Monthly Featured Photographer - August 2017

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Our Monthly Featured Photographer for August 2017 is GirlsGang:


              My interest for the “littlies” (so named by a TDF member) came up when I was searching for a (male) pilot for a RC airplane scale 1:6.3. Using Amazon, I got a lot of results from the Barbie & Ken assortment and some of the cheaper copies. I decided to buy a male and female figure, they have been sitting on a sideboard for some time (the airplane is still not finished. 

Short after receiving my first silicone doll (Sanhui 88cm) and browsing several doll sites and forums,

I detected there is a big market for 1/6 action figures (BJD) and dolls and that especially the manufacturer Phicen makes really stunning figures. So I started to buy them and have a small collection now (~ 20).

For scale 1/6, the dolls are 30cm (12”) tall and, given that size, extremely detailed. As a comparison, the heads are the size of an average male thumb.


So I stop babbling now and start with the models:



Anna Valerious:

She is the main actress accompanying Van Helsing in the movie “Van Helsing” (2004).

Her parents have been murdered by Dracula and therefore accepts helping Van Helsing for her personal revenge.


Athena She is a Greek goddess of wisdom, craft, and war, protects the Greek city of Athens. The Athenians constructed the Parthenon atop their Acropolis as a temple to Athena.

Lady Death Lady Death is a fictional goddess appearing in American comic books published by Coffin Comics. Created by Brian Pulido, Lady Death first appeared in Evil Ernie #1 in December 1991. Lady Death then reappeared in the Evil Ernie: The Resurrection miniseries published by Pulido under his now defunct company Chaos! Comics in 1994. The character was also the subject of a full-length animated feature film released in July 2004 by ADV Films. (taken from Wikipedia)

Harley Quinn Harley's first appearance in the cinema was in a Batman movie where she was Harleen Quinzel as a talk-show psychiatrist and was helped by “The Joker” when fired by the TV-Channel. Most recent appearance has been the movie “Suicide Squad” where she fulfilled a dangerous job for getting 10 years release of her jail time. The Joker made his “comeback” in this movie as well, helping Harley again when in trouble.

The “studio” setup I am using a transportable studio background rig with different fabric backgrounds. The background you see in the first 3 sets is a moonshine scene with a river/lake and some trees. I am always working with flashes for indoors, they are remotely triggered and attached to hexagonal soft boxes with 50cm or 60 cm diameter. Usually I use 2 of them one more frontal and one more form the side, the side one with a little less intensity than the front one. A third flash with a snoot (concentrator, 3D printed) is used to highlight the moon and the white fog/clouds.  The distance between the stand for the models and the background is ~ 1.5m, the bigger that distance is the more the background gets blurred in the picture. Flashes approx. 1.5m from model Typical camera setup (manual mode): Shutter 1/200 sec, F5, ISO 100 Front flash 1/8 of max power, side flash 1/16 of max power, moon-flash 1/32 of max power. Camera Nikon D750 (full format), Lens Sigma 24-105 F4, Flashes Yongnuo YN560III. These have remote control built in, so you only need the trigger for the camera (goes into flash socket). No tripod used for the camera.



GirlsGang Photo Shoot CLICK HERE


Hope you enjoy the pictures and any comments are welcome

All the best GirlsGang



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Hi GG. Fantastic shots. Oh my, I think I fell in love with Athena, she's a stunner and that purple hair is amazing, oh, and those legs. wink

Athena is a real goddess, that leg ... cheeky

Hi Mondoon,

thanks for stopping by. Athena makes it quite easy to fall in love.

She said she wants to travel to the UK-meet as well, because she has to meet that guy who fell in love with her.kiss Luckily there is room left in our car...

I am trying to portrait her as a whole and everybody is talking about her leg?

Now I know what to portrait next timewink

Thanks for commenting.

Yippee, I'll tell the girls.

Hi GG ... I love the way you put this shoot together. Each little darling with her image and text. Brilliant!

I'm with Mondoon and Nes ... Athena is sweeeeeeeeeeet 

Thank you Swan, my job has to do with documentation, so it was "normalo work" to put the text to the pictures wink

I like Athena very much as well, her face is beautiful and one of the best for the size I have seen so far heart

I take the opportunity and say thank you to Mondoon as well for the help in selecting the pictures, it is always good to have a second opinion.

Hi GG, that´s a great series of these beautiful Phicen ladies. Of course I´ve lost my heart to Harley, she´s a sexy little monster. See you soon, Chris.

Thank you Chris, yet another seat lost in my car crying

Hi GirlsGang,

so great to see you and your smart Phicen ladies here. Incredible pics and surely an incredible fun to shoot them. Bravo!!

- SF -