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  1. After conversing with Eric, the job is mine. So, this is a general call for volunteers to help takes pictures for the website gallery. If you are interested but aren't quite sure what you are signing up for, look in the Events Gallery and then in the IPMS/USA Nationals gallery for examples of what has been done before. Like I said above, people will focus on the one or two classes that most interest them. For those classes that don't have someone assigned to them I'll take examples from all of the photographers and compile them. We'll try to meet once or twice during the convention to do a data transfer of what you have. I'll then format them and upload them onto the web site. It's not terribly structured and is really just to give those who can't attend a chance to see what was there.
  2. Pete Until I or someone is 'officially' in charge, you just need to keep your offer out there. Last time we did have people focusing on particular categories but I also took whatever they shot and were willing to share. This is especially important if a category is not picked up by someone. Everyone's contribution goes into those. No tally sheet is used since we have no need to match up photos like they do for the awards program. Rick
  3. I headed this last year. The preferred format is JPG. Size is not as important as they will be resized before uploading to the website. Size only becomes an issue in how long it takes to transfer the files from you to me. Most cameras now use SanDisk cards but I have a multi-card reader if you have something offbeat. We usually determine a time and place to meet to transfer what you have to date and one to two meetings usually covers it. Rick Jackson
  4. I like them too. But I am upset that when I went to the sponsorship page the Best Of awards were obscenely priced. I see that you are trying to target corporate sponsors, but why price out the chapters? The least expensive award is twice what we budgeted.
  5. It may be one of several reasons. You could take that same Asuka Sherman and enter it in three different categories simply by making it a small comp diorama, a large comp diorama and sticking it on a plain wood base. Are you advocating for the elimination of categories you don't like to build in with the purpose of expanding ones that you do like?
  6. Yes, while I usually have a box full of regular entries I often have an OOB entry. At least four of the last five years.
  7. If people would simply stop trying to find loopholes and figure out ways to beat the system it would be simple. Virtually every rule there was in response to some entry that wasn't kosher.
  8. Kits being so nice doesn't defeat the spirit of the category. It's been said many times, a bunch of extra details (whether they are additional plastic parts in the box or aftermarket) simply gives you more chances to screw up. It doesn't guarantee a win. As far as the OOB+ is concerned, only Ships have a real category that welcomes the high-tech kits into OOB as well as a separate, traditional OOB category. It seems to be working but the other classes haven't yet decided to adopt that format. They continue to have the limited, 40-year old exceptions as to what can be added and still be OOB in each class. Integrating the OOB into the regular categories was tried for several years. It proved to be a judging headache because the teams had to basically judge each category twice. You had to figure out the OOB winner but also if the OOB was going to win as a regular 1-2-3 winner. If it did, you had to go back and pick up the second OOB as that winner since the rules prevented you from winning two awards. Then there was also the chance that there wouldn't be an OOB in a category so the physical award would be wasted. Making a separate OOB category(ies) effectively guarantees the category will be filled out. And, as it has been pointed out, it's not like the current format is going wanting for entries.
  9. I have loaded what I plan on loading to the gallery unless I identify a stray photo that needs to be added. Except for a couple of hiccups, I believe it went rather well and I want to thank all of the guys that contributed their time and effort to taking the pictures. Rick
  10. Nick And an educated person would get the name right of the person being quoted. This whole thread has reached the point of being ridiculous. I suggest everyone take a break at least until after Chattanooga so they can have more kindling for the fire. Rick
  11. Not only that, but any tours or general people, places and things that you take as well.
  12. There have been a couple of volunteers but it would be helpful if a few more would agree to help. Either respond here or send me a PM. Rick
  13. Doug

    Do you have a preference as to which class to focus on?



  14. Thanks Bill. I've set you up and added your contact info to my email and phone.
  15. Guys Eric has set up the framework for the page for this year and given me access to it. We are Go. Now I would like volunteers to step up for doing this. Ideally there will be a person to focus on each class. With the smaller ones, a person could handle two if they wanted. I won't turn down any images 'outside your assignment' as long as we have someone focusing on each class. When you volunteer, please also send me a message with email and cell number so we can contact each other during the convention just in case. I would like to set up a regular time/place during the con for us to exchange what you have taken so far. Something like a 2 hour window at a particular spot each day. Let me get with the convention guys to see what they have available like a lobby table. I should be able to deal with any thumb drives you have images on. Let me double check my equipment about being able to directly read memory cards or phones. If you have your own cable it would be a good idea to bring it along. Juniors-Bill Dedig Aircraft Armor-John Bonanni Ships-Rick Jackson Figures Automotive-Doug Hamilton Space and Sci-Fi-Bill Dedig Dioramas Misc Rick
  16. Well, if no one has officially been designated I can take a stab at it. Eric would need to give me some additional training on how to get to the specific pages we plan on using. Assuming the process is the same as the box art galleries, I'm at least partially trained on the uploading. Assuming all of that is a go, then all of us that plan on doing it will need to coordinate file transfers and such at the convention. Rick
  17. Let me re-make a point here. Where is it written that a person MUST care if they win or lose at the contest? I know several people who attend, put the model on the table, and enjoy the rest of the convention without another thought about the contest. They enjoy looking at a roomful of models without it impacting their self-worth. Winning an award is gravy.
  18. Has anyone issued a request for photographers yet and I just missed it?
  19. Sure, I would drive too if it was that close--but is isn't this time. For me it is most of a two-day drive. Given that I have to be at work for part of WEDNESDAY, you can see what prompted this topic. Thanks to everyone for the input. You have confirmed much of what I knew/suspected. The plan is to have the models the only thing I carry on. I've already done some research and picked a box that is within the size limits. The box will be clear and sturdy so they can get an up-front idea of what's inside. As long as it doesn't get flipped upside down I should be good. Rick
  20. Thanks for the feedback guys. My biggest concern has been the amount of inspection to expect. I was always planning on getting a clear storage box that would fit as carry-on, preferably under the seat. Most of the ones I've used are strong enough to put up with some banging and as long as I've done a good job in anchoring the models inside everything should be OK. Once packed, I was worried that the whole thing would have to be opened and probably fondled. It sounds like that will happen even though the models can be seen through the lid and sides. And, of course, there's the issue of PE, metal figures, etc.. These issues will certainly impact what I take and what I may build in the next few months. At this point a 54mm figure probably makes more sense than an HMS Victory. Rick
  21. Work issues make it likely that I will be flying to Phoenix this year. It's been 15 years since I've tried to take a model on a plane. Can anyone give me advice on the current climate and what can be done to get an entry past TSA without damage. Success stories and/or failures would be appreciated. Rick Jackson
  22. When you click on the link it opens a new window but the forms never load.
  23. I see that the links for the contest forms are up. It appears, though, that they will not open with Firefox. They did come up when I tried Edge and Chrome. Rick
  24. It seems that the updating has come to a halt with only a few from each state shown. I would like our club's to be added. How does one submit a club logo to be added to the Gallery? Is any format acceptable? Rick Jackson
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