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A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with some wonderful people and taking part in a contributor-organized iStockphoto event in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The event was fun, energetic, and a crazy weekend of non-stop photography.  I decided to bite-the-bullet and rent some gear (a Nikon D700 and 14-4 f/2.8) and I am sooo glad that I did. I have a few photos posted on my Flickr page,  and there is also an official iStockphoto lightbox that will slowly be filled with images from the event … check it out here.

For those of you not familiar with this type of event, a “Mini”-lypse is a scaled-down “unofficial” version of an iStockalypse (which is an official iStockphoto event held a few times each year throughout the world).  With that being said, I don’t think that this event could be called “mini” … it was more of a “Macro’lypse”, IMO. ;)  Todd and Renee did a very impressive job of setting this up from start-to-finish and went way beyond what was expected!

Also, keep on the look-out next month for a few videos of the event.  Because I rented a different camera, it left my D200 free to sit on a tripod and do some timelapse shots. I’m still in the process of piecing it together (and still need to get some more footage while I’m in SLC again next week) but I’ll be posting it here as soon as it’s ready.  There were also some videographers who volunteered their time to interview and document the event from start-to-finish.  More on that when it’s available.

I want to give a huge thanks to Todd & Renee for putting this event together, and it was also great to see again and meet up with all the other awesomely talented photographers, models, makeup-artists, designers, and everyone else who took part in the event.  All of this would not have been possible if not for everyone involved … I feel very blessed to be a part of such an enthusastic, open and caring community of people. :)