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Will_Zyle
04-19-2010, 07:21 AM
Hi
I am planning to attend Imaging USA in 2011 San Antonio.
Its a long haul from Brisbane Australia, so I am looking to make it really worthwhile.
I would like to spend some time taking photographs in Mexico and other places after the convention...does anyone know of or would already be planning to do the same?
Plus would need to arrange a buddy pass etc etc.
Happy to start planning some adventures now with interested shooters.
love to hear from you.
Cheers
Will

Ron_Jackson
04-19-2010, 02:17 PM
Will it's good to hear from you again and certainly glad to hear you are planning to be here for Imaging. I haven't committed yet but I plan to be there. As far as Mexico, it could depend on where you plan on going. There is a war of sorts still raging mostly along the border areas. The drug cartel continues to murder thousands. Many kidnap foreign travelers especially Americans, hold them for ransom then in many cases, still kill them by beheading. I doubt if this is going to be any better by the time Imaging gets here. You might reconsider and choose an adventure safari somewhere in the US. Just something to think about.

Stan_Lawrence
04-19-2010, 03:59 PM
There are a number of really beautiful places in the US to photograph, that might be a much better choice.....:cool:

Rick_Massarini
04-19-2010, 04:16 PM
There are a number of really beautiful places in the US to photograph, that might be a much better choice.....:cool:

Yeah, Why go to Mexico when you have New Mexico and Colorado just a little farther west - also don't forget the Arizona areas like the Arches NP and Canyonlands areas in Southern Utah - unbelevable in the snow!!!

Ron_Jackson
04-19-2010, 05:15 PM
Much of San Antonio and the surrounding area is a lot like northern Mexico in both landscape, architecture and culture. Then you have Big Bend National Park not too far away. Let's put it this way, no, I am not interested in going into Mexico due to the extreme danger at this time.

Rick_Massarini
04-19-2010, 07:06 PM
Much of San Antonio and the surrounding area is a lot like northern Mexico in both landscape, architecture and culture. Then you have Big Bend National Park not too far away. Let's put it this way, no, I am not interested in going into Mexico due to the extreme danger at this time.

PLUS... You CAN drink the water in San Antonio...

Joe_Campanellie
04-19-2010, 07:24 PM
Just hope we don't get that ice storm like last time. What a mess that was...!

Never did get to see much of the city because of the weather for that last convention there. Day we arrived it was like mid 70's. Went in for dinner and the temps dropped some 30 degrees in just a few hours. Got a lot worse after that.

Rick_Massarini
04-19-2010, 09:05 PM
Just hope we don't get that ice storm like last time. What a mess that was...!

Never did get to see much of the city because of the weather for that last convention there. Day we arrived it was like mid 70's. Went in for dinner and the temps dropped some 30 degrees in just a few hours. Got a lot worse after that.

Following along on that thought... did anyone notice the theme for the upcoming San Antonio convention? It was printed on the hand-out bags - the ones with the peppers on them... The theme is "BRING THE HEAT" hmmm... coincidental? are they referring to heat as in peppers or could it be that whomever decided on the theme remembered the last San Antonio convention??? Or has someone at PPA Headquarters started reading the quatrains of Nostradamus???

Ron_Jackson
04-19-2010, 09:23 PM
I think all Imaging conventions should be held in Florida each year as long as they continue to do this in January. January is the toughest month for me to make these things. Sure wish it were summer conventions. Oh well. San Antonio is pretty small and isolated. When you venture outside the city, it's mostly dry scrub lands and farming. Not a lot of eye candy outside the city limits for a long ways. Summer there does provide for some awesome sunsets outside the city with the large thunderheads across the sky.

Will_Zyle
04-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Hi Boys...good morning.

Thats for the heads up...sorry, pardon the pun.

I have spent some time shooting in the State's I did work in Atlanta many years ago.

I just though that Mexico would be off the beaten track and a little more interesting and the boarder was close too. I did not realise that the boarder situation is so bad. Wow!

Nice to hear from you too Ron...dont tell tell your worried about losing your head?

OK...I get the message. So its the desert regions in New Mexico and maybe Arizona??
Cheers
Will

George_Hawkins
04-20-2010, 01:56 AM
I'm interested in compiling suggestions of things to pursue in the area of San Antonio.
Maybe, I will drive from the northeast, maybe; I flew to San Antonio several years ago.
BTW. Continental got me out fine.

Rick, I understand that New Orleans is the following year - I liked the convention there!
I captured a lot of wall graffiti, really great scenes painted on exterior walls, as well as inside the Embassy Suites' Atrium!

Rick_Massarini
04-20-2010, 03:54 AM
Yes, the 2012 Convention will be here in New Orleans - and we can just about guarantee that you won't have to worry about getting snowed in down here.

Ron_Jackson
04-20-2010, 05:09 AM
Yeah! One of my favorite cities. Spent a lot of time down there in the 70s when I was shooting for Levis. Pasquale Manales bbq shrimp, Felix's for Dixie beer and raw oysters and of course, my morning coffee at Cafe du Monde. Can't wait.

Will_Zyle
04-20-2010, 07:30 AM
OK Boys
Stop the name dropping...lol

I have looked at White Sands New Mexico before and was very interested as I really love shooting the desert dunes etc.
What do you think about this area??

Cheers
Will

PS I do agree about your concerns with Mexico, goes to show how important local knowledge is. On my own I would have just gone there and done my own thing????

Ron_Jackson
04-20-2010, 02:04 PM
I've been all throughout west Texas and New Mexico. Beautiful attributes in both areas. To many, these are somewhat desolate and boring areas, to me, they hold astounding beauty especially at sunset. You probably wouldn't want to drive from San Antonio to White Sands if your time is limited. It's over 600 miles. You could fly the short flight from San Antonio to El Paso then drive about 70 miles north to White Sands. There is a lot of real beauty along that drive. This is kind of a problem with San Antonio as there just isn't much close by.

Will_Zyle
04-20-2010, 11:02 PM
Hi Ron

I like the way you think!
My thoughts were a flight to El Paso, (make it the home base) and spend a few days in the area taking some snaps.
Anyway it is a fair way off and a lot of things can change.
Anyway hope all is good and nice to hear from you again.