Deviation Actions

MRBee30's avatar


By MRBee30
116 Favourites

Self Portrait
I modeled for as well as took this photo

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after. For until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.

جعلت الغابة لصياد الأحلام
(c)2017 Property of, Will Merzlak.
Photograph taken and edited by Me.
5010x3336 Version available only by request.

Image details
Image size
681x890px 968.79 KB
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Focal Length
85 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 9, 2017, 4:32:13 PM
Sensor Size
© 2017 - 2021 MRBee30
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
Soulreaver1408's avatar
it is truly the best protection for the prey to have. For none, even the fearless hunter, will be aware until it is too late.
The trap has already sprung.
gdpr-42102561's avatar
This outfit you have assembled is just amazing. It looks better than a lot of film costume designs! :3
I also really love the pose and composition as a whole. Do you use a remote for taking the shot, or set a timer for the shutter release?
MichaelAtaraxia's avatar
I'll bet all the layers make going out in the snow much more comfortable. Certainly better than the full suit of armor in the summer heat.

(I'm a very hot natured person, so I'm likely projecting)

Either way, this is gorgeous. Nicely captured, and an incredible costume.
MRBee30's avatar
Thanks! Yes it does make it a lot more comfortable. Even in the suit of armor. With the Gambeson, Chausses, Mail and whatever else there is. When it's 20°F out. I'm toasty and warm. Summer is dreadful. 
MichaelAtaraxia's avatar
That's one of many reasons I'm happy the Renaissance Festival comes in October/November - at least there's a chance you won't roast to death in your jerkin. In fairness, my costumes lean more to Viking or barbarian than a presentable knight or ranger such as yourself, so I don't typically do as many layers.

If you don't mind my asking, where do you get your armor and mail? It's exceptional quality, and I have had my eye on a set someday.
MRBee30's avatar
Dozens of sources. For Steel Plate I've been commissioning pieces from Steel Mastery in Ukraine. Suits can range in the $4500.00 to 8500.00 range though. Steel plate requires determination and often takes 8 months after paying before seeing any progress due to most armor smiths having a waiting list. I've been waiting 6 months for a new Brigandine suit by ArmorySmith. Also in Ukraine. Other small items require various other artisans from all over the world. I'll list a few sites below. If you're referring to this particular leather set. I bought the boots, gambeson, pants, cape, gloves and arrows. I made the mail, jerkin, belt and quiver. A company I ordered a leather doublet from. Ravenswood Leather sold me some bulk soft brown deerskin leather which I used for this. It's influenced by viking design. Basically long strips cut and stitched together. The chainmail is way cheaper to make than to buy. It's super easy but very time consuming.…
MichaelAtaraxia's avatar
Thank you very much - this is an incredibly comprehensive list. I'll be checking all of these out! Thank you again, and keep up the amazing work!
JohnK222's avatar
This is brilliant! I don’t think we see you as often with a bow.
MRBee30's avatar
Thanks! Yeah there's a whole armory here at the house with costumes and weapons that are still waiting their turn for some airtime haha. It just seemed iconic you know? Elf hunter with a bow. Easier to move around in the snow too. And yes I totally role played that I was sneaking through enemy territory in the snow that day. This squirrel decided to jump on a branch overhead right as the shutter was closing. It wasn't intentional but actually made the picture better... Albeit a bit annoying.
029 by MRBee30   
JohnK222's avatar
:D Aww, a squirrel! :aww:
I checked out the group of 4 pics. :-)
It’ll be interesting to see what you present next from your collection. :thumbsup:
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In