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  • So sorry, but I am not going to be able to make it - work stuff is getting in the way. I've only just got back home after being away for nearly a week and I am away again next week - need to be at home to catch up.

    After following this thread for so long and looking forward to actually meeting you, I am really disappointed. But hopefully there will be other chances when life isn't so manic for me.

    Have a great time.

    Linda - the very sad one that can't come out to play Sad
  • With language like that.........

    Hop it
  • I make a really good vegetarian chilli that even non-veggies like (apparently) I am very happy to bring a few helpings along, to share some of the workload.

  • Bri, thanks, I will be at the Woolly Sheep sometime after lunch. I'm in the Lake District, so fairly straight forward journey across - to the "NE"

    A mobile number would be very useful though, just in case.
  • Another question - what time are people planning on arriving?
  • Sounds good, thanks for the info. So just the half bottle of wine then?

    I also assume I have my own 5 star room with en-suite, complete with jacuzzi and little bottles of smelly stuff.

  • I have not been around here much lately (major understatement) but have been following this thread recently. Now I get the bit about the BBQ Friday night, with vast quantities of meat. Is that it? Are we supposed to be bringing other foodstuff, like bread or something? Would hate to turn up empty handed only to find we were all supposed to be chipping in (hey, that's a good pun!).

    What about other meals, what happens?

  • I highly recommend "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson - he explains the basics in such a simple and clear way using analogies that make a lot of sense.

    Here is the link to the book on Amazon

  • Wow, this is a cliffhanger - just picked up on this thread and read it through - I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing how it went.

  • Quote: Best thing I ever did,changed my life and bagged me a fine man Grin

    Ok........definitely not showing this thread to hubby then!!!!!!! - rofl.
  • 216 more sleeps until I spend a weekend with a load of people I don't know!!! I better get chatting so at least I have a some idea as to who you all are - lol

    Or maybe you should all be worried............ Wink
  • I downloaded Elements one evening as a trial and was instantly hooked, which consequently reignited my passion for photography. I joined an Elements forum and needed a forum name so came up with Ele(Elements)Mo(Molly our ridgeback)Be(Bess, our choccie lab). It has sort of become my alter ego.
  • Hi

    Could you put my name down as well and let me know how much and where to send the money.

    Very new here but would be a great opportunity to get to know some people and faces.

  • Here's some useless info:

    I have just spent 5 minutes trying to work out if my foot really is the same size as the distance from elbow to wrist (read first page of thread). Hubby walked in (we both work from home) to find me sitting at computer with my leg up and foot on arm to measure!!!!

    "Working hard?" and he walks out.



    now to think of other useless info to share.
  • Sounds very painful
  • Useful thread, I am also trying to decide between the Epson & the Canon. Favouring Epson at the moment due to reviews and a neighbour/friend/professional photographer has highly recommended the Epson. I currently have a Canon IP5200 which has been really good.

    If/when I do buy an A3 printer, I am going to be buying one of these

    Although another lump of money up front, can save a lot in the long run.

  • Hi Jumper, welcome. Looking forward to seeing your gallery.

    Have fun!
  • I switched to Mac 2 1/2 years ago, my husband still uses a PC.

    I loved my PC, it taught me a lot, especially how to fix PCs, how to "defrag", general housekeeping, update Norton, switch Norton off to install programmes, to be patient whilst it "did stuff". It also taught me not to be afraid of technology - I owe a lot to PCs. My PC was and is a great PC, it was custom built and mostly works really well. I don't miss it as I appear to be the households IT support.

    My Mac? Well, I just use it really - switch it on, work, switch it off - simple. Just bought a new iMac last week - took it out of the box, plugged it in..........and that was it. Yes, I did have to transfer my files from my MacBook Pro - no dramas to report there.

    So for me, Mac or PC? Then it has to be a Mac.

    Canon user - would love to try Nikon though, especially as my 40D died after 3 1/2 months!
  • If my message doesn't make sense, I only got to page 1 and posted! Then realised there was a page 2.

    Confused? Not as much as me! Too boggled eyed from being on here me thinks Wink
  • Now you tell me!!!!

    (Another) Linda

  • Quote: drink through the night and then sunbathe.

    Wow, that's optimistic Wink

    Thanks for the info. Would be good to put names to faces and have the opportunity to talk photography.


  • As I am a "noob" here, it is a bit early for me to start arranging a weekend away with you guys...............however, I am interested - if not this one, maybe in the future.

    A couple of quick questions:

    1. Is it all booze & eating or do you actually get out and take piccies?

    2. Do many other women attend? (You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to word that question without it sounding - well, just wrong - lol).


  • Quote:Hold tight for a while. Lots of S/H 5D cameras will come on the market soon if that is what you want.

    By which time, hopefully, my 40D will be back and I will wait until nearer the wedding to get a back-up.

    Good thought though, if I wait until my camera is back I could probably still get a second hand 5D next year. Possibly look at hiring on the 7 November when I have a studio tutorial booked and absolutely have to have a camera. But mine really should be back by then.

    I will check out hire charges.
  • Thanks for your replies, they do help.

    Yes, that is the issue, the whole need v want! I can hardly believe I am here again, I went through a lot of "weighing up" when I bought the 40D - that time it was 40D v 5D. I "wanted" the 5D but I sensibly chose the 40D thinking that I could upgrade in a couple of years. After a couple of workshops and doing a practice portrait session with a friend, I can see how the full sensor would be useful. Working in confined spaces, I could not get enough distance with my 70-200mm lens and it would be great for landscapes. Don't get me wrong, I know I can still get fabulous pictures with my 40D and the lenses I do have - I just don't actually have the camera at present.

    Going Pro, that is another big issue with me. Yes, I would like to and that is what I am working towards. At this stage I don't know whether I will enjoy doing weddings or not. Will it be a big adrenaline rush or just a lot of stress? Who knows.

    If I was certain that I will make some money at this, then it would be an easier decision to make. It is a confidence thing, making that leap and saying to the world "I am good enough at this, so pay me" I am not yet, but I will be.

    The real issue at this moment in time is I don't have a camera at all - I guess I am just using this forum to download my spinning thoughts. The second hand ones are looking appealing at the moment.

    Bri - yep, there is always that possibility that it just won't happen Wink

  • Thanks for that Brian, I will take a look. Definitely interested in the full sensor cameras.

  • This is a "What would you do?" question.

    My situation is, my 4 month old 40D died on me and is now with Canon. It could take 4 weeks before I get it back again (went back 1 week ago today). Needless to say, I am really missing having a camera, although I do have a good P&S.

    I am debating with myself whether to get another camera and considering the current 5D. I am doing my first wedding in August and of course 2 camera bodies would be very useful (essential!). So, I should buy now? If I leave it too long to buy a backup, it may be tricky to get another 5D and then I will be looking at the MkII, which costs a lot more (yes, I know I will probably love it, but I am trying (and failing) to keep costs down).

    If money was not an issue, I would not hesitate to get a 5D now.

    I have been looking at eBay, but really, they don't go cheap.

    Of course, if I buy the 5D, then I will want (need?) the 24-105mm lens. Currently I have the 70-200mm f4, 50mm f.18 100mm macro and 17-55mm EFS (which of course I can't use on the 5D) - so no wide angle. I think if it was just the body, I would get it - but I know I will want (need?) a walk about lens.

    Or I could just sit tight until my 40D comes back.

    But I absolutely must have a camera by 7 Nov

    Currently I am doing an online course which is not as much fun with a P&S

    Maybe the 5D Mk II will come down a lot in price by August next year.

    And round and round I go.

  • Quote:Does anyone think that some photographers are getting to obsessed with the latest camera gear soon to be on offer.

    Yes, thank goodness. If it stops, camera manufacturers won't make enough money to stay in business and then where will we go for our lovely toys - lol

  • I will be, trust me I will. At the moment, a camera would be usefull - lol.

    Although, to be honest, it is a bit scary. I have looked at a couple of mine I quite "like" but before I get around to posting, I have annihilated it myself (mentally, not actually of course!).

    The "Critique" element here was a big incentive to subscribe and love reading other critiques.
  • Really like this forum - seems friendly but not too friendly i.e. people don't seem to just say "lovely" things about photos just for the sake of it. I need good (kind preferably) CC to improve. I have been subscribing to a Canadian site for a few months, which was fantastic, but really need to network with my fellow countrymen and it is so wonderful to see photos of places I either know or can travel to.

    My only gripe is that there are so many wonderful images to look at, and so much activity - I spend way too much time here - lol

    Moved up from Buckinghamshire, on the edge of the Chilterns - so London was only a 1/2 hr trip away. Have only been up here for 2 1/2 years, so still settling in. Prior to moving, we had only visited the Lakes for 3 weekends in our entire lives and then found a house (or house found us) that we fell in love with - 8 weeks later we were here!
  • Thanks Steve. Yep, it is pretty good up here - I miss urban life though sometimes, but then I just look outside and get over it pretty quick Wink