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Getting acquainted with the camera, or, brace yourselves for a ton of random doll pictures
Sasha Blaze
Kanbei in a sweater I finished last week--yes, it's 100+ degrees here. To quote keiki_boys's Kane, it's lucky resin doesn't sweat.

The sweater still looks too red, and obviously I need to get the tripod out, but this little f/1.8 portrait lens is going to be magic--I can tell already, even in this rough early stage of adjustment to the new equipment. I'm glad I listened to K. at the office, who waxed so enthusiastic about the lens that I decided to buy one.

Dear Pen, looking very good if I do say so myself, even if I did focus on his hands instead of his face:

Sejong gets in touch with his kitsune heritage (ummmm, what's the Korean word for fox?):

Oh yeah, I like the way this lens can focus on a face and blur out everything else. Now, if I can just get the camera steady enough:

And introducing Peter, my recent Sasha acquisition:

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I just tried that sweater on Sejong, and aside from the size, it really does work! I had put him in a fitted ribbed turtleneck awhile back, and he looked perfectly silly--but that was a combo of the color (navy blue = not for him) and the fitted body. The hourglass D torso doesn't work with a lot of clothes. But he will need his own version of the big red sweater, yes sirree.

Oh, yeah, he MUST have a fox's tail!! I have a Paraiso fur wig with a detachable ponytail; I wonder if that would be close to the right color? Time for an experiment . . . and I'm with you, I had never thought of him with an animal avatar, but this wig with the P40 eyes absolutely brought out the fox in him.

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A nice tight T-shirt . . . possibly wet . . . or, yes, a black catsuit, as long as it's festooned with gunbelts and grenade pouches. ;-)

I wonder whether there are many seductive fox-man stories! Like you, I can only think of the Japanese fox women (aaaahhh, that heartbreaking story about the fox-wife who has to leave her child and husband behind when she's found out). But in other traditions?

There's a strange little fragment in one of Herbert Hughes's early 20th-century collections of Irish folk/traditional songs--I always assumed it was a fox-lover song on some level, though I don't know how much of the text is actually based on tradition. (Like a lot of the Folk Song Revival stuff, both the texts and the music tended to get spiffed up and artsified for publication.) But what Hughes published goes like so:

If by chance you look for me,
Perhaps you'll not me find,
For I'll be in my castle,
Inquire for Reynardine.

Sun and dark I followed him,
His eyes did brightly shine.
He took me over the mountains,
Did my sweet Reynardine.

If I weren't bone-lazy, I'd get up, walk down the hall, and check the translation credit on that song. But I am bone-lazy.

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I want to do something New Testamentary with the clay metaphor, but . . . I'm too lazy. :-)

Reynard is definitely a word for fox, though--in Chaucer as well as in the French fabliaux (not that they aren't related). I vote for a Sidhe-fox, because surely there were some, yes?

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I do like the foxy shading for Sejong right now, and YES, I love the idea that he could go to earth in an instant if he decided he was tired of playing with the humans. And the jeans are shredded because, well, claws will do that, hmmmm? (I'm reminded of Marguerite Henry's book about Cinnabar the One o'Clock Fox, though Cinnabar was much more innocuous than Sejong-Reynard appears to be.)

But the reddishness is also part of the whole new-camera thing--it's picking up any red tones and intensifying them, especially in less than pure bright light. And, you know, I bet that's partly a result of my living-room floor bouncing reddish-orange light onto the subject . . . I just thought of that this instant, oooo hey! The DSLR is bound to be much more sensitive to all light sources and colors than the point-&-shoot was, but it didn't occur to me that the floor (which is a very warm red oak and pretty shiny) might affect the overall color balance in the room.

Well, blow me down. I may learn something about photography in spite of myself. ;-)

Sejong is so gorgeous in that sweater (even if it's a bit oversized, it makes him look like a wee fey boy trying on human clothes) . . . and it's so funny that you're quoting "Reynardine," I was doing some of the same research when I was trying to come up with a name for my foxy boy . . . "Kumiho" is the Korean version of a kitsune, btw *grin*

*Kumiho bows in your direction, and winks at his foxy kin*

I love the photo of your Tonner (?) girl with just the face in focus and the rest a slight blur -- that's such a fantastic effect. I'm looking forward to seeing further experiments with this camera :D

BTW, if you ever get a knitting "pattern" for the sweaters down, I'd love to talk about it with you -- Kira's learned to knit recently, and she's really enjoying trying new things ^-^

-- Andi <3<3

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