When people metioned over Flickr that there’d be this group shoot at IntramurosÂ (Manila) of cosplay models last Sunday, I had hesitations, since I had another plan to take photos for the Rangefinder Filipinas book/exhibit project. Oh, and there’sÂ theÂ caseÂ ofÂ theÂ insanely hot weather, too.
But then, this would be another group, with a few familiar faces: new stimuli. I’ve met Markku before, who is part of the organizing team of the shoot, and Flickr Philippines mainstayÂ andÂ overallÂ promotor Jolengs will be there as well, so I know I’d have people to talk to.
Then I saw our cosplayer model:
Her pseudonym is Jerry Polence, and after going through some forum threads and web links, she appears to be one of the pioneer local cosplayers, with a good number of fans from the cosplay scene.
But no, I wasn’t there to ogle: I was there to find out how good a user camera the Seagull 4A is. Verdict? The Seagull is a delight to use, no more double exposures (though there’s an override button), and easier focusing, where with enough light, you don’t need to flip up the magnifier for focus-accuracy.
Oh alright, after seeing Jerry, and how effective a model she was, testing the camera was pretty much a secondary thing. I was still intact though, deciding to leave early, missing the gothic lolita costume, since I did want to shoot the Malate street kids for our group project.
Then the sun came setting rapidly, rendering my primary day’s mission a failure. Its the sort of thing you just have to accept when using limited-speed vintage cameras.