Group Shoot-A Day on the Farm

Bobbi is working with a local farm that produces cheese. And they have agreed to allow us access in the early morning to see the milking process and other on goings of the farm. We've had to move the date to March 2nd because of weather this February. With this date move, I (Tim Morgan) have been handed the job leading this event. Once again, even though this new date is locked down, being that it's a working farm, things do come up and then there is always the weather which could, once again require yet an additional postponement. We are being offered a snack of cheese and maybe a few moments with farmers between their chores. This is a great opportunity that has filled up quickly. Expect baby lambs and other farm critters. If they like us, we might be able to go back another time. Location is about an hour from Santa Rosa, so plan accordingly. The limit is 12 photographers on this so we don't overwhelm them. Please be sure that you can commit before taking a space from someone else. 

What to bring-
Dress in warm layers with farm proof shoes- mud, poop, and other nasties… with a change of shoes in the car and a plastic baggie for your gross shoes. tripods are welcome but might tie you down. a sack snack and water
maybe a wide and a long lens. I've also seen really cool shots with a fish eye. Flash unit- but please DO NOT FLASH THE ANIMALS

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  • David LLoyd 3

    Much Fun

    March 4, 2014

  • Kenneth B.

    Very cool.

    March 2, 2014

  • Tim M.

    I'm giving this a 3 star rating because, given the variable weather, wet conditions, problems with the meetup.com website, we got less of a turnout than was signed up to go. While I had to make the call as the leader, I think the conditions could have been better for the group. On a farm like this, I think it will be different each time we go. Definitely want to do this again and also have others who didn't get a chance to do it this time participate. As far as I know, we were good guests and I'd expect that we be welcome back.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Jak W.

    Thanks for today, that was fun.

    March 2, 2014

  • Chris

    If there is room, I'm still game. I understand if no room.

    March 1, 2014

  • Tim M.

    With meetup.com up and down due to a denial of service attack, I can only hope that we can pull this off tomorrow.

    March 1, 2014

  • David LLoyd 3

    For the record I and my +1, Ruth Ann Grogan, will be attending. My favorite, shots have generally come during inclement weather conditions. And my health issues have been present for years so I have learned and equipped to manage under any conditions. And after yesterdays experience in the mud and slippery slag heap I am extremely confident that this will be a fun entertaining event. And am looking forward to some interesting image captures. We will see you at 7:00am tomorrow.
    D3

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • JD D.

    With all the rain I figured it would not be a go so I made other plans. I would like to reschedule this as I really wanted to go but now have a non refundable hotel reservation.

    March 1, 2014

  • Chris

    I'm still waiting . :-)

    March 1, 2014

  • Kaye T.

    So sad to have to cancel, but sounds like this will be too slippery for me. Hope someone can take my place at the last minute (couldn't get in to the site for several days).

    March 1, 2014

    • Tim M.

      Thanks for letting me know.

      March 1, 2014

  • Tim M.

    Oh, let's remember too that there is a $10 suggested donation to the farm for each participant.

    February 28, 2014

  • Tim M.

    Note that the farm as a website: http://tolumafarms.com/

    February 28, 2014

  • Tim M.

    I told the farm folk that we are coming and will be prepared for MUD. She indicated that cell service out here is poor as is GPS.

    February 28, 2014

  • Tim M.

    Ok, I just checked in with our host on the farm about conditions this Sunday. She said, "Honestly, it will be a muddy mess but I will leave that up to you weather that is a problem or not. People will need good mud boots and to be very careful with slipping."

    How do you all feel about attending under those conditions? If the consensus is that we are ok with that, it's a go for this weekend if not, I propose we reschedule to March 16th and try again. Please let me know your thoughts. Personally, I'm for giving it a go mud and all.

    February 26, 2014

    • Jak W.

      Me too. Thanks.

      February 26, 2014

    • Rick

      I'm good to go too. Does anybody want or need a ride? I will be coming from Windsor. Let me know if you do.

      February 28, 2014

  • Tim M.

    Well, looking at the weather forecast for the coming week, it would appear that once again rain may cause a postponement of this meetup. Nothing is decided at this point but I will be communicating with farm later this week on this concern. Please stay tuned here for further announcements. I repeat though, for now, we are still on for March 2nd.

    February 24, 2014

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    This is a great farm. I shot here last week for their marketing. It's small but with good options. I don't think it will take too long to get all the shots. I spent 2 1/2 hours here and got plenty. I found a[masked] to be the most useful lens for the animals, and 24-70 or a 50 work well for details. Sorry I can't go :(

    February 17, 2014

  • Al L.

    Am I on the March 2 list, or am I out of sight at the bottom?

    February 14, 2014

    • Tim M.

      Al, because you signed yourself out, you went to the wait list as someone else took your place. We'll see what happens between now and then but for now you are on the wait list. Sorry.

      February 14, 2014

  • Tim M.

    As the question came up in our meet up last night. With the date change, there is no need to sign up again for this event as only the date was moved not the attendees.

    February 12, 2014

  • Pauline D.

    Any idea how long you might stay? Are you taking a waiting list?

    February 4, 2014

    • Pauline D.

      Never mind, I see the waiting list. Thanks.

      February 4, 2014

    • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

      We are on a wait list currently. This one filled up right away. I am working on maybe another one when I am in Europe. People on this wait list will have first priority on the second if I an get it together.

      February 4, 2014

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    This is a popular one! I'll see if I can get a second date. IF I do get a second date- I will give anyone on this wait list priority. And I gently ask that if you attend the first one, please let others attend the second one. The second one might happen while I'm in Europe, so I would need a volunteer leader/contact for the day. The contact for the day will be operating as a contractor of Yuzu Studios, so the event is covered through my insurance.

    January 29, 2014

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    Ok, just confirmed with the farm- we're on! I will post the address in a bit. The fee is a suggested $10 donation to the farm, but if you don't have it, you won't be turned away. Also, I asked if I could do more than 12, and she said that space will be an issue, so it's not possible. Please be sure of your ability to go if you have rsvpd because we are on a wait list. I might try for another day later in spring to accommodate those that are not able to attend.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Al L.

    Being a film photographer, I'm wondering how dark those early-morning hours will be. I'm guessing ISO 400 will work, but I have some Ilford 3200 for backup. Thoughts? Thanks

    January 25, 2014

    • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

      Sunrise is at 7:30 that day, so expect grey foggy cool tones. I think 3200 will be over kill. For some situations, you just might have to focus on other things- like the rising sun and for ground silhouettes. I think the milking happens in a barn- so I would assume artificial lights. You can always set your camera settings, go outside at dawn and take a meter reading. It will put you in the ball park. And on buildings etc, you can always do a long exposure on a tripod?

      January 25, 2014

    • Al L.

      Thanks! I'll start with the 3200 film and set the camera for mebbe 1200. I can futz with development. Then 400 later on. There are times when digital makes life easier :-)l

      January 25, 2014

  • Bobbi Lance-Yuzu S.

    Also because of the early hours and cold, this may not be the best meet up for the kiddos. The same farm offers family friendly tours on Sundays for $10 each.

    January 23, 2014

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