Harry: I have a calendar on my desk with silly quotes for each day of the year. As I looked at it I laughed and thought of you as I read this quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin:
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Geez, there's just no winning here. One wants a bigger bucket and another guy wants limes. I'm saving my pennies for a 500mm lens if you want limes or a bigger bucket bring you own. :pissed
OK, I know what the whole thread is. I would love to meet people. I would be stretching it just to get somewhere and pay for the night, but Georgia is kind of a middle place, it is southeast.
Also the Smoky Mtns and Digital Fairy are in North Carolina, or on the border with Georgia and SC. DF is in Boone, not on any borders of states, but right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, a great place. Also the state park in SC, in fact several of them. But I was thinking of the one above Greenville, that area. Reservations for a cabin are like a year or two in advance, but the area, waterfalls, etc. Here there is the coast.
The southeast has no fall, autumn, but it does stay warm a long time, usually. Here you might even catch a hurricane. Perhapes photo journalism.
Also, for nature, think the Ace Basin: google it.
I am not as familiar with Georgia, I do know that it has great sea islands.
All those are ideas I would love, I think. Further away, with more cost, it is out.
I think there would be plenty of places in NC, TN, and north GA. I would love to meet up with some of you, but like Ginger money is a issue. Ginger we are only about 150 miles apart and my brother lives in columbia, we could work out some sort of car pooling to save a few bucks. It will be July or very late june before I can do anything though, I will be in the Philippines for much of june.
While it's a bit out of the way for most of us - Gubbs, I think you're excluded - the English countryside is a fantastic place to shoot landscapes. I just returned from a trip to Europe which allowed me a few days travel in the UK, and let me tell you: the Brits have castles like we have Starbucks - one on every corner! There were also plenty of rolling green hills, grazing sheep, and quaint old towns. That would be one of my dream outings for a shootout, but given the current exchange rate of $2 USD to the pound, it probably won't happen for a while :cry ...
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I will be there, coming up Thursday (8/11/2005). If anyone is in that area please PM me. I am busy Sat and most of Friday. I plan to come home on Sunday. I could alter my plans, and stay a bit, please let me know.
At this point I will not have my car, that is another reason I would need to know. But I would love to meet anyone.........friendly/nice, that is. From dGrin.
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Are you going through columbia on the way there/back? I may well be in columbia this weekend.
i'll be back in new york on tuesday until january 16th and i have a bunch of photoshoots scheduled. if anyone wants to tag along with me on a photoshoot, just send me a message or something.
I'll post some of my pictures from past trips later but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in getting together to shoot up at Mackinaw Island, Mi. There are plenty of topics to shoot there, people, wildlife, old buildings, rock formations, Mackinaw Bridge, lighthouses, old military forts, FUDGE, and alot more. If anyone is interested let me know.
Ok, so there are so many of us dgrinners in the SoCal area, there is no excuse not to get together and do some shooting.
I propose that we have a once-a-month, or every other month meet-up to go shoot a different SoCal scene every time. There is still so much that I haven't explored in the area, and it would make it even more fun if there were others interested in going. I'll be willing to set up the first event if anyone is interested.
Please send me a PM if you would like to join in. :
I can arrange one right next weekend, next Sunday, to be exact. There is a huge waterfall in Rose Valley. Drive is scenic and the hike is very easy. Also, right next to it (2-3 miles) lie the magnificent boulders of the Piedra Blanca.
If you didn't see any of those - you didn't see the SoCal:-)
Sounds like a great place to shoot at. Let's do it! Anyone else interested?
Looks pretty close on the map.
Sounds like we have a plan. Lets meet this Sunday (Jan 15th) at the Vons parking lot as Nik suggested (Click here for map: Von's shopping plaza at hwy 33 and hwy 150) at 9 am, unless another time is better for the group. Doesn't look like the hike is too strenuous from what Nik was saying, but some good shoes, water, and a snack would probably be a good idea (and of course what ever mix of camera gear you feel so inclined to bring). I suspect we would probably be done seeing the sights by late afternoon, and could think about going somewhere for a quick meal in the area before calling it quits. Have anywhere you could suggest, Nik? :eat
As I mentioned before, there are TWO nice places very close to each other. First is Rose Valley falls, second is Piedra Blanca.
Waterfalls consists of two tiers. The lower tier is like 30 ft tall water slide, all in shade of eucalyptus trees, and is located only 5 minutes aways from a parking/picnic area by a nice wide trail (I saw lots of people with strollers on that trail).
The upper tier is about 270 ft tall and requires some more advanced hiking, It's not bad (I did it several times with my younger daughter), no ropes required, but it's more technical than the first one. The narrow steep path leads first to the top of the lower tier, and then just a regular path goes to the bottom (the very base) of the upper tier. I'd say it's about 30-40 min hike, especially if we wanna stop and snap some shots on the way up.
All the way the trails are well shaded, so no heat danger there. Just some generous amounts of poison oak on the trail sides, so one needs to be careful and watch his/her step.
If we start at 9am from the Von's and do both tiers I'd say we should be back by the picnic ground by noon, so it's kinda make perfect timing to have some rest and some food.
Then we can decide whether we are done for the day, or we able to take the second hike. It's a little drive (just 2-3 miles), and we can just use it a vista point and go back. However, if we wanna get to the boulders, it's rather intense 2-3 miles hike one way (and the same back) - little shade, ups and downs, rough trail (not always, but often), couple of creeks crossing, passing through the burnt places. All in all, the second hike is more strenuous and would prolly take 3-4 hours, if not longer...
Ok, sounds like maybe the waterfall hike is for sure, and the boulder hike may be a "play it by ear" after the morning's adventures, and see how energized we feel. Agree?
As an alternative, we can just take a quick (and small!!!!) bite after the first hike (just because picnic area is there), take a look at Piedra Blanca from the vista point, and then take a 30 min drive back down to Ventura Harbor and have a *real nice* meal - and some harbor shooting. It's a great place and a food is awesome and not too expensive.