July 21st, 2008.
This wasn't an easy premiere for somebody who wasn't 7 feet tall, or unemployed and thus capable of getting in line some time around noon. Being neither, I nonetheless I got out of work slightly earlier than usual.... and promptly had no luck finding a good place. Argh...
Yet I had unaccountable luck in key moments from my vantagepoint about four or five rows back in the crowd. Basically, the strategy was setting my K10D to rapid fire, continuous-tracking autofocus, and ISO800 and f6.7 to support faster shutter speeds. Then, hold aloft, high and blind, and pray.
I took over 900 shots, 90% of them blind and with a 50mm prime (an interesting choice of lens in retrospect. Good when it works, but probably should have gone with the 18-55 kit lens).
One thing I realised : if you're a professional photographer, damn you've got it easy... a $10000 camera with $5000 lens at point blank range is laughable overkill. When you've got a regular camera (and those around me had mobile phones and point-and-shoots) and a bad position, THAT'S when you want a great camera. Thankfully, mine is pretty good. Based on the better ones, though, the evening was not entirely wasted...
So... I'll admit I was a bit disappointed by this one. A lot of crowds, a lot of pushing... and no matter how much scanning I do of the totality of all my photos, there is no evidence that I photographed director Chris Nolan, which is a big, big shame.
Next up, if I can stomach it, is the X-Files sequel next week.