Well, due to a monster snow storm, most people's flights to Katsucon were canceled, but not mine. Well, at least, not until 5:00 PM on Thursday, while I was sitting on the plane. >.< Yup! Lots of delays and then canceled. I was told the next flight might be Saturday. Thank you, US AIR! And I was more prepared for this con than any other before. I even had business cards.
I had last slept on Wednesday. There was ice on the roads. My only alternative was to drive up. I thought that had a pretty good chance of resulting in my death.
Well, heck, I'm gonna die sometime anyhow! At around 8 PM on Thursday, after my friend Eric had picked me up from the airport, I set off for Maryland. I didn't encounter any ice, except at one of the exits. I took plenty of stops for naps, food, and powdering my nose. I remembered an old trick and bought some gum. It is almost impossible to fall asleep while chewing. I arrived at 4 PM on Friday.
Katsucon was at one of the most beautiful venues I have ever been in. There were places like places from my dreams. Everywhere I looked, there was a first rate cosplayer. There were even some from Canada and Germany.
They had a big sign "NO PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY." I asked one of the nice information people what they meant by "Professional." The polite guy told me that charging for photos was not allowed. I told him that I almost never charge. Then he told me there was also a concern about tripods (I had two with me.) They shouldn't block pathways. I told him I was mindful of pathways and tried not to interfere with traffic. He was cool, so I have him my card.
I went up to Gazebo level and was taking out my tripods, when one of the staff came up and told me tripods were not allowed at all. Normally, when someone tells me something like this, it pisses me off, but this guy was so cool about it, I didn't mind at all. I thanked him and told him I would comply. Fortunately, I am good at working around photographic challenges. I ended up taking some of the most amazing photos at Katsucon. I handed out about 50 business cards.
Two weeks after Katsucon, my page views on Deviant Art jumped by 400-800. Thank you so much!
, her brother, and I ran off for a photo shoot in March. It had been a while since I shot in direct sunlight, and I made some dumb mistakes at first. I learned some new things about processing photos and discarded some bad processes, and now I am able to work photos better and more quickly.
Megacon is next weekend. I will be there on Thursday night. I will leave no later than 6PM on Sunday. I have new ideas for this con and new techniques.