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FFvXIII - Crystallis Guard

Final Fantasy versus XIII, Noctis cosplay.

Photograph: :iconquake-and-bake:

Costume + post processing: :iconamenokitarou: (me)

Location: St Mary's Cathedral, in Sydney. (believe me it really is)

The shot:
This picture is my attempt to reproduce the FFv13 Trailer when Noctis intercepts the guards.

This was taken at the recent shoot with twinpants Ryu and Quake. As usual I pestered the photographer about little details of the angle and how I wanted it and we took like 50 retakes.... not to mention there was a mass going on inside the cathedral so there were people going in and out and we were there for like 30 minutes waiting for people to stop getting into our shot :P

Post work:
This deviation has got to be my post epic post processing work I've ever done in my life.

I played around with lighting and colour and photo filters quite majorly to get the raw shot to have the FFv13 trailer atmosphere going.

I ended up putting like 10 different layers of colour filters and 5-6 lighting filters on top of continuously tweaking the contrast back and forth according to all the changes i make along the way....

For those interested in seeing the raw shot here it is: [link]

See what I mean? :P



The FFvXIII collection: (includes the old and new costume)

Noctis Lucis Caelum: [link]
Nocturne Hour: [link]
Crystal Fantasia: [link]
Strike at Fate: [link]
Final Resolution: [link]
Storm: [link]
Crystallis Guard: [link]
Mission START: [link]
Finishing Blow: [link]
Advance Weaponry: [link]

Noctis and Stella
Destined Encounter: [link]
Noctis and Stella: [link]
Sonata d'Amore Vietata: [link]
Ripples of Fate: [link]

Crack Shot collection:
Decisive Strike!!:[link]
Fanservice~: [link]
Love Story: [link]

Hope you enjoy!
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Whoaaa thats is one epic shot, i beleive it is in sydney too bad it isnt melbourne (:
yuushiron's avatar
Dang! That is quite a shot. And quite some post-processing work, the final product turned out amazing though. Colours and lighting really make the photo pop. Though I think the photo wasn't quite leveled in the editing process, since the stairs look a bit slanted and it throws my eye off a bit. The reflection on the glass doors could've been clone stamped out maybe? But despite that, it still looks true to art!

AmenoKitarou's avatar
Thanks very much~!
methuselah-alchemist's avatar
Wow, it's so beautiful!! TvT The editing is amazing!
AmenoKitarou's avatar
Thank you so much ^^
This is one of my favorite editing i've done ever haha!
Mxego17's avatar
Great photo!!
AmenoKitarou's avatar
thanks very much ~~~ ^^
chenmeicai's avatar
Magnificent effect! Very cool! Looks like it's the real game haha. :)
AmenoKitarou's avatar
ah thank you very much^^ I was going for that sort of effect! I'm glad it worked!
chenmeicai's avatar
When we had our own FFvsXIII photoshoot, we wanted to recreate that scene too. Too bad we didn't have that same type of door or cathedral haha. But our night shots just went out nice. :)
Michyelle's avatar
impressive photo editing skills and awesome costume!
AmenoKitarou's avatar
Thank you very much !!
I'm happy you like the edit!
hnmAck's avatar
The buildings doors looks like a time rift. osome.
AmenoKitarou's avatar
yeh! the mirrors inside are really awesome! XD

Thanks you!
hnmAck's avatar
Welcome and thanks to you for apreciating such a menial comment from some one who became instantly osom'd.
Jankei's avatar
Amazing editing skills xD Looks like you've spent tons of time in this one, to have changed it so dramatically from the original and still retain its photo quality!
I suggest that you fix the ground level a bit; it's slightly tilted, since the angle of the photo was shot directly face-on and displays a massive background, it's a good idea to have the ground level too.
Well, you know what I mean, right?

By the way, do you make all these costumes yourself too..? Your prop work is absolutely amazing >D
AmenoKitarou's avatar
thanks so much for the comment! I'll keep that in mind for my next photos ^^

I made all the costume and the prop ^^
Jankei's avatar
Impressive! You don't come across a guy very often who can actually sew xD
Is this somewhat related to a profession, or is it just pure hobby?
AmenoKitarou's avatar
pure hobby hahaha.
Although I've started to commission some weapons for people who request it.
But it's mostly just for fun.
Jankei's avatar
Ahh I see; You're very talented,
I could get some tips from you x)
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AmenoKitarou's avatar
hahahhah yes it is =D
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