3 GREAT EVENTS - RENO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL, CHEETAH RUN AND CAMEL RACES

PHOTO WORKSHOP WITH 3 EVENTS - THE GREAT RENO HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL INCLUDING 2 DAWN BALLOON ASCENSION LAUNCHES PLUS OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN AND VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES
























 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 WORKSHOP DATES:  Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7, 2014

Departure times:  We are planning to car pool to Reno on Friday, September 5. The first group will leave from Alameda at Noon and we will stop at Lake Tahoe on the way to Reno.  For those who are not able to leave until later, you can drive up after work and meet us at the hotel.

HOT AIR BALLOONS: If you have never seen a Dawn Ascension of Hot Air Balloons, it is an awesome sight with the brilliant colors of fire against the pitch black sky.  We will be attending the launches on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Reno Balloon Festival is the largest Free Hot Air Balloon event in the United States with almost 100 incredible hot air balloons.(The Albequerque festival is larger but not free).

OPTIONAL CHEETAH RUN: On Sunday, September 7, there will be an optional trip to the Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary where they hold a Cheetah Run. We will also be able to take images of the many other animals in the Ark including Tigers, Cougars, Bears, Bobcats, etc.

OPTIONAL PHOTO BLIND AND GRANDSTAND:  All spaces in the photo blind have been reserved, however, there are still spaces available in the grandstand and you can get some great shots from there as well.

VIRGINIA CITY CAMEL RACES:  On Saturday, after the Hot Air Balloon Festival, we will go to the Annual Virginia City Camel races featuring camels, ostriches, zebras and emus racing as jockeys from around the world compete. Before the races, there is a nice parade through historic downtown Virginia City. Plan for a day full of fun, laughs and outstanding photographs.

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM PREVIOUS RENO TRIPS:  You can see images that were uploaded by those who attended this event last year.  Here is a link to it:

http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Photography-Events/photos/17150372/

You can see images that were uploaded by those who attended the event in 2012

http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Photography-Events/photos/10648712/

EVENT ORIENTATIONS:  Prior to each of the events, there will be an orientation in which you will get a lot of tips about techniques and cameras settings to use to get the best images at each event.

WORKSHOP PRICE:  $98.00 (not including hotel, meals, admissions or transportation).   If you want to attend the optional Cheetah Run, there is an extra charge of $40.00 for a space in the Grandstand.  All of the money from the admission fees goes entirely to the Sanctuary to support their work.

**** WHEN YOU RSVP:  When you enter your Yes RSVP for this trip, you will be asked several questions.  It is very important that you send the answers to these questions or we will not be able to completion your registration.  Thanks very much.

CAR POOLING:  We will be organizing car pools for those who are interested. The first group will leave at Noon.  If you are not able to leave until after work, you can meet us at the hotel in Reno.

HOTEL ROOMS:  We are using a travel agency to handle the hotel room reservations. Because of all the events going on in Reno, prices are higher and many hotels are selling out.  The agency has rooms reserved for us at a lower rate but you need to reserve your space and room as soon as possible.  Waiting to the last minute is normally a problem.

This will be a really wonderful trip.  We have a great group of photographers attending and hope you can join us.

Edward Woods

Organizer

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  • Armando

    Thank you Ed! This event was well organized and your helpful photography tips were right on! I had a great time and met great people.

    September 14

  • Jonathan

    Than you Ed for this well organized events. I had really good time and enjoyed the opportunity to go out and shoot. It was even nicer to have the chance to meet all other photographers.

    1 · September 8

  • Scott D.

    I had a blast and learned quite a lot about my own camera! Thanks Ed for organizing and all the advice!

    September 8

  • Claire

    Thanks Ed for organizing the event. It was fun meeting you guys and I got some nice shots from the three events. Hope to meet you all again for more photography!

    September 8

  • Kay

    It was a great success! Thank you Ed for wonderful coordination! Good to meet you all.

    September 8

  • Kay

    It was a great success! Thank you Ed for wonderful coordination! Good to meet you all.

    September 8

  • Sebastian J.

    Ed, thank you very much for organizing this great event! I really enjoyed the weekend in Reno with the different photoshooting opportunities :).

    September 8

  • rich

    Would like to go but would be interested in sharing a hotel room to cut costs. Anybody interested please let me know.

    July 24, 2014

    • rich

      Thanks Ed, but last year this did not work so I thought I would try earlier and hope to cut costs of the room a bit.

      July 24, 2014

    • Armando

      Hello Rich, Ed suggested that I contact you. If you are still interested in attending, I have a room reserved and would be open to sharing to cut cost as well. You should still be able to get a space in the grand stand according to Ed.

      August 31

  • John K K.

    I will be heading out on Thur just for the balloon launch on Friday morning then heading back to SF. Will not be in the workshop. Look forward to seeing some of you in the early hours for some great shots.

    August 26

  • Terr G.

    I'm going to this event, but not taking the "workshop" therefore not paying.

    August 16

  • Claire

    Hi, I just signed up for this. Would like to share the hotel room with a female. Also would like to catch a ride from the east bay. I live in Fremont. How do I purchase the ticket for the Cheetah run? Thanks.

    August 13

    • Edward W.

      Hi Claire - Welcome to the Reno trip. I will send you an email with more information.

      August 13

  • Kay

    Hi.

    I can have one female to share the room. I also can have 2 more passengers from East Bay. Please be registered to attend before contacting me. Thanx.

    July 29, 2014

    • Janice

      Kay, I can meet you anywhere in Bay Area.

      July 29, 2014

    • Kay

      Hi Janice, ok let's figure things out. Contact me at [masked] with your email and phone number. Thanks!

      July 30, 2014

  • Laura L

    Spoke w/the lady handling the hotel reservations and she said the deadline to make your reservations with her is Aug. 1, by 5 pm, which is this friday. I got a room, but am hoping to share with another non-smoking female.

    July 29, 2014

    • Pam L.

      I would be interested in sharing a room with 2 beds.

      July 30, 2014

  • Shreyas

    I will be travelling from San jose. I will be driving solo. Let me know if anyone wants to carpool.

    July 29, 2014

    • Edward W.

      I will be sending out an email on car pooling to everyone later this week so we can arrange that.

      July 29, 2014

  • Ron E.

    I've just signed up and want to reserve a place in the photo blind. What hotel are we staying in and what are the prices

    July 24, 2014

  • Jonathan

    Hi Ed,
    I signed up the event this morning. Could you help reserve a spot in photo blind?
    Thanks!

    July 22, 2014

    • Edward W.

      Have sent you an email with instructions.

      July 22, 2014

  • Laura L

    Just signed up and paid, hope I can still get into the cheetah run. Fingers crossed.

    July 22, 2014

  • Shreyas

    I am interested in this event (both the hot air balloon and the cheetah run). I will not be able to make it on the 5th at 3 PM, the scheduled event start. I can come down by night on the 5th, basically after office. Would that be possible?
    I would want to discuss the hotel options as well.

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      Please enter a Yes rsvp for the trip, complete the payment and answer the questions. When we get the reservation, we will send the information about reserving a space in the photo blind.

      July 22, 2014

    • Shreyas

      Hi Ed, I have just registered for the event, Can you please let me know the process to reserve a spot in the photo blinds?

      July 22, 2014

  • Warren M.

    Ed, I'm in the processes of upgrading to full frame so I'll get some practice with that to be prepared for Reno. I see a need for all available focal lengths and tripods this time, though not necessary at Fillmore Street. Right? Tell me if I can still get a blind space.
    Thanks.

    1 · July 22, 2014

    • Edward W.

      I am holding a space for you. Will send an email with details.

      July 22, 2014

  • Scott D.

    Hi Ed,
    I signed up this morning and completed the payment. Please reserve a spot for me at the Cheetah run.
    Looking forward to it.
    Thanks!

    July 22, 2014

    • Scott D.

      Hi Ed, I didn't receive it, I'm not sure why. I sent you a message - can you check your in-box? Thanks

      July 22, 2014

    • Scott D.

      Got it -- thanks!

      July 22, 2014

  • Virginia S.

    Did anyone happen to find a small yellow pouch with 2 Nikkor lenses (35 and 50 - older manual lenses) at the Marin Headlands shoot on the 4th of July? That was the last time I saw them and I may have left them behind...Please let me know if you found them. I've called the park. So far no luck. Thanks in advance for any help.

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      I sent an email to those who entered a yes rsvp asking if anyone found them. Will let you know if I get a reply.

      July 22, 2014

    • Virginia S.

      Thanks. I appreciate it.

      July 22, 2014

  • Fabián S.

    I would like to go but I am not sure if I will be in town then. I will let you know later. (Early to Mid August)

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      Fabian - it looks like the photo blinds will all be gone in a few days so hope you can decide soon.

      July 22, 2014

  • Robert S.

    How do I register for the Cheetah Run blinds

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      Begin by entering a yes rsvp for the trip. After we receive your rsvp and answers to the questions, we will send you an email confirmation with information on the photo blind.

      July 21, 2014

  • Laura L

    Giving serious thought to going, and want to see what my hotel options are before I commit. Where do you usually stay in Reno for this event? I'd like to check availability and cost. Thanks! Been wanting to make this event work for me for a couple years now, hopefully this will be the year.

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      We are using a travel agency for the rooms and I am checking out several hotels. The price will be around $69 plus tax per day for a single room. We will help with those who want to share a room to save on hotel cost. Prices are higher and availability more difficult on the weekend we are going because of all the events going on. Hope this information is helpful.

      July 21, 2014

    • Laura L

      Ok, thanks Ed, that price sounds very reasonable.

      July 21, 2014

  • Janice

    Edward, could you please reserve 2 spots of Cheetah run for me, how should I pay for the photo blind space?

    July 21, 2014

    • Edward W.

      Yes I do recommend making the reservations and paying for both. If your plans should change and you need to cancel, you can do that up to 6 days before the trip. When you reserve, you should be able to reserve for yourself and a Plus One. We look forward to having you join us for an outstanding trip

      1 · July 21, 2014

  • iswar

    I would like to go with family this time if possible. Let me know, how much I have to pay? I need a photo blind spot and for my family, need two spots for Cheetah run viewing. They are not into photography.

    July 15, 2014

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