MidWest FurFest 2014 Con Report and Photos

I spent December 5th-7th at MidWest FurFest, held in the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL. It was another well-run convention that I had a good time attending (and staffing).


In addition to walking around the convention and seeing friends, I dropped in on Eosfoxx's "How To Draw Animals" panel. She went through detail on how to draw different kinds of animals, and how they differed from humans. Not having much of an art background myself, I actually found the panel rather informative. I came away from there better understanding the artistic process, at least when tablets are involved. Smiling

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This was the big day with our Fursuit Parade. I got to help count the parade again, which is both fun and affords me an interesting view of the parade. The final count for number of fursuiters in the parade was 1,132.

The rest of the night involved hanging out with some friends until about 1 AM. Then the chlorine gas attack happened. I won't go into that here, seeing as I already wrote about that.

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I got a late start on Sunday, due mostly to being up so late the night before. I spent the first few hours feeling… "jet lagged" for lack of better word. After a few hours my body started to feel better and I was able to resume working in ConOps. I managed to drop by the dance late on Sunday evening and shot about 300 pictures. The bad news is that many of those pictures were underexposed, overexposed, or just plain blurry. The good news is that I was able to use Photo Mechanic and pick out the best ones to include in my published photos. I'm really happy with Photo Mechanic and intend to buy the full product once my eval runs out--it is a fantastic tool that belongs in my workflow for processing pictures post-con.

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Final attendance for MWFF was 4,571. Final amount raised for their charity, Critter Camp, was $31,000 ($11,000 donations plus $20,000 added by the convention).

I have many more photos from this convention. They can be found on both Flickr as well as Facebook.

My next convention will be MagFest, the video game and heavy metal festival held in National Harbor, MD from January 23-26, 2015. Stay safe, and I hope to see you there.

-- Giza

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