The Ritual Bidding Adieu to DragonCon: AKA, mmmm Brisket

DSC02591-Edit-EditAlas, the Council of Dragons has drawn to a close, which means that it is time anon to prepare the most royal of sacrifices, tender breast of Dragon. This ritual owes its roots to the deepest and most western territory of the kingdom and has been passed on through the generations to the latest great mage of sacrificial preparation, Aaron Franklinus of the wizarding tradition of central Texas.

The grand tome of preparation can be found in the mysterious Chronicles of YouTubus, presented by the high mage himself:

 

Breast of Dragon

The latest sacrificial breast of dragon rubbed with elvin spirit crystals and ground charred orc bones.

After carefully trimming the suet of the beastly villain, the Great Geektographer concocted the mixture of equal parts Elvin spirit crystals and coarsely ground, charred Orc bones, which the Great Geektographer hath deftly applied to the dragon’s flesh, setting it aside to cure.

In the meantime, the Geektographer built a fire in his colossal verdant furnace, using coals from the very tree that birthed

Colossal Verdant Furnace at Sunset

The Colossal Verdant Furnace at sunset.

Thorin’s mighty Oakenshield. The dragon’s flesh has become tough through years of guarding his golden stash and marauding the nearby villages. It must therefore rest in the colossal verdant furnace for no less than half of the rotation of Middle Earth.

At the appointed time the preparer of the Dragon sacrifice will remove the beast’s now tender flesh from the colossal verdant furnace and combine it with stewed dragon’s blood, serving it to those who keep faith in the magical power of feasting.DSC06194
Thus endeth the ritual of the Dragon Feast at the close of the Annual Council of Dragons. In the days and weeks to come, a full account of the 2014 Council of Dragons will appear. Until then, nom nom nom nom nom nom.

Enter the DragonCon

Enter the DragonCon

Just some fun with dragons and the 70-200 FE from Lens Rentals. 🙂

On tap for today:

  1. Drop doggies off at “camp”
  2. Get DragonCon passes
  3. Get ready for a bunch of photo-shoots, including but not limited to: Disney, Game of Thrones, DC comics cross play, Justice Society, Marvel Cosmic Universe (I am Groot!), Gotham, and Secret Six!
  4. Maybe and Arrow or Firefly panel
  5. The Friday Night Costume Contest
  6. and some kind of meals, sometime.
Children Flying

Who Wants to Send us on a Scavenger Hunt?

Children Flying

On the Date Night scavenger hunt, the leader asked us to find children flying in Decatur. Dave went back and reshot this iconic sculpture for the “silhouette” category for his Arcanum scavenger hunt.

Who wants to send us on a scavenger hunt?

I must confess, I love scavenger hunts. I enjoy the mystery, the competition, and the creativity. It’s like a quest, but with a list instead of a map. And you use a camera instead of a sword (but I like swords, too!). There’s a focus and a purpose with scavenger hunts, but still plenty of room for improvisation and imagination.  What’s not to love?

Kissing Couple

Michelle’s interpretation for the “couples kissing” category for the Decatur Date Night scavenger hunt with the Showcase School of Photography

Photo scavenger hunts can make fun date nights, party games, or family activities. The captured photos offer interesting insights into people’s thought processes based on how they have interpreted items on the list. A photo isn’t always just a photo! When making a list, try to think outside the box and allow flexibility in interpretation. Think of items that could be interpreted in several different ways. Dave and I went on a fun date night scavenger hunt in Decatur with the Showcase School of Photography this summer, and we pursued themes like “patriotic,” “something cold,” and “something that makes you laugh.” Of course, Dave was a bit grumpy being told what to shoot (he’d make a great 12th doctor). The evening’s activity encouraged me to see the familiar sights of the Decatur square in a new way, paying attention to details, such as patterns, colors, and out-of-the-way spaces. Continue reading

A DragonCon Retrospective, Part II: Everyone Loves a Parade

Death Cosplay from Neil Gaiman's Sandman

A quick portrait of a Death cosplayer from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, DragonCon 2013 (Dave).

For some reason, we didn’t make it to the parade in 2012, but we sure did in 2013. We had a great spot near the front row and witnessed all the shenanigans. Michelle and I were both shooting, with her getting wider shots and me getting some zoomy shots. As we waited for the parade, I was able to get a portrait of this awesome Death cosplayer who was standing next to us.

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A DragonCon Retrospective, Part 1: From Snapshots to Portraits

Batgirls from 2012, with the best-looking half of Garber Geektography crouching in front.

Batgirls from 2012, with the best-looking half of Garber Geektography crouching in front.

Of course some of the most fun we have with photography happens to be when we go to DragonCon in Atlanta, and it is just around the corner. In looking back at some of the pictures we’ve taken, it is amazing to see what a difference a year makes! I got a lot of views on my Flickr page for several of my shots from my first year with the camera in 2012. By far the shot with the most views on our Flickr account was the one I took of the Batgirls at the DragonCon DC comic shoot. Of course that is extra special because of the crouching Batgirl, Michelle. Continue reading

Launching …

Fourth of July, 2014, Farragut, TN

Fourth of July, 2014 in Farragut, TN

Michelle and I have been tooling around with “Garber Geektography” for a while now. In fact, it has been about two years since I bought my first “real” interchangeable lens camera, and the past two years have been the most creative of my life. So we are starting this blog to share our photographic musings with the world. It has been a whirlwind summer for me, and I have quite a bit to share–from my trip with 13 students and 1 colleague to India, to our vacation to visit our good friends (Doug and Lindsay) in Alaska, to my rather eventful journey to Israel in the beginning days of the most recent Middle East conflict. So, I will be sharing some thoughts about each of those trips in future posts. This blog, however, is meant to be a more “fun” outlet for our creativity. While I will obviously touch on my vocation as a theology professor in various posts, we want this blog to be much more about our general life experiences and creative processes in the nexus between photographic images and geeky adventures (hence our tagline, “Adventures in Imagery”).

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