The many faces of The Lucid Tear

Hello again friends! I’m back with a handful of photos taken of my good friend Heather aka The Lucid Tear cosplaying at MCM Comic Con Birmingham. This weekend she managed to cram in three characters; Samus Aran from the Metroid series, the return of Princess Zelda from Hyrule Warriors and the debut of Saria from The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. 

The convention was, as it always is, ridiculously busy, so I decided to only take photos of Heather and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the event with friends. And on that front it was a success! 

What wasn’t quite a success though, were the photos taken inside the convention hall of Samus and Princess Zelda. While the hall itself is well lit, the lights are orange and give everything a orange glow including skin. While I was able to take this out with flash I didn’t like the look, so that’s something to keep working on while I try and perfect my flash work. I was able to process the photos taken without flash and correct some of the lighting but overall if the shots are not exposed correctly to begin with then there is only so much editing you can do. None the less there are some shots below so you can see how they turned out and judge for yourself. I have seen other photographers work from inside the hall and generally speaking most of the suffer from either too much flash or too much post production so it may be something that can only be mitigated rather than completely removed. I also did see a lot of photographers working outside the hall, in the corridors and outdoors, so lesson learned! 

The shots taken outdoors of Heather as Saria however turned out much better. Poor Heather did suffer as it was freezing cold, but she was a real trooper and didn’t complain once. We only took a handful of shots and took them quickly so we could rush back inside but I’m happy with what we got. One of them is easily one of my favourite shots I've ever taken (I'll let you guess which). 

One last final note before we get to the photos and this is a bit of a rant, but fellow photographers at conventions; please, please, please, be courteous of other photographers when they are working with a person. If you can see that a photographer is working one on one with somebody, away from everybody else, don’t go over and start taking photos with your flash going off behind them or start directing the cosplayer on how you want them to pose! I also saw a photographer start taking photos while a friend was recording a video, getting in the shot, which is about as ridiculous and disrespectful as it gets. We are all in this together and trying to achieve the same thing so please just be polite and wait your turn. Manners go a long way!

Anyhow despite all that it was a good weekend and while the results may have been hit and miss, the process itself is always satisfying whether it’s learning new tricks or perfecting old ones.