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07.20.09
Death
Basically I had the guts to do what I wanted to that day Martel face-planted on the deck and crushed the nose of the mask, since repaired with glue and paint. One of those occurrances that makes me wish I didn't have a favorite, but I can't help it, and if I could, I would have picked a different doll.


What kind of dreams does a doll that knows it's a doll have? Does it have dreams at all, and when it lies awake wondering if it has a soul, does it also wonder if soulless things can dream?







I can't decide which is better - above or on the ground?














AND THEN MY CAMERA BROKE. IT NO LONGER RECOGNIZES EXPOSURE COMPENSATION AND THE PICTURES IT PRODUCES ARE GRAINY AND DARK. It has, however, served me long and well. I'm just kind of annoyed. My car, my ipod, and now my camera. Fortunately my mom had a little P&S Canon that might be better than my poor sick Kodak, so I've asked the Sister-Creature to locate it for me (she does NOT need 2 similar cameras). I just wish it would keep on going, though. The color was always great and I knew how to use it. I should be distraught, but I'm not. I just keep thinking this isn't the end of it. There's always something. I wish I could buy myself a new camera now.



See? It's kind of cool, but not what it should be doing.


Comments 
07.21.09 (UTC)
Oh, hon. I love these. Very much.
07.21.09 (UTC)


I never can tell about my pictures, but I love that outfit and that doll very much.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Oh wow. These I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I also love him in the Fer. Awesome.

Now, one question. HOW do you get him to stand so well? I've got Ten visiting and his knees seem a bit woobly.
07.21.09 (UTC)

I like to delude myself into believing that he wears that fer like a man. XD


He's pilver sueded in his knee and hip joints. Hot glue everywhere else, but it's mostly rubbed off, which is why he's been falling. (totally 100% my fault) I had my legs in a V with him in the middle so I could catch him if he tried to fall again.

07.21.09 (UTC)
HE DOES WEAR IT LIKE A MAN! That's why its HOT. :3

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh okay. Ten has hot glue sueding everywhere, but it's running into some issue in other places (mainly the knees). The pilver will be up to swankkat.

XD;;; that's the technique I usually use as well! :D
07.21.09 (UTC)
Is Ten tightly strung? Aston and Duke only have hot glue and they stand really well. I just find Martel easier to pose for some reason - and I don't know why 'cause he's got the exact same body.


The V technique. LOL! XD
07.21.09 (UTC)
I've always thought so, but maybe I just need to tighten him. He's been looser since I've played with him. I'm concerned he'll be kicky if I go too tight. :/
Yeah... all my girls have hot glue and NO issues what so ever. Ten and Viv tend to have a bit more difficulty and it seems to stem from the knees. So I'll have to mess with that (in Viv's case there's locking joints).

V for VICTORY!
07.21.09 (UTC)
At least your camera gave you some really amazing pictures before it died? Because these really are amazing.
07.21.09 (UTC)
It choked on itself. Maybe? Yeah, it was a good last hurrah for the poor little camera.
07.21.09 (UTC)
aah, such beautiful pictures *_*
and the colors, too~

sad times with the camera, though =\
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thank you! I had a lot of fun taking Martel into the Underdeck.

Hopefully the other camera... if my sister can find it, will be just fine.
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07.21.09 (UTC)
The problem is that I also can't see through the viewfinder well enough to see what I'm taking a picture of - at least in the light I had. (oh and the compensation breaking broke the LCD screen, too) So it's kind of hit or miss at the moment. I think, though, if it's bright enough, I might still be able to work that camera a bit.

I like taking pictures of my dolls in different places for certain effects (more like trying certain effects) because I'm just not good at making montages. I'd rather just be able to take the snapshot and do as little post processing as I can get away with. I guess that's a huge reason why I take pictrues and what I enjoy about it? (My other favorite doll picture-taking places are the storm sewer and the creek out behind my house.)

I always love your interpretations. <3
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07.21.09 (UTC)
These photos are lovely. I really like the texture the Fer coat is having in these.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Those Fer coats are the best part of the outfits IMO. I kind of want to say the dress itself is inconsequential to all the other parts.

07.21.09 (UTC)
Lovely shots! I like this one best out of the two of him laying on the ground...and this one is my favourite out of the rest of them...love the way the wig and the mask draw eachother out against all the gray and tan.
....and really, he does wear the Fer like a man. *heh* A very foppish man, but definitely a man. =3

It sucks about the camera, though. >__<
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thank you! Thst second one is probably my favorite too - and it was a pain in the butt to get him to cooperate for that, but he did it. He's such a good doll. Most of the time. ;)

I totally want a dollshe-sized fer and I keep meaning to write to Dollheart and then forgetting.


Yeah. Camera sux. Such is life. :/

07.21.09 (UTC)
I like all of these photos VERY MUCH. Hmmmm above or on the ground? I think my vote is for above . . . but on the ground is very awesome too. Love the way you experiemnt with costuming, posing, and the colors were very lovely and subtle!! :)
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thank you!! I can't believe I *very gingerly* put him face-down on the ground so I could take pictures. Woah!

I actually wanted to keep going with a second and third doll, but the dead camera sort of ended that. :/
07.21.09 (UTC)
i just LOVED those ! ......... if you ever get a chance to enter them into a 'photo competition' or a 'magazine shoot' .... select those pictures.............. LOVED them !

and ... i don't know what you did to get those colors... but.. on my monitor... they are GLORIOUS ........

your camera died from HAPPINESS ... it did its best work and it EXPIRED :) ... i say: good for it !!
07.21.09 (UTC)
My camera was such a good little beast about color. For a little point-and-shoot, I believe it actually has some sort of engineered glass lens, which was the big selling point when I bought it 4 or 5 years ago. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did.

But color! combination of the hour before sunset, a happy camera, and a colorful doll. I didn't mess with the contrast too much because I didn't want to lose a lot of detail.

And you're absolutely right - it died happy. I'm pleased with it.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Man, i love these; last gift from a dead camera, indeed. I also particuarly liek the echo of his mask-necklace; it should be too much, but it isn't, and ends up being understated.
07.21.09 (UTC)
I feel like I should write a eulogy to that camera. Or perhaps an ode. What a cheesy journal entry that would be. XD

07.21.09 (UTC)
WOW, how cool! These are fantastic, I love the feel of them, but then again, I always love your photos ^^

Edited because I can't spell worth a ...
07.21.09 (UTC)
XD Thanks!! I really do prefer taking pictures outside. There's so much more space and I think I get more interested in it. I'd never before thought about what a great expanse of doll-sized desert was lying beneath my deck. I'm surprised I didn't get any pictures of my feet, flowers or windows.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Love Martel with the mask and the cool gradient of color on the brick wall...

Awesome!
07.21.09 (UTC)
I never even noticed that that wall is *cool* until you mentioned it. Not even in pictures. I guess it makes sense, since our house is blue-gray and that wall's part of the foundation. It just always seemed warm and dirty to me. But you're right, it is cool, and that's... ugh! make me stop, now I'm thinking about color theory!! ;)
07.21.09 (UTC)
gorgeous photos. the colors are amazing on these. also, beautiful job on the repair. you can't even tell that the mask was damaged.

i'm sorry to hear about your camera. the photos you took with it were amazing. i think you'll do fine with the new one though. it really is the person behind the camera not the camera being used.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thanks, though it's really Martel, the Garish Wig, and the Bright Mask that carry the color. I didn't do much other than work my camera to death. :) I'm sure the other one will be okay... if I can extract it from my sister. It just helped that I knew mine very well and it's change and I don't want to suddenly have to learn a new one. *sigh*
07.21.09 (UTC)
These remind me of Labyrnth... boy I can't spell worth shit. I like all the textures you have here.
07.21.09 (UTC)
:) I was actually thinking a combination of Return to Oz and Labyrinth when I was, well, thinking about taking these.
07.21.09 (UTC)
As odd as it may sound, his fingernails give me great joy.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Not odd at all. ;)

I always try to make sure he takes good care of his nails...
07.21.09 (UTC)
Martel looks lovely, the dress is lovely, the colours, yep, lovely! it all comes together perfectly. I especially love the photo of him on the ground taken at ground level.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thank you so much! That ground photo was the reason I wanted to take these in the first place. I had it in my head that I wanted to see if I could get an interesting shot of him lying on the ground like that.
07.21.09 (UTC)
These are spectacular. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a spread like this in a magazine. I don't think anything else I can say can convey just how spectacular they are, so there you have it. ♥
07.21.09 (UTC)
Thank you!! ♥ I've been wanting to find the right doll-type use for the space under our deck for a loooong time. I think this was it.
07.21.09 (UTC)
His hands really steal the show for me. Especially when he is standing facing away from the camera. It is like he's gazing at a love afar, or blowing kisses, or sending a butterfly aloft. And with the mask on the ground, his hand posed just so, like he absentmindedly dropped it while focusing on the other hand. Mmmm. So much expression.
07.21.09 (UTC)
I think that expression is why I like Martel so much. I can't get that out of any of my others (and sometimes it makes me wonder what's wrong with them).

I think you're on to something with the butterfly. I think I need to find some of those tiny feather butterflies for him.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Very, very cool. I like the from above one better, it packs a little more emotional punch I think.
07.21.09 (UTC)
:) Thanks!

I still can't decide between the two. From above it makes me think of a crime scene.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Ooh, lovely. This is an excellent wasteland. :)

If the other camera doesn't turn up, I've got a perfectly good one I'm not using anymore-- in my hands it eats batteries like crazy, but that may be me, as batteries don't seem to last well on my person. But anyway, cheap-but-takes-decent-pictures (and has manual setting options) and I don't anticipate using it again in the next decade if you need a hold-over until you have a chance to get a really good one of your own.
07.21.09 (UTC)
I was surprised that I had just enough wasteland to take pictures in. I think this is what Martel dreams about: being an escaped marionette and being completely alone. I suppose that would constitute nightmare for a doll.

Thanks for the offer, if the other camera is really squirrelled away I might just take you up on it. But I know I saw the camera recently in Lindsey's room and asked her about it. :/
07.21.09 (UTC)
I've been thinking about doing some boy Fer photos, but you totally beat me to it! I really love all these, the full length standing one is my fave, though I like the hand shot at the beginning too. My preference is for the ground level angle more than the overhead one, as the one from above makes my brain feel funny. But that could just be because I could do with a 5-week holiday from work to begin in a few days time.

Hope you can get another camera very fast, you take fabulous photos.
07.21.09 (UTC)
Oh, you should take them anyway. I didn't want a Fer for the longest time because everyone has one and well... everyone has one, but the coats are fantastic, as is the underskirt/crenoline thing - at least this one is. I really bought this Fer for him.

Thank you so much! I tried the boys in Fers a few weeks ago, but I didn't get very far before Martel face-planted, crushing the nose of the mask and fortunately only coming away with black paint battle scars from the inside of the mask. Still, I had to work up to taking him back out. What I find frustrating is that there was one more thing I wanted to do with these that I didn't get to because of the dead camera. I feel like something's trying to tell me something and I'm not listening.

A 5-week holiday sounds fantastic. I've been trying for a week by the ocean next month but work's so busy I might not get it until December. :/
07.22.09 (UTC)
These are gorgeous. And... well, I don't know how he does it, but he really pwns that fer.
07.22.09 (UTC)
You know, I don't know how he gets away with it either, but I just love him dressed up like that. He's still wearing it, glaring at me and daring me to question him.

Funny how dolls do that sometimes.
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