Ok, please don’t get excited. I am fully aware that my pictures aren’t really that great. I’ve seen much better ones, taken from much closer up. But I have decided to follow up the first and very wordy Q&A post with some visual goodness. All in service of a happy weekend 😉.
Before you get to the pictures, let me quickly describe the set-up of the con. Photo opportunities were restricted to four separate events where photography was allowed – the opening and closing ceremonies, and the Q&As. (There were two other events that featured Richard, but photography was not allowed during the photo and the autograph sessions.) As a general rule, photography happened from wherever the photographer was sitting – there was no scrum or mosh pit in front of the stage for photographers to get a quick close-up at the beginning of the event. The main hall, where all the Q&As took place, had space for 500 people or so. The first five to eight rows of the hall were reserved for Gold ticket holders. I had a regular ticket and would’ve been placed in the last five rows or so. But since I had volunteered to work as a steward during the con, I was actually allowed to sit in the rows reserved for Stewards, right behind the Gold ticket holders. However, that was still bang in the middle of the hall, with restricted view. I spent half a Q&A standing at the back of the hall to get an unobstructed view of
the stage Richard on Saturday; and then another half a Q&A the following day shooting from the side, back against the wall. In both cases I was too far away to shoot close-ups. The indoor lighting also meant that I couldn’t shoot at a low ISO (which would have resulted in extra clear images). Neither would a flash have illuminated my subject from as far back as I was.
Sigh, it sounds as if I always have excuses why my photos are shit. The truth may actually be that I am not that great a photographer 😂. I am certainly a bad photographer in the sense that I do not like to muscle my way into the front, obstructing other people’s view by being a pap. Well, and my equipment needs upgrading, I guess. So, disclaimer: Richard was beautiful; my photography wasn’t up to scratch. Here’s the loot, sorted according to the four occasions I took them at, with a quick explanation of the set-up and where I was.
Friday Evening – Opening Ceremony
Before Richard appeared from stage left on the stage in the main hall, we already got a little glimpse of him on the screen to the right of the stage: The Great Red Dragon was making his presence known – with some shadow play 😂. What a great introduction to and by Richard – I so like it when he is funny and playful. Myself, I was sitting on the right hand side of the hall (my POV), about half way up. (Clicking on an individual photo will open the picture bigger on your screen.)
Having realised that the pictures from the middle of the hall had not turned out great the day before, I opted to stand at the back for the Saturday Q&A, checking whether I could get better pictures from there. I clicked away for about half of the Q&A and snuck back to my seat when the floor was opened up for fan questions. I took a few photos with my iPhone from my seat in the middle of the auditorium (left-hand half, my POV), too, but they are far too soft to be usable.
For a change of perspective, I shot from the left of the main hall, leaning against the wall and avoiding to obstruct any other fans’ view. I had an unrestricted view of the stage, but it was a bit too far away, really. (Clicking on an individual photo will open the picture bigger on your screen.)
You get an idea of the size and distance from the foreground that I left in the picture in some instances.
Sunday Closing Ceremony
Lastly, Richard attended the closing ceremony on Sunday evening. He was the last one to come out – the top star of the evening. I was sitting at a round table, again about half way back, and right against the wall on the right hand side of the hall. This time, the actors/guests did not appear on stage but were on the main floor, hence it was a bit more difficult to catch a glimpse of them between the heads of all the people sitting in front of us. Even though none of my pics are truly great, these are even less than “not great” because they didn’t come from Marky Mark but from my little red Canon PowerShot 420. Even with digital zoom disabled, the pictures are grainy. It almost looks as if I put one of those hated filters on…
Sorry, not that great. Mind you, at least I got a good view if the temples, and I can confirm that a bit of salt and pepper is still there. As well as the gorgeous profile.
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So, that’s it. As previously, these images are my gift to you, fellow fans. So feel free to use – for fan art, personal print outs, screen savers. Repost if you like – but please credit me if you do so. And remember: for non-commercial use only 😉
– not that these would be good enough for selling, anyway.
For the previous parts in the RDC5 write up click the following links:
Part 1: Spoof Write-up
Part 2: First Picture Post
Part 3: Summary of Saturday Q&A