Over Labor Day weekend I managed to spend some time making portraits at DragonCon here in Atlanta. Here’s a sampling of my favorites so far.
I definitely had a blast, but unfortunately I got shut down by security on Saturday. I’m told I wasn’t in a “designated area for photography” so I didn’t put up much of a fight. I suspect it was more to do with the security guard asserting his authority. It’s was frustrating because I certainly wasn’t impeding traffic or harassing anyone (in fact I intentionally picked a spot that was out of the way) and I was getting some great stuff. I suppose I just looked a little too professional, because I clearly wasn’t the only one making photos. Since this is what I do for a living, I can’t much help that. ha.
It’s just as well because after breaking down the mini-studio I managed to go and actually… enjoy the convention.
The good news is that after a few crazy weeks i’ve got a little bit of down time to catch up on editing personal projects & random pocket-cam adventure shots. The bad news is, its going to take a while to get through it all.
In the mean time, here’s evidence of a rainy day coffee outing.
Savannah, GA - Tybee Island Bits
Savannah, GA - City Bits
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on building/upgrading a new bicycle as a project to keep my hands busy (as July is typically a slow time of year for many photographers) and just recently I was able to take out for a real road test.
While exploring Edgewood/Kirkwood (which I’m just starting on despite having lived in the neighborhood for nearly a year) I came across this situation.
I did my best to get a few shots without being obtrusive (and I would have liked to have gotten much closer but I wasn’t prepared with my pro looking gear & media pass) but decided not to stay very long given that a sizeable crowd had already amassed given the size of the plume and how busy Dekalb Ave is at 5pm any day of the week.
The building, on Dekalb ave (near Rocky Ford), has apparently been abandoned for quite some time. I haven’t found much information on what it contained, but the billowing smoke was clearly visible for miles. Hopefully no one was injured. Most especially the fire fighters, who clearly had a very long day.
I didn’t see a single car pull in the entire time I was in visual range.
This was, of course, late afternoon in a part of town that commuters were about to exit with great haste - but I can’t help wonder what it looked like at a time when it was shiny, new, and presumably prosperous.