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Sean Scott

How to research a destination

I went to Moab, Utah last year and had researched all the locations I wanted to take pictures of; however, on the last day I was there, I was going to take a shot of Delicate Arch, you know the arch on just about EVERYTHING you see of Utah (even on their vehicles' license plates), but ended up on the wrong trail and missed it. I left the next morning so couldn't get the classic sunset shot I wanted.

So ... I just created to help prevent this from happening again. The site leverages the expertise and location knowledge of the photographic community. It's not just Flickr with geotagging, photogs can also put in time of day, month, equipment used, comments etc. basically everything you would want to know in a photo guide. But, I need photogs to add their photos and their expertise to make this site great. Check it out, add some shots, and would love to hear some feedback.

Thanks for the help.

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3/31/2007 5:47:33 PM

Doug  J. Johnson
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  Hi Sean
I'm one of the instructors for BetterPhoto and while I was cruzin BP, saw your blurb about
It's an awesome concept and is going to be a great addition to the www of photography. I signed in and will contribute soon. I also teach workshops for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, all over the US and abroad, so I have lots of detailed info and photos. I'm looking forward to contributing and getting the word out about what you have created.
Keep it rolling!
Doug Johnson

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3/31/2007 9:13:27 PM

Stephanie M. Stevens   I was looking at your site, it's a great idea, but maybe you could include a section for the name of each trail and where to park to get to it? You might find interesting, it emphasizes different stuff than findtheshot, but it might be worth looking at for ideas or whatever.

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4/1/2007 11:05:55 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  This is a great idea!

I just signed up and am looking forward to browsing through the photos and uploading a few of my own.

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4/1/2007 12:04:55 PM

Bob Cournoyer
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/9/2003
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  Great idea. Just signed up. I'm going to Grand Canyon then north to Utah in July....hope to find some ideas.. :-)

Bob (the other Bob C)

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4/1/2007 12:24:50 PM

Sean Scott   Thanks gang. Post LOTS of photos and send me some feedback/comments on the site.


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4/1/2007 4:52:40 PM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  WOW Sean! For about a year or more I have been saying that we need a site such as yours. I travel a lot – mostly in North America – and am often contributing info on spots to this forum. I think the best aspect of your idea is that the site is run just for photographers and the contributions are by photographers. We need details, not just a casual overview of places. Not only are you asking for contributions on places, but also the details on how images are made at those places – a wonderful idea! I’ll be adding info myself and certainly taking time to study up on places I am heading. Thanks for doing this!


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4/1/2007 5:48:50 PM

Raymond H. Kemp
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2004
  What a coincidence! I leave for Moab this Tuesday for 8 days doing a magazine assignment and getting some "land" time in as well. Another BP member is going along as well and we will have a GPS so I'll make sure to document our images and contribute to your site.

Good idea!


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4/1/2007 6:47:13 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
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I was at Arches two winters ago and probably took the same "wrong trail" as you.
My decision was by choice since the trail leading to Delicate Arch was much longer (...around 3 miles).
I took the "Overlook Trail" instead to save time and pulled in this image of the Arch with a medium-telephoto.

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4/1/2007 7:19:25 PM

Sean Scott   You and me both Bob. I took that much shorter trail just like you and left me about a half a mile short ... I could see it, just not the classic "shot."

You wouldn't believe how much my wife jokes about that every time we see a Utah license plate or a Utah calendar I get to hear about it ... "you should take that other trail next time and maybe you could get a shot like that." :)

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4/1/2007 7:24:51 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Maybe if she offered to carry all of your camera gear for three miles? (...just a thought.) ;)

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4/1/2007 8:23:15 PM

Les Rhoades
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/22/2004
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  Great idea! I just registered. Is there any chance of adding Europe to the map? I live in Switzerland.

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4/1/2007 11:13:57 PM

Sean Scott   Absolutely. Working on obtaining the data right now (cities, parks, etc). No one central place for all this information, so taking some time to gather. Stay tuned.

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4/2/2007 6:55:30 AM

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