Sunday, January 19, 2014

Farewell PLC

Lately I've been thinking about deactivating this blog simply because I don't keep it properly updated. The posts that I do write these days are not substantial and no longer enjoyable for me to write. However, this does not mean I will be deleting the blog or anything of that nature. I will keep the content that currently exists but it won't be updated any further. 

If you'd like to keep following me, I will still be posting on the Facebook page (currently but I'll probably change the name soon. I plan to still post about Star Wars, my adventures with the 501st Legion, and things of that sort, but I will also be posting about other things that interest me like comic books, fashion, and the outdoors. 

If you just found this blog, I hope you enjoy the previous posts and content even though it will not be updated anymore. Thank you to everyone who followed my blog and read all these silly posts. I'm excited for the future of the Facebook page!

Friday, January 3, 2014


I love taking pictures of helmets. I love a simple and sleek, but detailed, look to the photos. Here are a couple images of helmets that I took yesterday. The Commander Colt belongs to my friend Mike and the Boba Fett is my friend Wes's bucket. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I don't have resolutions but I do have goals to grow and learn in the new year. I wish all of you the best in 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I'm a Lazy Blogger

Working on the helmet
Wow, it's been over a month since I last wrote a blog post. I'm not one to make New Years resolutions, but if I did make one, it should be to blog more often. I'll update you guys on what I've been doing this past month.

I finished the school semester earlier this month and have been enjoying Christmas break with my family and friends. I passed all of my classes with A's and B's (more A's than B's so that's a great thing), and took the SAT's again. I also started a photo challenge this month where each day I had to take a specific photo from a list. I've been late on a few days but overall I've stuck to it really well. One of my good friends sent me a Phase I clone trooper helmet to work on during holiday break so he can paint it when I finish the prep work. That's been really fun to work on and I'm almost done with it. All that's left is to drill out one more side of vents, prime the outside, and paint the inside.

On December 12th, my brother found out that he'll be leaving for Air Force basic training on March 25th, two days after MegaCon to be exact. At first this was really hard to hear. I've been expecting this call for a long time now but I never thought it would come. Chase is one of my closest friends and brings so much life to our household so it will be really odd to not have him around in a few months. I'm trying to enjoy each day with him as much as I can. The next day, Friday the 13th, was his 20th birthday so we went to the movies and watched The Desolation of Smaug, which was absolutely fantastic/breath-taking.

Playing pool at my grandpa's house

Self-portrait for the photo challenge
Christmas was really wonderful this year. I had already gotten my big present from my parents earlier this year, which was my shadow scout armor. I didn't expect to get much on Christmas day that I didn't already know about but my mom and a couple of my sweet friends got me some presents that were nice surprises. Chase and I went to see Saving Mr. Banks after opening presents too. I recommend all Disney fans go see this movie! It was beautifully written and shot.

Yesterday I finally watched the Lord of the Rings movies. I've seen the first 2 Hobbit movies, but I had never sat down and watched the LOTR films. Since they're each three hours long, I wasn't so sure how I would like them because I don't like long movies. However, they really surprised me and I enjoyed them a lot. Tomorrow I'm going to a friends house so I can finally get to work on my shadow scout armor. I haven't put a scout together yet so I've been nervous to work on my armor without someone there to make sure I don't mess anything up. Stef and Mark should be able to give me a good push in the right direction. I have one more week until school starts back so I'm hoping to finish everything up before I have to focus on classes again.

I think that's most of what I've been doing over this last month. I'm looking forward to the new year because I know it holds a lot of changes to come in my life. I hope all of you had a merry Christmas and have a safe New Year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

10 Things About Me

I've seen a tag on Facebook going around where people post a few things about themselves that their friends might not know. I thought this might be a fun blog post to do since I only blog about geeky and photography related things. Here are 10 random things about me that you might not know!

1) I'm left eye dominant but I am right handed. 

2) The first and only time I've seen snow was in Hawaii.

3) Star Wars is not my favorite movie.

4) I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies. 

5) I'm very OCD about my room being clean.

6) I despise dreary weather. If the sun's not out, I'm most likely freaking out. 

7) I'm deathly afraid of snakes and spiders. 

8) I don't like the holiday season. 

9) I don't watch very much TV but my favorite show is "The Office". 

10) I never intended to write on this blog for as long as I have. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Does Cosplay Equal Consent?

I'm not sure how many of you are into cosplay or attend comic book conventions but a popular topic lately has been "Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent". This message is mostly backed by women who cosplay and feel they have been violated by men at conventions or online because of how they are dressed. This bothers me so much for multiple reasons. I felt like it would be an interesting subject to discuss and see what you guys and gals think.

First of all, I will openly say that I do not support cosplayers who dress immodestly or provocatively in public. That goes for men and women. I do not want to see a girl dressed in basically her underwear around a convention or a man in a speedo! As much as I love a good-looking guy like every other girl, I'm sure his wife or girlfriend wouldn't be pleased if she knew I was checking him out. Yes, the human body is a beautiful thing and our bodies should be celebrated, but I believe our bodies are also sacred and shouldn't be displayed for all of the world to see. I also know that many of the comic book characters we see are drawn to look very exaggerated. The women are drawn to be tall with itty-bitty waists, voluptuous bottoms, and "blessed" chests while the men are ripped beyond belief and have perfect bone structure. For the most part, real people don't look like that unless they've unnaturally enhanced their bodies. I agree that it's cool when people look exactly like the character they're cosplaying as, but taking steroids and getting a boob job is going way too far. Working out, using make-up/prosthetics, and dying your hair a different color can be examples of what I think is "okay" in the realm of trying to look like a comic book character.

Here's where it gets down to the nitty-gritty. Do women (and/or men) have the right to rebuke people who grab them without consent or say inappropriate things to them? In a perfect world, the answer would be yes. People shouldn't have to fear being violated if they want to express their fandom by dressing as a specific character. However, we don't live in a perfect world and people can be repulsive animals sometimes. While men are usually blamed for being the ones who contribute to these inappropriate gestures, I have seen women do it too. Both men and women are visually driven. If a man sees a very toned woman wearing barely anything but spandex, of course he's going to feel inclined to make a move or say something! That's how men are wired! With that said, I feel like it's the cosplayers responsibility to be aware of what they are wearing and react maturely, not the audience.

If you want to dress as a sexy Catwoman or a shirtless Thor, go for it. That's your choice and shouldn't be influenced by what others think. However, don't expect people to behave and treat you with value and respect. In today's society, sex sells and we all know that. Like I said before, both men and women are driven by what they see. People are idiots! They will completely forget about respect and personal space if they see huge boobs or perfectly toned abs in front of them. If you don't want people touching you or taking pictures of you while you're dressed scantily, then you might want to reconsider cosplaying. Whether you like it or not, eventually you will encounter a situation where someone is being inappropriate towards you. I think how you deal with it is the most important part, which is entirely up to yourself.

So to conclude this post, I think everyone who preaches "Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent" needs to reevaluate what they're saying. Because in reality, people will always be inconsiderate and there's nothing you can do about that. Next time you're cosplaying, be mindful of what you're wearing, how it can be perceived by the people around you, and how you will respond if someone violates you.

I'm sure some of you won't agree with what I've said in this post, and that's perfectly fine. I'd love to hear what you think so please leave a comment below.

Vizsla Helmet

I took a few photos today of the Pre Vizsla helmet. I was surprisingly pleased with the outcome because I finally figured out how to get rid of the green rim lighting that is usually cast in most of my "studio" images. I shoot in front of a window to create a white background but that often results in a slightly green hue around the figure that I'm photographing. The grass from outside the window reflects into my room, creating the yucky color distortion. So today I played with Lightroom a bit and edited that color out, without leaving a wonky gray band around everything. Enjoy the photos...