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  1. KristinB

    Everyone Please Read!! Our Good Friend, Uncle Frank, Mr. Nikon Cafe (to me)

    Frank, wishing you and your loved ones all the best as you fight this battle.
  2. KristinB

    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    Yup, looking very promising right now...
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    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    Rick, we already have High Point State Park on our schedule for the Sunday drive home - thanks for the confirmation! (And FYI - Mike was just talking about scouting the Berkshires for a future shoot on his drive up to the Hudson River Valley - not to include it in this shoot. We're not that...
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    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    Rick, Thanks, that's a good point, and thanks for the advice on seeing the dam late in the day. Making Croton Dam the last stop of the day for Friday instead of Saturday makes a lot of sense, especially since I got some good suggestions for restaurants nearby (maybe you are familiar with them...
  5. KristinB

    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    Bert - these itineraries/schedules are very fluid, and almost always end up changing when we are in the field. Also, people have been known to go off on their own if the group activity doesn't appeal. Mobile phones come in handy, of course. (Our usual crowd has each other's numbers, if you...
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    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    Very tentative schedule, subject to change as always: Friday Walkway over the Hudson sunrise - http://www.walkway.org Vanderbilt and/or Hyde Park grounds (free) - http://www.nps.gov/hofr/index.htm & http://www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - http://www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org/...
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    Fall Turn in the Hudson Valley

    The Hawthorn Suites Hotel has some good rates and good reviews - some of us have booked there from Thursday night through Sunday.
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    Lonaconing Silk Mill & Western MD weekend

    Sorry, Dave - I must have gotten my RSVPs confused when I was compiling the lists and accidentally left you off this one. Here's our final list: MParker (Mike) KristinB & 2 friends - silk mill only Mike Buckley & Joellen pinn8 (Steve) Steve B & friend CombatCam (Matt) - silk mill only Victor...
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    Lonaconing Silk Mill & Western MD weekend

    We now have 12, tentatively 13 (waiting to hear from a Cafe member). So at this point I am going to say the silk mill is fully booked. If anyone else is interested, PM me, we may have cancellations. Obviously anyone is welcome to join in on Saturday as planned.
  10. KristinB

    Lonaconing Silk Mill & Western MD weekend

    I am too - looking forward to really using my new gear. :) Oh, and I have a 10th person (not a Cafe member) coming now.
  11. KristinB

    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    It's a favorite spot of ours - one house that I rented a number of times for past shoots was at the corner of Jefferson and Pine, which made it quite convenient. But the new house is only a block and a half further away. John, we usually communicate things like phone numbers, addresses, etc...
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    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    John, we either have dinner before or after sunset… since the Blessing of the Fleet is at 5:30, and sunset will be at 7:55 (which we will do at the beach at the north end of town if the weather cooperates, where Washington and Bay Avenue intersect - see pic below for location), I'm not sure if...
  13. KristinB

    Lonaconing Silk Mill & Western MD weekend

    A number of us did a shoot at the Lonaconing Silk Mill last year as a day trip - we're going back again, but this time we're adding a little more time to shoot scenics around the area. There is a fee for the mill shoot - $75 for 3 hours - this helps the owner maintain the property. We already...
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    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    I think that makes a persuasive argument for moving Eyre Hall to Friday... Also, Friday night dinner will be hosted at the house several of us are sharing on Monroe St (a new rental we are trying out - it has a huge dining room, which should be nice). I usually make lasagne and try to make one...
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    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    James, besides the in-town house rentals mentioned upthread, the Baywood B&B still has one room available for our dates, the Sunset Beach Inn has availability, as does the Shore Stay Suites (which none of our folks have ever stayed at, but gets nice reviews on TripAdvisor). Also, here is one...
  16. KristinB

    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    Okay, sorry for not checking first. I'm not familiar with this property, but it looks nice, and the calendar says it's available on the dates - and I would give it a go if I wasn't already renting a larger place with some other Cafe folks.
  17. KristinB

    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    Martha, besides the lodging options Jeff mentioned, a number of us have found renting a house to be a cost-efficient option which also affords us the ability to be in town, close to the beach and shops - the entire town is six blocks square, so it's very walkable. The Hotel Cape Charles (which...
  18. KristinB

    Cafe down on FF and up on IE

    Yup, that's the problem - https://www.nikoncafe.com// is redirecting to the old address and needs to be fixed. Bookmarks are fine for a short-term fix, but... 1) People shouldn't have to rely on bookmarks for a long URL - the short, memorable URL should work. 2) More importantly, search engines...
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    Cafe down on FF and up on IE

    There are many people having similar problems. The only reason I am on is because I already had a tab open that was connected. When I try to open a new tab or window and connect to the Cafe, I get the 403 error.
  20. KristinB

    Annual Spring Shoot on the Eastern Shore of Virginia

    Sounds good! So far we have the following: MParker (Mike) KristinB Jeff A SLRShooter (Norm) Victor Shilo jryoung1947 (John) & Sandra GreyBeard (Dave)
  21. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Thanks, guys! Here's one more - something different: what our friend Jeff A's wife Keli calls "Sonya of Narnia" (it's not SOOC infrared - but it's only tweaked a little bit).
  22. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Really like what you've shared, Steve! Here are a couple more of mine: The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery stream and bridge... We met this little guy on Bear Mountain...
  23. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Thanks, everyone! I took my sunrise shot from the Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge, which is the same place where Mike took his pano. The link contains more info and winter views of the bridge (without foliage). My second shot (shortly after sunrise) was from the 4th bridge that Mike...
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    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Nice, Mike! I've only had time to process a few so far. Two different times of day and vantage points... And some fall color abstract...
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    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    I'm sure there will be some photos posted - I haven't had time to process but a few so far. We had nice weather, although not particularly conducive to spectacular sunrises/sunsets. The group shot was taken at a place called the Moodna Viaduct, which Sonya's husband Mike discovered in passing...
  26. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    It was a great weekend! (l-r, back row) pinn8 (Steve), Sandra, GreyBeard (Dave), KristinB, SonyaM (l-r, front row) sbruno (Steve), jryoung1947 (John), MParker (Mike), victor
  27. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Both the foliage report (moderate to high color, moderate leaf drop)and the weather forecast look great! Again, if any locals/day trippers want to join us, please PM me so that we can connect via phone/text and let you know where we will be. Our plans for these shoots are fluid and subject...
  28. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Mike, I covered the tentative suggested plan for Friday in my post #37 up thread - although no one replied to my question about 11:30 as the meeting time for lunch. So let's adjust to 12 noon and say that anyone arriving earlier can visit Sleepy Hollow before lunch if they desire. We will have...
  29. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Pete, When we do these shoots, our plans tend to be somewhat fluid, and we don't generally update the thread during the weekend. Our DC group has been shooting together for so long that we all have each other's numbers. Anyone who plans to be a day tripper, I would suggest that they PM me...
  30. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Pete, Bear Mountain is already on the list a few posts above - a few of us made it there last year and everyone else put it high on the must shoot for this year. Glad to get another confirmation from you! I don't think it's in the cards for Friday, though. Perhaps Saturday sunset? And it so...
  31. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Rick, thanks again for your insights and restaurant suggestions! Hope you can join us at some point... as noted above, all of these locations are contingent upon the conditions/colors we find that weekend. Regarding Rockefeller State Park, we had discussed Kykuit for Friday afternoon, but I...
  32. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Schedule for Friday, October 18 and Location List So we have the following attending: MParker - Mike & Gwen KristinB Victor GreyBeard - Dave pinn8 - SteveR sbruno - SteveB SonyaM jryoung1947 - John & Sandra We've been kicking some ideas around off-line, and have come up with a schedule of...
  33. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Dave, if you can cancel that - the Days Inn Fishkill still has rooms at $93 a night with two double beds. The rest of us are staying in Fishkill...
  34. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Just to make sure we're all on the same page :biggrin: - we are talking about booking hotels for Friday, 10/18 through Sunday, 10/20? Because that's what I just did. (I resolved my conflict and booked at the Days Inn as well - $93 a night.) P.S. Thanks to RickW for all the suggestions - we...
  35. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Dave, Mike had actually indicated in his previous post that he had booked in Fishkill again - if you check out hotels.com there appears to be some availability there. As well as some other locations in the area. :smile:
  36. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Apparently Dave Davidson's mentioning his UNavailability the weekend of the 11th has confused more than a few people - but it was NEVER proposed as one of the weekends. But I will withdraw my suggestion for the 25th and say that we just stick with the 18th for simplicity's sake. I am afraid I...
  37. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    Actually, I had mentioned the weekend following the 18th (the only person who mentioned the weekend of the 11th was Dave Davidson, but I think we all have agreed that there would be little/no color at that time) - since the forecast called for fall color to be LATER this year than the past few...
  38. KristinB

    Message from Nacho's wife on the 2nd anniversary of his passing: Take Some Pictures!

    In memory of my friend Nacho Cordova... I'd like to share a photo that I took recently that made me think of him and also (with permission) share what his lovely wife Michelle had to say on this sad anniversary (emphasis below mine - let's go out and take some photos in Nacho's honor and...
  39. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    These are just random thoughts, given that we're still early in the planning process... The Hyde Park estates - both FDR's home and the Vanderbilt Mansion sound great. I think we would have considered them last time, had we not already had other estates on the itinerary. The fact that...
  40. KristinB

    October (Fall Turn) on the Hudson River

    I'm definitely in. I wonder if we should consider the following weekend instead... this source seems to think that peak color will be delayed at least a week. Also, I saw Sonya a couple of weekends ago... I told her that I didn't think I was going to rent a house again up there. She suggested...
  41. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    Kevin, We had a great weekend, thanks for asking! We couldn't have asked for better weather, overall. Unfortunately, a few of the guys had to bail at the last minute, but Scootch did make it out to meet us at Dolly Sods for sunrise Friday morning and joined us at Blackwater Falls. My...
  42. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    The plan at the moment is to do Dolly Sods Friday morning for sunrise... we'll play it by ear after that. Anyone else who is interested in joining us should PM me and I'll send you my phone number.
  43. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    Most definitely, Steve! Which will probably coincide with Sonya leaving that area as well...
  44. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    Getting close... Our WV shoot is almost here, and we're working out the last of the details. Most of us are arriving on Thursday night, 5/2 and departing on Sunday, 5/4. 8 of us are sharing a cabin in Blackwater Falls State Park: KristinB Kristin NadiaMc MParker (Mike) Victor Shilo Jeff A...
  45. KristinB

    Annual Spring Shoot on the Virginia Eastern Shore

    Have fun, guys! Sorry to be missing it this time...
  46. KristinB

    Blackwater Canyon West Virginia

    Thanks so much, Kevin! Of course we're going in the spring... but now we're going to have to plan a fall trip too at some point. :biggrin:
  47. KristinB

    Jason O'Dell on Happily Converting .NEFs to .DNG

    CORRECTION: Jason Odell (NOT O'Dell) does NOT convert to DNG Hi folks! I saw this thread and messaged Jason. Since he recently broke his arm snowboarding and it's hard for him to type, he asked me if I would correct the OP's contention that his blog post linked above advocates converting to...
  48. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    Norm, what Jeff said. :smile: Mike had originally proposed the first weekend, which everyone agreed to. Then he asked if anyone was interested in the second weekend instead, and when the first two replies were that they would not be able to attend - he said we would stick to the original plan...
  49. KristinB

    West Virginia Weekend - May 3-5, 2013

    Everyone was fine with me having my pups along on the last shoot, so I don't see why not. Unfortunately, our cabin is not pet friendly, though. There isn't an itinerary yet per se, but in post #5 on this thread, I listed several links to planned photo op locations.
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