“I was really keen…to do another bit of action…the physical thing of just transforming myself from a kind of quite thin, reedy guy into somebody four chest sizes bigger and bursting our of my old clothes, looking a little bit super human.” - Benedict Cumberbatch from ‘The Making of Little Favour’
So, since I had a few sweet followers comment about the content quality of my little blog, here, so I thought I’d share a little about HOW I go about creating that content.
If you had to guess where I got it from, you’d probably think I just searched the internet, maybe screenshot a few episodes, downloaded the manga. And while I do watch Sailor Moon frequently, I only do so to make GIFs, which I do make all the ones I post here, in case you were wondering :) But the images I post, are actually photographs.
You see, I have a ridiculously extensive collection of Sailor Moon print material. From the manga, to the animanga, to the 5 art books and the Materials collection, to the Nakayoshi Sailor Moon ‘albums’, I’ve got it all.
And because I have such ‘vast’ resources, (no you really DON’T want to know how much all of those cost xD) I’m a hobbyist photographer, and doing things the EASY way is just too obvious, I take photographs.
And it takes a LOT of time.
First, there’s searching through the books to find what I’m looking for. Sometimes, I go on photo sprees where I’ll just photograph a bunch of things, and then use them later, but if it’s something specific, I sometimes have to do research to figure out where it is. And when I finally do find it, the real fun begins.
I photograph entire pages, because almost none of the images are big enough to fill the frame by themselves. And getting the focus on the correct image on the said page can often be tricky. (Thank God my nails look nice on the day I took this xD)
Then, comes post processing. I have to crop, tweak the exposure, desaturate (if I’m working from manga images), deal with shadow/light inconsistencies, contrast, white balance, highlights, you name it! It’s lengthy and intensive process. BUT I LOVE DOING IT <33
This is one of my absolute favorite pastimes! I get to spend time with the anime that won my heart at the age of 8. I get to photograph, which I LOVE. AND I get to share it with you <333 It’s so fun for me to see the response to my semi-not-so-really-original content. Thank you all SO much for following along, and please let me know if there’s anything you ever want to see.