...Despite the Kryptonite that was our public transport system. *PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU ARE JUST LOOKING FOR THE PHOTOS, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS ENTRY! THANKS*
G'day everybody and I bid you warm welcome to my latest journal entry, where I want to discuss my big day out at Oz Comic-Con at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition
Centre. A day full of cosplayers, exhibitioners, vehicles and wonderful sets to capture.
So I got around to thinking that, maybe you'd like to know all about this big day, which admittedly didn't start without a few hiccups here and there. It turns out that the public transport system of Melbourne could use a little bit of work when it comes to convenience and not giving newcomers a headache, but we'll get to that in a moment.
First off, despite the plan I had to wake up at 9am and catch the 10:01 to Southern Cross, my worthless clock alarm refused to ring and as such, I was over half an hour late. Already rather annoyed, I had a quick light breakfast, a shower and got dressed in some snazzy threads, before adding credit to my phone and checking my camera was ready (The day I say all my GEAR was ready, is the day I'll probably win Tattslotto, in other words, I don't think it'll happen.)
I left at about 10:30 and briskly walked to Thomastown Station, to catch the 10:41. From there, it was a 40-minute journey to Flinders Street, which brought forth its' first hiccup, it wasn't going to Southern Cross. So I had to get off, lest I ended up in Upperkabunga West, and take the Werribee line to Southern Cross, which meant a good walk up stairs, past platforms all the way to the train. But I finally made it there, and that brought forth my second hiccup... Finding the right tram.
After quickly asking at the help desk, I was able to find my way to the Route 109 tram, and from there it was an easy trip to the MCEC. After an enormous wait to punch in our pre-purchased tickets, it was about 1:00pm before I was finally in the building. After all that hubbub, I knew then that I had no time to waste.
After a fair bit of walking around, I came across my first exhibition; a van with airbrushed characters from Marvel and DC. The level of detail was simply fantastic, and included the likes of Loki, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Deadpool and even some of the X-Men. From there it was a Back to the Future DeLorean with both Marty McFly and Doc Brown, or reasonable facsimiles rather, sitting in their seats.
We'd probably be here forever if I discussed the various exhibitions on the floor, so I'll move on. Before long, there came the Cosplay Parade, and though I might've been expecting an outside stroll by South Wharf, it didn't turn out that way. Though I did find a front-row seat, it turned out less than ideal, with many photos of mine blocked by the stage handrail. Despite that, I was able to snap pictures of plenty of costumers as they started their walk off stage. Now, some photos might not be that great because of this, or a bit of blur, but I'm still pretty new to the photography scene... I'm sure I'll learn as I go along.
That said, I was able to catch up with a number of cosplayers who were on stage to get portraits of them, and they turned out WAY better. In fact, I met the winner of the contest who was portraying a character from Heroes of the Storm, and needless to say, the amount of work she put into it, sacrificing practicality for authenticity, made her a well-deserved champion. I had also snapped plenty of pictures of anime and manga characters, and even got a photo of myself with some DC heroines (and Poison Ivy) before the convention started winding down.
After a few more photos around the city, I boarded the tram, and that's where my many problems began. After being confused as to where Southern Cross station was, I ended up walking completely in the wrong direction and walking a full block (in flat-soled shoes no less) before I got led in the right way.
Stopping off at Grill'd to have a burger, I then found out that there were no South Morang lines available at the station, so I had to take a train to Melbourne Central, or so I thought. Turned out once I arrived there, the platform for South Morang was CLOSED for improvements, so I had to take yet ANOTHER train, this time to Flinders Street. Keep in mind I was still constantly walking, and the pain in my feet was driving me crazy.
Still, after all the running around I FINALLY found a train to South Morang, and arrived at Thomastown Station about an hour later than planned. Not much later, I was home; tired and a bit annoyed, but ultimately feeling satisfied. I got along with everybody, I had some fun times and lastly, I enjoyed several aspects of the Con... $30 well spent.
Phew, is this entry all over you're wondering? Well absolutely, now that you mention it!
As I mentioned at the start, I will be posting a link to the Comic-Con gallery that I shot over the day... where some photos turned out great, and others turned out, eh, okay. Here's the link to the gallery, help yourself as you wish:aussiedidge.deviantart.com/gal…
I have plans to get each photo that I've shot in that gallery by Sunday, maybe Monday at the latest. There are some things I want to do in post to try and clean some images up. Maybe a bit of sharpening here or there, we'll see.
Hopefully, you enjoy what I have in the gallery, but until next time, I hope everyone had a good time at the convention, and perhaps I'll see you all next year! ...Preferably WITHOUT the public transport headaches.
David Nicholas (AussieDidge)