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The End of AnimeStuff

It is with sadness that I decided to stop all activity on this blog (no joke this time). I had a great time through the years here on the blog, there were posts where I received loads of comments and some other which I barely had any. But all things must come to an end, I will still watch some anime, buy figures when I can but my aim is now other. Although I’m shutting down all activity here I will leave it online.

But when one thing comes to an end another one starts and that is why all of my blogging activity will be here on this new blog r.belela photography . Here I will post my pictures, landscapes, figure photo shoots, some portraits and what ever I shoot. I will try to be much more active there than I’ve been here in these last months.

Again, thank you very much for these past years, I will never forget those that used to post here. If I don’t comment on your blogs I still follow you via google reader and facebook. Hope to see you on my new blog.

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It’s been 3 long years here at AnimeStuff, well it was day 14 that the blog turned 3 years but I completely forgot because of studies and games 😛 . 3 years of pictures of figures, gundams and some games, it’s been fun and all, I thought a couple times in closing the blog but then I thought since I’ve come this far lets continue. In 3 years I managed to get more than 300.000 hits, 300.000 here and more 60.000 on the old blog at blogger, which makes more than 100.000 per year in average, amazing ^_^. The loot has been decreasing but the quality increasing, so quality over quantity right?!?! This time I didn’t made a photo manipulation but made a small video from a couple B&W pictures. Thank you all 🙂 .

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Last Saturday I went to the Algarve’s International Racetrack, known here as AIA, to watch the final of the International GT Open, because life is not only made of anime, we need to diverse 🙂 . Ferraris F430, Porsches 911, Aston Martins DB9 and others (I think I saw a couple Hondas S2000) were all racing against each other. The noise was amazing, really loud, it was my first time watching a live race. To bad the stages were almost empty, I think the problem was that the race was barely promoted, I only knew about it after going to the racetrack webpage. The price was really great, 10€ for the 3 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and it was not only GT Open, there were also classic races, Formula Renault 2.0 and others. It was really great watching the races, the racetrack is currently working really hard so that we can get the Formula 1 next year, if that happens I’ll make my reservation immediately ^_^ . This was also my first time photographing high speed moving objects, it was really tough specially with the GT cars cause they went really fast 😛 and my camera sucks at isos above 200.

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For quite sometime now I’ve been searching for a lens to do close up shots because my current one, the 24-105mm doesn’t allow me to get so close to the objects but it’s a nice portrait lens for family pictures and a good walk around lens. Well at first I was interested in the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, then I saw that the Sigma 70mm F.28 EX DG Macro had received the 2007-2008 EISA award for best macro lens and the 2007 TIPA award as well, so I was very inclined to this one. But then I saw the Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, it was more than 100€ cheaper than the 70mm one, so I went to a shop (Niobo) that I found out in a town close to my own and asked the owner if there was really such a big difference. He said that judging by their characteristics and price differences I would be best served with the 50mm one, if the price difference was like 200~250€ than it would be better to invest a bit more in the 70mm, so I stayed with the 50mm one. Of course I chose it based on seeing other people pictures, reading reviews and so on and so on. All I have to say is that I still have a lot to learn with it, but the pictures speak for themselves 🙂 .

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There is no other video game company in the world like Blizzard, not Square, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, you name it, Blizzard has legions of fans because of the quality in their games. People may call me Sony fanboy, computer nerd, video game freak but of one thing I’m sure… I’m a full Blizzard fanboy and am proud of it. I grew up playing Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and then it was Starcraft back in 98 which I love amongst all the three universes, Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft. Currently I am impatiently waiting for Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3, I still remember waiting 3 frickin long years for Warcraft 3 when it was announced in 99, we all (fans) hope that Starcraft 2 will be launched in this year, we’re hoping for a date to be announced at BlizzCon in August. I’m also a fan of game novels especially if the universe of those games is good so I have a good quantity of books, would like to get more but its quite hard to get them so I have always to buy them through Amazon UK or purchase them in the States. Here’s my current collecting, still waiting for Starcraft second “manga” volume which should had arrived yesterday or today, still hoping for tomorrow’s arrival.

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This was my first Armored Core kit, I must say that its gorgeous, it’s more realistic than a Gundam in my opinion but I had more problems building this than the Perfect Grade. Why?! Well because some pieces are so small you can hardly fit them in their places and they need glue (some of them). I recommend this kit to those builders who have experience building plamo kits, if you’re still new to plamos than avoid the Armored Core series at all costs or you’ll go nuts stressing out so much because of some pieces not fitting in their places. Had some problems photographing it in a dark environment, mostly because I don’t have anything dark enough (besides clothes…yeah I dress lots of black for years and it wasn’t by influence of anyone), no tripod (at least mine sucks like hell) and only had one light, if I had a dark reflector than we’d be in business, so I had to mess up lots and lots on photoshop. Be advised that I “abused” on photoshop by purpose.

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I’ve lost my head definitely, last week Hayate and Saber Maid enter my house and now the big and mean Playstation 3 O.o. Well yeah it was about damn time to get this baby since more and more good games have been coming out, some may wonder why PS3 and not XBox360?! Well I have nothing against the 360 I actually love some its games like Halo 3, Gears of War 1&2 and Mass Effect, but lets face it most of these games are on or will be on PC which I’ll need to buy a new one as well (Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3) so why buy a 360 if most of the games I like are on PS3 and PC, another reason that lead me to buy the PS3 is the Blu-Ray, DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, region free games and many other reasons. I bought the bundle of PS3+GT5 Prologue+GTAIV, the other bundles were not of my taste except the one that only came with Killzone 2 and was 10€ cheaper but two games is always better than one (already had Folklore with me and I love it). Who better to greet PS3 the girls and Strike of AnimeStuff 😛 .

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