an overload of what I want to learn more and shoot more interesting subjects. On-location artificial light. Excellent photoshop skills. Great cosplayers from Russia and not only. More concert photography of course. Also, I want to straighten  my development in the photography, become less random and more focused. I want to shoot a promo or two. I want to find some great background locations in Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Istanbul and Kazan in order to have my shoots in good places. I want to hang out with some great photographers I know and learn many things that I am eager to learn. (I wish I would be so desperate in my daily research!). That's a whole life ahead, and honeslty I feel like I know much less that I need.

Fiture website
I want to build a website with pics and I need a name for it. I came up with an idea, that name of the portfolio should be quite an opposite to what one sees there (normally, screaming sweaty artists of Finnish nationality) — such as, eternal-silence, forever-still or something. I welcome suggestions and recommendations. Name should sound dark, be not pathetic,  have a good rythm and be short enough and easy to remember.


Feature
I would like to feature an interesting Turkish photographer BerkDuygunArts, Berk Duygun. His works are mostly in some avant-garde fashion shoots,  he shoot middle-format film and he got interesting models. It is rare to find a gothic lolita in Istanbul, but he managed.

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My pic on a poster
AlisA is a very famous rock band from Russia.


Some of my best shots
Atheist at Jalometalli by onkami   Apocalyptica at SOA IV by onkami Soilwork at SOA by onkami Amorphis at SOA by onkami Profane Omen at SOA by onkami Finntroll at SOA by onkami The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami   Francine III by onkami   Before the Dawn VI by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

Gallery cleared

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 13, 2009, 9:50 AM
Finally, I found some time to do a mass cleaning of the account. I want the main gallery to contain only the most descent shots. So I created a sort of "old stuff" gallery, where I keep all pica that got many favs but do not satisfy me anymore (subject to further cleanup). About 100 pics I just removed. I have my main gallery tsukasa.zenfolio.com, where all the stuff remains available. With new camera and some more effort in postprocessing, I like new stuff much more. Ball-Jointed Dolls galleries and Cosplay section are not loaded much as of yet, but both will be updated soon. I shot several pretty cool cosplays during past couple of weeks in Russia.  

One or two. That's the number of pictures per gig working well for DA. N I wish I load DA with more descent pics but that's not so fast thing to do. Though, summer is not over.

Future gigs
Unirock - 17-19.07 (confirmed)
Rock-n-Coke - 18-19.07 (awaiting confirmation)
Testament - 29.07  (underway)


Feature
A best-known Russian cosplay band represented by KoujiAlone:

CODE GEASS: hesitation by KoujiAlone Code Geass: difference by KoujiAlone CODE GEASS: clouds by KoujiAlone CODE GEASS: before legation by KoujiAlone CODE GEASS: C.C. by KoujiAlone CODE GEASS: My sister Euphie by KoujiAlone


Some of my best pictures:

Finntroll at SOA by onkami :thumb128105641: :thumb128105603: The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami :thumb121184056: Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami Francine III by onkami :thumb117111690: Before the Dawn VI by onkami Before the Dawn V by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

Forthcoming events

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 4, 2009, 11:08 AM
Unirock, Istanbul (17-19.07, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, Kreator) - almost confirmed
Rock n Coke  (18-19.07, NIN, Prodigy and Linkin Park, same dates as Unirock - what should I do???) - awaiting decision
Deep Purple 20.07 - do not know anything at all yet
Let's open air, Istanbul (7-9.08, Moonsorrow, Norther, Sodom, Ensiferum, Catamenia, Destruction, Primordial) - almost confirmed
Jalometalli Festival, Oulu (14-15.08) - if I have time I'll get there

I am very happy that the summer is here and it'll be very rocking one. University in Istanbul is displeasing, people are full of themselves and there are no friends yet, but I will avoid the rest of the annoying persons and just do my work. Since I already work with people who are more advanced that the local crew.

Sauna pictures will be processed soon, so I hope to boost up this gallery a little with a first open air I shot with my current setup, that is, D700 + 24-70/2.8 in addition to 80-200/2.8.

I also have a greatest time ever shooting cosplayers in Kazan! :) We have several really, really good ones. I guess I post some here too.

And... my obsession, pageviews. Well, now I guess I do not care. There are pics that I like, I know that these are good. So I will be following only my own taste and I do not really care if picture got not many views. Totally do not know how to be popular :)

Some features
I love anime, I love furries, I love good, exceptional drawing and I also very pleased to see many young talents here on DA, where people do not have any obstacle to have thousands of appreciators immediately. Sometimes I envious of them. But I'm here to learn, so in the end I do not envy but I support them and try to learn how to develop myself further.

marina-look
Excellent photographer from Ekaterinburg. Guess what? About 30-40 views of some of these pic!

Misty Albion by marina-look Misty Albion 2 by marina-look Paper Cranes 2 by marina-look Paper Cranes by marina-look Pompadour by marina-look


Kanza
You draw magnicifent, elaborated and enlighted sci-fi yet you dewvatched and featured poor me who shoot all these dirty heavymetal guys. I am returning the favour.

Karma Police V2 by Kanza Mother Earth by Kanza commission - Saber by Kanza Captured Phantom by Kanza

My dear friend Orphen-Sirius - amazing furry artist

Diaru by Orphen-Sirius Kristal Draco by Orphen-Sirius smoke in winter's forest by Orphen-Sirius My light for my love by Orphen-Sirius


and several selected favourites

Jared of 30 Seconds to Mars by alucier A Cannon For Peace by Doumanis The Coming Storm by drakhenliche Cold Breeze by incalius MusicAndEmotions: Apocalyptica by Juzma - In Difference - by Yiuokami :thumb96823469: ::SUMMER TIME BLUE:: by meisan  :thumb92105021: :thumb117760006:   World in Ruin by Rei-Doll :thumb92669301: YKM - Indirim by serhatbayram lucifer by UrbanDawn StephM 3 resubmit... by lawrencew :thumb112475675: Alexiel the Magnificent by etaru :thumb45484668: :thumb86877251: Lights by Thaess  :thumb111432565:

Some of my best pictures:

Finntroll at SOA by onkami :thumb128105641: :thumb128105603: The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami :thumb121184056: Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami Francine III by onkami :thumb117111690: Before the Dawn VI by onkami Before the Dawn V by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

Sauna Open Air confirmed

Journal Entry: Wed May 20, 2009, 3:29 PM
This poster says it all.



First festival to be shot with D700, I am very happy that this time there will be no pictures rejected because I couldn't use iso 1600 or had low frame rate. And I will shoot Apocalyptica for 1st time. I am flying 27th to Finland. 28th is Whitesnake (it feels great to attend my most favourite club the day after return).

In July I have to return to Istanbul,
since my bosses do not want to give me a vacation right after employment. Neither they are rushing to pay salary :) But... there are two fests in one day! One is Unirock with Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost and Arch Enemy, other is Rock'n'Coke with NIN, Linkin Park and Prodigy. I do not know how things work here, but will of course apply for a pass or two :) Also, Testament, end of July. And I am missing Loreena McKennitt (!) and Dream Theater. Good to be in a big city.

I will come to Finland also in Autumn for PhD defence.
If I get bored, I fly from Istanbul either to Jalometalli in August or somewhere to Germany, I got an airport at hand (walking distance) with direct cheap flights to Cologne/Bonn.

I wrote some news about how one should get better in photography
Feel free to read it on this news.deviantart.com/article/80…. It got a lousy title but it's pretty specific.

Some of my best pictures:

The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami :thumb121184056: Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami Francine III by onkami :thumb117111690: Before the Dawn VI by onkami Before the Dawn V by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

While there is no certain way to tell anyone how to make a genious pictures, my experience tells me, that in many cases people just were not told, how exactly they could progress. By simply telling them few hints, a substantial part of "poor" prohotgaphers can reveal their actual potential.

Here's some  tips.

Photography is rarely just hitting the button at some right moment. It is a process which consists:
- having strong or not-so-strong idea of what you're trying to show on picture.
- knowing all these camera buttons and be certain that the regime/settings of your camera, as well as scene environment and supplemental gear (tripods, flashes) is right for your shot, so you do not trash the picture by wrong settings.
- ability to postprocess the picture in a right way.

Some philosophy. If you like some artist's work, remember that he is a human too and what he did you can possibly reporoduce. You can not copy his talent of seeing things, but virtually all technical aspects can be learnt. The best way to learn unique tips is to ask the artist about how the certain shoot was done. The best way to learn common issues is to find a good book.

Here's some books I liked:

- The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos  by Michael Freeman  www.amazon.com/Photographers-E… - for as low as $20 this excellent introduction to a vast majority of compositional solutions that you might consider. We see things with our eyes and our mind. These behave according to some objective, common laws. Create images to keep these laws in mind and you will be much more certain about how to deliver your impressions. Compositional laws are not a dogma and rigorous rules, as many people think (wrongly). These are language. This fantastic book costs ridiculous $20.

- Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition)    
by Katrin Eismann, Wayne Palmer
   - www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Resto… - a definitive book about basic photoshop skills. You will no longer be bound to the pictures that lack contrast, got color tint, require a sharpening et cetera. EVERY camera delivers imperfect images. If you want a good picture, you're got to make in perfect technically.

- Photoshop Masking & Compositing by Katrin Eismann - www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Maski… - it is a special book, NOT for general photographer but rather for people who employ collages and like to alter parts of images using complex selection and masking. The book tells you how to select floating hair or soft, blurry flames and how to make collages professionally. The common need is, for example, to remove a studio background from a fashion shoot.

- Portrait Photography: Secrets of Posing & Lighting  
by Mark Cleghorn
www.amazon.com/Portrait-Photog… - short and specific introduction to basic studio lighting. Contains all these numbers that you need to set on flashes and cameras to get things right in studio with common lighting schemas.

What all these aforementioned books have in common, despite diverse subjects? They teach to be rigorous about very tiny details of all the process - from precise exposure in studio to adjusting smallest things in the picture.



As for the creative part, the main rule is: know what you want. Yes, you shoud be able to spell in words: "I want this, this and this which produces that effect in result". You are allowed to have a loose idea of what you want, too. But once you have some direction, you can explore it in scientific manner. The common thing is to watch the best photographers of your favourite topic and look closely to learn techniques from their work. Often mistake of many people is like that: "oh, he's so cool. He's like god or such of shooting wildlife and top-class models. Well, gotta shoot some flies at my dusty window and some kittens and that random girl". You're doing this wrong. Pick up the most talented girl (that would yet cope if you do something slightly wrong). Imagine 1-2 ideas of what you do with the shoot, think over, discuss with the model and fellow photographes. Make a research on successful shots of this kind, consult about how this or that effect was done. Learn techniques that your favourite artist used. Aim to get something that resembles his work.
  
The common mistake number two: following the crowd, not common sense. You hate glamour, but this girl looks glamorous? Then, by all means, do not attempt to shoot gore and violence with her, she will be out of sync, shot will never work. If you got an idea of some shoot but your model do not fit for that - change your idea. You can not possibly reveal what's not in the model. Be flexible. Try to make your ideas work, but if reality checks tells you that there's a problem - go for what's reality gives you.

Common mistake number three: conceptual crap and overphotoshopping. Using strong toning, overexaggerated effects and such will kill the picture. Postprocessing meant to reveal the idea of the shot, and not to obscure the view.

Common mistake four: if your picture requires a long description, it is bad. Striking names are a plus, but long explanations about what's actually we see here just say that you're bad at depicting things appropriatley. Does your pic still look good without a name?

Common mistake five: do NOT subscribe to all photo communities in the world. Instead, look up for people who you adore and trust. Do NOT look for "grey mass", these pics tell you nothing new.

Common mistake six and last: do not call yourself a photographer (unless you're applying for a job). Show your pictures instead. The best portfolio is just a bunch of pics, accompanied by your email and cell phone. No ad texts and self-proclamations. Believe me, if you're good in photography, you may be still bad at words and using insane amount of cliches from Energier's commercials with that annoying bunny. If you're sure about pics, you need no words.

Photography is not like assembling a robot. You're working with people - so learn to deal with them. Learn how to pose a model. Learn how to make her at ease. Learn how to convince a customer or responcible person.

Here's some basic tips in short:
- be rigorous and learn tech manuals about all stages of your work flow.
- when shooting, remember the background. Good pictures have a carefully assumed background
- leave in the frame ONLY what you need and get rid of ANY unnecessary things
- examine the frame: is there anything that relocates attention from your subject to something else? A too-bright objects in the view is a good example of such obstacle.
- be certain yet modest about all special effects. Leave it to these teenagers with emo blogs.
- learn human interaction skills. Be ethical, responsible to models and your crew, and learn business communication. Bad-temper persons rarely got to work with same people again.

Good luck.

And yes, almost forgot. Do not use on-camera flash when shooting cute girls :)
I know when things are simple. You take the shot, you know what you do with these lights, so image  comes out right how you see it.

What is the usual complication for me, and what is the essential part of the job is the choice when author is kinda un-sure. When you don't know what to do but you need to deal with a problem somehow. My most favourite problems are:
(a) how to process the pic that do not look good with my standard process, and
(b) what to put here on devinatart.

My thoughts about (b) are really complex. Not really every concert brings a truly outstanding shot. Sometimes. So I try to present here 1-2 pics from every gig or band, but not so sure myself if I should really restrict this account to the best possible images (once in 3 months) or keep it updated with ok-ish, but not so outstanding pictures. Or, here's the third way: put whatever, then later delete the no-more-desired-below-100-views parts. This approach is OK for long term (like, I deleted may pics from pre-D700/pre-Freeman-composition-book time) but for short term, I want to see what is RIGHT to publish. I do not want to hesitate on that point. Where to look? What is the important clue for that? So if you got some thoughts and reasons, feel free to share and let me see the way :)

Also, sometimes I DO know that picture will not be received well. It's usually the time when you shoot someone with no big name. Marco Hietala and Slayer pics are always fancy, even if you turn Tom Araya face upside down. Some cute girls work too. 500 views in a week, easily (1000, for girls). We thought with PetriW that a website "Hot Photographer" (Kuumakuva, in Finnish), emloying concert photography skills at adult clubs, will be the excellent mix of public desires and our experience and we can sell passwords there and afford all of us couple of spare Nikon D3's just because these point-and-shoots are so cheap anyway. But for these, I do not care as long as the pic is composed well and satisfies me. But, when picture is OK but nothing really exceptional about that... what to do!! ;)

Some of my best pictures:

The Final Harvest by onkami Amorphis III by onkami :thumb121184056: Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami Francine III by onkami :thumb117111690: Before the Dawn VI by onkami Before the Dawn V by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami
Next gig: Neoma & Opeth @ Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey.

This also means that I have moved to Turkey for a while. I will be a postdoc in a private university here under European Commission position, which is quite good.  However I plan to be in Finland in Russia on regular basis, in particular attached to certain gigs and festivals. Turkey and especially Istanbul is a vivid, vibrant hell of a mess.

Last Saturday I visited and had some talk with pretty famous mehmeturgut and his crew. He rents a staircase in one of the very vivid districts of Istanbul, and it was pretty interesting to see the legendary Turkish dark photographer live. Hope not last time. Thanks Mehmet for the very warm welcome!

Looks like I got some hand on that Opeth gig as support act seem interested in pics and I hope to have a pass thru them. Which is great since that moment I feel more at my usual place here. And Istanbul I feel as a really dark city. Similar to Sankt-Petersbug but different, more Asian. I want to shoot some "dark city" shots, though I would not dare to expose my camera in these hectic streets when alone :)

Also, I seem to delete some pictures from old times from DA. I "walked a path" from some basic presentation of shots towards some postprocessing and not all the steps I took on the way are now satisfying. So I killed about few dozens of pics that made me feel bored, sorry people who faved these but I need the gallery here more coherent. I kept some pics in hope that I will reprocess them, but if not, I'll delete some more. What I published recently I generally like :) And I have a lot of gigs still to process, but I stuck with a studio shot that I have finish first. You seen one pic here already :)

Some of my best pictures:

Amorphis III by onkami Before the Dawn VIII - Silence by onkami :thumb117111690: Before the Dawn VI by onkami Before the Dawn V by onkami Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami
I got a new monitor at work. We had two postdocs, but one could not survive in our small city where only metal fans feel comfortable; another messed up and moved to Helsinki. So, they left behind a couple of very good 16:9 monitors. Soon after, their unemployed PCs got some older monitors and we with other PhD student installed ourselves these cool devices.

The monitor is very bright and sharp and I noticed a lot of noise on many pics. It was so frustrating. On my laptop the screen is not so bright, though colors are accurate enough. At my home in Kazan I have good but already blurry CRT, that do not let me see tiny details.

From now on I will be very careful about image quality. It should be the best in every detail. Often I process pictures in a hurry, since I can not let them pile up on my HDD. In fact, I left unprocessed one gig from Diablo, since it was shot with bad light and with that noise. Now, with my beautiful D700, I'm getting used to wideangle and fullframe, and noise is none of concern: a modest NR makes sure I got flawless image. And the quality is so much better. I opened some Tuska images from D80 and it just looks ugly comparing to what I used to see now.

So, precision and quality in every detail. Sharp, clear images, color-corrected monitors (I got Spyder2 yay! Not much change on monitor looks but at least a cure from acute color-gamma paranoia), accurate flawless postprocess. And I will redo my best images here to remove these nasty artifacts.

By the way, I am using 3month subscription now, and running that SitBack slideshow. It really boosted views of my latest pics.

Gig to process:
- Jalometalli winterfest (Napalm Death, Final Harvest, Sotajumala, Agonizer, Kiuas, Sabaton, Tarot)

Gigs to go, so far:

- D.A.D. 28.2
- Dragonforce and Turisas 2.03
- Amorphis, Charon and Before the Dawn 6.03
- Satyricon 25.04
- Eternal Tears of Sorrow 16.05

Marco Hietala, Tarot at JMW by onkami Kamelot I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Francine I by onkami   Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Sotajumala at JMW I by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami
Today I was again blessed with a DD, thank you Helewidis !!!
This was the choice:

Kamelot I by onkami

My other best shots:
Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami Mayhem at Jalometalli II by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - VIII by onkami :thumb93586505: :thumb93585403: :thumb92844202: Before the Dawn at TUSKA - I by onkami Fields of the Nephilim - II by onkami Mokoma at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Epica at TUSKA 2008 - V by onkami Nightwish at TUSKA 2008 - I by onkami Nigtwish XIII - Marco by onkami   Misfits I by onkami Alice Cooper II by onkami Nightwish X - Anette and Marco by onkami :thumb69491390: :thumb108363957: AlisA - SDK MAI I by onkami
AlisA - singer and crowd by onkami Before The Dawn II by onkami

Few non-concert ones:
Angel with Rose - Ohlsdorf by onkami :thumb106716590: Amsterdam III by onkami Amsterdam IV by onkami


My friends, also doing great concert photography:
CaroFiresoul Atea-cinA GIVEthemHORNS Aleph3 Balsara

Thank you very much for your support!
Congrats for CaroFiresoul for hers Daily Deviation on  Behemoth image! (straightfromcamera, good job! :P )

Behemoth I by CaroFiresoul


Famous AD&D and fantasy illustrator, Ironshod, went heavy metal and draw a pretty pic "Rock god" (a T-shirt for a band called Spiral):

Rock god by Ironshod

I find it fun to hang out on Facebook and dig for Finnish metallers there, they're well represented. I upload their pics from the gigs I've seen, and mark their faces =)


My recent pics:

dolls by tsukie-san
In the cold moonlight by onkami :thumb98365584:

new Jalometalli pics:

Barathrum at Jalometalli I by onkami Sotajumala at Jalometalli I by onkami :thumb98407145:



Some features: in visual arts, you aim to create atmoispheric, dramatic images coupled with certain level of quality. Incredible CG illustartor, OmeN2501 (dont' be fooled by the "teenage" nickname), is great at delivering strong scenery and characters, bound with great composition skills (four DDs, btw).

Rain by OmeN2501 Snatch by OmeN2501 Escape from NeonCity by OmeN2501 Make me proud... by OmeN2501 Follow me... by OmeN2501 Checkpoint by OmeN2501 Last exit - part One by OmeN2501


and another person darkmello, who is able to create vivid, warm images, either fanart or hers own:

Good Night Mrs.Moon by darkmello Fullmetal Alchemist fan art by darkmello One more Chance by darkmello Angel among Us by darkmello

no nii, hope you like the feature today.
  • Listening to: Fields of the Nephilim - Requiem XII 33
Hi there.

I decided to spend some time learning new photoshop techniques. It does not mean that I am going to be a hardcore fanatic of heavily altered images, like these where all the lighting schema is altered. But, I feel that some level of skills will be of certain help.

So I had spend couple of hours doing these few images from Jalometalli Festival in Oulu, and if you like what I did to these, feel free to let me know. :)

:thumb96020035: :thumb96019973: :thumb96019720:



As a side note, there is a strange trend: in daily deviations, everyday there is a male nude. Well, girls, hope you enjoy this new approach of the site :P Anyway, some favs I would like to share with you :

Rei Ayanami by deadly-lilli Overkill IV by Taragon Doriana+03 by hellwoman Forced Landing by MarkusVogt Foreign visitors arrive by fogke Winter Spirit by sigel-aka-kai ethereal.1 by KimberleyCamilleri Ratatouille by ElenaR

In fact, 90% of photoshop excercises is still can be beaten by very simple, black and white photography. If I ever will be disappointed in photoshop postprocess, I'd do BW.

And, almost forgot: one artist that I just like! She is very young and she is incredibly talented. MinnaSundberg I just wonder how magnicifent her art will be in ten years!

Between all by MinnaSundberg Of Shape and Shadow by MinnaSundberg :thumb67387516: :thumb45165714: :thumb41184902: