Our trip to the Bay area ended with Fanime and it blew through like a hurricane. We managed to get a hotel at the Marriott, which enabled us to stay around much later than we normally do. Although, we still did not crack out till the late hours like all the other people did. I made an attempt to hang out at the game room one early morning and I looked like trash the next day. Oh how I wish for caffeine.
Most of my time was spent attempting to find people I met last year or looking for new cosplays to photograph while Mrs. CatParty roamed the halls and attended panels. I’m not exactly sure how to phrase it, but a lot of the shots felt like I was among a group of vultures and we were all fighting for 10 seconds with the same person. I don’t find growth in having such basic shots that 100 other people just did in the same spot, but there is another way to look at this predicament. The more experienced photographer can turn this common scene into something that looks entirely unique. In case you’re wondering, I failed at doing so, but a fellow photographer named Earl (https://www.facebook.com/InspiredbyAnalog) has displayed some beautiful examples of this mindset. At least I’ll have something to keep in mind while taking photos during next years Fanime.
Having said all that, I still had fun snapping photos of everyone and attempting to make new contacts. Perhaps I’ll get a little more time with these cosplayers next year.
I tried as best as I could to travel lightly so that meant only carrying 3 cameras on me for the weekend. The Canon 5D and sigma 35mm handled a majority of the shots, when I had a good amount of space to step back, the 135mm L came out. In hopes that all my focus issues are truly settled, my Yashica 635 had a large selection of film to choose from. I picked up a few packs from Kodak and Fuji, most of it was shot in color aside from the last day which got the black and white treatment. Lastly I brought along my Fuji instax which was a perfect replacement for the business cards left back in Hawaii. I’ll probably make another post focusing on those images once everything gets developed and scanned, for now it will just be the digital camera.