Seasonal Photography: Summer

Thursday, 10 June 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
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The element of water is an under-explored environment for cosplayers – probably due to the fact that most people do not believe their costume will survive being immersed in liquid.  However, it provides a natural method for distorting your appearance; in example, this cosplayer’s legs were elongated using a fish eye lens.  The author of this image, Etaru, has taken advantage of contrasting colors to draw attention to the woman’s costume while also allowing the sheen of the water to compliment the texture of the vinyl.

One of the fun characteristics of water is the illusion of weightlessness.  This would be an interesting environment to simulate a “floating” effect in which the character’s hair and clothes are unaffected by gravity and where there is no visible connection to the ground.  Sheeta from Castle in the Sky is an obvious choice.  However, successfully capturing underwater shots requires that the cosplayer is comfortable opening his or her eyes underwater and that the camera is water-proof.

Whereas some characters have brief underwater scenes, including Chihiro (Spirited Away) and Rei Ayunami (Evangelion), I can only think of one anime character who originates from a watery environment: Ponyo.  Nonetheless, you can still capture an interesting shot without being completely submerged in water; Cheza (Wolf’s Rain)  and Yuna (Final Fantasy X) actually dance on top of the water.  And if you are feeling adventurous, you can recreate the underwater make-out scene from Final Fantasy X.

Just remember:  If your costume can survive being washed, then it will be fine underwater.  We recommend machine drying or hang drying your costumes shortly thereafter to prevent troublesome wrinkles.

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