Sydney Easter Weekend Dollfie Meet
Its been way over a month since this event but I finally got around to sifting and editing the photos. Last month I was invited by my dollfie friend Megami to an Easter themed dollfie meetup. Its been a very long time since I went to a dollfie meet, like WAY back in 2007, and I was once again excited about attending one since I am now an owner of my own dollfie. Although I was the only one to own a dollfie dream I’m just glad that my Erika could make some new friends. Hit the jump to check out more photos.
Another thing about turning up to this meetis to get me some practice in photographing dollfies on the spot. Since I’m still relatively new to the dollfie world, I still don’t have enough practice photographing them. All the photos below were taken with my Canon 400D and unfortunately with the standard lens which is a piece of crap. I tried using the 60mm macro but it was rather hard to get decent photos from a distance with very low lighting.
Since it was Easter, there was also an Easter theme for this meetup and there was a small competition and anyone could enter. I didn’t enter since I don’t have anything for Erika except her other sets of clothes.
The winner was the one with the red hair and black hat. I want a hat like that as it reminds me of Meroko from Full Moon wo Sagashite. Hey now there’s another costume idea. Another great thing about going to a dollfie meet is seeing the various clothes that other dollfies owners have bought or made themselves. Currently I only buy dollfie clothes but am looking at learning to make them.
One major difference between a super dollfie and dollfie dream is that a SD can be posed much more easier than a DD. From what everyone who had a play with Erika mentioned that DD joints are quite stiff. I’m guessing this is because the way the joints are done are different between a SD and DD. Also a SD is much much heavier.
At first I was only going to bring Erika, but she insisted that I bring along Roobar’s dollfie, Saber. Yes that’s right, a Saber dollfie. That is the other dollfie I have with me for the time being as I’m “borrowing” her. Or to put it simply Roobar and I have a saying: “what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine”. but despite bringing them both, I didn’t really take that many photos of them. I did however change Erika into another set of clothes for the other owners to see.
Overall the dollfie meet was great fun. I saw some familiar faces as well as new ones but unfortunately I’ve pretty much forgotten everyone’s names. I got to chat to many of them about dollfies and photography in general as well. Its also amazing to see how much effort and love these owners put into their sons and daughters whether they’ve been a long time owner or even someone as new as me. As I venture further into this hobby the more I love it, just as I keep loving my Erika more and more. Also after seeing Danny Choo’s coverage of Doll Show (Part 1, Part 2) and of Dolpa 21 (Part 1, Part 2) I’ve had a change in heart. I mentioned before that I was bored of Japan and won’t return for another 4 years. Well I now have the urge to go again simply because I want to attend a Doll Show or a Dolpa. What ever shall I do?
On another note some of the photos here turned out good, and some not so. Personally I’m not too happy about the results and some feel rather amateurish to me especially with the gross orange yellow background. At times I noticed my external flash wasn’t firing correctly and using the standard lens probably wasn’t the best option. I did manage to improve a few via Photoshop but it shows I still have a long way to go in dollfie photography. On another note SMASH have released details of this year’s dollfie photography competition. This year the theme is “sky” and I’m planning to enter the competition. Its still a few months until the submission deadline but I’m hoping I improve enough to produce something I’ll be proud to enter into a competition. I’ve been browsing images for ideas and I have a few that could work but we shall see. Do look forward to what I’ll produce over the coming months.