2008 Texas Area Alt Process (and stuff) get together II

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  1. scootermm

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    So its been 2 yrs since the last Texas Alt Process get together (and most all other processes for that matter)
    Its time to do it again.

    Bi-Yearly Texas Alt Process (and stuff) Gathering
    When: Friday, Oct. 24th - Sunday, Oct. 26th, 2008
    Where: Spring Branch, TX - Located in the Texas Hill Country right on the shores of Canyon Lake. Located just north of San Antonio.
    What: The format is relaxed to say the very least. Have a chance to share some work, have some good conversation, drink some good beer, have some good bbq, join some fellow photographers out shooting together and perhaps even have some demoes of some processes.
    The last get together had a helluva attendance, people showed off everything from tricolor gum prints, to silver prints, to photogravures, to platinum/palladiums, to a 20x24 ruby ambrotype.

    For those that couldn't make it to the last one, it was a wonderful time (and thanks to Mr. Clay "turnipista" Harmon for his generous hosting). I'm hoping we can continue along the same lines, a casual relaxed gathering, no strict schedule, all in all a good time for all.

    Location details: My wonderfully generous parents have offered to open up their spacious house on Canyon Lake to host it. Its on about 2+ acres right on the Canyon Lake shoreline. There are numerous hotels, B&Bs, cabins, etc within close proximity. Plenty of space in the house to relax on the porch, share prints, give informal talks, whatever. Theres even room in the garage for demoing some processes - anyone interested in a demo of pt/pd, gum-over pt/pd demo, wet plate, etc etc.... lots of possibilities.

    Its open for discussion.

    Likely Saturday could be "scheduled" to have the official gathering from lunch time till whenever it stops - I'm thinking some Salt Lick BBQ might be a nice dinner buffet :smile:
    Fri, Sat morn, sunday could possibly have some informal shooting outings.
    There are more locations than one could hope for within 40miles of the house. Old towns, spanish missions, churches, gorgeous rivers, state parks, industrial decay, the list goes on.

    I wanted to post this to get a feel for interest from people. Please post if you are interested in attending and share any/all thoughts or ideas.

    I know its a ways out, but figured better to get the ball rolling, so people could pencil it in.
    Sidenote: I think this is the first time in the 30yrs I've graced this earth that I've actually planned something more than 2 weeks in advance. :smile:
     
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    Cool!! And not really that far out, 3 months +/-. I would like to echo Matt's comments about the first get together at Clay's (aka Turnip extroadinare), it was a most inspiring afternoon, with LOTS of prints and process to see. Late Oct in the Hill Country is a really great for spending time out shooting some film. There are several venues close by to drag a camera out and expose some films...

    Matt, let me know what I can do to help.

    Oh Yeah, the last get together had folks from all over - from Montana, California, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas of course. So don't let the fact you are not in Texas stop you from coming down. We are a pretty friendly bunch (some of us just seem grumps).
     
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  3. David Brown

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    "Our little boy is growing up!" :wink:

    Scooter's parents (relatively young folks in my age bracket) are top notch people and I have no doubt they will be wonderful hosts.

    I am more or less a San Antonio native (exiled by employment to Dallas) and admit to being less than objective about this part of Texas - but - it's a wonderful part of the state and y'all should come!
     
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    Sounds pretty good to me. Interesting location. Having grown up in San Marcos, I'm currently building a retirement home "out in the sticks" below the dam at Canyon Lake. We will have a view of the damn from our back porch. If this all works out, perhaps I will host the 2010 event. I'm just starting to do some alt processing (yes, and some hybrid also.) I will probably be forgiven for that if I offer to host the event and provide access to my wet darkroom. Hmm, might even let someone make a didital negative if they were so inclined. Look forward to the meeting. Bill Barber
     
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    This sounds like a great time. I don't have any experience in Alt process, but this sounds like a good chance to learn. If my decision maker will allow it, I would be interested in attending.
     
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    I've already added it to my schedule!
     
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    This sounds great. Clay's get together was a good time and I was hoping it would happen again. I was caught off guard last time, and had nothing to show. Not this time, buddy!
    It's on the schedule.
    Steve
    www.scdowellphoto.com
     
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    sounds like a good time.
    I do believe I'd be a going....
     
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    Sounds like a great opportunity to see and learn about alt processes. I'm just outside of Austin so it's only about an hour drive on very nice backroads.
     
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    This sounds like an extraodinary oppotunity! I would love to participate. I may need to split the time, though, between the GTG and other local attractions, since there are probably just 2 chances that I'll convince my wife that I should go by myself... slim & none...
     
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    Ugh! I've just signed up for a cruise with some friends that week. I'll have to catch up next time (maybe even host it). Westley, this is going to cost you some bucks. She will probably let you stay for the entire weekend while she goes to the outlet mall in San Marcos. It is only 20 minutes or so away and they have a new Embassy Suites right there at the mall. There is a Uhaul right down the street. Hope you enjoy yourself. Bill BArber
     
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    Coolness.
     
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    Alas:

    "This hotel will be joining the Hilton Family soon and is presently accepting reservations for arrival November 17, 2008 and beyond."
     
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    We're in!

    I just made reservations at the Gruene River Inn for Sat. & Sunday. That is also the weekend of the Texas Clay Fest. It was easy to talk my wife into going to Gruene! :tongue:

    Given my current level of experience, Ilfrod RC MGIV qualifies as an alternative process. I'll be eager to learn. Keep me informed on the schedule for Saturday afternoon/evening. I will be interested in a photo expedition with my 1/4 frame 8x10 cameras on Sunday.

    See Y'all on the 25th! :wink:

    Cheers.

    Wayne
     
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    Wayne, silver does indeed qualify ... :wink:
     
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    I don't see any females answering your call for attendance but I would sure like to make it. I've been doing a lot of lith printing of late.
     
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    True...but I miss

    Agfa Brovira #2. I've never printed on variable contrast paper. I have much to learn. My #1 Question for the get together: How to make a 7x17 negative with my inkjet printer to then make a platinum/palladium contact print?

    Looking forward to meeting everyone and learning.
     
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    All,
    I am working on compiling up a list of different shooting locations, hotels, B&Bs, etc etc... I'll be posting it in the next week or so.

    Really looking forward to the get together.

    Again, if anyone has questions or needs any info, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    me@matthewmagruder.com
     
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    If anyone is interested in staying on a working hill country ranch about 30 minutes away, check out Cyress Acreas Ranch. Nice folks run it and there are many photo opportunities. http://home.austin.rr.com/gumbert/ Bill Barber
     
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    Bumping this up and wanted to mention I will have my Ritter 8x10 (with 7x11 back) at this gathering, so if you have been thinking about a new Ritter or just wanted to see one.
     
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    Wow! :surprised:

    This is only 5 weeks off! Which means the camera club presentation I'm giving the week before is only 4 weeks off! And I was going to have all this new work printed for both events! Geez ... :rolleyes:

    I hope things in the Houston area are back to normal enough by then and all-y'all can still make it.
     
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    Sounds really great Matt. I have hope I can make it.
     
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    There has been some talk of outings for making photographs before and after the actual event on Saturday afternoon. I am going down Thursday and staying in Wimberley. Although I live elsewhere now, San Antonio is really my home town, and I don't mind visiting any chance I can get.

    So, if there is any interest, I wouldn't mind being more or less the "guide" on Friday for a photo excursion to shoot the San Antonio Missions, or the Riverwalk, or the West Side Murals. OR, I'll take a few people around the area to shoot some historic churches, a la the Texas Church Project. OR, I'll go with a group to one of the area state parks. OR ...

    SA is about 50 miles from the Canyon Lake address (+/-). Fredericksburg is about 60. Some of the state parks are a bit closer.

    Anyway, just soliciting interest.

    (I was going to Galveston the first half of that week, so my plans are sort of flexable ...) :sad:
     
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    This sounds excellent. I just found this group, didn't even know apug had regional groups (got to scroll more). I will try to be there. I'm an Austin neighbor and shooting a lot of film now. A demo of wet plate or really anything alt process would be a true bonus! I would also have an interest in the San Antonio mission shooting session if that works out.

    Thanks for organizing this.

    Jeff Glass