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03-05-2005, 01:39 AM
I am going to organize a weekend trip for any APUG'er who wants to drive to the Seattle/Tacoma area. About 70 miles from Seattle is the beautiful town of Port Townsend and a myriad of photographic opportunities. At one end of town is an old army fort which is inactive. The barracks have been converted into group lodging for small to large groups. I don't have the specifics about lodging cost yet and will contact Ft. Warden as soon as I have an idea who might be interested in coming. The date of the weekend is also open too.

Does anybody have interest? If so, what month is best?

03-05-2005, 02:24 AM
Sounds like it could be fun. I would probably need to stay with my parents, I don't think they would forgive me for being up there otherwise. So I wouldn't need the lodging part. I am fairly open for dates.

03-05-2005, 02:36 AM
I'm in. The dtes are important - the weather must be good or it will be a 'wash out'.
I don't shoot in the rain. As I understand it, the Sequim area has little winter rain - does PT have the same fortune being in the shelter of the mountains?

I'll bring along my 8x10 and Cooke XVa.


Eric Rose
03-05-2005, 01:21 PM
Let us know the dates. I could be interested.

Robert Brummitt
03-05-2005, 01:43 PM
Let me know. I would love to meet with other Apugers.

03-05-2005, 02:11 PM
As I understand it, the Sequim area has little winter rain - does PT have the same fortune being in the shelter of the mountains?

I don't believe so. My parents live on Diamond Point, just a couple miles from Sequim and even they don't get the benefit of the hole in the clouds that travels over Sequim.

03-05-2005, 02:36 PM
Let's figure out some dates.
Good for me...
1st 2 weeks of April
All of May, except the 20-22 (Idaho City Photo Workshop)
All of June (so far)

I'm in Boise, ID & would really like to make a trip over to the coast sometime soon... An APUG gathering would be just the thing to get me out of town for a spell!

Dave Parker
03-05-2005, 03:43 PM
I might be persueded to drop on over, if you don't mind having a hick from Montana along!

Let me know how the planning goes.


03-05-2005, 06:25 PM
June would be tough for me. April is nice except that there's about a 50/50 chance of light rain. When it's not raining, it is gorgeous. May is drier than April and even nicer.

Sounds like we already have enough interest for me to get into some serious planning. Mike is bringing his fancy new Cooke lens. That should be enough alone to bring up the attendence.

I will contact the lodging people at Ft. Warden and find out what our best bet is for lodging. Early next week, I will have a better idea what month we can do this. Hold on to your hats everyone! The more advance notice I can give, the more people we can expect? There might even be some San Francisco bay area people who might come.

I would like to organize activities during the day (preferably exposing film and socializing) Maybe if there is a brave soul amongst us, this hypothetical brave soul could give a talk about his/her photographic process. For example, Oriecat has the polaroid transfer going. Mike has been doing LF for a while and he has that fancy lens. Others might also have something they would like to teach us. So an evening could be spent (after dinner and socializing) learning from a member of the group.

I will ask the lodging people if they have any objection to people developing their film in a bathroom at night. I have both 35mm reels and tanks, 120 reels and a tank, and a 220 reel and tank. Oh and I have a Yankee bakelite 4x5 tank for those who might want to develop sheet film. Or maybe people won't want to develop? Let me know

Dave, you are very welcome to join our group of course! The more the merrier! Eric, of course you would be a GREAT addition to the party!

03-05-2005, 06:47 PM
I have a friend who lives near Mt. St. Helens that I have promised to visit sometime this coming summer. I'm planning on attending APIS and Photo Santa Fe in early July and maybe taking a workshop earlier or later around that trip. I'll probably head towards the Pacific NW either on my way there or on the return trip back to Michigan. So, keep me updated on when this might happen and I might be able to work it into my plans.


03-05-2005, 07:04 PM
Everyone, take a look at http://www.fortworden.org/lodging.html

You'll find a fair amount of information about the park. It also looks like June, July and August are getting full. If we want to stay at the park, May is a good month as is part of April.

Robert Brummitt
03-05-2005, 08:21 PM
May works for me. Right now Oregon has been so mild in weather. Its almost like Calif here at present.
How about a side trip to the Steens mountain?

03-06-2005, 03:06 PM

I'm interested from Portland. August is bad for me, otherwise I'm OK in May, June & July.
Paul RB

03-07-2005, 06:20 PM
I am attending the Platinum workshop by Kerik Kouklis in Issaquah at the end of July.
Everything else, so far, is open to me.

Anyone else want to sign up for the workshop?
Cascades Academy of Photography
82 Front Street South
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone 425 427 2600
Fax 425 427 2922

Introduction to Platinum/Palladium Printing

with Kerik Kouklis

Kerik Kouklis is a true master of the platinum/palladium process which is valued for its inherent beauty and archival stability. During this two-day workshop you will learn the basic skills necessary to produce very fine platinum/palladium prints at a reasonable cost. There will be demonstrations on retouching, tea toning, and lots of hands-on time. You will receive a work book with all the technical details of the process to take home. Bring your negatives and enthusiasm and you will leave with a stack of prints and the skill to make more. All paper, chemicals, and supplies are provided in this workshop. www.kerik.com

Limited to 8 participants.

Summer 2005 Fee: $350.00

-Mike Whiting

Robert Brummitt
03-26-2005, 04:24 PM
I was at Port Townsend for two days scouting. Its nice place and there are other areas close by. More important is the pubs! Nice use bookstores as well with plenty of photography books. Is the get together going to happen? I only brought my MF for the scouting and I want to bring the LF for the actual trip.

03-26-2005, 05:08 PM
I was at Port Townsend for two days scouting. Its nice place and there are other areas close by. More important is the pubs! Nice use bookstores as well with plenty of photography books. Is the get together going to happen? I only brought my MF for the scouting and I want to bring the LF for the actual trip.

I am organizing the trip but ran into a road bump. My company is sending me on the road this summer but haven't given me a schedule yet. I'm hoping to know soon. Several people have said that May is their best month. It looks that way for me too. The link I posted earlier in this thread was intended to give you an idea of what sort of accommodations we can get if we all want to stay together... and I do mean TOGETHER. The problem is that they've changed the requirements this year. The minimum group for dorm reservations is 32 people. I think the best we can do is 10 people.

That brings me to Plan B. Hotels/motels in the area. I'll post a list with phone numbers tonight.

Finally, all those interested in the trip should look at their schedules for May. We are looking at a friday evening through sunday afternoon gathering. I will be taking a day off of work on friday so I'll be in Port Townsend early on Friday. Breaking the gathering up on Sunday afternoon should give everyone the time to drive back to their homes. Some of you who have expressed interest would be making a several hour drive to Port Townsend.

Please respond to this thread with the May weekends you can attend. Hopefully there will be a weekend when we all can come

Robert Brummitt
03-26-2005, 05:45 PM
Well,May 6-8th is out for me because the 8th is Mothers day and I would be dog meat with the wife.

The next weekend starts with Friday the 13th. Bad,bad evil bad. Omen is not good!

I think the 20-22 would be best. The full moon is on the 23rd and 27-29th is Memorial Day weekend. I suspect the hotel rates to go up and availbilty to be limted.

I saw a photo studio there maybe the photographer can help as well?

Wally H
03-26-2005, 05:52 PM
I live about 30-45 minutes south of PT (4 miles south of the Hood Canal bridge, on the Kitsap Peninsula side)... I'll be out of town for parts of May and I'm probably a bit too far to be of any help, but I have a lab, studio space and such...

Ray Bidegain
03-26-2005, 05:54 PM
I would be interested in attending and the 20-22 is a good weekend for me as well.

Ray Bidegain

03-26-2005, 07:38 PM
The weekend of May 20-22 is the Idaho City Photo Workshop, so I'm out for that weekend... The rest of the month is good!