Lori, Joel, why don't you guys start a dedicated "Route 66" thread in "Location, Location, Location" or "Journey" section? I think it's a great initiative that deserves special attention. Many people would probably gladly play ball on that... And then Schmoo would help to create a Blurb book, right Steph?
However in this case we only talking about One Annual Dgrin/Smugmug Shootout - and, just like in the movie Highlander, "there can be only one"
I think it is great that so many people are attending this year's event. But I wonder about the additional 50% (30 people) still waiting. And how many people didn't even try to get wait listed since the list was so long? I actually almost missed signing up since I was taveling a lot at the time the event was announced. I'm not sure, but didn't it fill up in a week? I even skipped my annual Winter/Spring event to make sure I could attend this year in the fall.
Last time (Montana) the hotel we stayed in simply ran out of food for the last two days:-), we'd rather not having this happening again:-).
I think it is great that so many people are attending this year's event. But I wonder about the additional 50% (30 people) still waiting.
Since it is an ad hoc gathering, with a very limited agenda, and not a workshop with a schedule, I think the locale + the Dgrin hugfest IS the appeal. Workshops? Las Vegas, LA, Maine, Santa Fe, Chicago, NYC. Been to them all, and I think (hope!) the Shootout will exceed these.
I'm as excited about the 4 days of Pre-Shootout journey/events I have planned as I am actually getting to Red Cliffs.
I would recommend the Grand Teton / Yellowstone area in the early fall. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Getting there can be tough, with the closest airport being in Jackson Hole, and being fairly small. You can fly into Idaho Falls, and then drive over to the parks in a few hours. My trip to the Tetons a few years back was very memorable, and I'd love to go back, especially in fall when the trees are turning:
Maybe this has already been done, but how about Canada? The Killarney (Georgian Bay) area in Ontario as well as the Bruce Penninsula are especially beautiful and scenic. At least, the Group of Seven thought so.
This post by Andy got me thinking: NYC! I love it there. Andy, Vincent & any other East Coast pros could definitely setup some excellent day trips or suggestions for same. Chinatown, Times Square (day or night), The Cloisters, Alphabet City, head out to Long Island, Central Park, ICP, MoMA, Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park, Fulton Fish Market. Maybe at the same time as PDN PhotoPlus 2009 (October probably).
Oh, and of course a day trip to B&H
:hide Has camera, will travel!
Ann McRae wrote:
Parka's would be necessary! How about the Galapagos?
Ok, here's my suggestion. Make it more difficult for folks to simply not show up for the shootout with no notice. I know there were at least two no-shows that could have reliquished their spots to folks on the waiting list. Evidently, the $300 deposit wasn't enough to deter those people.
I think the matter could resolved by simply publishing a drop-dead date for cancelations, where we make it clear that you will lose your deposit after that. Then in the weeks before the shootout, publish a reminder or two about the drop-dead date. I think that would get people off-the-fence who are still undecided at that point. I'd also send out an email reminder to the attendees just so we're constantly in their face. One could add more teeth to the cut-off date by billing the remainder of the shootout fee (hotel fee) after that date as well.
Jane B. wrote:
It seems there are two sides to this (as there are for most things) drop dead deadline date. Shouldn't there be some accomodation for things beyond the control of the individual? Such as in the case of illness of the individual or close family member, heaven forbid the death of a close relative, vacation time canceled at the last minuite by employer. And in those cases check wait list even if beyond cut off date with refund as incentive to inform the registration committee even if after cut off to help those on wait list get in if possible in their personal situtation.
Jane B. wrote:
Shouldn't there be some accomodation for things beyond the control of the individual?
bham wrote: »
Whatever happened to this?
DavidTO wrote: »
After that first year there hasn't been anyone interested in leading the charge.
But maybe that's about to change?
The shootouts were a wonderful thing, and I'd love to see it happen again. If there are people who are willing to step forward to make it happen, they'd have my full support and I'd share all that we've learned from past shootouts.