Sunday, June 18, 2017

Plastic Fundoshi - An Experiment

For this shoot, I tried something a bit different. Fair warning....a single sheet of this plastic fundoshi is very, very, very, very revealing....there - you are warned.

I was experimenting with a backdrop for the underwear series I have been doing on my tumblr (fundoshi alan's space) and while cutting up strips of a thick plastic I sometimes use as a backdrop, I couldn't help but notice how similar the strips were to fundoshi.  The plastic is quite thick, so it isn't as manipulative as fabric, and some of the edges did cut into my delicate areas, so there is no way this will be a 'wearable' piece of clothing, but it was a fun experiment. Like the recent red batiste and orange gauze, there are also enough photos left over for a couple of 'rehash' manipulations, so if you like this experiment, there will be more to see in the future!


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fundoshi rokushaku
Above and to the right, the photo as it came out of the camera. I knew I wanted to get a dark, murky, midnight type of feel, so I started with a black backdrop with the strips of plastic hanging in front of it. I played with the exposure a bit by increasing the blacks (by heaps and bounds) and the brightness (just by a little).

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fundoshi rokushaku


Next up was to play with the contrast and curves which resulted in the photo to the left. The newer filters I rarely have used were applied next, polarize and intensify contrast. 

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fundoshi rokushaku


This left me the base photo I was looking for to then turn it into a black and white that had a dark mid-tone and highlighted the light hitting the plastic. While applying the look to the photos, I felt something subtle was missing, so I removed about 20% of the black and white filter, leaving just a hint of color. While this wasn't what I intended, I liked it better, so that is what you now see!

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fundoshi rokushaku
fundoshi rokushaku
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Orange Gauze - Fastened Like a Jock Strap





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fundoshi rokushaku
I do like orange, so decided that even though there is no design on this fundoshi, I would show it off! I found an instruction diagram on tumblr on how to tie a fundoshi like a jock strap and thought it was interesting. I tried to do that here. I probably should have practiced a bit first and I'm not quite sure I got it right!  It also didn't seem to have good 'staying' power and started to fall off almost immediately.  Maybe I'll give it another go in the future and see if I can work the kinks out.


To the right is the original shot with a white background. I knew I wanted to punch it up a bit to bring out the orange, so the first thing I did was to warm up the lighting to add some blues for contrast, and increased the exposure.




I then added a bit of contrast and turned up the saturation. Playing with the curves filter a bit resulted in an even more intense look.
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fundoshi rokushaku
Then, it was on to some filters I rarely use, but I like the result. The polarize filter was applied to the right, then an 'intensify contrast' filter to the left. I stopped, as this gave me the look I was after.
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fundoshi rokushaku
fundoshi rokushaku
fundoshi rokushaku


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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Red Batiste Fundoshi - A New Shoot

After quite a while, I finally set up my home studio and took some shots with fundoshi. I don't have many designs left that haven't been shown already, but did find a couple and have a few non-designed (plain is such a plain word) fundoshi that haven't been seen yet. Here is the first set to show - a red batiste fundoshi with a swirly type design. 

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fundoshi rokushaku


The design is made by taking a small strip of fabric and soaking it in a bleach solution. It is then placed onto the fundoshi, rather haphazardly and left to do its magic! For the photos, I did know I wanted to get a blow-out effect, so used the white backdrop and as many lights as I could muster and keep cool at the same time!  As you can see from the first photo, brightness was not exactly achieved. That's okay.....post production, here I come!  That also means there are a bunch of natural looking photos left over for some fun 'rehash' blogs! The first thing I did was to simply play with the light temperature, making it a bit cooler. 

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fundoshi rokushaku


Next up was to play with the exposure and contrast. 

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Next up, I added a black and white filter set at about 80%. This left the red as the main color focus in the shot. I then faded the entire photo just a little for the final result.
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fundoshi rokushaku
fundoshi rokushaku
fundoshi rokushaku


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Pink Gauze Fundoshi - Part 2

Pink fundoshi part 2 - the taking off shoot....not as revealing as the last entry....
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fundoshi rokushaku
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fundoshi rokushaku

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fundoshi Of Black Voile - A New Design And A New Shoot - Part 2

Not much to say for this part 2 fundoshi shoot....you most likely remember the drill....part 1 = putting on, part 2 = taking off.....

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fundoshi rokushaku
 Fair warning....there may be more 'revealed' than I normally show in my fundoshi blogs....
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fundoshi rokushaku

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pink Gauze Fundoshi - Part 1

Another new fundoshi design in a vibrant pink gauze that I can't quite remember doing, or what I intended....oh well!  

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 I see that I made stripes across the panel...
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 And there also seems to be some angled lines....
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 I must admit, it looks better on than as a stand-alone fabric design....
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Fundoshi Of Black Voile - A New Design And A New Shoot - Part 1

If you follow my tumblr account, you will have noticed a recent series of photos in underwear other than fundoshi. While taking those, I did put together a couple of series in fundoshi and here is the first one.
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 I only have about four or five fundoshi designs that I haven't already done a photo shoot of. Since there really isn't a need to design more (as you have seen over the years, I have quite a few fundoshi at my disposal), I don't know when any new shoots will happen after the last remaining are catalogued. 
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Here is a take on a design I've done on other colors and fabrics with a bleached stripe down the middle and sides. 
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For this one, instead of using painted strokes, I dabbed instead, giving it a star-like appearance. 

 While taking the photos, I normally have a mirror set up behind the camera so I can check on the poses, look, etc. I noticed how sheer this fabric is and tried to capture that in a few shots. 
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