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Well its official. Given new house expenses and associated work, DragonCon is out for this year. Still doing the alt photo weekend in Atlanta though.
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As mentioned earlier, I had the chance to work with Lady Rosetta Fire (www.ladyrosettafire.com) at DragonCon 2010 and it was a tremendous opportunity create magic on the fly. Rosetta frequently portrays the ultimate gothic vampire, but in this case, she dawned a 1920's aviator head piece and looked longingly to the open skies.

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While at DragonCon this year, I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with legendary Gothic model Lady Rosetta Fire. Here's a sample of the set.

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Every year there's a wonderful gathering at DragonCon. More than a few ladies put on a small costume inspired by Princess Leia - her slave bikini. Enjoy!

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On Saturday, EC performed to a packed concourse.

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Sorry meant to post this yesterday and got side tracked.

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I'll be posting the parade and shows from Saturday separately.

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As mentioned, I'm going to post up photos from DragonCon far faster than I'd normally ever. Here's a slideshow of highlights from Friday after we'd checked in.

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DragonCon & everything since

All I can say is it’s been a wild few weeks. Before, during and after the US Labor Day holiday, we entire family was abuzz with activity.

As many know, I took Brenna and Chris to Atlanta for DragonCon (www.dragoncon.org) which is arguably the largest sci-fi/fantasy/anime/comic book convention in the world. This year’s unofficial attendance was approximately 102,000 according to staff I chatted with on Sunday evening. Only ComicCon in San Diego rivals DragonCon for attendance and sheer mass of events and activities. For weeks before the event, we all worked on costumes, props and carefully considered what we wanted to see and do. Tammy and Michael didn’t attend with us. Tammy had work and is still recovering from a nagging back injury. I saw no reason or sanity in bringing a 5 year old with us to this mayhem, so Michael stayed in Huntsville. In the end, my work related duties and several family situations kept me from finishing several of my props, but we still packed up and left on time Friday.

The drive to Atlanta was pretty much uneventful save for the constant stream of excited chatter. In a stroke of luck, I found a Hilton property just north of the city months before the event and pre-paid for a room for us with complimentary breakfast. The hotel was quiet, comfortable and an easy drive to and from downtown. Therein lay its only fault; it was ten miles from the convention site. If we wanted to change clothes, take a nap, or take purchases back to the hotel, we had to drive out and back. Parking in and around the convention site is at a premium and can be pricey so this was an inconvenience we tried to avoid. On the other hand, parking for the three days only cost us $47, so it easily was less than the price of a room in the convention hotel for even one night.

The plan for the event was that Brenna would mainly hang out with the Revenger Crew (local steampunk group from Huntsville) and Chris and I stuck together. This was pretty much the norm. I had to drag him into a number of the panel discussions. Chris was more interested in the merchants and the art displays than he was interested in hearing about the how’s and whys of various things or activities. Sigh.

Anyhow, we saw a bunch of shows, climbed out on a building ledge to watch the parade, ate at Trader Vics and I even did a photo shoot with a beautiful model (“Lady Rosetta Fires”).

More tomorrow – gotta run.
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While I'm at it and have noone talking into my ears, let me give a brief update. Life's obviously busy. We're still recovering from DragonCon like a warm happy hang-over. Brenna's getting anxious about possible college choices. Chris is now learning to play trumpet in middle school. Michael is now in kindergarten and having some difficulties in adjusting to behavior expectations. Me? I'm now busier than I can describe. At work I'm now managing multiple people and tests (successfully). Photowise, I had two amazing shoots last weekend.

Congrats go out to model Kitti Paula who gave birth to her first child on Monday. Best wishes to the expanding family.

Oh, I bought the download for the new Beats Antique - Blind Threshold - WOW

More coming soon..
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We let, we saw, we spent and we came back safely!

More later this week, I'm exhausted.
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Static on multiple fronts

Folks, first I want to offer up an apology. I’ve been meaning to write more than a few people in the past few days. Unfortunately, days have become weeks and still I’m falling behind. Between lack of time to write at home and a deep sense of mental exhaustion, the words have simply not been flowing.

The last month here has been nothing less than nasty here in North Alabama. It’s been over 90 degrees every day here since July 2nd. For the past two weeks, it’s gotten above 96 every day. When you factor in humidity, it’s been miserable with a heat index in the 100+ range. At the beginning of this heat wave, our air conditioning unit started slowly failing. The fan assembly broke down and was barely circulating air. We were lucky it didn’t fail completely, but it was hard to keep the house below 80. After two weeks, multiple calls and several visits by the landlord’s approved technicians, and replacement of the blower, the system finally works.

The heat’s put a damper on outdoor activities and caused me to cancel or pare back outdoor photography activities. Until the heat wave breaks, I will not attempt to conduct outdoor photo sets except before 10am or after 7pm. It also means that most SCA is out of the question for us. Safety is more important.

Since getting back from the work related travels in June, I’ve been finding myself increasingly taking a management role in things. It’s not been planned. It’s just sorta happened. I was assigned to help out with a test and found that the execution team was spread over several missions and deadlines were approaching rapidly. I soon found myself directing fellow contractors to make sure various functions and tasks were being completed. Throughout this, I’ve asked the management if this was the job they wanted me t do and received multiple affirmatives. I’ve apparently impressed them. I’ve been asked to travel to California again to attend a planning meeting with the major players in the test. I’m working my tail off in support of this and being noticed I hope.

Blacklist (B’ham)
Heat and hard work, meant it was time to party. Since I’ve missed the energy and vigor of Sleep When You’re Dead, I was excited to have the schedule clear for “Blacklist” in Birmingham. I’d missed the first show in July, but August looked to be a great show with “Miss FD” (Fright Doll) playing darkwave and electronica. Tammy and I dressed out for the night and drove down with great anticipation. When we got into town, we discovered the address for “The High Note” was wrong (north versus south street address) so we headed further south across downtown. OK, in all respect to the organizers, it’s hard finding good locations, but wow. This venue was awful. The air conditioning was not just turned down, it was probably turned off. The sound system was dorked up and the attitude of the bar staff (not the organizers) less than welcoming. To the promoters’ credit, they tried their best to make it work and have apologized to participants and guests alike. While I want to go back, their next show is scheduled the same weekend as DragonCon. I hope the event finds its footing. I’m willing to give them another try, but not in that venue.

Speaking of DragonCon, the family is getting really excited. It appears that this year will be mainly Chris and I roaming together while Brenna will be hanging out with the Revenger crew. Tammy can’t go due to work and there’s no way I’m taking the 5 year old solo. We’re staying at a hotel on the north side of Atlanta and will drive in and out. It’s cheaper and it will certainly be quieter at night. Although I’m going to bring my camera, I’m not planning to shoot shows and will limit myself to costumes and such. I think the biggest thing is realizing my limitations on editing time and wanting to relax and enjoy the event. Panels, shows, shopping and no 20 lb camera bag, sounds nice. I’m looking forward to meeting “Twisted Doll” during the Con at some point. She’s a model I’ve been corresponding with for some time. I still don’t know whether or not I’m even going to dress out that much.

A year or so ago, I would never have considered this but I believe I’m going to curtail and even back away from some folks in the local steam community. I recognize the drama llamas gathering in some respects and I just don’t want or need the fluff. If I’m needed, then I’m quite sure I’ll make myself a bit more available.
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Rather than post a stream of photos of the show in sequence, I've split them up with individual highlights by member of the band.

Captain Robert

The Ophelia's Fine Crew )
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I've got a huge number of photos from the DragonCon shows that I've been working on for the past few weeks. Life and personal stuff kept me from getting these out much sooner. I'm going to post up some highlights tonight. Tomorrow I can post a number of slide shows.

Airship Pirates [6 images behind the cut] )
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Greetings folks. Due to family and scheduling issues, I apologize for not getting these posted some time ago.

Steamy Costume Goodness

More slide shows [2 Slideshows behind the cut] )


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