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12/13/2008 03:32:59 PM · #1
Many thanks to all for the advice! Sorry it didn't work out, but I've learned my lesson: announce my travel plans more than a day in advance. :)

Anyway, it was really nice having breakfast with FocusPoint and chatting with thegrandwazoo.
12/11/2008 06:26:30 PM · #2
I left you a Voice Mail Jeffery.
12/11/2008 05:11:43 PM · #3
Man it looks like it is not meant to be. I too have a small issue to deal with, I just got a phone call and my girls car broke down and I need to get it home after work so it may not be until 9pm before I could get over there. Sorry, I wish we had been able to plan this out a little better. For sure the next time you are in Phoenix we have to get together or if I ever make it back to DC. This SUX I really wanted to go shoot with you...

:-(
12/11/2008 04:54:10 PM · #4
Cave Creek is a beautiful town and it's not too far from where you're staying (maybe 30-45 minutes). Lots of cactus and desert plants and such. I bet you could get some great shots of our famous sunsets from there. There are tons of Old West themed shops and restaurants there if you're looking for some place to eat after shooting as well.
12/11/2008 04:34:18 PM · #5
I have been wrangled into a big project for work tonight so I am out as well. I am really going to be upset about missing all of you. Have fun and be safe.
12/11/2008 12:31:00 PM · #6
Just catching back up on this thread... I have a theatre show I am shooting tonight (I also designed sound for the show, so I'm "doubly-obligated" to be there), so I'm afraid I'm out. :(

I agree with cautioning concerning heading out here to the Superstitions. It's the most beautiful area with 100 miles, no doubt ;) but with traffic that time of night, leaving from your area, I'd bet you're looking at an hour to hour-and-a-half drive to get here. (Traffic that time of night will be the real killer).

Have fun -- I'll be thinking of you and send you happy-in-focus-well-exposed-breathtaking-photo thoughts!

<Shameless Plug>
If any of you want to come out to the show I'm working on, check out newcarpa.org. Free preview tonight! ;) Opens tomorrow night and runs the next two weekends. I hear the soundscape is really great. :D
BTW - Photos on web site are not mine. Not saying there is anything wrong with them......But I'm just sayin'.... ;)
</Shameless Plug>


Message edited by author 2008-12-11 12:38:15.
12/11/2008 02:00:16 AM · #7
Ok, let's meet at 6:30. Here at the resort or somewhere else (after Erick picks me up!)?

BTW, I walked the grounds tonight, and I think there are excellent opportunities even right here at night. In fact, I already have plans to essentially reshoot this using a saguaro cactus:
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And the building and lighting are gorgeous.

Message edited by author 2008-12-11 02:00:36.
12/10/2008 11:32:46 PM · #8
Sorry it has taken me a while to reply. I can meet at 6:30 at the earliest. But I am ok shooting something closer or just food too. But let's meet up.

ETA: Love that CZ Backpack! I even asked Santa for one this year!

Message edited by author 2008-12-11 01:13:15.
12/10/2008 09:13:10 PM · #9
Originally posted by levyj413:

Dinner sounds good. It'd be more fun to meet more people. :)

And Erick, if we're both up for it, we could go shoot stars (not necessarily a long drive, but somewhere closer?).

Frankly, though, it's 7:00 and I'm beat after a day of sitting in a conference!

I'm speaking on a panel from 3-4 tomorrow, so could be ready to go by about 4:30. Erick, if you're interested in hearing what EPA is doing w/Web 2.0, you'd be welcome to come listen in.


Well if we could leave that early (4:30) I would be interested. Its just the late hour that was scaring me off.
12/10/2008 09:11:28 PM · #10
If you want to take photos of the giant Saguaro cactus, I would go to South Mountain Park. There are tons of them there.


12/10/2008 09:01:01 PM · #11
Dinner sounds good. It'd be more fun to meet more people. :)

And Erick, if we're both up for it, we could go shoot stars (not necessarily a long drive, but somewhere closer?).

Frankly, though, it's 7:00 and I'm beat after a day of sitting in a conference!

I'm speaking on a panel from 3-4 tomorrow, so could be ready to go by about 4:30. Erick, if you're interested in hearing what EPA is doing w/Web 2.0, you'd be welcome to come listen in.
12/10/2008 08:14:07 PM · #12
My husband just gave me a reality check on this little GTG. It is quite a little drive to the Superstitions and I would be getting home quite late. I have to be to work very early which means I am normally in bed by 9. Can I change my vote to dinner/drinks and maybe just taking photos of each other. BTW, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Focuspoint would like to show up to meet everyone but is not able to go on the shoot either.
12/10/2008 05:50:55 PM · #13
Originally posted by BAMartin:

I think Leo lives in Glendale, quite close to me, so maybe we can carpool to the resort. Are you volunteering to drive us to the Superstitions? Sounds like a great place for some night shooting.

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I think I see my Carl Zeiss backpack Erick stole in that shot!
12/10/2008 05:44:43 PM · #14
Originally posted by BAMartin:

Are you volunteering to drive us to the Superstitions?


Sure we can meet up and I can drive us out there no prob!
12/10/2008 05:35:51 PM · #15
I think Leo lives in Glendale, quite close to me, so maybe we can carpool to the resort. Are you volunteering to drive us to the Superstitions? Sounds like a great place for some night shooting.

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12/10/2008 05:09:01 PM · #16
Originally posted by BAMartin:

I am not familiar with that part of Phoenix, is there something interesting (mountains etc) in that area? We do have a stars challenge coming up.

I can meet you where ever and when ever you want, I get out of work at 1:00.


The resort he is staying at is Tatum and the 101 so up in North Phoenix. It is very close to Scottsdale as well. I am not opposed to driving someplace. I know it is a drive but the Superstitions are always great at night!
12/10/2008 05:01:37 PM · #17
I am not familiar with that part of Phoenix, is there something interesting (mountains etc) in that area? We do have a stars challenge coming up.

I can meet you where ever and when ever you want, I get out of work at 1:00.
12/10/2008 04:54:36 PM · #18
Originally posted by levyj413:

Holy crap. I had no idea some of my favorite DPCers are here! FocusPoint, too - I forgot he moved out here.

I'm here until Friday morning - probably working all day at this conference, but I might be free Thursday evening.

My flight leaves at 11:10 on Friday, but to get back on east coast time and for the chance to meet all of you, I'd get up way early. :)

Let me re-emphasize, though: I have no car. And I'm at some resort way NE - like 45 mins from the airport: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

Oh, and I'll shoot anything, as you can see in my portfolio. :) I just like getting out in new areas and seeing things I haven't seen before.


Dude Desert Ridge Resort is 10 mins from my house and I have a big truck that we will fit in, very comfy!

I am all for trying a night shoot some place, I get off work at 5:30 I could get you at around 6:30 and we could meet up with Barbra and Leo. All we need to do is figure out a place to shoot and I am open to anything.

Heck if all we did was get together for some dinner and drinks and shoot pics of each other that would be cool with me! :-)

Message edited by author 2008-12-10 16:55:17.
12/10/2008 09:47:32 AM · #19
if it's a clear night, night shots with mountain backgrounds are always cool and fun.
12/10/2008 07:43:40 AM · #20
I would be interested in a Thursday evening GTG. This might be just what I need to get off my lazy butt and take some photos again. Let me think about what might interest you photographically speaking.
12/09/2008 11:05:04 PM · #21
Holy crap. I had no idea some of my favorite DPCers are here! FocusPoint, too - I forgot he moved out here.

I'm here until Friday morning - probably working all day at this conference, but I might be free Thursday evening.

My flight leaves at 11:10 on Friday, but to get back on east coast time and for the chance to meet all of you, I'd get up way early. :)

Let me re-emphasize, though: I have no car. And I'm at some resort way NE - like 45 mins from the airport: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

Oh, and I'll shoot anything, as you can see in my portfolio. :) I just like getting out in new areas and seeing things I haven't seen before.

Message edited by author 2008-12-09 23:11:41.
12/09/2008 10:42:29 PM · #22
Originally posted by BAMartin:

OMG I would love to spend a couple of hours shooting with you. Where will you be and when. What sort of thing are you looking to shoot. Please shoot me a PM.


Yeah me too! How long will you be in Phoenix?
12/09/2008 10:10:41 PM · #23
OMG I would love to spend a couple of hours shooting with you. Where will you be and when. What sort of thing are you looking to shoot. Please shoot me a PM.
12/09/2008 09:06:00 PM · #24
Where will you be (or, by the time you see this, if you see it while you're still here, where are you?)

I used to work in downtown Phoenix, and I live in Apache Junction (a fuur peeeeece to the East), and know the bits-in-between pretty well.

Since you don't have a car, it'd help to know where you'll be stuck to offer some specific suggestions within reasonable walking distance, too.

What you are looking for, if you care? ("classic middle-of-the-desert flora" kinds of stuff, buildings, landscapes, people, whatever)

Message edited by author 2008-12-09 22:57:38.
12/09/2008 09:10:33 AM · #25
Papago park
South Mountain park
Superstition Wilderness
Goldfield Ghost town
Canyon lake
A little out of town but Boyce Thompson Arboretum is great
Botanical gardens
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