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Update done to the Toledo guide!
 



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Just a note: I think one benefit here is to have comments from personal experience about photographers' accessibility to different places in each locale/area, such as 'best time of year to go' or 'when to go to avoid having approx. 1.2m tourists between you and the good stuff' or 'they do/do not allow photography here'. There are, MacDonaldJ2 mentioned, all manner of guides & directories on the internet, so we should strive to provide info that might be more obscure/not generally mentioned in other guides. (all this goes without saying, of course, but thought I'd post a reminder, esp. as it has been awhile since anyone has contributed)

e.g. I think someone mentioned awhile back, Antelope Canyon has an upper & a lower part; the one is most often clogged with tourists, the other is not & affords more freedom for photographers
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Swede66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2011 at 15:11
Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Just a note: I think one benefit here is to have comments from personal experience about photographers' accessibility to different places in each locale/area, such as 'best time of year to go' or 'when to go to avoid having approx. 1.2m tourists between you and the good stuff' or 'they do/do not allow photography here'. There are, MacDonaldJ2 mentioned, all manner of guides & directories on the internet, so we should strive to provide info that might be more obscure/not generally mentioned in other guides. (all this goes without saying, of course, but thought I'd post a reminder, esp. as it has been awhile since anyone has contributed)

e.g. I think someone mentioned awhile back, Antelope Canyon has an upper & a lower part; the one is most often clogged with tourists, the other is not & affords more freedom for photographers


@Matt, That is exactly what I thought of when the idea popped up in my head. There are so many special conditions yoou don't know anything about until it's too late!

Originally posted by Swede66 Swede66 wrote:

where members can add their mini guides of places with more focus on photography. What to shoot, where, special conditions and so on


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Okidoki, I can come up with some stuff about the Philippines, northwestern Argentina, Belgium and a few specific locations in southern California.

Swede66, could you draft a simple template we should aim to follow (flexibly of course) so there will be some reasonably common pattern in terms of effort & content? Something like your four or five suggestions of the most important subject headers, how many/few sample pictures to include (or not), a range of how few or how many words to aim for etc?

BobJ, if this takes off then could the "Meetings" subforum heading be expanded to "Meetings & Travel Guides" to highlight the idea?
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Two other boringly technical questions: if we have something ready for an as yet missing country, do we just post for example "Travel Guide: Utopia" as a new topic aka thread title and get started? How about big states/provinces like California that are likely to get more contributions and responses than many smaller countries, would we have separate threads/travel guides for those?

Not that I'll have my own act together right away for posting some of these, just trying to avoid myself and others going off on confusingly different tangents.

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This reminds me--any of you people who've done a Dyxum meet, should have no excuse. What about you people that met at Didcot? Was there a price for admission to any of the railway locations? etc.

Though, I have noticed, the main feature(s) of Dyxum meetings is usually a pub(s) of some sort.... (well, there should be a required section for each Guide: Pubs/Alehouses with warm atmospheres & good drinks).

I may start work on a guide for Pittsburgh, and we still need a P'burgh Dyxum meet, too.
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Originally posted by pdeley pdeley wrote:

Two other boringly technical questions: if we have something ready for an as yet missing country, do we just post "Travel Guide: Utopia" as the thread title and get started? How about big states/provinces like California that are likely to get more contributions and responses than many smaller countries, would we have separate threads/travel guides for those?

Currently, we have some country threads & some place/city threads. In the US, bear in mind, each city/place, even within one state, is likely to be as far apart from each other, as whole countries in Europe. As a result, I've avoided raising the very question you brought up, mainly because I couldn't what my own opinion would be.

But, note that the Guides are threads, not just posts, so anyone can come along & add more info. So, to Italy, someone could add: Pisa, Rome, etc.

Arguably, Toledo should be put in an Ohio thread & Philly in a Pennsylvania thread, but again, if you're traveling, the distances are so great that you're not too likely to visit both Cincinnati, OH, & Toledo, OH, in the same trip. The nature of travel in the US is a bit different. I don't know of anyone who travels from Europe to see the highlights of the entire state of Ohio, but they may visit cities sprinkled around, like Chicago, NYC, LA, etc. Someone traveling from the US to Europe, by way of comparison, might spend a few days seeing all the major cities in Italy, then a few more days in France, then a few days in Germany, and so on.

In short, personally, I don't know how the Guides should be organized.

Edited by alpha_in_exile - 08 January 2011 at 17:20
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2011 at 17:36
I agree too, this is a very good idea.



I wrote an article for David Kilpatrick's Photoworld magazine a while ago following a Baltic cruise I had been on.



A .pdf of the article is here.



I'm not sure if this is any use Bob J but if it is have I posted it in the right place? (I was denied access to posts in the "meetings" forum).



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2011 at 18:16
I had originally thought that the guides would be posted as threads here, but no reason not to link to stuff elsewhere, so I've linked Brian's Cruise page...

We can always move threads around later, the key thing is to write the info down and capture it!
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Originally posted by alpha_in_exile alpha_in_exile wrote:

Swede66, could you draft a simple template we should aim to follow (flexibly of course) so there will be some reasonably common pattern in terms of effort & content? Something like your four or five suggestions of the most important subject headers, how many/few sample pictures to include (or not), a range of how few or how many words to aim for etc?


In my travel guide for Djerba - Tunisia I split the guide in my own experiences and important things to think about. Maybe it was too extensive but I think I covered the most important stuff, and some more

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Hey Matt,
Contact LECHER (Jack Fronce) he moved to the PBurg area this past summer, he had a couple of Dyxum meets when he lived in the Boston area.Kefkafloyd attended one of them and had a grteat time. Jack can be a "hoot".

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Swede66 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2011 at 18:54
I will start writing a travel guide for Sweden tonight
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I was thinking of maybe doing one for my bits of London...
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

I was thinking of maybe doing one for my bits of London...


Maybe?
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