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El Dorado Nature Center :: Shoot in the Trees:: January 17 @ 2PM

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Orbitgal says:

Where: El Dorado Nature Center
7550 E. Spring St.
Long Beach CA 90815
(562) 570-1745 (call of Google Maps for directions)
MEET AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE ON TIME AS IT WILL DIFFICULT TO FIND US ONCE WE GET FURTHER INTO THE TRAILS AND TREES

**It costs $7.00 to park**

Nature Center Hours
Trails: Tue-Sun, 8am-5pm

When: Saturday, January 17, 2009

Time: 2:00 PM until it closes then maybe go get food after?

Ideas of things to shoot:

The nature center is small and not a lot is blooming right now. There are some birds, ducks, squirrels, and insects to see and lots of dead and dying plants...my favorite being the cool trees.

There are two areas with cool trees along the 2 mile path. There's the grove of old trees where I took my shots by that huge creepy tree and then there is a clearing with tree branches snaking along the ground. It's very cool...the shade of the trees makes the light really nice...not too harsh.

I was hoping to get some models to climb in the trees on this shoot. So far, none are available. Maybe some of you would be willing to climb trees and look "modelesque?" LOL! If someone has battery-operated lights, that'd be cool too and give us something new to try.

Sound like fun? It's definitely something different from the street photography...hope some can make it!

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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

umm...i might have to shoot a wedding on this day :o( i'm definitely in if it falls through though!! :oD
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Orbitgal says:

we can always change it to the 17th...will that work out?
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Renee Silverman says:

We'll be on our cruise . . . won't be able to make the 10th. The 17th would be GREAT! I'd love to do this.
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Orbitgal says:

OK...I'll change the date!
Then later that night...if you all have any energy left, I'm gonna go shoot Los Fabulocos in that little dive bar in Anaheim at 9PM. Kid Ramos is celebrating his 50th birthday! I am gonna do a great shoot with him later this month as he tries to re-create a photo of himself at 25! He's lost 20 pounds so far and is toning up! This is gonna be fun...hopefully the picture will be ready to hang at the event.

I'll post a thread with more info...
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Jirrupin says:

another cool location if you haven't had a meetup there already is huntington gardens, i was out there today, the chinese garden is now open, though obviously not as well established as the Japanese garden yet
Japanese Garden
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marctonysmith says:

I'd like to go to the nature center (and the Huntington--haven't been there in years), but won't be around that weekend. I'll have to go on my own some weekend.
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Orbitgal says:

yes, used to go there all the time when i lived out there. had lots of school projects to do there. it's pretty!

oh bummer!
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

orbitgal: yay, u changed the date! i'll definitely be there! :o)
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Orbitgal says:

yay! good!
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jcmahal says:

third times hopefully the charm.. I'm up for it, and even up for a tree climb or two.. can't guarantee a "modelesque" look though...
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megzzzzz says:

this looks like a great venue for a photoshoot... thanks!
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Orbitgal says:

SWEET! So I won't be the only one making a fool out of myself! haha! hope you can come this time too!


I was thinking about getting Trish again...maybe in a fairy costume!
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megzzzzz says:

nice!
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ric_hammond says:

A little FYI. I live down the street from the nature center. You should verify if they will be open. They will be doing some stream remediation soon and will be closing the center for 4-5 months. I don't know when this will start.
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Orbitgal says:

thanks...i was there last weekend and no sign. i will go on saturday and ask...

UPDATE:
According to their calendar of events, January is fine...no closures
www.longbeach.gov/naturecenter/calendar.asp
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P.B. Lea says:

Won't be able to make this one...It's a three day weekend and I will be out of town. Oh, well. Maybe next time
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airencracken is a group administrator airencracken says:

Most likely won't be making it to this one.
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Orbitgal says:

Anyone still planning on coming???
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

yes! :o)
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nikontraveler says:

I have it on my schedule. As usual, I won't know until the day before if I can go

RJ
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Juan-Calderon says:

Thanks for pointing me here.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, I'll go.
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Orbitgal says:

cool! i should be able to make this one too...
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Renee Silverman says:

@orbitgal . . . I am planning on it. Yeah!!! :-D
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Orbitgal says:

very cool!! hope to see you guys there!
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sarahr691 says:

I'll totally come!! Is this like a big event or something?
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AgentZ92505 says:

I'll put in my calendar and let you know in about a week and a half. Have no conflicts currently. That's right across the freeway from Los Alamitos where we lived when we moved back from Chicago in '86. Its been a while for me....
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Orbitgal says:

this is just a friendly meet-up, not too big. our meet-ups usually have about 10-15 sometimes more people show up...but this one looks like it'll be smaller. Can't wait to meet you.

hope you can come...it's been a long time!
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oddphotography says:

I'm visiting Santa Monica for work in January. Would love to come along if there is room (& if I can figure out transportation). Your group looks like quite the talented bunch. - odd
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Orbitgal says:

maybe someone from this group who is going would be willing to carpool with you?
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sarahr691 says:

One other question: is this like a model shoot, like I'm supposed to bring someone to shoot or its just nature?
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Orbitgal says:

it's just a meet-up to shoot in the nature park and among the trees. I was gonna bring some model friends of mine just because the location (spooky tree) screams out for some models to get up in the trees...but you can just shoot the nature around you if you want. so far, none of my model friends can make it...do you climb trees?

our meet-ups are general meet-ups (check the threads where we post our shots from the meet-ups) where we all just hang out and shoot stuff, each other, whatever!
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sarahr691 says:

Haha, I don't usually model, I don't know if I would be good at it or not, but I would be willing to give it a try, I guess. I might have a friend or two who would be willing to do it, I don't know I'll ask around and see. I don't know any models, though. Well, sounds like were gonna have a lot of fun!!
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Orbitgal says:

you don't have to model or bring models. I have been known to climb a tree or two for the group shot!
flickr.com/photos/10894757@N02/3051176651/in/set-72157609...

www.flickr.com/photos/deadeyebart/3053368116/

one word of caution: once you go to a meet-up with this group, you WILL become addicted to them and you will start going to every one and planning some of your own! Haha! We're a fun group...
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mambastic photography (aka mamba909) says:

I should be able to go and am still willing to run around on the trees =)
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Orbitgal says:

sweet! can't wait for that! dont forget to bring your lucha mask!!!
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|fishlamp| is a group administrator |fishlamp| says:

One of these days I'll actually attend one of the meetups. This would have been one, but I'll be in san Diego that weekend (working an event).
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Andrei Amodia says:

aaaaaaaaaaaaa man. another meetup and i can go.. ugh
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Mike Cohn says:

Sorry I won't be able to make this one. I'll be in San Diego celebrating my grandson's birthday. :-)



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Orbitgal says:

you two will be in the same place on that day! maybe you should meet up together!!


you can never go anywhere, can you? time to change the days you work! ;P
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oddphotography says:

Thanks Orbital. I'll keep my eye on the post. There is also an ultimate frisbee tourney in Santa Monica 1/17 and 1/18. Could be some good action shots, but I do love shooting trees
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

lol. not sure if anyone would want a picture of me climbing a tree :o/ hehehe
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Orbitgal says:

OF COURSE WE WOULD!!!
you'de better wear your tree-climbing clothes, girlie...that means NO flip flops! hahaha!
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stvjackson says:

I keep being out of town for the past group shoots, and since this weekend is MLK weekend, that may occur yet again. If not, since I live in LB, I'll definitely show up.
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Orbitgal says:

hope you can make it!
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Jeff Lowe Photography says:

darn...I'll be in a class until 6.
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Orbitgal says:

skip out early! haha!
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jcmahal says:

So far so good.. only thing that has come up for the 17th will be evening events so it looks like I'll be there for 09's first meet and hopefully many more to follow... and I'm still up for climbing trees =D.
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Orbitgal says:

Yay!! I also have an evening event planned too. I think I posted a thread if anyone wants to go.

ALSO....I FOUND A MODEL to pose for us (for about 2 hours) and she'd love it if you could give her a CD of some of your shots (if you decide to shoot her) so she can update her portfolio! She's the model I shot back in July--the ballet one...should be great fun!
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

awesome kim, do u know what she will be wearing?!? is there a theme?
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ripface24 says:

hey does a lot of people go?? or do they say they go and no one shows up??
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Orbitgal says:

I told her something gothic and dark...if you have something you want her to wear, I am sure she'll put it on...she's a size small or extra small I believe.


most of the time people who say they will go end up coming. It looks to be a small group this time. just come on down and have some fun!
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Orbitgal says:

Here are three shots of the model--Trisha Nicole Graham--we'll be working with...these were taken by other photographers, not me:

trish-plant

copyright: Brandon Feldhahn 2008


trish-bed

copyright: Chris Mirjahangir 2008




trish-dark

copyright: Greg Clark Photography 2008

The only thing I ask out of respect for her is that you agree to give her a CD of some of your best shots of her if you shoot her. She'll need them for her portfolio and you may want them for yours! She's really good. I think it will be interesting for sure!
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ripface24 says:

awesome i guess i'll go check it out
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airencracken is a group administrator airencracken says:

Looks like Jennifer and I are considering going now. So maybe we'll see you guys there.
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megzzzzz says:

hhmmm,,, i sense a reunion with Megz and Trisha...


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nigeljonze says:

i would love to go, but I do not drive lolz.
if anyone lives in the san fernado valley and would be gracious enough to give me a ride that would be really dope.
flickr msg if you can thanks.
^_______^
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ric_hammond says:

Well honk as you drive by. I'll be at the El dorado baseball fields doing player evaluations.

Look forward to seeing everyone's pics.
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Orbitgal says:

cool see you there!

i sure hope you two can make it!

sounds yummy!

hopefully someone will be able to get you!

we'll honk at ya!
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Mike Cohn says:

Since I won't be able to participate in this Flickrmeet my wife and I decided to do our own photowalk yesterday.


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segamatic says:

I'm going to try to come to this. :)
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Orbitgal says:

Mike that's great! Did you guys happen to find the trees hidden along the 2 mile trail??


All I can say to that is YAY!!! a tilt shift of a model up a tree! awesome!
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sarahr691 says:

Hey, is it cool if I bring a friend along?
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Orbitgal says:

everyone's welcome!!
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Mike Cohn says:

It was getting late when we got to the 1 mile / 2 mile junction and didn't want to risk having to spend the night there [they lock the gates at 5:00] so we opted for the one mile path. I'd like to return and do the 2 mile trail to see the other lake, etc.
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Relentless aka Anthony [deleted] says:

Hey guys I've been a under the weather since the new year, but I may attend and see you all the. I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks Kim for putting this meet together I was interested in going but never took the opportunity. So thanks again. P.S. Love the pics of your new home.
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Doubletee is a group moderator Doubletee says:

Oh, heck, okay, I'll head down for this, too. ("Too" because I'm also going out to the Doo Dah Parade the next day. It's going to be a busy weekend!) I liked that bridge I saw in Mike's photos. I can probably get some nice macro shots.

Well, okay, we know most of my shots will be comprised of other photographers. Get your best serious photographer faces ready, people! =)
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ric_hammond says:

For a side trip you should check out the Japanese gardens and Long Beach State. It cost a few buck to get in but is worth it.
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Doubletee is a group moderator Doubletee says:

Alas, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden @ CSULB is closed on Saturdays.

I would have stopped for a visit prior to the meet-up had they been open.
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Orbitgal says:

many a friend of mine have been married there!

YAY! I am glad you'll come to this as well! I'm ready for my close-up!
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mambastic photography (aka mamba909) says:

Thanks for doing some recon for us, Mike! =) Can't wait to go now.

Model, eh? So, am I relieved of my lucha duties??? =)
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Orbitgal says:

NOOO! Shhhhhhhhhh! You were gonna be the surprise!!!
You still need to come in costume!! You and the model will make for some interesting shots!!!
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mambastic photography (aka mamba909) says:

Uh, should I delete my comment =P
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Orbitgal says:

hahaha nope...cat's out of the bag, and i am sure no one really knows quite what we're blabbing about!
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NoIdentity says:

Throwing in (better late than never) - I'll likely attend. Nobody knows me, so I can maintain my low profile.
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Orbitgal says:

like we won;t notice a lurker! ;P
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NoIdentity says:

I tend to loom more than lurk. We'll see how it turns out.
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Orbitgal says:

I just hung up with the model. She's scheduled to be there on time. I am excited about this one!


oh come on! just walk right up and say hello!
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

so kim, what's the count so far? i'm in a baking mood. maybe i'll show up with some cupcakes ;o)
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Jaynonymous [deleted] says:

Man, I've been adding pictures to this group's pool for a few months and never realized you guys had meets.

I'll be snowboarding that day, but will definitely be joining you guys on another one soon!
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Orbitgal says:

the group is ALL ABOUT the meets and less about the pool...we like face to face...come on out to the next one!
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jcmahal says:

@Doubletree - I've been to the Japanese Garden @ CSULB before, definitely a nice place to go to and take pictures if you ever get the chance. They're Koi pond is very nice and the fishes aren't shy at all, they'll gather around you if you get near the water's edge.
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Renee Silverman says:

I'm still planning on it ya'll.
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Walking Flowers says:

Hi, my name is Carl. I’ve been shooting pictures around Los Angeles for a few years self teaching myself photography. I live in Echo Park. In the last few days, I have started joining groups to get a little more evolved with other local photographers. I am planning to come to this event. I just wonder what are the suggestions of camera equipment one would bring to a nature and model shoot like this one?
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Dan T Nhu says:

Hi Orbitgal & all,

I'm Dan & I just came across seeing the meetup post on Flickr frontpage today. Just checked this group out & seems like it's an interesting meetup. I'm more of a landscape person, and I can see some good potential at this place. I will give it a try at El Dorado Nature area & hopefully I'll get something out of it on that day & to meet some of you up in person.

Is there a particular place at El Dorado that eveyone supposes to meet first (ie. parking lot, front gate, etc.)?
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Orbitgal says:

I think maybe 10 or more? Bake some cookies!!!

Yay!

Can't wait to meet you! Just bring any gear you feel comfortable carrying--nothing major. I am bringing my tripod and basic lenses and my flash! nothing major!

Can;t wait to meet you too! Yes, we will meet at the entrance to the center.
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mambastic photography (aka mamba909) says:

"i'm in a baking mood. maybe i'll show up with some cupcakes ;o) "

Definitely going now =P
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Orbitgal says:

woot!
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SB_Photography is a group administrator SB_Photography says:

if you bake it, they will come :oD
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KennyJewel says:

Since I scrubbed through this thread pretty quickly, may have missed this, but where are we meeting exactly on Saturday? El Dorado Park is pretty big.
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Orbitgal says:

I just mentioned it up thread that we meet at the entrance...of course since it would be easy to get lost once inside and hard to direct others to our location...so be on time!
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Orbitgal says:

If you plan on shooting ANY pics of the model, you will need to have a model release for her and you to sign. I will have some (like 10) copies, or you can hunt online and find your own. There are all sorts out there. If you plan on putting the pics up on your Flickr page, you do need her permission, so just bring a release and she can sign them before we get started.
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Mike Cohn says:

Your model may *want* you to get a model release before posting on Flickr and I respect that. However, be aware that there is no legal requirement to get the release unless you plan on selling the photos or using them for commercial purposes.
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segamatic says:

I've seen this model release at Getty Images: contributors.gettyimages.com/img/articles/downloads/Final...

Does that look alright or is there another that you would recommend?
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Bryan Villarin says:

This is the opposite of what I like to photograph (people and street photography), but I should get out of my comfort zone. If anything, I'll most likely go to hang out.
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Joits is a group moderator Joits says:

... you like to shoot people and street photography? really? hehe...
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Bryan Villarin says:

Joits Haha, I guess it's no secret! :)
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Doubletee is a group moderator Doubletee says:

That's right, venture out of that comfort zone for a bit.

If you don't find anything nature-y that appeals to you, you'll still have plenty of Flickrfolks to shoot. And almost all of us are people! =)
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jcmahal says:

Dates getting closer, happy to say that I'll be there. Hope to meet you all there.
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Orbitgal says:

You are right...and I am merely talking out of respect and how things are done in the modeling community... thanks for that info. I have no doubt all attending would do right by the model...;P


Its all about getting out of your comfort zone! What fun is it if you always just shoot what you know? This will only be my 2nd time shooting a live model...itll be fun! we cant wait to see you!


and you are one of the best male models I know!!!


cant wait to meet you!
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Orbitgal says:

Amos, that one looks great. The one I have is less formal, but along the same lines. Lemme see if I can find it and direct you all there...
I found it...here's the link www.nyip.com/ezine/techtips/model-release.html and this is what it looks like (very very basic)

MODEL RELEASE

In exchange for consideration received, I hereby give permission to [ your name here ] to use my name and photographic likeness in all forms and media for advertising, trade, and any other lawful purposes.

Print Name:

Signature:

Date:

If Model is under 18:
I, , am the parent/legal guardian of the individual named above, I have read this release and approve of its terms.

Print Name:

Signature:

Date:
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