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Let's have a WU Photo Party on the West Coast

By: RenoSoHill, 10:05 PM GMT on February 18, 2012

Here is the Whole Scoop! Play by Play - almost!


The planning committee of Duane Foss (RenoSoHill), Kristina Rinell (KristinaRinell), Rich Watson (Quickeye) and Lori Quillen (SVLover) are pleased to announce the schedule of events and procedures for signing up for the Wunderground Photographers Gold Beach meet up activities. If you have any questions please leave a note here on the blog or contact any of the planning committee members by WU email. Please leave your information here on the blog about your arrival times and length of stay so we can keep our records up to date. Thank you!

The Gathering at Gold Beach

The gathering will be held the weekend of September 14-15-16 in Gold Beach Oregon. Headquarters for the event will be located at the Gold beach Resort. If you plan to stay here and haven’t yet made your reservations, you need to do so immediately. The discounted rate of $107.10 tax/night will expire after July 31st. Don’t forget to mention Wunderground Photographers so you will get the discounted rate. You can reach the reservations desk at 1-800-541-0947. Check out the web site at Gold Beach Resort! Every room has an ocean view and free WIFI!

Members of the Wunderground staff have expressed interest in participating and attending our event! We will let you know more about that as events unfold.


Check in at Gold Beach Resort (after 2:00pm) an activity board will be set up in the hotel lobby to inform you all of when and where to meet.

Friday Night Casual Pizza
Come and get acquainted with all your Wunderfriends over a slice of delicious pizza! Then get ready as we head south for the beautiful Pistol River sunset shoot with its iconic monolithic rocks. This rugged view of the Oregon coast can’t be missed! You can see more of the area at: Pistol River.
Sunset time: 7:28pm.

Saturday Morning
6:30am-10:00am, and included in your stay at the Gold Beach Resort, is a HOT BREAKFAST featuring fresh Scrambled Eggs, Belgium Waffles, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Bagels and cream cheese, English Muffins, assorted breads, Oatmeal, various cold cereals, fresh fruits and many other breakfast essentials!

Sunrise photo excursion to the Jetty and beautiful Rogue River Bridge!
Sunrise time: 6:58am

Now get ready…this is where the day really takes off in a BIG way!! Jerry’s Rogue River Jet Boat ride!
Take a 64 mile excursion up the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Wildlife and gorgeous scenery is abundant! Our goal is to fill the boat with our group so that we have total control on where and when to stop for those perfect photo ops. This trip will also be the tame version – no white water, so people concerned with health issues or potential soggy camera equipment need not worry! Cost for this trip is $40.00 each. To keep things as simple as possible and avoid those annoying sign up lines, we have arranged for you to send your checks by mail to Rich.

Rich (Quickeye) lives in Gold Beach and has been instrumental in helping us with photo hotspots, and organizing the jet boat trip and BBQ – right down to which pilot and BBQ wagon we should use! A lunch stop will be provided on the boat trip, with ‘order from the menu’ selections. Lunch is not included in the price of the trip. Boat departs at 9:30am.
Deadline for boat sign up is September 1st.
Check out: Jerry's Rogue Jets for more on the boat ride! Don’t miss this one!!

Saturday Afternoon

At approximately 4:30pm a catered barbecue will commence in the Gold Beach Resort Parking area! If you haven’t seen a picture of this BBQ wagon yet, check it out on Duane’s blog! This meal includes BBQ Chicken, Three Bean Salad, Pasta Salad, Dinner Rolls, fresh Corn on the Cobb and dessert! Bottled water will be provided, BYOB if desired. The cost for the BBQ is $25.00ea, and you will pay for the meal at the BBQ site. We have a conference room reserved so we can all eat together inside.

Saturday Night
Not tired yet?? Great! Because it’s now time for the Saturday evening sunset photo op. This time we will be heading north to Otter Point. This location has great views from the bluffs overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean, providing the perfect backdrop for the sunset. Sunset time: 7:26pm.

Sunday Morning
6:30-10:00am Repeat of breakfast if staying at the Gold Beach Resort.

Sunrise photo shoot…this time up the Rogue River with our resident guide, Rich Watson! Rich will share some of his favorite hot spots for shooting those great wildlife shots he is famous for getting! The Rogue River is not to be missed!
Sunrise time 6:59am.

There will be plenty of time to wander the area to find the perfect spots for the type of photography you enjoy most, and to try new and exciting opportunities to stretch your photographic muscles! Rich will be available Friday through Monday to help point you in the right direction for those staying longer.

Here is a copy of the tide tables for September 14th-16th to help you plan your photo ops:

Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible

F 14 Low 5:15 AM 0.2 6:57 AM Rise 5:27 AM 6
14 High 11:28 AM 6.0 7:28 PM Set 6:28 PM
14 Low 5:28 PM 1.3
14 High 11:23 PM 6.5

Sa 15 Low 5:50 AM 0.3 6:58 AM Rise 6:36 AM 1
15 High 11:59 AM 6.5 7:26 PM Set 6:58 PM
15 Low 6:10 PM 0.6

Su 16 High 12:09 AM 6.6 6:59 AM Rise 7:47 AM 0
16 Low 6:26 AM 0.4 7:25 PM Set 7:30 PM
16 High 12:31 PM 6.8
16 Low 6:54 PM 0.2

An information board will be posted in the Gold Beach Resort lobby to keep you all abreast of the events and times to meet. Please let me know if you have questions about any of this: and continue checking the blog for any updates and a list of confirmed attendees.

We are beyond excited to be able to meet so many of you in person and to share our passion of photography with one another. Thank you all for making the effort to be a part of the 1st annual West Coast gathering!

Updated: 4:32 AM GMT on July 13, 2012


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