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06-11-2014, 03:40 PM
Time to gather for a summer photo event with good people.

Last August we had some 25 visit for fun, photography, print review and food. We missed a few regulars and gained a few new folks. It is time to get out shooting film and wetplate, come together to see recent work, climb ledges, walk the OH & Erie Canal, photograph waterfalls, explore the Ohiofarmmuseum.com, see the Flats and have group fun at a gathering of like minded friends and hopefully new faces.

Dolly, the Girls, three yellow lady Labrador Retrievers and I would like to invite you to our home for a film photography gathering starting 5 PM Friday, August 1st and continuing through August 2nd and 3rd. We have been doing this, several times a year, for six 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 Gatherings.

Most recent:


Lee L has kindly built and maintained a Google Mapbook with most of our previously visited locations. https://sites.google.com/site/neohapug/

Available options we have enjoyed in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,

Within five miles of our house:
Blue Hen Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/bluehen.shtml
Brandywine Falls http://gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/brandywine.shtml

Please note the obvious, waterfalls can be dangerous. The day after our May, 2011 event a person unknown to us slipped and fell sixty feet to his death at Brandywine Falls.

Virginia Kendall Ledges
Everett Road Covered Bridge
Maps http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/maps.htm
The National Park Service offers a general paper map of the whole park. We will have a stack of these waiting for you. Please ask if you don’t see them.

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 activities. It can add interesting aspects to your photography. Some have slept in for six 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. At the May event last year two Large Formaters set up at sunrise at the Russian Orthodox St. Theodosius church, with its 13 onion domes. http://sttheodosius.org/home_1.html
It is a beautiful building inside and out and the people we met were most welcoming.

I have been working on a twenty 7x17 picture series in the flats with my friend Peter Spangenberg who is shooting 8x10 and 5x7 there. We hope to scan in a few prints to this thread to tempt you to come. I hope any previous attendees will add their pictures of any of the attractions that they have enjoyed.

“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.”

Richfield, Ohio’s Jim Fry has created The Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment, dedicated to preserving the tools, equipment, skills and way of life lived by Ohioans in the 1800s. Mr. Fry, a farmer, historian, and artist, has collected 44 buildings including what may be the largest surviving early blacksmith shop in Ohio, the oldest barn in the state, the Stouffer farm smokehouse, and one of the largest surviving post and beam barns in Summit County. The farm is constantly evolving as animals, tools, buildings, machines, in various states of preservation are added or combined into exhibits. This is 1.4 miles from our house. http://www.Ohiofarmmuseum.com/

The home of the Weatherhead School of Management is the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis Building. Their web site no longer mentions tours but the exterior is there for wonderful images. http://weatherhead.case.edu/about/facilities/lewis

On occasion it has been too hot, too wet, too tired, to hike in the woods lugging heavy gear. We are fortunate to be located between the Cleveland Museum of Art and The Akron Art Museum. Both have very good photography departments and have been kind enough to have excellent exhibits coinciding with our calendar. We have been known to drop dirty, sweaty gear behind, make a group visit to an ethnic restaurant and attend either or both museums as needed. It is all about like minded individuals sharing an interest.

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 time and 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) and Motel 6 and 8 Richfield at the OH Turnpike entrance and intersection with I-77 about five miles from our house are the most popular.

Come as early as Friday, 5:00 PM. Saturday we gather at 9 AM and 5:00 PM to go shooting, show prints, tell lies and go out to dinner. Alternatively we have been known to call in pizza. Print showing and pizza eating are done at separate times with a cleaning of paws in between. Sunday we usually go out to breakfast at 10:00 AM to allow for early shooters and late sleepers. Some stay on to shoot, others start the long drive home. We have drawn film photo crazies from: OH, WI, IL, IN, MI, PA, CT and Ontario. It is all about the camaraderie of people following a hobby. One regular attendee will try to convince you that bacon ice cream is a bit of heaven. There is an orchard and 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 ($117 divided amongst us). 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 $30K and don’t always work as well as the old one.

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 and wetplate shooters are welcome.
Who is interested in coming? What other 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 and our phone number. If you have been here before but have new information please update us.

Welcome to the Powers’ house.
Hosts, John & Dolly Powers
Labradors: Gabby (age 5), Cindy (9) and Savannah (14)

All links were functioning at posting time, though many had gone dead and needed a change since the last event. Please send updates as you find them.

06-11-2014, 08:04 PM
John, I really want to come to one of your gatherings but, it seems, they always coincide with some other obligation of mine. Like this year's Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at which I am a volunteer marshal.

Sigh, someday... :(
Paul Bujak

06-11-2014, 08:55 PM
John, I really want to come to one of your gatherings but, it seems, they always coincide with some other obligation of mine. Like this year's Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at which I am a volunteer marshal.

Sigh, someday... :(
Paul Bujak


Don't worry about it. Enjoy the game.

We are close neighbors. Some other time if you would like to go down to the Flats and shoot, send me a PM. I would enjoy the company and seeing things through new eyes.


Pete m
06-12-2014, 02:11 PM

As mentioned elsewhere (MWLFA), Susan and I will be there. Probably staying at the Super 8 again.


06-12-2014, 04:10 PM
Great Pete. Glad you are both coming. Peter Spangenberg and I have been shooting in the Flats for about 2 ˝ years now and it still seems fresh. A six lane bridge has gone up in the last year. They are gradually tearing down the old one. As soon as it is gone, a second six lane bridge will be started. 600 foots ships are coming and going. A lift bridge that was put up in the 1930s came down last fall. A new one is being built in its place. Much is happening in the Flats.

Thanks for coming to enjoy it. Bring prints to show.

John P.

Pete m
06-12-2014, 04:36 PM

I'll bring prints most of those folks will not have seen. Unfortunately, you will probably have seen most of them except for those from the last gathering, if I have time to do some printing between now and then. right not we're in the height of fishing season.


06-12-2014, 09:36 PM
I will try to make it once again. Maybe the third time will be the charm!

06-13-2014, 08:08 AM
You are always welcome.


06-13-2014, 09:11 PM
Thanks John. I will make it up eventually. Planned on going to Photostock, but my daughter's wedding wiped us out. Cleveland is a lot closer than that state up North!

Charlie Wheelihan
06-17-2014, 07:47 PM
I will be trying to etch this into my schedule. If I can get the chicken coop done I should be good to go!!

06-18-2014, 10:23 AM

I looked at the pictures of the chicken coop on Facebook. Are you sure you got the right plans for that thing? You could keep water buffalo in what I saw. It looks like a great project. Hope you get it done in time to come. Happy to read that you may be coming.

I don't know if you talked to Jim Fry at the OH Farm Museum about this. He was pretty wrapped up in your wet plate equipment at the time. He raises chickens and exotic turkey breeds. He may have ideas for your next project. Dolly and I are always available for Thanksgiving testing/tasting of the breed.


Jim Fry's Chicken Coop and vine growth.


Charlie Wheelihan
06-21-2014, 09:36 AM
Thanks John! Well, they are not water buffalo but they are hearty chickens. If you see me post pictures of fried chicken you know what happened. And of course you are always welcome for Thanksgiving dinner if you don't mind chicken. Great picture of Jim's coop!

06-27-2014, 02:05 PM
Put me down as a Maybe :) I'll know more closer to mid-july.

06-27-2014, 05:15 PM
Put me down as a Maybe :) I'll know more closer to mid-july.

At this stage we are taking "maybes" and even firm "maybes", though it will be up to you to determine the difference.


06-27-2014, 05:22 PM
We are definitely not the only ones interested in the Cleveland Flats. When Peter Spangenberg, Dolly, Jean and I went to the Lois Conner exhibit opening at the Cleveland Art Museum we met Stuart Pearl. It turns out he has been doing quite a bit of very interesting photography in the Flats. Thought you would like to see. It may give some ideas for your own shooting at the gathering.

See "Spark Are flying" at http://pearlphoto.blogspot.com


06-30-2014, 06:33 AM
John and Dolly,
Just put you on my schedule. I'll see if I can bring my Bride up as well.

Heading down to Florida tomorrow to see Mom. Taking Dad's camera with me to maybe capture a few things along the way.

Thanks for hosting the gathering again. I'll try to see about dragging Jeff up for his first Bath Ohio gathering. Seeing we both planned again on Photostock and had to drop out. "Are you listening Jeff?"


06-30-2014, 07:35 AM
I hear you, Lee. Want to go, but that is the same weekend as the Mid-Ohio Indy race that I usually attend. Decisions, decisions...

06-30-2014, 09:33 AM
Keep on recruiting Lee. Hope Sue can come too. We have the usual herons doing shifts by the pond. We have added a hawk that swoops by the pond side and the west side of the house followed by a little black bird. Not sure what kind of hawk. Assume it is a territorial nest battle thing, but don't know.

Jeff, I understand. I am also one of the Car Crazies, just old 356 Porsches instead of Indies.
We will see you when we see you. This is a three day event and we do have people drop in when they can.


06-30-2014, 11:24 AM
It's a definite maybe for me, John. We may be traveling or just returning on those days. Maybe I can come for Saturday night / Sunday morning. Stay tuned.

06-30-2014, 08:45 PM
Happy to see you again Mark.
Good travels. Where are you going?