LN Strike Eagle wrote:Fewer. I'm not paying the same (or in some cases more) for less.
If the shows are as unfulfilling as they were yesterday, then I see no reason to keep going back when I've been there and seen and done it better in the past.
I think if you have had a particular interest for some time it is natural to get more demanding, not less. As you say, been there, done that and for those that like them worn the tee shirt!
If something happens, regardless of who is a fault, that devalues the experience then many will tend to reduce their involvement. Some, if time and finances allow, may be willing to travel overseas in search of a better experience. However, realistically, that will be a tiny minority.
Those who's main reason for going is to take photographs may, if they are committed enough, buy better equipment in order to still get they type of shots that were easier before. But that comes at significant cost and still needs decent weather conditions.
It is admirable to say that it their duty to still support the scene and I am sure some genuinely mean it. However people often say the same about the local shop then order from Amazon!