During this past Memorial Day Weekend, NHMGS celebrated 25 years of hosting it's Enfilade! wargame convention.
Unlike the past few years, I was able to attend all three days. One of my gaming buddies, Dale, remarked my 3-day attendance was a rarity.
Yes, it certainly was.
This was most fortunate, because the Event Coordinator, Dave Mebust, asked me to be Enfilade's "Official Photographer" for this year. I responded with my usual, "definite maybe," because of my rotating work schedule.
I didn't play a single game and instead snapped 1,108 raw photos. The other day, I spent over four hours sifting through them and deleting 350 pictures. My goal was to take one or two images of the gamemasters and players, then focus on the awesomely painted miniatures and terrain. The photos I deleted were either blurry, not framed properly, had too much extraneous material on the table (the usual rulers, stat sheets, rule books, soda cans, etc), or a gamer moving his/her pieces just as my camera focused and snapped the picture.
This was also my first time using my Nikon P350 CoolPix Camera, and I was pleased with it's performance. My only issue so far, is the camera would suddenly announce the battery was exhausted and shut down. This occurred twice, near the end of the first two days of the convention. I'm glad I brought my old Panasonic Luminix camera as a back up, which in light of this I won't be getting rid of any time soon.
I'm now starting the process of compiling the photos into some sort of on-line format, either a YouTube movie slideshow, or some webcomics.
I don't think of myself as a perfectionist, but I do like to make any adjustments I feel necessary to a picture's lighting and color before posting it anywhere on line. So it might be a while before my photos reach cyberspace.
In the meantime, while I'm moving at glacial speed, the following wargame bloggers have already posted their pictures and convention recaps:
I'm a retired USAF TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member, now working for Washington State Emergency Management. In addition to being an Emergency Operations Specialist at my day/night/weekend job, I'm a Foreign Affairs Specialist, gamer and writer.
I maintain three blogs as an on-line platform. "Stern Rake Studio," my central site, explores a variety of topics on gaming, pop-culture and writing. "Station WTFO" is where I post comments and discussions on the national and international issues that concern us. Finally, "The Redshift Chronicles," is a spin-off of "Stern Rake Studio." This site focuses on sci-fi gaming and is home to my long-form webcomic "Breakout from Bongolaan."