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daleeman
12-04-2013, 06:57 AM
Frozen Film Shoot 17-19 Jan 2014
Getting out for a weekend in the January cold weather; facing the ice, snow, wind to capture winter images is a great time to produce amazing images. So we are doing things a little different for the 2014 Frozen Film Shoot. Instead of the photo hikes into great natural areas, we thought we would take on Cleveland in January.

Sue and I are heading up to Cleveland in January to look for over winter birds and do some photography. We have several stops planned along the lake and Cuyahoga River. A comprehensive list will follow. So not only will we be seeing iced over nautical locations like light houses, docks, the old Coast Guard station, but frozen rusting old iron and steel in the flats as well.

We are collecting a list of “warm up spots” like the Botanical Gardens and such to get inside and thaw out, before venturing out again. I will contact them and see how tripod friendly they are. (A separate camera is advisable for warm indoor shots and one for cold outdoor shots, too much condensation and temperature shifts keep one from getting any photos)

We will be staying at the Residence Inn - Cleveland Westlake, 30100 Clemens Road • Westlake, Ohio 44145.
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/clewl-residence-inn-cleveland-westlake/

We will arrive Friday the 17th of Jan and depart on Sunday the 19th. Breakfast is included with your stay in this hotel, and there is ample room in the lobby, eating area to sit and share prints and Jaw-Awhile after dinner out on the town.

We hope you will join us,
Sue and Lee

jp80874
12-04-2013, 09:02 AM
Sounds like chilly fun. Let us know how we can help.

We got a surprise the other day. Looking out our den window, there was a woodpecker beating away at a near by tree. Suddenly a Pileated Woodpecker swooped in. We were not sure it was that until we realized it was so big the tree was leaning over.

John & Dolly

Truzi
12-04-2013, 09:13 AM
January?... We get hit with snow especially hard in February, lol. Hmm, Westlake is next to me - I may attend. Since you will be staying in the Westlake area, you may consider some west-side sites.

Huntington Beach is in Bay Village (very close to Westlake). Not as "interesting" as Cleveland beaches, but perhaps more suburban and picturesque. Lake Erie is also cleaner the further you are from Cleveland proper.

The Rocky River Reservation in Cuyahoga County may also be interesting. Not as large as the Cuyahoga, but closer to Westlake. You can drive the parkway from Lakewood to North Royalton (and further, though it stops being a parkway at one point).

Westlake borders Lorain County, where some good "picturesque" parks can be found in Elyria, probably 20-30 minutes away (though areas of Lorain County do get more rural and pretty, you would be traveling even further away). They have the Black River with a number of parks, but no connecting parkway. The more interesting areas in those parks require some walking off the beaten-path (or should I say, official path), so it might not be easy if there is snow.

Shawn Dougherty
12-04-2013, 09:24 AM
Sounds cool, Lee! I can't be certain of my schedule at this point but I will keep an eye on this thread and will attend if possible.

John, those Pileated monsters are beautiful!!!

jp80874
12-04-2013, 09:35 AM
The Flats are interesting all year. If the lake is not frozen there may be freighters coming in and out of the Cuyahoga River. Do go there with a friend though. It is not a good place to be alone with expensive gear hanging out.

"John, those Pileated monsters are beautiful!!!" I had never seen one before. HUGE.

John Powers

Shawn Dougherty
12-04-2013, 09:40 AM
"John, those Pileated monsters are beautiful!!!" I had never seen one before. HUGE.

John Powers

Indeed! When someone asks me how they will know if a woodpecker is a Pileated or not I always just smile and say, "oh, you'll know...". =)

Truzi
12-04-2013, 09:43 AM
The Flats are interesting all year. If the lake is not frozen there may be freighters coming in and out of the Cuyahoga River. Do go there with a friend though. It is not a good place to be alone with expensive gear hanging out.

"John, those Pileated monsters are beautiful!!!" I had never seen one before. HUGE.

John Powers

The Flats are not a good place to be in general, lol. Definitely have more than one person with you. Certain areas are okay, but others can be quite rough (as in gangs chasing cars with baseball bats, shootings, etc. - all near the power house).

However, it is very scenic. Try going to Sokolowski's University Inn, great food, and from the parking area you can look down on a section of the flats next to the river. Huge piles of gravel, some ships. Very nice. Sokolowski's is safe, though the area is "iffy," so be careful; but it's not terrible.

daleeman
12-04-2013, 11:32 AM
Truzi,
Sockolowski's looks amazing. Nice placement too and every bit of advice about being on yuor guard in the area is important. I found they had a web site too: http://www.sokolowskis.com/index.php
I'm excited you have some first hand knoweledge of the area and that input is helpful. Sue is drawing up some of the areas on her list and we will compile them.

John and Shawn, a Pileated is a sight to see. Looks like they could lift a cat off the ground and fly off it it. Then again, before I met Sue all I knew about Pileated wood peckers or other birds can be summed up at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeldv48RGv8

Lee

jp80874
12-04-2013, 12:05 PM
View from Sockolowski77901

Shawn Dougherty
12-04-2013, 12:08 PM
awesome, John!

rbender
12-04-2013, 03:25 PM
You timed that just right John. Nice! Lee I also will try and make it to Cleveland for the outing.

jp80874
12-04-2013, 03:34 PM
awesome, John!

Thank you. Peter Spangenberg took an 8x10 to my right as the ship continued up river. It is a great shot because the aft end of the ship is surrounded with little white specks that if enlarged turn out to be seagulls. Maybe he will get involved in the thread and post it.

John

Truzi
12-04-2013, 03:51 PM
The food is really good at Sokolowskis. It's a family-owned Polish restaurant, but they offer a variety of foods. It is cafeteria style, and the food is great. If you go, make sure you get the pirogi's and some cabbage and noodles.

My parents once used the recipe for stuffed cabbage from their website, but did not cut the ingredients - it was very good, but we ate it forever. I'm not sure if they allow photography inside, but I'm sure you'd find something that deserves to be on film.

Lets see - Cleveland's Public Square used to be quite nicely decorated for Christmas. However, since I've been working downtown (at Cleveland State University), I rarely go to the square. There is a monument there if you are into photographing those sorts of things.

There is also the giant "Free" stamp:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2183
and what I call the monstrosity:
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/2182

Don't forget Cleveland has a great zoo, art museum, and natural history museum.
Somewhere in Lorain County (I think) is a Great Lakes Nautical museum, though I've never been there.

mfohl
12-04-2013, 08:22 PM
I'm going to try to be there. In August, Robert Bender and I were driving home, and we passed the old Warner and Swasey place on one of the streets parallel to Euclid. Looked pretty good in the morning. Not exactly West Side, but it's definitely Cleveland.

Thanks for organizing,

-- Mark

Christopher Walrath
12-04-2013, 08:28 PM
I just froze the old hind quarters off in Ann Arbor last weekend for the game so I am colded out. But, man, I would love to make it back to Ohio for a shooting weekend sometime this year. If I could swing Photostock I would. But that's a pipe dream on a Auto Parts' guy's salary.

daleeman
12-05-2013, 05:54 AM
Chris,
Warm up them hind corners and come out anyway.

I just saw an interesting link of Cleveland information, probably nothing new to you Yankies up there in the north: http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/the-beginners-guide-to-dead-zones/Content?oid=1913204

Done my share of work on a Warner and Swasey lathe at one time. I would like to see their observatory.

jp80874
12-05-2013, 06:52 AM
http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/the-beginners-guide-to-dead-zones/Content?oid=1913204


Yes. We and Pittsburgh have been taking lessons from Detroit on urban decay.

John

mfohl
12-05-2013, 08:19 AM
Yes. We and Pittsburgh have been taking lessons from Detroit on urban decay.

John

Pittsburgh is doing OK, John. Very vibrant city. Lots of software and medical industry. I think Pittsburgh is doing better than Cleveland, and much, much better than Detroit.

I'll have to think of a way to set up a Pittsburgh shoot. Unfortunately, hotels are expensive there.

Shawn Dougherty
12-05-2013, 10:11 AM
Pittsburgh is doing OK, John. Very vibrant city. Lots of software and medical industry. I think Pittsburgh is doing better than Cleveland, and much, much better than Detroit.

I'll have to think of a way to set up a Pittsburgh shoot. Unfortunately, hotels are expensive there.

Mark is right, Pittsburgh is and has been doing very well for quite some time now. Tech and med have are indeed the big $ makers. The USX (steel) building, the tallest in the city, actually has a UPMC sign on it now!

I am currently about an hour north of Pittsburgh and am moving 30/45 minutes east of the city very soon. I would be happy to help arrange something this spring or summer once I'm a little more settled.

Truzi
12-05-2013, 10:41 AM
We had a place in Treemont (Cleveland) called Aperture Photography. A small store selling film and cameras, and I believe they rented out a darkroom. They have closed, though I hear it's because the owner relocated. Haven't confirmed that yet. It was a short-lived store, not one that existed for decades.

There is another community darkroom in Cleveland. I'm not sure if they would welcome "outsiders," but it might be interesting to contact them before your trip. Here is their website:
http://clevelandprintroom.com/clevelands-only-community-darkroom-to-host-grand-opening-reception-friday-february-22-2013/

I like to use Fairview Photo, but they do not have one-hour service. They do mail-order, though. He uses a Phototherm or similar (not a Jobo), all negatives are scanned before printing on RA-4 digitally. They are very good.
http://www.fairviewphoto.net/

I hate to provide the next link, as I am very unhappy with this local chain of camera stores and I rarely patronize them anymore. However, it's your best bet to get film while you're out here if you run low (unless you want consumer Fuji - it's everywhere, and cheapest at Walmart). They do have a Westlake location, but the downtown one has a greater variety of everything, including film and chemistry (and sometimes a few packs of Impossible film at all locations). Actually, the Westlake location is not as good as the North Olmsted/Great Northern one as far as film stock, but the best service of the three locations I've mentioned. The downtown store has the best variety, but the satellite stores are far more helpful if you want film (though they are less well stocked with it).
http://doddcamera.com/