Solve et Coagula

Uma - 錬金3級 まじかる?ぽか~ん

Magical? Poka~n

Uma is Witch

This is my first indoor shoot that I’m posting on Moe Idolatry, using Uma, or Yuuma, as the subject. The series, 錬金3級 まじかる?ぽか~ん, or Magipoka for short is a fairly out there anime, four girls from different walks of life, from an android to a vampire, live peacefully together. Uma is the witch, an energetic, flat chested, somewhat qualified witch. Uma is really pronounced Yuuma indicated by the Japanese spelling, but is written as Uma in English, if also spelt Uma instead of Yuuma in Japanese you’d get Horse…

Being the first indoor photo shoot with props and all, I didn’t really know what to expect. Here goes, photos for your witch burning party~

Uma 1

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Location

My room… not much to say really =/
It’s a nice room, somewhat, if you like anime posters everywhere.

Uma 2

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Setup

During my years of edumacation, I conjured up a few ring-bind folders from my imposition & binding classes. A large black A3 folder was used as the base and backing for this shoot.
The silver rope and gold starry ribbon was borrowed from my mother’s various fabrics and materials. The red ribbon was leftovers from my ooollldd 2003 cosplay costume.
The light source is the sun, shining through my windows. It was mid afternoon so I had ample light… I think. I didn’t have the right artificial light to produce a nice lightbox for the figure, so I opted for natural light.

Uma 3

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Figure

Fabulous~ Can I say that? Anyway, Uma is a pretty figure, perfect for those who like a loli magical girl on a magic wand with a nice base. The sculpt is great, capturing the anime counterpart was done masterfully by Max Factory again. I only noticed a somewhat unpleasant seamline on her right leg but is out of the normal viewing angle.
Awesome paintjob work on this figure as well, I didn’t notice any mishaps or such, gloss paint was used for the wand, base, shoes and her bag which looks great, everything else is done a nice matte finish.

Uma 4

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Thoughts

Photos were ok for a first try I guess. Some parts were overexposed while other photos looked too dark, a delicate balance to get with indoor shooting. I hope they’re ok, it’s getting hard to judge my own work sometimes… or it could be the fact that it’s 1AM and I’m tired as hell from working all day, I’m squinting as I type =_=

Uma 5

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Summary

A MUST buy in my book, but that’s my book, not yours :P In all honesty, I love this figure to bits, be it the awesome base, the fine detail, or just the fact that it’s a flat chested loli witch who forgets to wear panties occasionally and…what was I talking about again?

Uma 6

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Uma 7

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Details – Photo shoot

Camera
Nikon Coolpix P2
Date
20th December 2006
Location
My room!

Details – Figure

Name
Uma (ゆうま)
Series
Alchemy 3rd Grade: Magical? Poka~n (錬金3級 まじかる?ぽか~ん)
Maker
Max Factory
Sculptor
Ageta Yukiwo
Scale
1/7
Release date
October 2006
Place of purchase
HobbyLink Japan
Retail price
5,500 yen
Bought it for
$61.60 AU
Availability – HLJ (at time of writing)
In Stock – AND ON SALE (30%)

Uma original illustration

Original animation illustration of Uma

10 thoughts on “Solve et Coagula

  1. i feel the light in front of her is too strong (especially on yuuma_03)

    but other than that, the photos are nice, cute figurine too (her eyes are perfect size for my taste :p)

  2. yeah the light on no3 is a bit too strong, other than that nice photos, natural light is still the best for photography
    i like the texture on the background that u use

  3. Lovely pics. I need to find stuff to put in the backdrops of my photoshoots too.

    BTW, there are huge error messages appearing in your header now…
    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/abstrac1/public_html/moe/wp-content/themes/tarski/header.php:2) in

    Looks like something is being output before a cookie or redirect.

  4. If you want to do an indoor shoot, you will need the lighting equipment to get the best results. If you are relying on the afternoon sunlight, you have no control of the direction of the sunlight as well as the amount and distance for the lighting. Good first indoor attempt and good use of props. Well you know what they say, practice makes perfect.

  5. @Adun, Yea, that’s the problem with indoor sunlight. At the time I didn’t have the right equipment, even now I don’t really have suffiecient artificial light to create a proper setting. I usually do indoor shots if I’m too lazy to go outside ^^; Thanks for the comment :3

  6. LOL at the codes. That’s so like me XD Trial and Error is fun, though^^

    I think using the sunlight was a good choice. It’s better than using a half-assed setup. I’m still struggling with that. Your photos turned out pretty good =)

  7. lol, sometimes i wonder if i should just have everything in error codes~

    Thanks for the comment, I do like the photos I take, but as nearly everyone would think of their own work, it could be better.

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