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billschwab
03-17-2006, 12:16 AM
Hello All,

As was discussed earlier in another thread, I am hoping to have a group of midwesterners up to my place in northern Michigan for a gathering of the tribes so to speak. Spring is drawing near and Summer not far behind, so I thought it was time to start planning this thing. I've got 11 acres of woods near the big lake with a half finished house, plenty of camping space and hotels nearby. My favorite shooting place in the world, Sturgeon Bay, is close by as are miles more of Lake Michigan shoreline and other visual delights. Mackinaw Island is also very close and a great place to spend a day shooting if inclined. The Upper Peninsula is also just over the bridge. It will be an informal kind of a thing where I hope we can share stories, ideas and perhaps have a couple demos to share amongst us. Joe Smieglitz expressed interest in a wet plate demo if he can make it - I can have chems, paper and a plate burner for some fun with platinum and type 55 if interested. If anyone else has anything to show and tell, you are welcome. We can also just sit around the campfire with a favorite beverage in hand.

Here are the dates I am looking at... either the weekend of the 9th through 12th - or the one of the 23rd to 25th. We can go into July as well, but work will be ongoing at the house and it may be a bit more hectic. How about everyone interested letting me know if one, the other or both will work for you? You can also click on the poll so we can get a snapshot of when people can make it up. If you can make it either weekend, please choose both. Also let me know if you have a specialty you would like to share and we can work on making it possible with limited resources. We do have running water and such, but no darkroom as of yet... sorry.

FYI we are located about 20 miles north of Harbor Springs/Petoskey in Emmet County. If you know where Cross Village is... we are very near. The Mackinaw Bridge is about 15 miles to the northeast.

Hope this works!

Bill

Area Map (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&formtype=address&popflag=0&latitude=&longitude=&name=&phone=&level=&cat=&address=3487+Van+Road&city=Harbor+Springs&state=MI&zipcode=49740) (Zoom out to get the full picture)

John Simmons
03-17-2006, 05:12 AM
I can do either weekend. Now that I live in western michigan....I have been chompin at the bit to get up that way.

John

PeterDendrinos
03-17-2006, 06:51 AM
I would be more than happy to contact the folks on the list and let them know about this, in the event they don't see this.

Other than that, count me in. Any place any time.

Pete

dlin
03-17-2006, 07:11 AM
I'd love to meet up, and the area sounds wonderful.

Daniel

blaze-on
03-17-2006, 08:37 AM
Good timing..I am planning a road trip end of May heading north to Oregon then across to Michigan to visit family. Shooting along the way of course, but the 9-12th is right about when I plan on getting to the area. So count me in and keep me posted Bill. My family is in Muskegon/Spring Lake and I was going to head down through the upper peninsula. A few days up in your neck of the woods would be nice.

Matt

jd callow
03-17-2006, 08:42 AM
Blaze-on I have done the trip you are planing, but in reverse. It is an excellent drive -- eastern bits of Montana through the western bits of Minnesota can get a bit redundant though.

AS for the best dates for me -- I'm clueless. I 'll do my best to make any one that is chosen.

AeisLugh
03-17-2006, 08:45 AM
I'd love to be able to come, but I'll have to find out just how managable for me that will be. it's quite a trip this Ontario boy, having to go all the way around the lake that way! (unless there is some way to go across the middle of lake MI without having to swim it lol)

Sounds like you've got a beautiful place there, and would be great for some landscape shots.

jd callow
03-17-2006, 09:21 AM
Ontario CA? Go via Sault Saint Marie if your coming from Wisconsin take the Ludington Ferry.

AeisLugh
03-17-2006, 09:26 AM
Ontario CA? Go via Sault Saint Marie if your coming from Wisconsin take the Ludington Ferry.

Ontario, Canada. I'm damned near right in the center of the canadian side of lake Huron.

ggriffi
03-17-2006, 06:32 PM
Bill, I voted but it doesn't really matter to me on either. How many s'mores ya think we're gonna need?

g

smieglitz
03-17-2006, 07:09 PM
Hi Bill,

I can probably make either weekend as of right now. In fact, I may be in the area a few miles south of East Jordan about that time. My preference would be whichever weekend falls closest to an outing the Midwest Large Format Asylum (http://www.midwestlargeformat.com/) may be doing in the UP around that time. I've posted a request in their forum for more information and will let you know as soon as possible. June is a marvelous time to be in that area.

Sounds like a good time. I'd love to see a platinum demo and I could probably bring along chemistry for cyanotypes and Van Dyke brownprinting in addition to the wetplate stuff. Wilderness State Park was on my list of places to visit this year so this is all working out nicely for me. I also have an old friend who lives in Cross Village and it will be great to see him again while I'm in the area.

Joe

billschwab
03-17-2006, 09:10 PM
I could probably bring along chemistry for cyanotypes and Van Dyke brownprinting in addition to the wetplate stuff.That would be great Joe. I'm sure we can set up a good work area as there is plenty of room inside. Only hitch might be all the windows and skylights! I've been building the place with a lot of light for studio work as well. There are a couple rooms that can be made dark enough for coating and burning.
Wilderness State Park was on my list of places to visit this year so this is all working out nicely for me. I also have an old friend who lives in Cross Village and it will be great to see him again while I'm in the area.All in the neighborhood. Who's your friend? Wilderness is part of the experience. There is a "secret" little lake there that is very private and great for shooting. Actually a flooding complete with dead cedar stumps, etc. Incredible on a still day. It can be like glass. Just you, the Beavers and a yearly family of Osprey. Great Bass fishing too.

I'd love to be able to come, but I'll have to find out just how managable for me that will be.We'd love to have you if you can make it. There is a whole lot of beautiful country between us for you to travel through, that is for certain! If you've time, I've done the ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island then across the bridge at Little Current and up around through Espanola and Blind River. Pretty incredible drive and saves that drive around the big bay.

I would be more than happy to contact the folks on the list and let them know about this, in the event they don't see this.Great Pete, thanks. I will get ahold of a couple hotels in the area and try to get a block discount. I'll also get maps and an info package ready to give to everyone.

There is a great place in Cross Village called the Legs Inn (http://www.legsinn.com/). Decent Polish food, usually a good band on the weekends and one of the coolest bars you'll ever visit. It can be a good place as well for a group dinner. Can get a good group rate there too.

Glad everyone is interested! More to come...

Bill

Frank R
03-20-2006, 12:06 PM
[QUOTE=billschwab]I've done the ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island

Hi Bill, thanks for the link to this thread. I was not aware of it.

I was thinking about going back to Manitoulin Island this summer, but take a LF camera this time.

I hiked the Cup and Saucer trail (beautiful view and a "cave") and viewed the waterfall the last time.

billschwab
03-20-2006, 12:13 PM
I was thinking about going back to Manitoulin Island this summer, but take a LF camera this time. Manitoulin is a great place! I've chartered sailboats with friends out of Gore Bay in the past. The Georgian Bay is spectacular with all the little islands and safe anchorages. There is some great, rocky coastline to the north over the bridge as well.

Bill

Dinesh
03-20-2006, 12:48 PM
I would truly love to come but I am afraid that if I broached the subject with my wife, she would cut off my arm and beat me to death with it. :D

Gim
04-02-2006, 12:11 PM
I'm good for either weekend and looking forward to it.
Jim

smieglitz
04-02-2006, 05:03 PM
I still haven't been able to contact Don Feinberg about the MWLFA trip to the UP. I emailed him and posted a message to the MWLFA forum a couple weeks ago with no response from him. So, whichever weekend you decide is OK by me. I'll plan to be there.

Joe

billschwab
04-02-2006, 06:41 PM
OK Joe... Leaning toward the second week. The weather gets better every week in June and things should be consistantly warm by then. More to come.

Bill

Jerry Basierbe
04-27-2006, 06:44 AM
Bill, Either weekend is good. Looking forward to getting up that way.

Jerry

smieglitz
05-02-2006, 09:28 PM
I went to the Cross Village area last week and took my new portable darkroom rig with me on a test run. There are a few bugs to work out of it, but I should be up and running full-tilt by the time June rolls around.

Here's a wetplate image on a full-plate enamaled aluminum sheet I exposed Sunday afternoon a few miles north of Cross Village on the dunes of a county park along Lake Michigan:

http://my.net-link.net/~jsmigiel/images/technical/collodion/ken_a01.jpg


And a picture of the darktent and my 11x14:

http://my.net-link.net/~jsmigiel/images/technical/collodion/darktent/Tent010506a72.jpg

More pics of the darktent (http://my.net-link.net/~jsmigiel/html/darktent.htm) .

Looking forward to the June get-together and to meeting everyone.

Joe