Agree on moving to something beyond alt processes.
And the idea of making Sunday a full photographic day has a lot of merit -- traveling that far to just sit in a room listening for two days while foregoing all the great opportunities to make images does not make good sense (unless you are either retired to take extra days or live locally). So this sounds like an outstanding idea to photograph northwards towards Crescent City....only a few like Jim would incur additional travel time.
I don't agree that you have to keep with September. I know Denise can be persuasive- but you don't need to tie it to some schedule for workshops in Newport. The annual is attended by too many people to have it hostage to to Newport schedules -- the workshops attendance seems to target 6, and the attendance in the aaual the two past years has been around 50. I am available in May, September or October so it does not matter to me, but the additional color in the trees makes sense, or even the Rhody bloom, compared to September....
If you need help planning, let me know. I started this ball of wax after taking one of Denise/Kirk's early workshops in May 2008 -- I suggested the get together and then worked with Denise to get it started. Let me know,
And Denise and I selected September because it was the soonest we could plan (after email discussions in June 2008) and we didn't hit the rains of October -- recall we had a good amount of image making opportunities on each day in 2008 to keep the balance -- not too many presentations each day. Bottom line..September isn't sacred.
Oct or May works for me --
I love the characterization of being persuasive! Would that it were so :(
I couple of points of clarification. We tied the workshop schedule in Newport to the annual meeting, not vice versa. We didn't want people to have to choose between the meeting and a workshop they might want to take.
We chose the month for the meeting based on likely good weather for photography. I was initially in favor of August, but I was in the distinct minority. Too many people plan August family vacations, and in many of the areas where we will likely want to hold meetings, motel accommodations are harder to get and more expensive during the height of tourist season.
Also, about shooting expeditions: Steve Anchell offered to hold a large format outing with people on Sunday, but he didn't get any (or enough) takers, so he canceled. Still, I am definitely in favor of a balance between being outside with a camera and inside sitting in a chair.
Denise - you are too modest. You were very persuasive during the 2008 planning... you were the voice that kept it balanced between photographic opportunities and presentations! We had plenty of people making images during 2008, so it wasn't the case of 2009...maybe it was the location? State of Jefferson has soooo many photographic opportunities that cutting the number of presentions down makes sense to me...
In any event, I think you are saying that the workshops could shift if the annual changed months next year.
The schedule of workshops is pretty much set through the end of August 2010. We didn't schedule September, obviously, and October and November are still TBD. We won't schedule anything in December. That month is plenty enough packed already for most people.
The Newport Photography Workshops just last week got a website started. We're still fleshing it out, but the schedule of classes is available as a printable two-sided page designed to be a trifold. http://www.newportphotographyworkshops.com/
I have also offered help in organizing the 2010 meet up to Vaughn. I would hope he will take it. But it is his show now and we all should let him lead. So lead on my friend, lead on.
I agree with Vaughn to open it up to all forms of photography. I'm a firm believer that boiled down it's the person behind the camera that is doing the seeing and the technique is just a part of that process. But, this is a Analog web group and I followed its rules for the 2009 gathering.
I would suggest that all this discussion be moved to our Sub forum or pm boxes. Or better yet, let Vaughn do his thing. He's is capable.
Hi Denise! I had to buzz down the coast and passed through Newport around midnight. Hope your trip to eastern Oregon was a good one.
Since so many of the organizers of the workshops are also involved in the gatherings, it makes sense to coordinate the two! We'll give some thought about this and work out whether an October gathering would be something we want to do, since it appears that the workshop schedule is still open Sept thru Dec, 2010. I am still decompressing from the drive up to Vancouver and being thrown back into family and work, so I will give this more thought later!
I'll be using your help, Robert!