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Postby gstark on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:33 am

OK ... the latest and greatest.

The Challenge is finished, and voting is in progress. Who's going to win? Come to our AW dinner on Saturday August 5 and find out.

Important change: the minimeet scheduled for the morning of Saturday August 5 has been changed. Instead of holding this at Thanh's it is now being held at ...

The Haven Amphitheatre in Castlecrag. This is an historic venue, designed by Walter Burley Griffin, in a suburb that was designed by Griffin, and where there remains a large number of Griffin houses.

The start time has been bumped to 10am, running until 1pm. We have backstage access (for coffee etc), there's a walk down to the water from the theatre, and there's another Castlecrag walk that takes in many of the Griffin houses in the area. If you're interested in any of this, or just in looking at the beautiful bushland suburb that's Castlecrag - just 5 minutes from the centre of downtown Sydney - this will be for you.

We will wrap up in time for all to make their own lunch arrangements, although I expect that many might want to wander to a local eatery.

I'll be emailing all of those registered for this event to keep them appraised of the changes, but if you've not yet registered for this, now might be a good time to get involved.

The Sunday Brunch, for those who have expressed interest in this, will also be occurring, and I'll have more details on this within the next day or two.

So ... here's the current state of play...

    1: Dinner on Friday August 4 at the HONG KONG Noodle Cuisine, 11 Amy Street Campsie. Fully booked


    2: Dinner on Saturday night, August 5, at Il Golosso 104 Ramsay St Haberfield. $30 per person and no corkage charge. Almost fully booked

    3: Photoshop workshop - Saturday morning, August 5, 9 am.

    4: Printer profiling workshop - Saturday morning, late, following photoshop workshop.

    5: Minimeet, The Haven Amphitheatre, Castlecrag, Saturday morning, August 5, 10:00 am.

    6: Sydney Harbour Ferry hop and photoshoot. Circular Quay, Saturday morning, August 5, 9 am.

    7: Sunday Brunch, Sunday morning, August 6, 10 am.



Places for the various events are quite limited. Go here quickly to book your attendance at the various events.

In order to simplify matters for the dinners, payment in advance is required. Details of how to make your payments will be advised upon receipt of your booking.

Please also bookmark http://status.dslrusers.com/ or http://status.dslrusers.net/, which, in future, will hopefully reflect the status of the servers.
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Postby Alpha_7 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:48 am

Gary,

Can I assume the new location for the minimeet means the 20 person cap has been lifted ? I orginally chose not to attend to allow space for new members or those travelling further afield to attend. If there will be plenty of space then Katie and I would like to come and meet everyone (and I'd therefore withdraw from the Ferry ride).
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Postby stubbsy on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:52 am

What, my company isn't good enough for you Craig? :wink:
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Postby sheepie on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:56 am

stubbsy wrote:What, my company isn't good enough for you Craig? :wink:

He's probably sick of taking photo's of ducks ;)
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Postby Alpha_7 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:05 pm

stubbsy wrote:What, my company isn't good enough for you Craig? :wink:


It's actually Katie driving this decision, she's letting my out for the weekend (and coming to Saturday dinner) and liked the sound of Castlecrag (she's not a boat person really). So nothing against you Peter, I've enjoyed both outings on ferries with you, and if I could I go to both.
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Postby joet on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:06 pm

Gary,

I would like to echo Craig's request .... if there is more space may Chryssine come along too ??
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Postby huynhie on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:10 pm

There is already mutiny on the ferry before it even left the wharf. :lol:
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Postby losfp on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:12 pm

Er... Me three?

Castlecrag would actually be more convenient for us as we need to have the car with us, so would have had to find parking in the city prior to hopping on the ferries, then having to duck off early anyway. Like Craig, would love to go to both, but would love to have the opportunity to meet up with everyone coming in for the meet.

Sorry Peter, I feel like an arse even suggesting it, but my preference would be the minimeet, so long as there is plenty of space there. (But I'll be at Pt Stephens the weekend prior to that, so we're not trying to get away from y ou, honest!!)
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Postby Nnnnsic on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:16 pm

Well I'm still going to the Ferry Hop, and I might even bring my new hat!
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Postby gstark on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:17 pm

Craig, Joe, Des,

No worries and done.

Is that two each for each of you?
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Postby Glen on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:22 pm

Nnnnsic wrote:Well I'm still going to the Ferry Hop, and I might even bring my new hat!


Trying to drum up trade? :lol:
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Postby Nnnnsic on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:23 pm

You've got a new meet location and I've got my hat fans.

Maybe.

Okay, possibly.

Okay, very bloody unlikely, but let me convince myself first and then I'll work on convincing the rest of you.
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Postby padey on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:27 pm

I would have been there but have a big wedding on saturday. :) :(

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Postby rokkstar on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:38 pm

Well, I was thinking of switching, but the prospect of seeing a new hat has me all excited.

Joking, I'm a die hard ferry hopper.
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Postby Alpha_7 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:39 pm

gstark wrote:Craig, Joe, Des,

No worries and done.

Is that two each for each of you?


That two for us yes, Katie and Myself.

Thanks Gary!
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Postby optogamut on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:44 pm

Is Birddog still at the mini-meet? I was hoping to do a little shopping. :roll:
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Postby joet on Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:44 pm

Gary,

Yes, please, that's Chryssine and myself.... should we bring a snack for everyone ???
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Postby gstark on Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:09 pm

Danny,

No. There will not be any shopportunities at this event.

Joe, thanx, and would we expect anything different? :)
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Postby losfp on Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:58 pm

gstark wrote:No. There will not be any shopportunities at this event.


Good!!!! :) :) :)

Yes Gary, two thanks.
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Postby optogamut on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:19 pm

losfp wrote:
gstark wrote:No. There will not be any shopportunities at this event.


Good!!!! :) :) :)


Not that good, I need supplies. :(

I'll have to rethink if I make it to the mini-meet then, I might check out one of the other events. Where is Castlecrag anyway? And how would you get there?
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Postby huynhie on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:32 pm

optogamut wrote:
losfp wrote:
gstark wrote:No. There will not be any shopportunities at this event.


Good!!!! :) :) :)


Not that good, I need supplies. :(

I'll have to rethink if I make it to the mini-meet then, I might check out one of the other events. Where is Castlecrag anyway? And how would you get there?


What supplies do you require that you can't get from Birddog via an email?
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Postby Glen on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:34 pm

Castlecrag is east of Chatswood. Private transport is the best way to get there.
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Postby gstark on Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:39 pm

optogamut wrote:Where is Castlecrag anyway? And how would you get there?


North shore, just a few minutes from North Sydney.

Train to North Sydney, bus to Castlecrag. Couldn't be easier.
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Postby Glen on Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:33 pm

Shows I know bugger all about public transport :wink:
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Postby gstark on Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:17 pm

I know even less.

Can't remember the last time I used it.

But that's my understanding, except to add that there's also, I believe, buses from Chatswood.

I can certainly find out if anyone needs me to, though.
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Postby phillipb on Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:59 pm

Maybe we should call this a Maximeet then. :wink:
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Postby phillipb on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:34 pm

I just googled the haven amphitheatre in Castlecrag as I had never heard of it, and I found this very interesting link.

http://www.thehaven.com.au/index.php?History

Have a look at the 1928 Newsreel.

Edit: I almost forgot, here's a map of the area I found

http://www.castlecrag.org.au/map/map.htm
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Postby Alpha_7 on Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:58 pm

Wow, nice find! :)
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Postby Glen on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:32 pm

Philip, that Newsreel makes me want to live there. The promised Sydney suburbs :D
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Postby optogamut on Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:46 pm

huynhie wrote:What supplies do you require that you can't get from Birddog via an email?


That's secret. Besides, I haven't decided yet, but it'll be something really cool! 8)
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Postby Yi-P on Sun Jul 23, 2006 12:52 am

I havent got any email on my confirmations?

Am I suppose to get a confirmation email?
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Postby Yi-P on Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:23 pm

Sorry, I think I saw an email titled "AW confirm" when I hit the 'empty spams' button on my mailbox

Will that be the confirmation email? :shock:
Can I have it re-sent pls? :cry:
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Postby gstark on Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:36 pm

The only immediate confirmations that have been issued were for the dinner events, because they require the collection of funds and the remitting of funds to third parties.

Events such as the workshops for which you have booked carry no such burdens, and as I've mentioned to other people in this and an earlier thread, details will be forthcoming at the start of the week of the event, thus helping you to remember that it's on. :)
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Postby sirhc55 on Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:18 pm

I paid on the day the notification was made but have not received confirmation of my money being received :!:
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Postby Geoff on Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:20 pm

Chris - cheque in the mail? :)
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Postby gstark on Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:23 pm

sirhc55 wrote:I paid on the day the notification was made but have not received confirmation of my money being received :!:


You paid because you recieved your notification. Otherwise, you had no knowledge of how to make the payment. :)
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Postby sirhc55 on Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:26 pm

gstark wrote:
sirhc55 wrote:I paid on the day the notification was made but have not received confirmation of my money being received :!:


You paid because you recieved your notification. Otherwise, you had no knowledge of how to make the payment. :)


Okey dokey - the word confirmation confused me as it normally means after the effect :roll:
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Postby stubbsy on Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:27 pm

Phew. That had me worried too. I'm looking forward to the AW.
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Postby Matt. K on Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:07 am

The first two hours of the Photoshop workshop will deal with your obligations to register your legal copy and the immorality of using pirated software. It will be a great session! :D :D :D
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Postby Nnnnsic on Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:21 am

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Postby Yi-P on Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:55 am

Matt. K wrote:The first two hours of the Photoshop workshop will deal with your obligations to register your legal copy and the immorality of using pirated software. It will be a great session! :D :D :D



Im expecting on site sale of retail/legal CS2 for $100 to ppl who attended the workshop :lol: :lol:
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Postby gstark on Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:01 am

Yi-P wrote:
Matt. K wrote:The first two hours of the Photoshop workshop will deal with your obligations to register your legal copy and the immorality of using pirated software. It will be a great session! :D :D :D



Im expecting on site sale of retail/legal CS2 for $100 to ppl who attended the workshop :lol: :lol:


That's not an issue at all. Do you have the $799 per person that it will cost you to exit the venue after the workshop?

Each of the two you've signed up for?

Unmarked bills in small denominations is fine.

:)
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Postby Oscar on Sat Aug 05, 2006 4:39 pm

Just got home from the minimeet. OK it was wet and overcast. Not exactly great for a fair weather photographer like me.
I'm a newbie to DSLR photography and my aim for today was to find out a few more things about using my camera. Thanks to some very helpful advice from the other participants I picked up some hints to work on. Everyone was quite willing to share their knowledge.
Maybe I can even improve thanks to all the hints.
One of my next objectives is to get involved in a session on PP. I even got a few tips on that today as well.
So to any other newbies out there - don't be afraid to join in on any of these photo sessions to pick up some tips. I had a good time and am looking forward to my next opportunity to participate.

Thanks to all for the tips and friendly company.
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Postby Glen on Sat Aug 05, 2006 5:26 pm

Mick, it was great to meet you and look forward to seeing you again. After your find this week you will always be known to me as Mick - the Great White Bargain Hunter :wink:
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Postby losfp on Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:08 am

Plenty of wet, but good fun anyway. A few of us ventured into the Rocks to try and meet up with the Ferry Hoppers, but unfortunately due to the Ferry Hop Organiser not answering his phone, that plan was scuppered ;)

Beautiful spot though, the Haven.. Real hidden gem.
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Postby daniel_r on Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:34 am

losfp wrote: but unfortunately due to the Ferry Hop Organiser not answering his phone, that plan was scuppered


maybe he left it at home for Monty to use? :)
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