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Sweeping Keyblades by neilcreek Sweeping Keyblades by neilcreek
This is the photo I've had to sit on for the last two months, and I can finally share it now! This photo was chosen to be used in the 2011 Cosplay Calendar for Charity. Details below.

Model: :iconk-chan009:

Photographer: :iconneilcreek:

Second photographer: :iconelias-lopez:

Moral support and art direction :iconcescat:

I was approached, along with my good photogrpahy buddy Elias by our talented cosplay friend K to help her out with a special photo shoot. K was invited to submit a photo to be used in an upcoming international cosplay calendar.

The shot had to be epic, and it had to stand out as something unique and original. K was using one of her earlier epic costumes, Final Form Sora from Kingdom Hearts 2. The three of us looked up reference pics, brainstormed ideas and searched for locations. It was a true creative colaboration.

On the night we had a few very specific ideas we wanted to execute, and spend the whole shoot getting those few ideas exactly right. The total number of photos between Elias and I was small, but the results were something beyond what either of us have done before.

For this shot we used el wire, a long exposure and careful flash lighing to create what I think was the most dynamic and visually unique photo of the shoot. I was thrilled when K chose it as the photo she wanted to use in the calendar! :)

We are all thrilled with the results!! We hope you like them too.

The calendar is raising funds for the Room to Read charity, promoting child literacy. It's an amazing calendar with great photos of incredible cosplayers, and it's raising money for a great cause. It's available at a good price, so everyone should order one! You can read more and order your copy here: [link]


Here's some of the other shots:

Firey Sora
[link]

Leaping Sora
[link]
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:iconmicahmikaella39:
micahmikaella39 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Photographer
lovely picture
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you very much :)
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:iconmicahmikaella39:
micahmikaella39 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Photographer
your very welcome
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:iconkennethcb:
kennethcb Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh gosh, I know I saw this photo before... YOU made this? Oh wow, gonna add you to my watchlist now. :3
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:iconbgzstudios:
bgzstudios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Stunning.. very inspiring to me as I do similar stuff :) - high five man!
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:iconbeautifulbyebye:
BeautifulByeBye Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
My goodness, it must have killed you to have to wait so long to release this one! It's beautifully done, and I love the lighting effects. The shapes created with the keyblades frame Sora very well, and are a nice contrast to the lines of the city.

I'm amazed you were able to catch the movement while keeping such a tight focus on the cosplayer's face!

Also, I have to ask - what is el wire?
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional
This is exquisite
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:iconelsch:
elsch Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
OMG, AMAZING shot *_*
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:iconhexlord:
hexlord Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job~ I saw your article on the DPS website :)
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:iconthedrjazz:
Thedrjazz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
IT rocks, seems a drawing!!

well done
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:iconmora-kbm:
mora-KBM Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Unbelievably Awesome :D
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:iconmunekoneko:
munekoneko Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
8D
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:iconijiryushippo:
IjiRyushippo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
that looks sooooo cool!!!!!
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:icondustyhawk:
dustyhawk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
love the shot much. And soon me and my mates will have the biggest Comic/Cosplay/Anime con in my country.
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:iconreveriesummoner:
ReverieSummoner Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning photo! :heart:
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:iconexmotion:
exmotion Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Amazing photo Neil, you never cease to amaze me!
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:iconfiathriel:
fiathriel Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Absolutely stunning Neil . . . . . you are a continuing source of inspiration and you keep raising the bar! This shot is magnificent. . . . . :)
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:icontoharumika:
ToharuMika Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME! This looks simply amazing!
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:iconelliotjatomisan:
ElliotJatomiSan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
LIKITY LIKE.
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:icontouzoukuou:
touzoukuou Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
omg that looks so cool O_O
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:iconchelseahavoc:
ChelseaHavoc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
freaking epic
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:iconchelseahavoc:
ChelseaHavoc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
freaking epic
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:icondoukana:
doukana Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Great use of strobes. Was the keyblade "swishing" motion there to begin with or was it added in post?
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:icondragomyra:
Dragomyra Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student General Artist
Incredible. <3<3
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:iconkiwira:
Kiwira Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
nice
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:iconkurenaiyuuhi:
KurenaiYuuhi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
so great!
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconseranaide:
Seranaide Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
a....a....amazing....___
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconaoifasd:
aoifasd Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
At first, with the thumbnail, i thought it is was Tron SOra :0 but then i clicked and i saw this
WOW
The trailing light of the keyblades is amazing :)
Great job all around!

i was also wondering, how can i submit pictures for thsi calendar. i know the 2011 is probably all set up already, but for the next years.
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you very much! We were hoping for a big impact with the light trails. I think it worked XD
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:iconaoifasd:
aoifasd Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
it certainly did the trick for me.
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:iconbradely:
Bradely Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
this is amazing!
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconbradely:
Bradely Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
you're welcome!!
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:iconmmetalground:
MMetalgRound Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you :)
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:iconmmetalground:
MMetalgRound Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
no prob!
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beethy Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
I would absolutely love this photo if I didn't hate Kingdom Hearts so much, LOL
the motion shit is absolutely amazing.. jesus christ (HOW DID YOU DO THAT?? MANN)
BG is great too (though there's some weird shit going on on the right side .. blue/purple lights.. looks odd)

this is amazing overall bro
good work
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I'm only familiar with KH through cosplays I've seen, and I think K looked fantastic here, so I wanted to do my best to do her justice :)

I'm glad you like the sweeps of colour! This was the effect we wanted, and it's had the impact we hoped! The effect was achieved by taping a length of el wire to each keyblade. The exposure was set for the background to give a 2 second shutter speed. That allowed K enough time to do a nice sweeping motion with the blades, burning the light from the el wire onto the sensor, and K herself was frozen by the setup of speedlights I'd arranged. The contrast and saturation was enhanced in post processing. It was a tricky task, but it worked as well as I could have hoped!

Regarding the odd lights, I've found that digital sensors seem to have real trouble with that particular hue of purple/blue. It seems that the colour is out of the gamut, so the colour clips very easily. It's exacerbated by the processing that was applied to the pic. I think it's fairly unobtrusive though.

Thank you for your kind words, I'm glad you like the photo!
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
I meant to say a half second exposure.
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SakuraxShizuka Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I always love the photos you take and this one is really epic !
K looks so awesome and the keyblades... *o*
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
K was incredible. She was so great to work with, so athletic and patient. Her costume looked amazing, so it was an honor to shoot it :)

Glad you like the pic, thank you :)
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:iconk-kipper:
k-kipper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student General Artist
this is incredible, really,
ohmygod
im lost for words!

good job :3
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you very much :)
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:iconamenokitarou:
AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ah.....so stunning....I saw this on facebook and I jizzed...
I love the composition, the lighting and how pristine you froze the motion...
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:iconneilcreek:
neilcreek Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Thank you!! That means a lot coming from such an amazing cosplayer and talented photographer :) Not to mention NATIONAL CHAMPION XD

So glad you like the photo :)
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AmenoKitarou Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ahahaha lolol you flatter me~
A good photo is a goof photo, regardless of who I might be LOL
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