Winter APUG Meetup?

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  1. Axle

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    Yes it's cold, the weather pretty nasty, but we might just get lucky and have a wonderful snow filled blue sky day.

    So how about a Feburary (?) meetup for the Toronto APUG folks?

    Suggestions? Ideas? Or general "I'm in hibranation this winter and no amount of temptation will drag me from my warm darkroom"...
     
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    You might also win the lottery and fly us all to Tahiti, too.

    Sure, I'm in. West end would be nice.
     
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    Count me in. Will try to think of some locale ideas
     
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    Might be different to show up and shoot an event instead of the usual meandering architecture/street stuff--especially if the weather is lethal.

    Usually interesting stuff on the Torontoist and Toronto Standard sites--just a thought.
     
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    I'm in for any kind of photo outing more so if the weather is lethal :smile:
     
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    I like this idea.
     
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    Too bad we can't bottle up the next few days' weather for Feb.

    Thought it might be fun try something offbeat. Chinese New Year is Jan. 23!

    BTW, any contact with David William White? Have sent several e-mails/PMs with no response.
     
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    Have not seen or heard from David since last year's APUG outings at Distillery District and Hamilton.
     
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    Odd. His blog is down, too.

    We all need to stay in touch and hang out more often this year.
     
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    i'll go . i like crapy weather

    is anybody going to the winter camera show it's on jan 29 .

    need more mamyia stuff.

    al.b
     
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    Just a bump to keep people thinking about shoot plans...
     
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    i'm in
     
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    I may be available. The family has two plays on the go at the time - one with oldest son appearing, and another with my wife.

    I connected with Dave White at Christmas time.

    His Mulitiple Sclerosis has flared, as it does periodically, and has him low on energy at the moment.
    He commented that there are some days he doesn't feel that he really wakes up until the evening.
    Different attempts at varying his medication have not been really successful to date to get him feeling better, and closer to being back to 'normal'.

    He had a fun summer volunteering at a historical park run by the HCA, not far from his house, called Westfield.
    He dresses up and plays the role of late Victorian era itenarant photographer.
    He shoots ancient aerographic blue only sensitive film cut down from a large spool and loaded into holders. It has an effective ISO of about 4.
    Then he hand coats silver chloride and makes contact exposed salt prints from the negatives.
    There is a building where a number of them are on display.

    Westfield It is mostly packed up over the winter, and he is just trying to charge his energy levels up.

    I gathered a bunch of photo gear that someone he met a Westfield passed his way after he had high-grades what he needed from the pile, which amounted to a couple of dark rooms worth of gear.

    I have booked a table at the PHSC spring camera show (May 27,2012) , and hope to have Dave there as a pal to help staff the table, gab a bit, and also to participate in selling off a bunch of the gear he has had a hand in gathering.

    Photographcally he has also been fiddling with super 8 cinematography with black and white film.
    He captures on film, processes the film himself, and then telecines it into his Mac, where he edits it a bit, and adds a soundtrack, titles.
    I saw a couple of 2-3minute efforts, and they were quite nice. I suggested they were more than fit for youtube, but don't know if he has progressed to that.

    He did one super 8 production of the Lancaster bomber from the Canadian Warplane Heritage doing a fly past that looks like it could have been made in the 40's. It was quite nice.

    I'm hoping his energy levels come back with the warming spring, and we see more of an active and around Dave this summer.
     
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    hi guys

    i posted about going to the camera show a wile ago, cant go to that one spent the money

    on another motorcycle. my wife may beat me if i go.

    but i'm up for the meet. sorry to here about dave , hope he get's better soon .

    i would like to know a little more about wis work . would be good to meet and

    talk about it. maybe at the may show i'll look fore you guy's

    al.b
     
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    Mike, thanks for all the info; I was not aware of Dave's illness. I hope he gets better and we will see him soon back in action. I'm still in for the Feb meet-up - I will monitor this thread for location and date/ time. Cheers
     
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    I'm in if you guys will have me.

    Best wishes to Dave.
     
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    Glad you're in but let's all start cooking up some ideas, OK?
     
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    I'm good for the weekends of the 4th, 18th, and 25th.
     
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    So far those dates are good for me!

    In terms of ideas:

    Lower Don Valley/Riverdale, if nature photography is of interest

    If people are interested in working with a model I am sure I could arrange something (I've been working wiith a number of Model Mayhem models recently). I could provide basic studio lighting and wireless triggers (Cactus 5) but we would need to find an interior space to work with (my home studio is not really big enough for this kind of event)

    U of T - some interesting buildings there (e.g. University college) plus plenty of pubs/resturants, easy to get to on TTC.
     
  21. Axle

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    I like these ideas.

    Working with a model would be fun also, I also have a strobist kit of lights with Skyport Triggers. Space may be an issue, or if it's not too cold, working out doors might be an option. I'll second UofT as well.
     
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    I guess you might call me an old school strobist with a rolling pack/dolly. Four battery powered strobes, pack and head or potato mashers made between late 60's and late 80's are my main 'out of the home studio' battery powered flash options. I power them all with a varied collection of gel cels lead acid batteries. If the weather is really cold they may take a while to recycle.

    I have a Honeywell Strobonar I might have alive as well; it is currently just starting a potential rehab on my work bench. I could not resist; I bought it at an estate auction for $1, complete with a good pc to pc coiled cord. I could not resist at that price, even if it reamins dead. It is such a cool looking thing, and the earliest North Ameriican mass marketted portable flash.

    -Norman 200B; 50/100/200w/s, fires into a 24x36 soft box well with good apertures for MF work. With my 30 x40 soft box the light output gets bit weak, unless you are shooting 35mm with a fast lens. Ability to do bare bulb, which is neat if you are indoors.
    -Braun Hobby 300EF, GN60, iso 100 in m , full or half intensity; fires ok into a softbox; needs a stand to work well with soft box.
    -Metz 60CT1, GN60 iso 10 in m and Mecamat to be able to dial it back to lesser output. OK in 24x36 softbox.
    -Sunpak 522 - really only direct flash, but it dials back ok.

    Cactus wireless receivers and two triggers. One for the real camera, and one for the 'digital polaroid' is how I usually use them.

    The only one I optically synch is the Braun; it has up to 530V trigger voltage, which so far only a Wein slave has stood up to for more than a few uses.

    So it looks like if we could line up a space perhaps we could light different sets and have the model(s) if such a scheme comes together rotate between the different sets, and also have the shooters rotate amonge the different sets.

    I have done camera club situations where 'lets all shoot one model simultantously' has been the set up.
    Even with available light shooting conditions (which I am by no means dismissing) I am no fan of such a situation.
    There is no ability to commiunicate effectively with the model in such a setting.
    I think it leaves the model feeling like an animal at the zoo.

    I am used to working all sorts of communuty theatre spaces; the challenge is that the planned time frame is when most little threatre groups are actively occupying the space.

    Anybody know of a library or community centre with a small room to rent with a reasonable ceiling height?

    I have a call in to a beautiful facility my kids take art classes at, at Visual Arts Misissauga out in Missisuaga.
    Wonderful studio spaces, with floor to ceiling north facing windows along one whole wall.
    Now it is a question (of if we qualify as visual artists, I guess), their rates, and space availability.

    It is at a nice big wilderness park on the Credit Riiver at Burnhamthorpe called Riverwood.
    So the possibility of a wander on th trails before or after our studio booking is a possibility. Good, free parking.
    A couple of nice old buildings, from when the area was a series of country estates before becoming a park as well.

    Thats my plug for an idea. I am most open to others.

    I am not dissing downtown UofT. Nice buildinss. The dates we are talking can be pretty unforgiving, though, and I while it is nice to cross pass with others, I don't want to drive to the site, find it too cold/wet/windy, and sit and chew about gear all afternoon.
     
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    Hi again:

    Depending on the date, I might be able to get a church basement that we can use (I've used it before; lots of space, some interesting furniture, but no nudes for obvious reasons; I dont know if that matters to anyone). The one advantage that it is located basically within the U of T campus, so that gives more shooting options, and there are plenty of eating/drinking establishments nearby :smile:

    John
     
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    Simpler the better, which makes me think a summer model shoot might be easier for all, especially if it's outdoors.
     
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    New to the site and a Niagara falls shooter I would be in for a possible meet up!
     
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    Hopefully I'll be around.