Thursday, July 10, 2014

Anime Expo 2014: The 3D Pics

I guess this year's Anime Expo was a little different, not just because of the longer than usual wait for badges (came in at around 5pm and didn't get my badge until 10:30pm), or the lack of panels that caught my interest...just something seemed different.  I dunno if it's because I'm getting older, or I really just needed an escape from work more than focusing on planning my AX weekend.

Despite all the complaints found in the AX forums, Facebook, and elsewhere (I view this year as an anomaly because of the Sailor Moon reunion, so I was expecting a lot of first-time attendees), I had fun discovering new anime and seeing the new cosplay out there (I'll post my top 15 later).

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Story of a day: 3D Rig v1.3

The evolution of my 3D rig continues with v1.3, which came about because of the issues I had with the previous versions:

v1.0:  Too bulky, can only do landscape 3D pictures.

v1.1:  Compact but cramped shutter control box, but reliable.  Can only do landscape 3D pictures.

v2.0:  Used only AA batteries for the shutter control box and cameras.  Heavy (7 AA batteries were needed), and can only do landscape 3D pictures.

Last year, I was trying to resolve the landscape-only issue and cramped shutter control box with v1.2.  I had some success with taking pictures, in both landscape and portrait mode, but the wiring for the mini shutter control box broke pretty easily.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Otakon Vegas 2014 in 10 Pics or Less

Okay, there are still a lot of stories I still have to post such as D23 Expo 2013 and London One Year After the Olympics, but those require a lot of story writing.  In the meantime, I can easily write about the first con I attended this year as I really didn't do much.

I decided to extend my Christmas vacation a little bit longer so I could attend the first Otakon Vegas, which was held at the Planet Hollywood Casino & Resort (where Britney Spears has just started her residency) on the weekend before the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  As expected, there wasn't much to keep me busy (especially when I learned that Las Vegas' sales tax is actually higher than Orange County's, discouraging me from buying stuff in the rather small exhibit hall).  And since there was no natural light coming into the convention area, 3D pics were not taken.

Anyway here's the rundown of my Otakon Vegas experience:

Day 0 (Jan 2):  Spent all day driving around town putting together pieces for my winter version of gender bend Ika Musume.  Arrived at Planet Hollywood in the evening in hopes of picking up my badge early.  Told that they were would be ready in about an hour as they were waiting for supplies.  Went downstairs to lose $30 at the slots and try the lobsicle (lobster tail on a stick) from Lobster ME at the Miracle Mile Shops:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Anime Expo 2013 3D - Finally Finished Processing!

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Anime Expo 2013 3D, a set on Flickr.
Finally finished processing all the 3D pairs from Anime Expo 2013. Now to figure out what the next post should be...revisit London 2012, London 2013, or Disney D23 Expo...

Via Flickr:
3D pics taken during Anime Expo 2013 using 3D rig v1.1.5 (landscape mode with new left camera) and v1.2 (portrait mode with new left camera and shutter control that later failed).

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quickpost: Anime Expo 2013 3D

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Anime Expo 2013 3D, a set on Flickr.
I still have dozens of pairs of pictures to process, but here is the start of the 3D pictures from Anime Expo 2013.

Day 1 was also the only day where my 3D rig v1.2 was functioning where I can make portrait orientation picture pairs. The mini shutter switch failed probably due to bad soldering. Something to fix when I have time...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Quickpost: Anime Expo 2013 Crossplay/Genderbend Gathering

The second gathering I hosted during Anime Expo 2013 was the crossplay/genderbend gathering on day 3 (July 6).  The turnout was greater this time around than from the last time this was held.

While the last gathering was all related to making a rock-n-roll album, the turnout was good enough that we tried boys-vs-girls, "that awkward feeling when you realize that they aren't girls/boys", and "stumping The Riddler".

Now I wasn't in the pics for this gathering since the skirt for my cosplay needed repair, and I was short on time to fix it before the gathering.  So I went with plan B so people can find the gathering and crossplayed as Yuri from Angel Beats.  However, after the gathering, I did manage to fix the skirt and spent the rest of the day as Ika Musume, getting Tentacle Grape soda from the J-List booth...

Now that I think about it, I prefer crossplay since wearing pants or shorts doesn't feel like I'm wearing a costume (I only break out the Nabeshin cosplay now and then if I want to cosplay but don't feel like doing too much prep work), and there are very few interesting male characters in the anime series that I watch.  And I'm beginning to think that many guys crossplay for the same reason.

amateurcameko's AX2013 Crossplay Genderbend Gathering album on Photobucket

Quickpost: Anime Expo 2013 Key/VisualArt's Gathering

Back from Vacation and now ready to start sorting through pics.  First up is the Key/VisualArt's gathering I hosted on day 2 (July 5, 2013) of Anime Expo at Gilber Lindsay Plaza...It was moved indoors in the entertainment hall's classroom set as we had the right number of people.

amateurcameko's AX2013 Key VisualArts Gathering album on Photobucket

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quickpost: Anime Expo 2013 Cosplay Gatherings

Information subject to change without notice, but I created a map with the cosplay gatherings listed in the forums gathering list.

Organizing them by site, you see that there's a lot of places available to have an impromptu cosplay gathering...