Because of high winds across CA and NV, our flight was delayed an hour. While we waited in the airpoirt, Matt relayed his opinion about what we were about to encounter at WPPI:
The first thing Matt did when we rolled into our hotel room: bust out the laptop and set up internet service.That's how we Children of Technology roll.
This year's WPPI was great, I met a lot of friendly faces and hung out with the coolest people!Here's just a few:
Brooke & Paul from Seattle
Xuong, Margie, & Connor of Happy Photos
Monday was a heck of a day. We sat in on Mike Colón's
Nikon salespitch seminar about shooting 100% natural light w/out flash, and how it's possible now with low/non-noise cameras such as the Nikon D3 ;-) I'm not a big fan of "flashing people," (hee!) so the idea of entire weddings without any kind of flash is so exciting!
There's a big ol' awesome stained glass dome in the Paris hotel that no one can resist photographing.
We met up with some people for lunch right before the trade show opened:
Lunching w/ fellow SoCal photographer Jen Harris
WPPI Trade Show 2008!!My humblest apologies for how shaky the video is; obviously I will not be winning SteadiCam Operator of the Year anytime soon. But it at least gives you an idea of how big and busy the trade show usually is. I noticed that there seemed to be double the number of professional photos labs represented there this year.
Me with a Nikon D3 at the Nikon booth. Mmm. Noiseless.
Taken in and around the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace with mah new toy, the LensBaby 3G!
We also saw a Yervant seminar which was enjoyable, and then we went to a seminar to get some action from my HERO!
I, like soooo many others, absolutely love Kevin Kubota. He's an entertaining, concise, and coherent speaker and just full of useful information. He usually speaks about Photoshop actions and post-processing workflow, but he has an awesome photojournalistic shooting style, too. The particular seminar he was teamed up with lightning-fast posing guru Doug Gordon, and they're awfully funny together. I tried to catch some of the funny moments, but most of the time I couldn't get my camera out fast enough; generally they like to get people on their feet, bouncing beach balls, yelling and clapping, and dancing. You have to get up on the stage and dance with Kevin if your phone goes off during any one of his seminars.
I wasn't able to get to my camera in time to catch some of the primo moments, but there is this: Kevin routinely gives away sweet prizes (such as LensBabies, Photoshop actions, T-shirts, etc) throughout his seminars, most often to people who will get up and shake their booty with him! At one point so many people crowded onstage to dance that he tried to thin the herd by picking someone whose birthday is closest to his. Of course, someone in the back of the room began shouting that today was their birthday, and Kevin calls them a chicken for not coming up and dancing, lol!
Taking notes during seminars
OMG what a long day! I don't know how all those St. Paddy's Day revelers manage it.
Then again, they weren't schmoozing and at seminars and a trade show all day.
Me w/ Laina
Me, Amy, David. Golly, they are TALL. Or maybe I'm just a lot shorter than I thought I was.
I love this shot that Justin took of Matt. Matt is hanging on my every word in this pic, like a good little minion =)
We also wandered into the FAO Schwartz toy store in Caesar's Palace to kill some time before our flight back home:
Rockin' with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I tried to play "Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Pirate's Life For Me," which is about the only thing I can play on the piano, but that thing was just so enormous that it didn't work out so well. Tom Hanks makes it look so easy!
And that was that! I had a great time, but it was Spring Break there too, so I'm glad to be back among sane, sober people again!