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Mike Wilde
01-19-2012, 03:51 PM
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.

JohnMeadows
01-19-2012, 03:59 PM
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 :-)

John

CGW
01-19-2012, 08:49 PM
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 :-)

John

Simpler the better, which makes me think a summer model shoot might be easier for all, especially if it's outdoors.

bono66
01-21-2012, 07:39 PM
New to the site and a Niagara falls shooter I would be in for a possible meet up!

Jeff L
01-21-2012, 08:54 PM
Hopefully I'll be around.

Axle
01-30-2012, 08:05 AM
I'm going to put forward that Feb 18th is the meet, is that good with everyone?

CGW
01-30-2012, 09:19 AM
I'm going to put forward that Feb 18th is the meet, is that good with everyone?

Works for me.

naeroscatu
01-30-2012, 10:29 AM
Works for me too. thanks

Mike Wilde
01-30-2012, 01:04 PM
Im committed to something else that day, but that date - go ahead.

It is time to pick a date and make something happen. With this big a crowd, not everyone will be able to make it.

I hope everyone who gets there has a good time.

JohnMeadows
01-30-2012, 06:15 PM
Should be good for me

Axle
02-01-2012, 08:24 AM
Should be good for me

You mentioned a church/models? Does that work for the date?

So if it doesn't, what location do you folks want to meet at? I say UofT, lots of photo ops, plus places to grab dinner afterwards in the general area? Time I'd say meet around 1pm.

JohnMeadows
02-01-2012, 08:34 AM
Hi:

If we are set on the 18th I will check with the church. I normally pay $25 to rent the basement, so could we split the fee among the attendees?

I can also see about getting some models. Just to be clear, this would be a clothed shoot, due to the location :-) No nudes, no implied, etc. If there is a cost for the models (not all that much, since normally it is nudity that costs $$$) can that be split as well? That might be $50 or so for a couple of hours, with the understanding that commercial use of the work would require a release, but both photographers and models would be able to use the work for portfolio/self-promotional purposes.

In terms of time of day, what time should we start? Maybe 1 pm? (I will need a start time to verify wth the church).

Thanks

John

Axle
02-01-2012, 10:08 AM
I'd say that's fair to split the cost for rental/models. If that's OK with the group.

JohnMeadows
02-01-2012, 01:11 PM
Hi everyone:

I've confirmed that although it will be a busy place that day, the basement will be available for shooting. If we can make up as a group the $25, the church has agreed that the money will go to its "Out of the Cold" program, which helps feed the homeless and marginally housed in Toronto. (Feel free to give more if you like! :-) ).

Regarding models, I can start asking, but I think beforehand (and soon) we need an idea of how might be attending; if it is a large group, we might want to get multiple models, but I would rather avoid getting multiple models if the turnout is going to be small -- we are probably looking at about $50 for two hours, per model.

Thoughts?

Cheers,

John

naeroscatu
02-01-2012, 05:01 PM
I'm in for the church shoot and OK to split cost for rent and models. Thanks for your work on this, John.

JohnMeadows
02-09-2012, 06:31 AM
Thought I'd check in to get some idea of the count of attendees before booking model(s). Can people please post to indicate if they are coming?

Thanks!

John

Vilk
02-09-2012, 08:45 AM
sorry, not my kind of thing. have fun, everyone! :cool:

naeroscatu
02-09-2012, 02:34 PM
John,
As said count me in. I think 3 would be a minimum number of people to make this worthwile. What do you think?

JohnMeadows
02-09-2012, 02:35 PM
Hi again:

I think 3 would be bare minimum; model place space would be $75.

Cheers,

John

Axle
02-10-2012, 01:52 PM
I'm going to say we're not going to do it this time around. We'll figure out a larger meet in the spring.