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Eddie Adams.... you ready?
Mike Burley, Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 2:07 PM on 10.03.05
->> I've been talking to different friends who are going, and it seems that a majority have heard from their groups. I have not...

Who else has?

On a side note, what is everyone bringing as far as gear goes. I had contemplated bringing my 400 2.8, but I really don’t want to check it in to luggage. I also am painfully leaving behind my light stands... Is anyone bringing portrait gear?

See you all there
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Andrew Henderson, Student/Intern
Middle of | Ky | USA | Posted: 2:52 PM on 10.03.05
->> I have heard from my producer but not from other people in my group.

I will be traveling light: my 20d and a few lenses. Unfortunately I didn't know if I was going to be back at school or not this fall in Kentucky and it slipped my mind when I got back to buy a plane ticket so I will be making the 14 hour drive there.

Any idea what time we are suppose to be there? Or any more details?
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Michael Sperling, Student/Intern, Photographer
Owings Mills | MD | USA | Posted: 2:58 PM on 10.03.05
->> I haven't heard from my group leader either, I was worried about this till I read your post Mike.

Does anyone know where the bus will pick us up from Laguardia Airport??? I know it somewhere in outside Concourse C but I don't know exactly .
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Saul Loeb, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 4:12 PM on 10.03.05
->> You don't need to bring a whole lot of equipment. When I was there last year, you pretty much could borrow whatever Nikon equipment you wanted (including long glass) and I believe they also had a good selection of lighting gear to take out as well.
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Jon Austria, Photographer
Roseburg | OR | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 10.03.05
->> Burley bring one camera with 1 lens....you'll do fine. challenge yourself man!!!!!!! lol...btw congrats on going. and don't sweat the 400 and light stands. as i recall they have equipment checkouts there. not to sure about the canon gear tho. the year i went people were checking out lighting equipment of all kinds.
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Casey Templeton, Student/Intern
Harrisonburg | VA | | Posted: 4:37 PM on 10.03.05
->> Check in is this Friday I believe at the hotel. There will be a bus leaving the hotel/lodge at around 4pm to the farm. Correct me if I'm wrong. I am just bringing 2 canon bodies and a few lenses. Nothing much. casey - 540.819.3632
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Guy Rogers, Photographer, Assistant
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 5:03 PM on 10.03.05
->> If you want Canon, you had better bring it yourself. Nikon is the big sponsor. NPS will be there with tons of equipment to check out... wide to tele and whatever bodies they want you to use. Another sponsor will probably be there with all of your lighting equipment including remotes and other gadgets to try out. Bring some money/credit to spend...on the last day the sponsor that brought a lot of the equipment was wheelin n dealin the used equipment. (got a hella of deal on remotes that had been used twice).
A lot of people had not heard from their leaders last year before they left. You will meet them soon enough when you get there. They will also let you know what your theme is.
Don't count on internet or certain cellphones to work. You will be in the middle of nowhere....

NOTE: be sure not to get all caught up in the equipment or the portfolios. There is a lot to take in and very little sleep to be had.


Man I wish I could be there this weekend....

'XVII
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Lucas Jackson, Student/Intern, Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 5:21 PM on 10.03.05
->> No worries about the leaders contacting you. Everything you need to know will be given to you in short order, and yea, seriously, get sleep now because it is at a premium at Eddie. Equipment is not an issue unless you are diehard Canon, but even then one body and a couple of lenses is all you really need because you will be working hardcore PJ style.

Enjoy yourself and be prepared to be inspired more than you ever thought possible.

Lucas

And yea, wish I was goin :/
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David Calvert, Student/Intern, Photographer
Reno | NV | USA | Posted: 7:39 PM on 10.03.05
->> I'm ready. I'm driving from Reno to SFO Wednesday morning and catching a red eye out of Oakland Thursday night (any idea how hard it is to get from Reno, Nev. to NY on a student's budget?)

I'm on the Red Team with Bill Frakes, Jim Colton and Keith Bedford--and I can't be happier about that.

I'm bringing more gear than I'll need, but I always travel like that.

See you there,

David Calvert
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Mike Burley, Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 11:46 PM on 10.03.05
->> I wish I could drive. Then I'd bring everything I own. I am, indeed, flying, and wouldn't trust baggage claim with box of tic tacs let alone any gear. So for this reason I shall become a minimalist.

It'll be kind of a relief actually, to pack so light. Gear can back you into a corner sometimes.
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Brady Lane, Photographer
Marshfield | WI | USA | Posted: 12:27 AM on 10.04.05
->> Oh, I'm ready!

I'm officially on the TAN team (with Vincent Laforet) and am totally stoked. Check out the article he wrote today for SS...
http://www.sportsshooter.com/news/1465

I'm flying to NYC then driving up to the farm. I haven't received any driving directions yet though. I'm sure they will email them out before Friday, but just in case, if somebody has them will you email them to me from my member page?
http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=3479

I'm looking forward to the sleepless, action-packed, inspiring weekend ahead of us.

-
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Jacob Hannah, Student/Intern, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 1:10 PM on 10.04.05
->> I'm excited and ready to go. I'm not bringing too much gear...camera, a couple lenses, a flash, and a few other little things. I look forward to seeing you all there.
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Michael Sperling, Student/Intern, Photographer
Owings Mills | MD | USA | Posted: 1:30 PM on 10.04.05
->> Anyone know where to meet for the bus in the airport???
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David Calvert, Student/Intern, Photographer
Reno | NV | USA | Posted: 10:03 PM on 10.04.05
->> We all should have received an E-mail today from Jessica Stuart with driving directions and bus info.

Also, for any SS members who are interested, here is a list of this year's speakers:

Walter Anderson, Al Bello, Hal Buell, Gwendolen Cates, Bill Eppridge, Steve
Fine, Sam Garcia, Justin Guariglia, Peter Howe, Kenny Irby, Shelly Katz,
Julieanne Kost, Vincent Laforet, Richard LoPinto, Santiago Lyon, Chip Maury,
Howard Schatz, and Brian Storm.

David
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David Brooks, Photographer, Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | USA | Posted: 11:24 PM on 10.04.05
->> Hey Mike,
What's your group topic? Whatever it is... bring your 400, monopod, all your bodies, other lenses, and I'm certain you'll be a fly on the wall for your subject...don't mind the man with the big lens behind the curtain. Seriously, you don't need the 4, less is more at the barn. Plus, aren't you going early to walk the streets of NY with a Holga or something artsy?! Bring your point and shoot, have fun, take notes. I'll see you in class. Remember, Team Ramrod when you make it to the top.
David
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Pete Kiehart, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbus | OH | United States | Posted: 1:00 AM on 10.05.05
->> In case anybody still needs bus info:

For those taking the Mid-town Manhattan bus: There will be a CampusCoach
bus at 90 Park Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets. Please be at this
spot and ready to board at 9:00am on Friday. The bus cannot wait for
stragglers.

For those taking the LGA Bus: The bus will be coming from Mid-town, and will
arrive at the airport Main Terminal (C) at 11am. Please meet by the Apple
Transportation Counter in Terminal C (but don¹t ask them where to be, they
won¹t know). A Workshop representative will look for you there when the bus
arrives.

Pete Kiehart
Black Team
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Joe McNally, Photographer
Dobbs Ferry | NY | USA | Posted: 7:27 AM on 10.05.05
->> Should be a great weekend! Let's all hope the brilliant weather we've been having of late in the NY area holds. (Second year of the workshop was conducted in a non-stop downpour. The farm turned into a mudhole. It wasn't pretty.)

Reading the above, I just thought I'd offer what I could in the way of preparation advice, or just to allay qualms or the second guessing about what to do and what to bring that we all go through prior to assignment. Forgiveness in advance for telling you probably what you already know.

Go light on gear. Being nimble both mentally and physically is more at a premium than lugging the big lenses. Something on the order of a 70-200 with maybe an extender thrown in the bag is as much glass as most folks will need. That said, if your team is at the racetrack, NPS will be there in force with long stuff.

I also know Justin Stailey from Bogen will be there, and have some gear. Not a ton, but some spare tripods, assorted grip and the like, so if you end up with a portrait oriented assignment, you can look him up and he can help you out.

A spare strobe and a clamp to put it up somewhere is a good thing. Try to bring a basic fluorescent correction gel. Lots of assignments are interior stuff, churches, schools, locker rooms.

Speaking of assignments, my experience is that they are uniformly terrific and well prepared. We've all had it happen where the harried, deadline pressured assignment editor calls you frantically and throws the barest outlines of a job at you with a phone number, and hangs up. Left unspoken in the air is the phrase, "You're on your own."

Not so at Eddie's. The producers really pull out the stops to make sure that the jobs are buttoned up and your precious hours in the field are well spent. That's no guarantee things won't go south, but every effort is made to make sure folks know you're coming and the job has picture possiblities.

With fingers crossed on the weather, make sure you've got rain gear and mud shoes. Headlamps are handy too.

Practical stuff aside, my counsel to all of the shooters at the workshop always is that the career they are about to embark on is a marathon, not a sprint. There will lots of peaks and valleys, and a good notion is to pace yourself.

Not necessarily the advice I would give for this weekend. The EAW will be one of the peaks, and the thing to do this weekend is to throw yourself at it full tilt boogie. Be a brain picker. Seek people out, editors, shooters, producers, speakers. Push yourself.

And try stuff. This is my 13th year as a team leader, and I always emphasize to my teams to get past the mildly competitive aspects of producing good work that gets noticed or gets an award assignment and concentrate on growing as a shooter. Far better to engage in an adventurous, noble failure than the knee jerk, rote solution that you already have used and carry around in your bag like an extra lens.

Go for it, in short. And enjoy the weekend. It will resonate with you for a long time.

Stay well, Joe
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Scott Bush, Photographer
Clifton | NJ | USA | Posted: 8:40 AM on 10.05.05
->> I cannot believe it has been a year since I was there! I hope to be back soon as a volunteer!

Just to expand on what Joe said, not all teams are prepared with the assignments. My team last year was very vague in our assignment, 'Fun'. There was no direction and we were on our own to shoot what we wanted. They were there for us and even drove some of us to destinations.

And really listen to Joe. There will be a plethora of professionals there that you look up to and can easily walk up to and talk to. Do it! Do not be afraid to approach them at any time (while eating, etc.).

And the assignments are minor compared to what else goes on. You will hear lectures from some amazing photographers.

I hope the weather holds! We had a great year last year and the weather here (2 hours from the barn) has been beautiful the past few days, in the 70 to 80's. But be prepared for early mornings and late nights that could be anywhere from 30-50 degrees.

Enjoy! It goes fast but what you learn and experience will motivate you for the rest of your career.

Later,
Scott
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