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Sandbar shark in silhouette by greyloch-md
Sandbar shark in silhouette
Taken at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Low-lighting conditions and no flashes were allowed. But I think I nailed the available light, motion of the shark, and saturated colors of the tank.
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A Blue jay posing on a lamp post by greyloch-md
A Blue jay posing on a lamp post
A male Blue jay posing. I've only been attempting to get a picture of one of these striking birds for over two years.
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Bilbo by greyloch-md
Bilbo
A "Rule 63" of Bilbo Baggins from "The Hobbit" movie. Yes, she had really big feet (just can't see them in the shot). Her sword really did light up and make some sounds but was too dark to really see that so I added in an outer/inner glow to it.

Cosplayer: liivingdeadgirl
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Jim H.
United States
Jack of all trades. Pretty much have done every odd job there is. Photography and digital art is my hobby and how I express myself artistically. I like to think I'm pretty good at them and always looking to improve my skills.

I call my approach to photography (especially cosplay) "Gonzo." Not in the pornographic meaning of the word but in the, "improvise and fly by the seat of your pants," definition. I get there, do quick compositions, take a couple of pics, have some fun and/or entertain/flirt with the cosplayers/models, and move on. Bing-bang-boom, done! I don't have a lot of gear (diffuser, ring-flash, tripod, and remote trigger) and use them sparingly. My personal nitpick is with photographers who travel around with walking studios. IMHO, I think you lose a lot of the fun and spontaneity of the moment when you bog yourself down.

I like constructive criticism. Please respect the models.

I have no real plans for world domination. Trust me.

Current Residence: Just outside of Washington, DC, USA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: XXL
Print preference: Minion Semi-Bold Pro
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Rockin' Blues, Jazz, World, anything that has makes you feel something when you hear it
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, but I'm just delving into photography so this will probably change... radically
Favourite style of art: I really like Art Nouveau and the Beaux-Artes movement, ornate but organic
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Shell of choice: tortoise
Skin of choice: my own?
Favorite cartoon character: too many to list - my ultimate wish is to be a cartoon as some point
Personal Quote: Friends help you move. "Real" friends help you move bodies. And books.
Interests
  • Drinking: Monster Sugar-Free energy drink (orange flavored)
This may be long, so please forgive me. If you're not into a long-ish post, please skip. But if you'd like to take a peek inside my brain/soul, please keep reading.
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/steps up to soapbox/

At Dragon*CON 2015, I was *asked* to be the lead photographer for the "Harley Flash Mob" photo-shoot.

If any of you know me, this should pop up warning signs. Big, flashing, neon warning signs. This was a very difficult thing for me to do as: 1) I'm more of a gonzo/fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of photographer (get in, compose my shots, bing-bang-boom, done, and gone); 2) while I'm flamboyant as a cosplayer, and confident in my skill sets, I prefer to be behind the scenes helping things along (I'm actually quite shy) (you can stop laughing now) (no, really, you can stop now); and 3) I've recently discovered something about myself that I've never dealt with before -  I have a HUGE thing for Harley Quinn. And I have absolutely no friggin' idea why or why this character. This could be just a fan-boy crush, perhaps be a kink/fetish I was unaware of (which is a brand new facet to my psyche), or possibly be an obsession, dunno which one it is.

I see an attractive HQ and I get... stupid. I say stupid stuff and fear I could do stupid things (non-consensual); which is totally out of character for me. Yes, I'm a goofball but mostly harmless and try to be very respectful. I much prefer the world to laugh with me than shy away from me. I wrote about this (noting a HQ who was topless wearing pasties at an event I attended) on the D*C Facebook page and it cost me, greatly; with some ridicule (this is the surest way to get me to shut down and then explode on your ass, BTW) and at least one friendship being done with (her call, not mine). All for me being honest about something I never have dealt with before. :-\

Now, I'm an old-timer and have seen/heard of many fanboys/fangirls over the years state that they would jump the bones of / sleep with anyone who was dressed like a particular or beloved character so I felt like, "How come they can get away with saying stuff like this and folks are cool with (or indulge) it, but I get ridiculed / shunned?" And it hurt and pissed me off. And I've been processing this ... crap for almost two months. Trying to be a grown-up and not shut myself down and then emotionally explode and lash out at folks undeserving of my wrath.

This being said, it was entirely possible for me to make a total jackass out of myself at the HQ photo-shoot because I'd want to fling as many of them as I could fling over my shoulders, take them back to my room, and play "patty-cake." (all with permission of course). I let the shoot director, my friend Lamia, know about this issue. But she really needed a name to put down for the con and flattered me with un-faint praise; meaning she really does like my photography skills and wanted someone she could count on. I did inform her that if I had to excuse myself and beat my head against a wall, it was because I was having an internal argument... and losing said argument.

I didn't do anything skeevy or creepy (e.g., unwanted sexual advances) at the shoot. But the desire was there. Boy, was it there! Instead, I tried to act professional, take as many pics as I could (with a nod to the official D*C photographer who gave us some good ideas for shots/poses), not play favorites with particular cosplayers (e.g., ones that pushed my buttons) and give everyone equal face time regardless of how good/bad/odd I may have felt about the costume, make-up, or concept. Again, being professional and having a good time. At least I try to.

/steps off of soapbox/

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PaXingCai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the watch!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good work as always!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see you here, big guy! Found you via a mutual muse, Nicotine Desire, aka Lady Clankington. Great work! :thumbsup:
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cbombshell Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
thanks for your interest in :iconunlimitedcosplay:
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soulstrifer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Not at all welcome to the group!
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NexusHUB Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hey! Don't worry, I'll accept anything into :iconphotoshop-editors: as long as it's primarily made using Photoshop! You're always welcome!
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demmigoddess Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Plz I can haz arts for V-Day? Make sumzing for mees? :P
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LaLumine Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav!
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MaxDaMonkey Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Thanks for adding me to your watch list.
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weirdy182 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
thanks :D
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