Re: Galaxy Con in Raleigh NC July 26-28
Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:49 pm
Hi, JK. Yes, I think we have caught "the love RDA fever"!!!
Welcome to the Richard Dean Anderson Forum
Great costume, Jersey, you probably had much fun !!!
I'm impressed by how fast you think I edit photos.bftlovesRDA wrote: I can't wait to see Kate's photos from the Q&A. That will happen later today after she gets home......
OH, Kate, what a splendid account of your weekend in Raleigh! Yes, the weather was so much better than it had been a week earlier (85 degrees and low humidity compared to 98 degrees and high humidity) so RDA brought good weather with him to Raleigh.KateR wrote: ↑Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:16 amI'm impressed by how fast you think I edit photos.bftlovesRDA wrote: I can't wait to see Kate's photos from the Q&A. That will happen later today after she gets home......
The photos from the Q&A didn't come out quite as well as I was hoping. I shot in RAW plus the highest resolution JPG, but I didn't have a strong zoom, so the pictures are a little grainy, and surprisingly, after much effort, the JPGs seemed to come out better than the RAW. In any case, I've uploaded what I have. The last picture from Gus is my absolute favorite.
My trip to Raleigh was a kind of last minute decision. Since it's within driving distance, it was a logical place for us to meet, but I wasn't sure that RDA would have enough free time to get away, so we were playing it by ear.
Saturday was by far the busiest day of the convention. I never heard official numbers, but someone said they thought 100,000 people were there. It wasn't easy to make your way through the crowds, and when I arrived, the line just to get into the building was wrapped around the entire city block. So yes, the lines for RDA and for all the big names were very long. I was surprised by how small the Q&A was, though, and I'm not sure if it was a miscalculation or intentional. It was held in one of those ballrooms that can be divided by room dividers. The panels for people like Wil Wheaton and George Takei and the cast of The Office completely filled the double room (and David Tennant was at capacity with a line waiting outside). But for RDA, they closed off the room divider, so the crowd was about a third of the size that it was for the others. The room was full, but I wonder if people had tried to come in later and couldn't get in. I had a pretty good seat on the aisle and not too far back, but unfortunately I was on the right side, and the line of people with questions was on the left, so he always seemed to be facing away from me. And those who have tried to photograph him before know how much he moves around and how hard it is to get a reasonable focus and shutter speed before he moves again.
On Sunday, the crowd was much much smaller, and no long line to get in. The autograph lines were shorter, too, and monitored so that he could get an occasional break. I mostly wandered around on my own, attended a few other panels, and wasn't able to find Bettie and Irene until near the end of the day while they were in line for another photo, but at least we had a chance to talk as they waited.
RDA had said earlier that he wanted to meet me for dinner on Saturday after his panel, but he went back to sign more autographs after the panel, so I just waited nearby as he finished up. He needed a few minutes to freshen up, so we met back at his hotel to have dinner at the restaurant there. As he came back down to the lobby, he had just received a text from Amanda Tapping and he was texting her back. It was sweet to see that they do still keep in touch regularly. He passed on my "hello" to her, and later during dinner she texted back sending hugs to both of us.
I was tired, and he was exhausted, but we had a lovely, long dinner with plenty of time to catch up after so many months. By then it was getting quite late. My hotel was several blocks away, and neither of us liked the idea of my walking back late at night alone. The doorman said that it would be difficult to get a taxi so late, and I don't have Uber, but RDA does, so he called an Uber to send me safely back to my hotel.
So it was a lovely weekend and definitely worth the trip. And good news for RDA - although the weather was hot, the humidity was uncharacteristically low, so it wasn't nearly as uncomfortable in that respect as Miami and Knoxville had been. He may rethink summer conventions in the South in the future, though.
Catch me if you can ! That's his mottoJackGywer wrote: ↑Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:15 amHow true! And special camera settings do not help synonymous. I tried everything. But your photos have become good.