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Ollie
02-02-2009, 03:30 PM
Anybody who does cosplay photography probably does the majority if their work at a convention or fairly close to one. At the same time, some of the best cosplay photos are taken on site; that is in a setting much more suited to the theme or style of the costume. For example, I've seen some fantastic photos of Gally (Battle Angel) in what looked like an abandoned warehouse, and some fantastic Zelda photos at what must have been at least a mansion, if not something of a real castle.

So, how do you find your locations?

I've found some obvious places around Washington DC, such as the National Arboretum (which has some wonderful flower gardens, wooded paths, and in the future a Chinese-themed pagoda) and some of Montgomery County's old plantation houses. In Baltimore the city really did go out of their way to welcome Otakon, and let us use the USS Torsk (the submarine museum in the inner harbor) for a photoshoot. [BTW, this was privately arranged, not an official Otakon function.] We gave the volunteer a nice big tip in appreciation.

So great locations are about, but not always easy to find. Anybody have tips or locations they'd like to share?

shiroin
02-02-2009, 06:24 PM
i usually just cross my fingers and hope there are some good place that i will come across while walking around the cons.

that said, i should really arrange more shoots outside of cons and explore other locations.

i would say universities. my uni is got some really nice scenes, but unfortunately nobody here cosplays. (except for one girl, except we have yet to find a time to shoot....)

zomgmissy
02-02-2009, 06:44 PM
I'm lucky enough to have some good places right around my home. There's a brook separating my house from the next, running through a woody area. We took some Naruto photos there and in the grassy area of my backyard. Also, there's a short walk to some train tracks behind my home where we took some Fullmetal Alchemist photos. We have some friends in our cosplay group who live in a sort of cabin-like home, and their yard with their home in the background would be great for a Twilight photoshoot.

Just take a drive and see what you can find, making notes of where you would love to have photoshoots. Keep in mind that you might need to contact the owner of an establishment to have a private photoshoot there.

Good luck in your location search!

nope
02-02-2009, 08:22 PM
i usually end up finding somewhere interesting at the con.
but locations for other stuff? i do a lot of driving and walking and find places :-D

mrgetalife
02-02-2009, 10:46 PM
Just be aware of the legality of stepping on property to take shots. Some areas are a lot stricter when it comes to this issue. In NYC if you have a certain amount of people in your group you need permits etc.

If its around a Con event then you have to use what's close. Otherwise if its a planned shoot you just have to drive around and look at whats available. After you find a few places take note of the address and look it up google maps. See if they have street view. Or Microsoft Live maps and see if they have an aerial shot of the area so you can take a peek at the area.

Kibalover100
02-03-2009, 07:29 PM
Where I live is a really small town. Me and my friends live either near woods or open feilds, perfect for Naruto shots. We also, have lakes and streams here that aren't deep and have stones in them. We haven't tried walking across them yet, though. We'll probably experiment soon so we can make it look like we're walking on water. We're still trying to figure out how to get into the trees, though. The branches are to high for us to reach....... >.<

Lovelychristina
02-03-2009, 10:58 PM
We live out in the country we have small creeks, Battlegrounds and National Parts all around us. In NC there is the Duke Gardens, I'm bout to try out for Marluxia cosplay. They look Beautiful.

Leeah
02-04-2009, 09:55 PM
I live in Windsor, lucky me!
There aren't really any forest or anything like that (you try going into a bundle of trees and you'll be able to see a road anywhere you go. :\) but me and my friends are very gratefull for Walkerville, the old buildings are perfect for alot of photoshoots, and then there's the like section down by the water, unfortunately the only way to get down there is to go downtown (not a great place in cosplay) >_>...so many people...

winterwish
02-04-2009, 11:00 PM
Actualy it's really simple

Google earth, google maps, and flickr map tagging.

Honestly... saves me a ton of time.

Balgus
02-05-2009, 11:37 AM
I like the Huntington Library in SoCal - it has paid admission, but he plants and flowers are colorful and very exotic-and very strange - not common plants at all. They do charge for professional photography, but you can just say you are sightseeing... and they do allow that.

Another place is UCLA's Botanical Garden and Sculpture Garden - I can see some interesting photos there.

djaxle
02-05-2009, 01:24 PM
The location I like to use a lot is the Guild Inn park in Scarborough. It's filled with the ruins of Toronto's architectural treasures.

Only thing to worry about is dodging weddings and other photo shoots.

When I look for locations I usually go for 'photo walks' around the town/city I'm in and scout out. Usually snapping a few shots or noting down the location in a notebook. I also know major abandoned buildings in areas also which always provide unique backdrops.

Explore.

Ollie
02-05-2009, 04:12 PM
I like the Huntington Library in SoCal - it has paid admission, but he plants and flowers are colorful and very exotic-and very strange - not common plants at all. They do charge for professional photography, but you can just say you are sightseeing... and they do allow that.

Another place is UCLA's Botanical Garden and Sculpture Garden - I can see some interesting photos there.

The National Arboretum also charges $50 for professional photography, though it seems not to be enforced and only wedding photographers bother just to cover themselves.

Sushi Monster
02-06-2009, 05:00 PM
Simply doing research on the internet is the way I do it. I also have friends who like to go exploring and we constantly find places that we'd love to shoot. California has a ton of gorgeous locations, and the least expected ones can make the best backdrops!

shiroin
02-06-2009, 05:12 PM
Simply doing research on the internet is the way I do it. I also have friends who like to go exploring and we constantly find places that we'd love to shoot. California has a ton of gorgeous locations, and the least expected ones can make the best backdrops!

all u do is shoot in front of greenscreens and then photoshop.

i know the truth. admit it.

Sushi Monster
02-06-2009, 05:18 PM
all u do is shoot in front of greenscreens and then photoshop.

i know the truth. admit it.

ur wrong. we don't even have greenscreens. We have to use bedsheets taped to the garage wall.

Oh wait, my sekrit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u fiend.

shiroin
02-06-2009, 05:19 PM
ur wrong. we don't even have greenscreens. We have to use bedsheets taped to the garage wall.

Oh wait, my sekrit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u fiend.

YE I FIND UR SECRET HAH

Sushi Monster
02-06-2009, 05:30 PM
YE I FIND UR SECRET HAH

Don't tempt me. I has the blackmailz on u.

shiroin
02-06-2009, 05:32 PM
Don't tempt me. I has the blackmailz on u.

i do nuthin wrong.

u got nuthin to blackmailz me.

rejs7
02-14-2009, 05:18 PM
I live in York, UK, and we have all sorts of fantastic locations to shoot as backdrops. Though personally if I am showing off a costume I prefer a minimal canvas to shoot against (like a wall).

x

Lorien
02-16-2009, 10:58 AM
I'm not really a photographer though I plan on trying to teach myself..
As for cosplay locations, I live in Canada. Alberta, to be precise. And in my city, we've got a great diversity when it comes to settings: Lots of parks, lots of theaters and construction sites, Prairie settings, forest settings, mountain settings not far out of city limits, things like that. I'll be talking to friends on the bus ride from school and just say to myself as I look out the window "Remember where this is; it'd be perfect for [insert-anime/game/manga-cosplay-here]".

Basically I just make a collection in my head of areas which would be appropriate for different themes or characters.

siuxsiu
02-16-2009, 08:49 PM
I live in Windsor, lucky me!
There aren't really any forest or anything like that (you try going into a bundle of trees and you'll be able to see a road anywhere you go. :\) but me and my friends are very gratefull for Walkerville, the old buildings are perfect for alot of photoshoots, and then there's the like section down by the water, unfortunately the only way to get down there is to go downtown (not a great place in cosplay) >_>...so many people...

I live in Windsor too, and there are more places than just the river front and Walkerville. Optimus Park and Jackson Park are just two! You really just need to look around for good places. When you're driving somewhere, look out the window and seriously scan every inch of the scenery for a possible location. Just driving to our local mall, I found at least 3 places when I actually started thinking about it.

PeachyMana
02-18-2009, 01:20 PM
I live in Las Vegas..OO''.. As crazy as it sounds..it's a tad bit hard finding places to have a nice shoot without a bunch of people running around..although..when I'm walking around town I spot a few places every now and then...I'm planning on doing a shoot on my birthday..=D

Jacaranda
03-11-2009, 01:50 AM
I like the Huntington Library in SoCal - it has paid admission, but he plants and flowers are colorful and very exotic-and very strange - not common plants at all. They do charge for professional photography, but you can just say you are sightseeing... and they do allow that.

Another place is UCLA's Botanical Garden and Sculpture Garden - I can see some interesting photos there.
HUNTINGTON = WIN. Oh god, I went there last year with my parents, and I completely fell in love with the scenery. The Japanese gardens were a give in, but there are so many other wonderful, odd little places scattered here and there. I remember the rose gardens were really lovely, and the camellia gardens, and that place with all the statues and the fountain at the end... I really want to go back again so I can see what the Chinese gardens look like, as they were still under construction the last time I visited. D:

Out of curiosity, do you know how much permits for "professional photography" cost? While more nondescript cosplays could probably slip under the radar pretty easily, other more... vibrant cosplays seem like they could cause some problems with the staff.


On another note, I know that Cal State Long Beach has a very pretty Japanese garden as well, and a rather extensive koi pond (it makes me dream of raising koi some day when I retire, like my grandma's neighbors xD).

Cheshare
03-11-2009, 12:04 PM
hmmm.... well my shoot has yet to hapen but we have a place we plan on going.

I live in Portland Oregon and your city has a small reputitaion for a vast amount of roses and greenary and we have something we call the Rose Garden, its very very very huge with more flowers than you ever want to name and it makes great for showing off fancy dress cosplay things. Its a large enough place that we dont have to worry about being a bother or about the right to be there (its public property)

beyond that Im planning other shoots with friends and it's really best to know where you are and where things are where you live. My friend is doing a "The World Ends With You" photoshoot and were planning for it down town since the game takes place in Shibuya what better place than the middle of the city? You just gotta think about where your characters would be : ) Thats how my group is doing it so far, course were a small group of one model, one photographer, and one make up artist >_>;;

bishop27
03-11-2009, 05:57 PM
it's tough sometimes to find a perfect location. i would say that what really helps me is to find a location that really suits the model and costume. i wrote a blog post about it today cause this forum got me thinking about it. check it out here http://mananiplay.com/?p=76
i won't transcribe everything i wrote there on here but the jist of it is to have fun and find something that really speaks to the costume ur photographing. u may have to do some hunting to find it but it's always a good idea to search for locations prior to any photo shoot.

bishop27
03-11-2009, 06:04 PM
Out of curiosity, do you know how much permits for "professional photography" cost? While more nondescript cosplays could probably slip under the radar pretty easily, other more... vibrant cosplays seem like they could cause some problems with the staff.

sorry, saw this question after i posted. it really depends. it first of all depends on the place. Some places may allow u to take photos there and all u need is their signature. some places may want to know how long the shoot will be, how many people, how much crew, how much equipment, what the photos will be used for, if they will be sold and if they are, how many prints will there be, how will they be sold, etc etc etc etc...... a lot of times, if it's a private property, u can just ask and they will sign a property release. with government places and tourist spots, it definitely gets more dicey. so as much as i wish i could give you a set number, it really really depends. the best thing you can do is contact a location's person and talk to them and get permission. i don't recommend sneaking in and trying to take some stealth pictures cause if u get caught, they can confiscate memory, equipment, etc and sometimes haul u off to jail (depending on if ur trespassing or not).

Ollie
03-11-2009, 06:33 PM
[...]i don't recommend sneaking in and trying to take some stealth pictures cause if u get caught, they can confiscate memory, equipment, etc and sometimes haul u off to jail (depending on if ur trespassing or not).

In the US, at least, they cannot confiscate your camera or memory cards or anything else. Tresspassing is a criminal offense, but photographing while trespassing in and of itself is not. (A few exceptions such as photos of trade secrets or issues of national security exist, of course.) You can be asked to leave, and you may even have the police called on you. Unless the police witnessed you break in, they probably won't arrest you. But back to the point, somebody else almost never has the right to take your pictures from you. They may try, but they have no legal ground to stand on. Of course, agreeing to delete a few photos in exchange for being able to leave without having the police called is probably a good choice.

bishop27
03-11-2009, 07:33 PM
In the US, at least, they cannot confiscate your camera or memory cards or anything else. Tresspassing is a criminal offense, but photographing while trespassing in and of itself is not. (A few exceptions such as photos of trade secrets or issues of national security exist, of course.) You can be asked to leave, and you may even have the police called on you. Unless the police witnessed you break in, they probably won't arrest you. But back to the point, somebody else almost never has the right to take your pictures from you. They may try, but they have no legal ground to stand on. Of course, agreeing to delete a few photos in exchange for being able to leave without having the police called is probably a good choice.

This is true, however they can make up any excuse they want to "protect trade secrets". and they can also protect their customers. for instance, i was filming a class video in the parking lot of a hospital. the security guards were going to confiscate our film because the rights and identities of the people going to the hospital were protected. so while i completely agree that they are ur photos, there are many reasons why they can take film or digital film, many times in order to protect the rights of others.
also, i disagree with the notion that unless they witness u break in, they probably won't arrest u. there are many old and unused factories here in the Bay Area that they are very protective of. also, i was in a photography workshop in LA and many people cited that they were shot at for trespassing on old factories, farms, etc. while i'm sure this is hardly lawful, it's never fun to get shot at... of course now i'm taking it way over the top but that's just another reason why u always want to get permission.

Cheshare
03-11-2009, 07:42 PM
wow now Im just a bit scared for my shoot ._.;; Though I dont think the Rose Garden would mind... theres no cops there... and its not paid admition >_> It's really just kinda there, no fence no nothing you just step up onto the curb and there it is..... hmmm.... >_< I dont think anyone even owns the thing. Gah I better check though.

And shot at? wow O_O If the factory was abandoned I think it ecomes public property though so I'm not sure if the cops had the right to unless for some reason some one still owned the land but decided to keep the building standing.

the only reason I can really think of a police getting that angry to shoot at some one for going to that kind of place is if there was something there. I can however see them getting upset and escorting you off the premis if its a condemed and dangerous building. Or if they thought you were going to vandalize it. However I dont know what some one doing with a huge camera would really do to vandalize the place xD

bishop27
03-11-2009, 08:01 PM
haha! i don't mean to scare u. it's just one of those "prepare for the worst, hope for the best" sort of things. i'm sure it'll be fine and usually nothing goes wrong (and these forums tend to get off topic, not to say i'm not guilty). i'll look forward to seeing what u produce!

Cheshare
03-11-2009, 08:11 PM
lol thanks, I think it will to because generaly i doubt im the first person to use the location as a photoshoot place.

im the model actualy so i probally wont be the one posting the pictures.

and yeah it kinda seems like it O_O Ive seen some really cool photos taken in waht seems like abandoned buildinsg and what not and i used to wonder how they got permision to be there (and how they found the damn place)

DireKitty
03-11-2009, 10:08 PM
I live in Windsor too, and there are more places than just the river front and Walkerville. Optimus Park and Jackson Park are just two! You really just need to look around for good places. When you're driving somewhere, look out the window and seriously scan every inch of the scenery for a possible location. Just driving to our local mall, I found at least 3 places when I actually started thinking about it.

Yeah out on the bus route that goes by the race track there's an old abandoned building with ivy growing all over it that would be a cool location....

Only issue with Windsor/Essex is the lack of cool hills and the like. I still think a small photoshoot by the river at night would be awesome... the backdrop is too cool to ignore.

Where I live is awesome (out in the middle of nowhere). ^^

I plan on having a photoshoot with my friends around my area... there are many quarries and wooded areas that would work well, as well as fields and ruins... also a few abandoned buildings/rubble if you really needed it.

-GlacialMai-
03-12-2009, 07:28 PM
@Cheshare: xD Oh, boy. Small world, eh?

***

I live in Washington, in the country. Very green, but I have both forests and plain scenery. I wait for meetups into places like Portland for other shoots, because I don't travel a lot.

Usually, I'll just be walking around and go, "...Wow. That would make an amazing place for [blahblahblah]."

Like, Portland, Oregon for example. I think it would be wonderful for either The World Ends With You or Final Fantasy VII. It has a lot of gray/blue undertones in the most random places. Things like an alleyway, down an empty sidewalk.

But, it's also helpful that it has places like Japanese gardens and waterfronts. :P

Kiako Ornitier
03-12-2009, 08:14 PM
Hmmm, I haven't done any photoshoots yet... But I'm sure Vancouver and Calgary have some pretty cool places! (I live in Canada, Alberta. Whee~) In Calgary, there's this tall tower that you can see the whole city from, and the floor is made of glass! 8D (Ready to fall to DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM) Which is perfect for "Falling" shots. Or something.

Vancouver has a few beaches (Although they kinda suck) and a harbour, so you can do photoshoots there I think.

Montreal in Quebec is good for the ruins/castle kind of setting, as well as old style stuff (They have cobble stone roads, that slant like crazy!)

That's all I know so far. ^-^;

I'll edit this post after my trip to Japan.

hunj
03-12-2009, 09:52 PM
I found Google Earth really helpful when going to places that you have never been to, at least you get to get a grasp of what it looks like there.. although the satellite picture is from 2005 ish..

winterwish
03-19-2009, 02:09 AM
I found Google Earth really helpful when going to places that you have never been to, at least you get to get a grasp of what it looks like there.. although the satellite picture is from 2005 ish..

seconded.. I always use it to scout out when I'm doing non-people photography...

useful for cosplay as well obviously.

Cheshare
03-19-2009, 07:30 PM
syd: O_O how the hell are you all finding me on here?! O____o I'm not even using my ussual user name xD

as far as google earth goes I'm one of the cities that actualy had the one thing go by so you can go around the city streets like you were driving in a car xD I havent thought about using it for shoots before but now I think im going to go check it out!

hunj
03-19-2009, 10:43 PM
Oh, also the google street view thingie... seriously, that's really awesome. I waste too much time on that though.

Joeyperson
03-20-2009, 03:21 AM
I look for places while driving, or walking around and make a list of places that I think would be cool. When someone asks me to do a Photoshoot for them, I work out the places I have listed and what would work best. Of course, sometimes the places that work best aren't one that list and you walk by and change your mind to a new place.

I live in the Chicago Metro area, so I'm actually pretty lucky. I can find a lot of different types of places for different types of pictures.

Ideally, I'd show the cosplayer the space first, so they can see if it works for them. Ultimately, they know the character more than I do, so they're in a better position to know what works than I am.

Joeyperson
03-20-2009, 04:06 AM
Look around town. Write down places you see and what they have going for them. Honestly, I think the best thing to do is explore. Where do you live? You maybe able to find something by researching where your from.

Example: I knew I wanted Prairies for one of my shots. I asked around and What do you know? there was a prairie preserve down the street from my house.

It was kindda weird to find out that there were places I drove past every day and didn't pay attention to. Now, I see potential everywhere.

Cheshare
03-20-2009, 10:30 AM
rah: like its been said look around your community, google earth and street is handy for me because I can look at my city from anywhere and scope good places but i wouldnt have an idea of where i want to go if not for my knowledge of where I live.

look at your cosplay to see where you think your character would be best fit, an old church, an abandoned building, a garden, down town, theres lots of places but really you have to know where to look first.

The-Real-Link
03-21-2009, 06:45 PM
Generally for the times I've looked at off-con locations, it's great to read up, get everything set and ask questions like anything else to ensure that you're not treading on anyone's toes. For on-site con photos, a lot of walking and scouting is all I can say.

UchikoChan
03-22-2009, 03:34 PM
Well, I really don't know if this counts, but whenever I'm in a car or walking around, whenever I look around me I see cool locations.
I live in a fairly industrial town, so there are always abandoned builings, machinery, docks and rivers that I think are AMAZING. Lots of bridges and other industrial stuff, graffitti,alleyways, and whatnot. They've always looked so cool to me, so cosplaying there would be amazing.

On the other hand, on my way to and from church, I pass a public park that has these awesome trees, walkways, a gazebo, and it's right next to a City hall (which usually look cool). There are clear string lights, so at night it would be really pretty and atmoshperic.

I don't know. Anything that looks cool or tickles my fancy, would be a cool location to me.

Eample of a place I'd love to cosplay: Bella's ballet studio in the movie Twilight. (Where James and Edward fight and whatnot) When I first saw it, I saw in love and I wish I cuold go there. Or something like Michigan Grand Central Station.

AHHHHHHHHHH, TOO MANY!!! xDDD

Av4rice
04-03-2009, 03:09 AM
Another place is UCLA's Botanical Garden and Sculpture Garden - I can see some interesting photos there.
Shot these two photos at the UCLA Sculpture Garden (not really cosplay... more like EGL):
http://shotwhore.com/gallery.php?photo=777
http://shotwhore.com/gallery.php?photo=778

HUNTINGTON = WIN. Oh god, I went there last year with my parents, and I completely fell in love with the scenery. The Japanese gardens were a give in, but there are so many other wonderful, odd little places scattered here and there. I remember the rose gardens were really lovely, and the camellia gardens, and that place with all the statues and the fountain at the end... I really want to go back again so I can see what the Chinese gardens look like, as they were still under construction the last time I visited. D:

Out of curiosity, do you know how much permits for "professional photography" cost? While more nondescript cosplays could probably slip under the radar pretty easily, other more... vibrant cosplays seem like they could cause some problems with the staff.

On another note, I know that Cal State Long Beach has a very pretty Japanese garden as well, and a rather extensive koi pond (it makes me dream of raising koi some day when I retire, like my grandma's neighbors xD).
I've been wanting to shoot at Huntington and CSULB for a long while now, but haven't gotten a chance to yet. I have tried three other major japanese gardens in the area though:

Descanso Gardens
Supposedly really nice with several different themed gardens like Huntington has, and supposedly allows non-commercial photography with regular admission, except I tried walking in with my 40D and they immediately assumed I was a commercial photog and wouldn't let me in unless I paid however many hundreds of dollars for a commercial shooting pass. So screw them. :mad: At least they refunded the admission tickets I had already paid for for me and my model. :untrust:

Little Tokyo Japanese Garden
Very small but very nice. Free admission. They just finished renovating it last year after months and months of being closed. The guy working the front desk at the time took my word that I wasn't shooting commercially (nice guy, but usually there's a uniformed security guy there that might be stricter). Here's my shoot from there:
http://shotwhore.com/gallery.php?set=51

Van Nuys Japanese Garden
Oft-overlooked, very nice and very big. Admission is cheap (like $3 or something). Nice old ladies working admissions also took my word that I wasn't shooting commercially. Here's my shoot from there:
http://shotwhore.com/gallery.php?set=50

Usually commercial shooting passes cost a ton of money, so try to tout your amateur status whenever you can.

winterwish
04-04-2009, 05:20 PM
:

Descanso Gardens
Supposedly really nice with several different themed gardens like Huntington has, and supposedly allows non-commercial photography with regular admission, except I tried walking in with my 40D and they immediately assumed I was a commercial photog and wouldn't let me in unless I paid however many hundreds of dollars for a commercial shooting pass. So screw them. :mad: At least they refunded the admission tickets I had already paid for for me and my model. :untrust:


Have you tried to just buy one of camera backpacks that looks like a regular backpack, and not bring your camera out until you get into the park? Just pretend like you're going in there to chill.
(My backpack of choice is a Lowepro Flipside 400... just put a piece of black tape over the lowepro logo though)

It's one of my tricks for avoiding robbery in SF or being pinpointed as "commercial photographer" in places like these.

ShikaChu
04-04-2009, 06:19 PM
I'm actually grateful I live where I do. My backyard has a creek and a forest area which would be cool if I did something ninja-y like Naruto. In my apartment complex theres a walkway through this wooded area with bridges, benches, and stuff. It's really pretty. I also want to take some pics from my current cosplay at the playground. :3 I like playgrounds.

Wildeth
04-05-2009, 02:14 AM
I seem to find something decent at the con. A con/expo I go to often has a mixture of futuristic-esque places and nice grassy areas, it's great ^__^

Sometimes when I go walking my dog in the hills and stuff, I find some nice places. Seriously, my sister and I were walking our dog yesterday and the whole time I was babbling about how the place would be a great place for a Kyo photoshoot. xD

DeathOfSoul
04-05-2009, 11:57 AM
I seem to randomly find great places for shoots (usually thanks to people trying to show me other things, like how to get to school faster or something, but yeah) o_o For example, my mother took me to my grandfather's grave once and the cemetery for him was so beautiful! Trees and clearings for as far as the eye can see.. Only when you're facing a certain way can you see any type of building or street.

Another place I found is on the way to my friend's house. It's a huge empty lot with a lot of trees and semi-tall grass.

My last example is this very wooded area near a creak that my friend showed me back in High School. It's very lovely in the Spring time.

Cheshare
04-06-2009, 02:12 AM
I have one question for you all, i dont want to start another thread so im just sayingit here

i am planning on cosplaying rosette christopher from chrono crusade. THose of you who dont know the story shes a nun who fights with a demon, everytime he uses his power it eats at rosettes soul and their searching together for her brother. Its already tabboo cause her outfits kinda sexy and shes a nun. and the story sin in 1920's.

for location I keep wanting to think of churchs or graveyards.

but I'm afraid that might be disrespectiful to the church/graveyard.
i dont want to offend anyone but they seem like the best places to get some really nice shots of her character considering the story and her life. (seriosly she lives in an abby, and she spends a lot of time mourning people harmed/died in her journey)

my third option is possibley an abandoned old town house but those are hard to find.

UchikoChan
04-06-2009, 05:11 PM
Cheshare: When you fist said "abandoned old town house", the first thing that came to mind is an old dock or industrial place. I'm thinking go at night to get some of the eerie-ness in it, and find some god lighting so as not to get a crappy shot.

But other than that, I'm thinking maybe an old library? They can look pretty aged (depending on which ones), and I don't really know that much about the series, but maybe it could work into it? You might have to get permission, though...Just try to find some old houses that look like they're from that time period, or a forest maybe? Hope fully I helped a little. ^^;

Cheshare
04-06-2009, 07:08 PM
lol that was helpfull actualy. the kinda theme of the story is that their moving and it feels like verything is tanding still, so their ussualy pictured with a lot of scenery like condemed buildings.

but i like the old dock or industrial place idea! old library sounds good to xD

Nia_Nageraboshi
05-03-2009, 07:33 PM
well, were i live, there is a small forest, the beach, the plaza for good "oh. *name-of-character-cosplaying* is in the streets taking some fresh air", a great edifice for japan-conventions-style-photoshoot, a lagoon and a creepy edifice for "D.Gray-Man/Residen-Evil/Seikon-no_Qwaser/Vampire-Knight" photoshoot

jojojo... i think im lucky ^^

Valentine meem
05-10-2009, 07:30 AM
I tend to find them by luck. For example I was walking out of a train station and there was a little park with load and loads of cherry blossom trees. It was reeaaaly pretty and everyone was going to work so there was no one in there. ^_^
And I suppose it's hoew you capture the place. If theres a dirty road behind a nice place get onto photoshop and blur Blur BLUR! well thats what I do.:angel::bigtu:

Osper
05-11-2009, 07:05 AM
You can't be afraid to ask a manager if you can use their building. They'll either only say yay or nay after all. That's how I was given permission to use my college chemistry lab. They even offered to lend me props.

AmandaKitty
06-09-2009, 01:17 AM
Hey!!! Does anyone know of any good locations in San Antonio, Texas, and Corpus Christi, Texas? =^.^=