Katsucon 2020 (Friday)

I am sorry that my blogging has been so inconsistent lately. It is hard to stay motivated on event recaps during the current situation. The bright side, I guess (?), is that I have not fallen any farther behind on recaps, since we have not been to an event since early March.

Anyway, I last left off at Katsucon, which took place back in February. This being our first time there, we were excited to get in and start taking photos of cosplayers. But, as with most cons beyond a certain size, we first had to navigate the long entrance line. Katsucon has switched to a policy of not allowing anyone in the building without a badge. This meant that we had to walk a pretty long way around the convention center to join the line for registration. They also do not mail badges, so having pre-ordered tickets did not make things go any faster. Ah well, it turned out okay. I think we waited for about an hour.

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A selfie while waiting in line
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Once we made it in, we started out with some hall shots of people who were wandering around on the gazebo level.

Pineapple Powered Cos and Jay
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Shiva Cosplay
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Then we ran into our friend Sara cosplaying as Regency Rey, and did a shoot with her.

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We did our second lightsaber edits ever for these photos. This involved Mike figuring out how to put together a bunch of layered shading effects, and then me blending them by hand. I quite like how the photos came out!
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Katsucon

We were planning on meeting up with our photographer friend Dan, but he got stuck in the registration line. He was supposed to do a shoot with our friend Lena first thing that morning, but was running late due to the aforementioned line. That left us with time to squeeze in a quick shoot with her instead. She was cosplaying as Couture Kylo Ren.

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Katsucon

We tried a different lightsaber editing technique for this photo. It was pretty fiddly, but I love how it came out!
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This is what happens when you accidentally hit a texture button in Photoshop. I have no idea what I am doing sometimes!
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After we were done shooting, Dan had made it through the registration line. We helped him by holding his speedlight for his shoot with Lena.
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After that, we grabbed some lunch and then wandered over to the area of the lower level where the Cosplay Met Gala was being held. Mike and I stopped to take some more hall shots.

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Beck and Featherfall Masks
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Our friend Kenna
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Chiki
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I was just testing my camera settings in this photo, but I ended up keeping it since it turned out to be a cute shot.
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Then we watched the Gala, which I posted about here. After that concluded, we grabbed a couple of our friends who had participated, to do some short shoots.

Fire Lily Cosplay as the Winter Queen from the Dresden Files
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Dan shooting with me holding a light for him
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Natasha and Heidi as Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy
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They were joined by JJ as Draco
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Katsucon

We had to do a green light background for the Malfoy family. We managed to snag a space on the famous stone wall many photographers use, next to the escalators. That was way harder to get as the weekend went on.
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Dan shooting with JJ
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You can see some video of us shooting in JJ’s Katsucon vlog at approximately 4:59, here.

We also ran in to Jennifer and Banair Cosplay dressed as 18th century fops and did a couple photos.
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We finished the day with a quick shoot with Jennifer as the Queen of Hearts.
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And that was a wrap on Friday! We had a great time!

2 thoughts on “Katsucon 2020 (Friday)

    • Yeah, I wish they had a better system for registration. But it’s a volunteer-run con, so I understand that they don’t necessarily have the infrastructure to mail badges.

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