View Full Version : NE OH Gathering: August: 5-6-7, 2011

John Powers
1-Jul-2011, 12:27
We have been having a gathering of film shooting photographically interested people at our house in NE OH, two miles from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park about every other warm month for the last four years. Many people who have attended, like my self, read and post here, Apug.org and the Midwest LF Asylum. If you only read and post here and we have missed you, my wife and I would like to add you to the list of people who are invited.

Following is posted on Apug.org. http://www.apug.org/forums/forum174/93209-ne-oh-gathering-august-5-6-7-2011-a.html
My guess is that most updates will be there. If you are close enough to attend we would be happy to have you do so. Our guest list to date has included photographers from: PA, KY, WV, IN, IL, WI and MI and Ontario.

The original post:
It is time again for another NE OH Gathering, to get out shooting film, come together to see recent work, climb ledges, walk the OH & Erie Canal, photograph waterfalls and have group fun at a gathering of like minded friends and hopefully new faces.

Dolly, the Girls two blond lady Labrador Retrievers and I would like to invite you to our home for a film photography gathering starting 5 PM Friday, August 5th, through Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th. We have been doing this, 5-6 times a year, for four years with attendance ranging from 10-25 photographers. It has been a blast for us. I hope you have enjoyed it as much or will try it for the first time at this event. For more information about the flavor of these events read the threads on earlier "NE OH Gathering."

Lee L has built a Google Mapbook with most of our previously visited locations. I hope he will be kind enough to post a link to access his very helpful work.

The following is boiler plate based on earlier experiences.
Available options we have enjoyed before will be in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,

Within five miles:
Blue Hen Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/bluehen.shtml
Buttermilk Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls...milkCUVA.shtml
Brandywine Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/brandywine.shtml
Please note the obvious, waterfalls can be dangerous. The day after our last event a person unknown to us slipped and fell sixty feet to his death at Brandywine Falls.

Virginia Kendall Ledges http://hikingohioparks.com/virginia-kendall-park-hiking-ohio-parks.html
Everett Road Covered Bridge
Maps http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Several visitors have been interested in the OH Turnpike bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the three 19th century churches in the scenic little town of Peninsula, OH.

There is often fog early in the morning in the Cuyahoga River Valley and locally over our pond. This can be natural or self induced depending on the persons. It can add interesting aspects to your photography. Some have slept in for four years and never noticed. It is your decision.

If nature/landscape is not your thing, Cleveland, the flats, where it is difficult to take a picture with less than three bridges, and five is more likely, awaits you.

“The Ohio & Erie Canal was a technological marvel. The inland waterway incorporated a series of sandstone locks that enabled boats to climb differences in elevation along the Continental Divide. The steepest section of the canal was between Akron and the Little Cuyahoga River. In a single mile, 15 locks, or "steps," were necessary.” http://www.summitmetroparks.org/parksandtrails/TowpathTrail.aspx

The event will be in Bath, Ohio, between Cleveland and Akron, five miles south of the intersection of the Ohio Turnpike and Route I-77, meeting at a private home, two miles from the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For a rough estimate of distance use zip 44286 in Mapquest.com. If some visitors want to camp by the garden, they are most welcome. Others can stay at local motels. The Hampton Inn, Richfield, OH (1 800 Hampton) at the OH Turnpike entrance and intersection with I-77, about five miles away is the most popular.

Come as early as Friday, 5:00 PM. We usually go out to breakfast at 10:00 AM to allow for early shooters and late sleepers. We gather again about 5:00 PM to show prints, tell lies and go out to dinner. Sunset shooting is available, but previously showing prints and telling stories prevailed. It is all about the camaraderie of people following a hobby. While you are here the Lady Labradors will entertain with their splashing stick routines. One regular attendee will try to convince you that bacon ice cream is a bit of heaven. There is an orchard-home made ice cream business near by. Quality control visits and inspection checks are mandatory, often requiring multiple tests.

When we learn how many are coming we can order a porta potty if there are enough to pay for it by contribution ($112). Our home stumbles through on an ancient septic system and well so we must ask you to endure this porta potty inconvenience. We understand new septic systems are about $20K.

We are trying to have a loose organizational shell under which all cats may be comfortably herded. The plan will evolve until the majority is happy and the protesters fall asleep.

All film shooters are welcome. Who is interested in coming? What information is needed?

If you have not been here before please PM me with name, address, phone, email and emergency contact in case you do something you shouldn’t have. I will return with directions. If you have been here before but have new emergency contacts please update them.

Welcome to the Powers’ house.
Hosts, John & Dolly Powers
Labradors: Cindy and Savannah

All links were functioning at posting time. Please send updates.

John Powers
4-Jul-2011, 07:24
You of course don’t see the PMs. I have received several PMs asking for details and saying that the sender plans or hopes to come. Any film photographers are most welcome. We are just trying to avoid the old digital vs film conflict. Please send contact information and also emergency contact and I will send directions.