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That is a really beautiful video on the main page of the scrapbook!

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2724 posts

Yes, he does lovely work, but somehow I got stuck in his business website, which is film/photography, during my look at day one...not sure that follows RS's rules as I had to totally leave the site to try to get back into RS site and the scrapbook again.

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266 posts

The scrap book has amazing photography and video. Some shots look like they were done from a high vantage point, maybe with a drone.

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11450 posts

It has some amazing and lovely footage.. but he is a professional film maker so I am not surprised.. not sure how fair that is however to the average tour member.. but it was lovely , that opening sequence could easily be a commercial .. it was that good.

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1098 posts

Wow..that was breathtaking and i loved the music. He lists all the gear he used on the bottom, pretty professional equipment. My husband's hobby is to video all of our travels come home, and edit the 8 to 15 hours of video into a 1 hour movie. We do carry on only and all he is willing to bring is his camera, back up batteries and a tripod all in his lowpro bag. No drone or crane. I fear tgat He would be lost into his hobby rather than be on the trip with me.

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600 posts

Amazing! I love photography and have a growing interest in learning to make videos, but I have no idea where to start. As much as I love photos, they don't capture the details and feelings the way his video did. But Letizia - I worry about the same thing, that I would get to concerned about getting the right shots that I would miss out on being present. We got a new camera that also shoots really good video, so I think I will give it a trial run on our next trips though I have no idea how to go about editing it! Sounds like a dangerous hobby ;)

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266 posts

It's pretty much the best scrapbook ever, but....I won't vote for it. The RS travel philosophy is one of inclusion and accessibility and this scrapbook is clearly not one of the average traveler. And, I think drones don't have a place in travel. They are loud and annoying, and I can't imagine being in such beautiful places and being disturbed by one.

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996 posts

See, I saw that and immediately gave up on the idea of posting a scrapbook of my first RS tour. I can't match that quality, so what's the point?

Posted by
31289 posts

That was an excellent video and one of the best I've seen for a tour scrapbook. This individual appears to be a professional photographer and he's obviously very good at it. I'm not sure I'd want to haul a Drone and all the other gear on a RS tour, but I suppose one has to have the equipment to get results like that. The Scrapbook was very data intensive, so I had a bit of trouble viewing it on my venerable old Laptop. I'll try again tomorrow on my desktop.

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134 posts

Aquamarinesteph, I hope you will reconsider doing a scrapbook. Yes, the first one posted was excellent, but I, for one, and I'm sure many agree with me, love looking at all of the scrapbooks and find something interesting in each and every one. There are many that I have enjoyed as much, if not more, than the first one posted, so please, all of you out there reconsidering, please post your scrapbooks and let us see as many amazing adventures as possible on Rick's Tours. Thank you!!

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1939 posts

Lovely photography of lovely places. Yes, it intimidated me, too; very professionally done and I am far from a pro with my point-and-shoot. Not to say I didn't enjoy every slide, video or photograph; they were gorgeous. For me, I tend to enjoy the more down to earth scrapbooks showing the actual experience of being on a tour.

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3 posts

I was going to do one but that scrapbook has me intimidated. I took over 3000 photos on my iPhone7 plus while in Spain for two weeks, but my shots pale in comparison.

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2724 posts

I, too, was going to do a scrapbook, but I don't have the technological know-how to compete with the professional one submitted or the one that won last year.

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2290 posts

Maybe the rules should be tweaked so that media professionals are allowed to submit scrapbooks "for exhibition only".

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373 posts

HI - Even if you don't think you could possibly "win" the contest, creating one is a great way to organize and share your photos and memories of the trip to share with your friends and family.

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1939 posts

There is a second scrapbook posted-14 Day Scandinavia tour . It's beautifully done!

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11450 posts

Trayla I agree , professionals should not be included in competition, it is lovely but it isn't fair to average person and I LOVE most of the ones done by the rest of us non professionals !!

To those of you too intimidated to even bother , please do , I love seeing various types of tour scrap books !

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49 posts

Is anyone else having issues looking at the scrapbooks with their IPad? I can get to the sites but after navigating past the first page I am getting errors on both that have been posted and can't get any further. My IPad is about 4 years old which I guess is ancient these days. Thanks.

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33 posts

For those who feel intimidated, I'm with Shawn - go ahead put your scrapbooks together. It'll be fun to look back on, and others will enjoy looking at your tour experience. Everyone has something different to offer - they went on a different tour, different perspectives, different experiences even if they went on similar tours as others... There might be little details you remember as you put it together, which is part of the fun. I'd hate for that first entry to limit how many people enter. That'd be such a huge bummer! They're so much fun to look at, and so many people look forward to the entries every year. Do it! It'll be great! :)

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1939 posts

There are several more posted by today (2/19) but in my opinion, there aren't nearly as many as in previous years. I love looking at them!

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33 posts

@ andi - Wait until Feb 28, better yet, March 1. I think most people submit theirs close to the deadline. :)

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524 posts

There were a few more added yesterday. I, too, keep a watchful eye as I enjoy them.

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33 posts

Darn! I'm kinda bummed. I can't believe there are only 26 entries! There were almost 70 last year! I still enjoy going through them, but wow... :-(

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600 posts

I wonder if maybe the staff just hasn't had time to post the rest yet? I would be surprised if there are only 26.

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2724 posts

I think 26 is actually it. When I sent mine in, it seemed like it was up in two hours. I received the acknowledgement letter and then it was up. I decided to complete one because of the comments here urging everyone on. I actually enjoyed the process, learned some things as I went along, which is always good, and had fun. So thanks for the push everyone!

Addendum: Well, I was wrong. There are a many more scrapbooks to look at now!

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2724 posts

Jane, I'm #4. Wray is my middle name.

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4595 posts

Thanks. I'll check it out.

Edit to add:

We were just one cove over from the entrance to Hades. We did not go in...

Love it! Thanks. For some reason I've never been tempted by Greece, but now... As long as we can stay away from the entrance to Hades.

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2290 posts

Wray - I enjoyed looking at your scrapbook. I think if I ever take an escorted tour, it will be to either Greece or Ireland.

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3173 posts

I think the RS Europe marketing department should HIRE or CONTRACT with some of their customers given how extraordinary their scrapbooks are. Outstanding.

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697 posts

I know I sort of mellowed on the idea of making an online scrapbook this year. For one i lost several hundred photos for a while there. I've found them since which is a relief! I'm not real good at getting it all together after a late fall tour so my goal for this year is to not procrastinate! I'm still loving my photos and hope to do a real paper and photo scrapbook of our Best of London tour eventually. In the meantime it is fun to re-live those days in London through my photos.