Belated Melbourne Supanova 2010 Report

At last an update to my poor neglected blog. I hope to update a bit more often.


It was about a year ago that I stated attending cons trying to improve my photography a bit. I was totally terrified of asking people for a photo. Also, my skills where still not quite there yet. Supanova 2009 was the first con I actually went to, looking back through that gallery there’s a lot of familiar faces.

Valkyrie as Misato Katsuragi from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Supanova 2010 was far more enjoyable for me. I’m less afraid to ask people for photos, I’ve made lots of new friends and I’m confident in my abilities as a photographer, competent enough to capture something worthy of their costumes.

Gin as Lady from Devil May Cry

I was still a little quiet as I usually am, I always have trouble finding the right words and never end up saying anything.

Bec as Abel from Trinity Blood

Lighting was not optimal (though better than usual) so I borrowed space on Neil’s light stands for my flashes 🙂

Siera’s very fast moving performance was a challenge, though I did a lot better keeping up than at last year’s finals. Waited till the right moment then went into bursts of 5fps motordrive, the little portable flashes somehow managed to keep up.

Siera as Sora from Kaleido Star

Christine, was one of the judges for the competition. She looked so wonderful, I had to take a photo. Light was terribly low, as the spotlights were aimed at the stage not the judges. So I used crazy high ISO and slow shutter and hoped for the best, it worked 🙂

Christine as Lia from La Chevalier d`Eon

Having shot quite a few cosplay competitions by now, I’ve gotten the hang of when to, and when not to, change lenses. I managed to get this awesome shot of Portalman’s Halo Armour with my telephoto.

Portalman in Halo Armour

It’s always a bit easier to take photos outside, rather than the indoor always crowded areas.  Unfortunately I didn’t really get a lot of time for this since we wanted to “camp” for prime shooting positions for the competition.


I was fortunate to get some shots with Kara and Sarah as Princess Peach and Princess Rosalina before it was too dark outside. If I didn’t have to rush off, I’d have pulled out my lightstands and brollys.

Kara and Sarah as Princess Peach and Princess Rosalina

Edit: added the “gun” picture by special request. It has been deemed too funny to not be here.


See the full set on Flickr. Full resolution photos of your costumes available at my site.

7 Replies to “Belated Melbourne Supanova 2010 Report”

  1. Lovely photos Elias! Esp the Supanova pics – going through your pics I realises I actually didn’t go to the Sunday event, lol. So many gorgeous costumes.

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