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04/12/2008 07:41:58 PM · #151
I'm sorry I missed you Ladyhawk! I was looking forward to meeting you.

I was able to meet a few of us DPCers. I was so excited to finally put faces to a few of the names here. I really enjoyed the visit. I wish we could have stayed longer with you all.

I don't know if we usually start a new thread for the photos but I am going to add them here till its decided.

04/12/2008 07:46:30 PM · #152
Tlem, how long did you end up staying? Where did you head after the butterfly house? Anyone else show up?

Message edited by author 2008-04-12 19:46:44.
04/12/2008 07:56:56 PM · #153
We stayed till everyone went to the food court to get a bite to eat.
I wish I could have stayed and gotten to know everyone more.
Maybe next time.
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04/12/2008 08:12:49 PM · #154
Originally posted by Tlemetry:

I don't know if we usually start a new thread for the photos but I am going to add them here till its decided.

Great work Tlemetry! Posting here is fine...the models have the address for the thread, so it will save on any confusion. Can't wait to see more pics!
04/12/2008 08:23:58 PM · #155
I haven't gotten to the model shots yet. They are coming soon.
Were you able to get many good shots?

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04/12/2008 08:39:01 PM · #156
I breezed through them quickly and think I have quite a few keepers for every girl in front of the waterfall. Griz has got me re-thinking the Canon/Nikon debate by automatically being able to control speedlights wirelessly from the camera...I would have to by another piece.
04/12/2008 09:08:26 PM · #157
I'm going to have to get a new system soon too, I keep flip flopping on which one to switch to. I like the idea of cordless flash too. I have to have a cable attached to mine. There are so many pro/cons to each one. His images were SOOOO incredible just on the little screen. I can't wait to see the collection full sized and processed! They are going to make me want to go Nikon, I just know it!

oh, and I have got to get me one of those lightspheres! Loved playing around with it.

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04/13/2008 11:18:08 AM · #158
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04/13/2008 05:25:38 PM · #159
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Here are a few quick edits to keep the thread active. Sorry I missed those that were there yesterday wish you could have made it today. Drew's models were real troopers, even with the snow and the sleet they hung in there and were great. Especially for us rookies.


Message edited by author 2008-04-13 17:26:30.
04/13/2008 07:05:43 PM · #160
HI everyone
Just got home and wanted to say thanks to everyone. I had an awesome weekend, it was great to meet new face's and visit with every one that i meet last year. I havn't had time to down load yet got to get packed to head out of town in the morning. I will try an get a few up later tonight.
04/13/2008 07:28:03 PM · #161
Sorry I couldn't meet up with you all today but I woke up a bit under the weather. I didn't really want to pass on to anyone what I have and it was too cold for as crappy as I feel. I hope you all had a good time and I hope to meet you all on the next GTG. Anyone who lives in St Louis can always PM if they need a shooting buddy. Trevor~
04/13/2008 10:32:31 PM · #162
Originally posted by griz210:

HI everyone
Just got home and wanted to say thanks to everyone. I had an awesome weekend, it was great to meet new face's and visit with every one that i meet last year. I havn't had time to down load yet got to get packed to head out of town in the morning. I will try an get a few up later tonight.

Glad you had a safe trip home, with your luck with the flashes this weekend I worried what else might go wrong!
Cant wait to see what you came home with.

04/13/2008 11:10:42 PM · #163
Here is a link to a couple taken at the zoo they still need some editing.//www.grizzphotos.com/gallery/gtg/index.html
will try to get more up later in the week
04/13/2008 11:26:30 PM · #164
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04/14/2008 12:09:08 AM · #165
These shots look fantastic!!!!!!

*sigh* I'm still more than a little upset that I ended up not being able to make it....so before I get too irate I'll just state that by the time I made it down to the St. Louis area, you all were heading home for the evening :-( I could rant about that for a while, but it's not healthy for my blood pressure :-)

So, instead I'll say how sorry I am that I missed it and missed meeting some of you and seeing some of you again!! Your photos are really looking great and it sounds like you had a fabulous time despite the weather.

04/14/2008 11:15:09 AM · #166
For those interested in hearing what they missed out on, I will fill you in (see above post for the first half of Saturday).

After I left the zoo, the group finished shooting in the butterfly dome and grabbed a few more shots through the zoo as they headed to lunch. Then they headed to the Jewel Box to try for some more portraitureÖonly to find the place reserved for a wedding that day. Traveling through forest park, the group stopped at the Art Museum, put on an extra layer of clothes, and grabbed some outdoor portraits with the columns, stairs, and other stone work. I think ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' griz210 told me they finished up around 4-4:30.

After scouting the graffiti wall area, my crew headed for the tattoo parlor! We showed up with designs and full intention of getting some work done, if the price was reasonableÖit was going to be nearly 3 times as much as others we have had done in Columbia, MO (and the new ones were the exact same size and amount of detail, if not less). So we postponed until next weekend when I will make a trip to Columbia with Evan to get this done cost effectively.

That evening I talked with both ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MattO and ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' griz210 about plans for the morning. I got an email from a couple of the models that were planning on joining us Sunday, saying they were weary of the area we were going to be shooting in and unfortunately would not make it in the morning. I was not too worried, as my brother is currently working for the police department in Moberly and just applied for the Highway Patrolman academy (he and I both were very comfortable there on Saturday). Plus we were going to be in a good sized group, close to vehicles and the place looked pretty safe Saturday when we were there, with a couple people taking pictures of the wall when we were driving around. Now, would I go down there in the middle of the night by myself?...probably not; but I wasn't worried for a minute this weekend.

Sunday morning rolled around, and I was late showing up (as usual). But we met up with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' griz210, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MattO and Mattís wife, and drove down the wall (South) to find a good spot. It sprinkled a little here and there and occasionally would drop a few fat snowflakes. The three photographers shot lots of pictures of the two models for about an hour and a half, occasionally breaking to warm them up in the car. Side note: I felt safe the whole time. We were passed by one car, presumably a worker from the rail yard or pump station down the drive from us; and we saw one police car parked near the intersection of where we met up (we was just sitting there chatting on the phone).

We packed up and drove into downtown. We walked a few blocks to the Arch and grabbed some reflection shots (which would have been better if the water was calm) and found a nesting goose to take some pictures of. Then we headed into the Historic Courthouse to get some architecture shots. Matt found a stairwell with skylights providing some great diffused light for portraits, so we shot a few there. Then we walked the museum exhibits and parted ways.

All-in-all it was a great weekend. The weather could have been a little more cooperative, but it wasnít as bad as was forecasted. I hope everyone who attended enjoyed this GTG as much as I did, and pushed the boundaries of their photography. As you all can see from the pics posted already, there were a lot of great pictures taken this weekend. I canít wait to do this again.

Thanks everybody for all their help in setting this up. Especially Erin (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' brizmama) for getting the models lined up. And thanks to the models that came out to help build our portfolios. If anyone needs contact information for the models to send CDís, let me know (I donít have any yet, but will be contacting everyone this week to get mailing addresses). Keep an eye out for another Missouri GTG this summer or fall, and letís see some more of the work that was done this weekend!

04/14/2008 11:33:37 AM · #167
Wow~ what a great day! Thanks Drew! I will keep posting pics as I get them done. Latest:
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04/14/2008 12:14:23 PM · #168

I looked into the annual wall painting at Graffiti Wall. It was known as "Paint Louis" and was held annually for a few years around 2000. It started small, but grew into an international festival with music and other attractions. It was sanctioned by the city, orgainized by a board of directors, and even had corporate sponsors. I found a few pictures on some obscure websites that showed large scafolding rigs and good sized goups working on the wall. Eventually the Mayor's office and other city officials thought the event had grown too large as art work was found around the city outside the "sactioned area". I guess the city feared being linked to illegal graffiti that was showing up around town belonging to artists that were in town for the festival...so they put an end to the festival and now any new paint on the wall is done in secret, and presumably illegally. Which is too bad, because that would make for some GREAT photojournalism opportunities.

This page has some pictures of art that is still there and cites the artists.

Message edited by author 2008-04-14 12:17:38.
04/15/2008 12:31:01 AM · #169
here is a couple from Sat at the zoo
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04/15/2008 12:31:28 AM · #170
I am getting around to editing some photos from this weekend. I am working through them in order and will post once I get a few for each model done. I will try to have some up of everyone this week, but I have to work tomorrow on submiting a bid for a baseball league...so we will see.


eta: I have the addresses for Sarah, Riannon, and Evan/Jenny. If anyone needs them, PM me...I will be getting addresses from the rest of the models this week.

Message edited by author 2008-04-15 00:33:25.
04/18/2008 11:22:40 PM · #171
Coleen needs to be in more black and whites, she looks great in the one posted by Griz.

Sorry guys, I couldn't hang out. Especially to Drew who coordinated this thing perfectly.
04/19/2008 12:09:09 AM · #172
Sorry, I lost my internet for the week so here are the rest of them.
Does anyone know if the girls have had a chance to look at these yet?

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04/21/2008 10:54:42 AM · #173
Hey everybody, sorry I don't have anything up yet. I got a couple PM's from some of you, and I have addresses to send out...but they are on my home computer (plus I took Friday off and won't have much time to do anything today at work). We ended up doing one heck of a photo weekend this weekend. Friday we had several gymnastics teams' sports portraits, Saturday I was helping my brother move and finally getting that tattoo I was supposed to get the weekend of the GTG, Sunday we had one engagement session and two family portrait sessions. All this was up in Brookfield, MO...my home town (about 3.5 hours from St. Louis), so of course we had to see mulitple friends and family members while we were there. It was an exhausting weekend, and all my memory cards are full! I will answer PM's and send out address lists tonight at home.

04/21/2008 03:50:45 PM · #174
I stumbled across this thread and wanted to ask a quick question. It's been a few years since I've been home to St. Louis and I was wondering where the graffiti wall is located. I think it would be a cool background!
04/21/2008 03:53:47 PM · #175
Originally posted by island_girl1:

I stumbled across this thread and wanted to ask a quick question. It's been a few years since I've been home to St. Louis and I was wondering where the graffiti wall is located. I think it would be a cool background!

Its at the intersection of Cheatou(sp) and Lenor K sullivan blvd.

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