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Aggie
08-13-2004, 01:08 AM
Simple question, do you want an apug conf/ gathering/Baccanailia (sp) ?

The earliest it would be is late spring 2005.

roteague
08-13-2004, 01:15 AM
West Coast would be good, anywhere else is just too far from Hawaii.

John McCallum
08-13-2004, 01:16 AM
Your Spring presumeably?

modafoto
08-13-2004, 01:53 AM
Denmark would be GREAT! :cool:

Hmmm....ok, maybe there are too many Americans to bring this to DK. I may get the money to travel to the US.

See ya (maybe)

Morten

Ole
08-13-2004, 02:33 AM
Denmark would be GREAT! :cool:

...
Morten

I agree, Morten! But maybe Norway would be even greater?

I sometimes go to Denmark for work, but I don't believe I can get my employers to pay the ticket across the Atlantic. At least not without the prospect of some really unpleasant job at the other end. I'd rather spend my own money on film and paper! :p

But there's always a chance that I might find my way over for a conference...

juan
08-13-2004, 07:54 AM
Can we all crash at your place, Ole?
juan

lee
08-13-2004, 09:02 AM
I have some experience with organising and promoting musical events (read concerts) and I would help as best I can.

If we are gonna do this we will need a lot of participation from the attendees as well as sponsors. We will need a location where there is an airport a good clean hotel and an area where those that want to photograph can do so. And the weather is temperate. None of this Death Valley in August stuff. AZ in the south is out most of the year. North Texas fails on at least one account and that is lack of desirable things to shoot. Sorry Jim, but Ks and Neb and the like fail that test also.

just a few thoughts right now.

lee\c

jd callow
08-13-2004, 09:37 AM
We will need a location where there is an airport a good clean hotel and an area where those that want to photograph can do so. And the weather is temperate.

Leelanau county Mi, Traverse Airport more Hotels, B&B's and campgrounds than you can shake a stick at. Some beautiful scenery, some of the best beaches in the world --located on a fresh water inland sea with 30 or 40 miles of National Park coastline, and some very nice hidden beauties.

No public transportation, fairly expensive to fly to Traverse airport, but I think it would beat Vegas like a drum.

Just a thought...

lee
08-13-2004, 09:43 AM
I would like to go to the Upper Pensiula of Mi. It looks to me like the gold mine country of Northern CA. I think the flys and mosquitos are as big a canarys tho.

lee\c

David A. Goldfarb
08-13-2004, 09:44 AM
And summer music festival at nearby Interlochen.

jd callow
08-13-2004, 09:56 AM
And summer music festival at nearby Interlochen.
And the BlissFest (folk, bluegrass and old time string) in July.


I would like to go to the Upper Pensiula of Mi. It looks to me like the gold mine country of Northern CA. I think the flys and mosquitos are as big a canarys tho.

lee\c

Early Spring and Autumn are the times to go to the UP. In the dead of summer mosquitos are bad, real bad, but the black flys are like flying gorillas.

Helen and I went in Nov. once. Although most parks were closed, they were not locked shut. We had unseasonably warm weather and it was magnificent. The UP forests are largely pine trees and other conifers so it stays green year round. There are few things that can match Superior in Nov. for power and beauty.

lee
08-13-2004, 10:12 AM
I got to go to Houghton/ Hancock area several years agofor a week of work. Took 24 hours to fly from DFW to STPaul then to Marquette and then a 4 hour wait for the bus the airline sent and then a 4 hour ride up to H/H. Called my boss and told him it was like the movie Trains Planes and Automobiles. Very depressed area. Nothing has been built since the mid 1950's. It was March and snow was still around and piled way high. It was very cold every night also. The little fat Texas boy froze his huevos off.

lee\c

Tom Hoskinson
08-13-2004, 10:20 AM
Leelanau county Mi, Traverse Airport more Hotels, B&B's and campgrounds than you can shake a stick at. Some beautiful scenery, some of the best beaches in the world --located on a fresh water inland sea with 30 or 40 miles of National Park coastline, and some very nice hidden beauties.

No public transportation, fairly expensive to fly to Traverse airport, but I think it would beat Vegas like a drum.

Just a thought...

Been there, done that - would like to do it again! Beautiful area!Vinyards, Wineries Cherry orchards, etc.

As I recall, the tourist season officially starts in early April. Booking flights into/out of Traverse Airport can be a problem - very few flights - mostly commuter planes. On the second day of the tourist season, United offered me $900. cash plus a round trip flight anywhere in the USA if I would give up my seat on the airplane when I was departing Traverse Airport.

jd callow
08-13-2004, 10:30 AM
I really do have work to do today but...

Some shots of the UP (remember I'm not a nature photog ):

BWGirl
08-13-2004, 10:34 AM
And then there's South Haven, Kalamazoo, the Hot Air balloon festival in Battle Creek, but Copper Harbor in the UP...eh, der! haha Wisconsin's got nice stuff in the summer, too!
But if we are talking West coast, then how could we go wrong with the San Jose area? Wineries, close to the ocean, fairly temperate. Close to SF...a huge convention center & hotels... shopping, good food, several large universities (that may be available for housing). This area would win my vote hands down over Vegas!

I think Aggie and others had the right idea in the other post...get some ideas, get some general cost info & put it to a vote as to where to hold the first one. After that, we can talk about having it somewhere else (Are Denmark & Norway big enough to hold all of us??? hahaha :p)

Cool idea, and I'm excited about it!
Jeanette

jd callow
08-13-2004, 10:34 AM
Tourist season starts on Memorial day and runs through Labor day. Early May is a great time to go.
a couple from the LP:

Flotsam
08-13-2004, 10:41 AM
I always enjoy hearing of APUG members who are local to each other getting together to meet and enjoy photography but with active members spread from Australia to Denmark, it sounds as if a worldwide conference would be logistically daunting at best. Add to that the fact that creative folks tend to be, well... rather opinionated, all of the elements a complex event might be beyond the hope of reaching any consensus. (remember the simple "Name the Magazine" thread? There were as many suggestions as members. Poor Aggie finally had to close the thread. :) )

While it would be an enjoyable event, I have my doubts that it is really feasable.

bmac
08-13-2004, 11:07 AM
Isuggest we all chip in and order one of these bad boys...

http://www.hotcostumes.com/hotcostumes/images/itemslarge/CEC0001.jpg

Then any time there is a disagreement at the APUG get together, we can send the two combatants to the ring. The other members could wager on who was going to win, the proceeds would benefit APUG...


:p

mikewhi
08-13-2004, 11:18 AM
If we have it in the summer, the the Pacific Northwest would be a great spot. No rain from mid-july thru early Sept. Lots of outdoor opportunities for trips: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Cascades, San Juan Islands, Columbia River, Olympic Penninsula, rugged rocky shorelines, huge rainforests, etc. Glazer's for supplies, Seattle ARt Museum, Benham Gallery for photography. Lots of motels\hotels. Portland or Seattle would be good choices. Olympia is well located between them. A long way for Europeans to travel, though. Just a thought, but goood only in those mohths. Too much chance of rain in other dates.

-Mike

modafoto
08-13-2004, 11:49 AM
A long way for Europeans to travel, though.

It's ok. then I have a perfect excuse to go to the US (I like the US, my wife thinks the US is bad).
Then I will come and enjoy meeting all the nice people from APUG. Great!
I may bring my 8x10 pinhole (made it in July).

Greetings Morten

(who in two will own 2 digicams as his new phone will arrive...why are there cams in all new mobiles?)