View Full Version : PA/NY Gathering?
01-27-2009, 01:21 PM
I'd be interested but it's hard to predict my schedule 5 months out (a week can be difficult sometimes)
01-27-2009, 01:34 PM
After thinking about it I think the Wellsboro area is a better choice because there are more options for lodging & food.
Centering on Wellsboro certainly sounds like a good choice. I suppose one question might be whether the intent would be to travel around as a group, or scatter from a central spot. It's been a few years since I last stumbled around that area, but I would think there are lots of possibilities. I recollect there is a lumbering museum of some sort at Galeton, with old saw mill equipment and the like. The town of Wellsboro itself has some neat old late 1800s architecture. The area was heavily logged in the late 1800s and early 1900s but is now well re-forested and encompasses large expanses of rugged mountains. The lumbering operations are so long gone there is likely little left -- maybe an occasional foundation. The area was always sparsely populated and is probably not as good for old farmhouses and the like as other parts of the state, but I'd expect to find a few.
I would hardly represent the attached image as one of my finest shots, but here's a negative scan of a late afternoon 4x5 shot, circa 1966, looking down into Penn's Canyon from the west rim at Colton Point State Park. There is now officially a trail along that rail right-of-way, not sure whether trains still run there or not. It gives some idea of what the terrain is like.
01-29-2009, 12:57 AM
I'm glad to hear of something like this happening near central New York as I'm about to move there (syracuse), and would like to be part of it. A wonderful place to shoot not too far from Letchworth is Chimney Bluffs, one of my favorite photo places.
It's a wonderful cliff formation on Lake Ontario.It would be great if it didn't happen too close to Bill Schwab's gathering in late June, as I'm planning on heading there this year. It's a great area to photograph, and I'm looking forward to exploring it more once I move.
01-29-2009, 09:56 AM
Chimney Bluffs is indeed beautiful and has some lovely camp grounds nearby. It is further away from Letchworth than you think though. It is as far north in NY state as you can get at that point, and Letchworth is about as far south as you can get at that point. There is also a considerable diagonal distance between them.
Having done both, I suggest that Letchworth is the more scenic and valuable of the two photographically, and the easier to reach from PA.
01-29-2009, 08:15 PM
When I went to school in rochester (rit 78-83) I went to both, and liked chimney bluffs best but haven't looked at a map relating the two. I just discovered Scotts bluff is like a little chimney bluffs. I think Letchworth is a good base to work from and maybe if anyone wants a longish trip to visit Chimney bluffs we can head out that way. I'm looking forward myself to finally do some cirkut shots there.
02-05-2009, 04:30 PM
I'm sorry to say that after looking at my work schedule for late spring/early summer I'm going to have pull out of organizing the gathering :( I sincerly apologize for having to do this. I'm self employed & after looking at what I have on my schedule(which came after I suggested the gathering) I barely have any time for my family. So, if anyone else feels lead to take this idea farther feel free to do so wherever you want. Again I apologize for pulling out.
02-07-2009, 12:29 PM
I'd be willing to drive from Virginia, but keep in mind the Look3 Festival of the Photo that takes place in June here in Charlottesville. It might conflict with folks here in central Virginia and the D.C. area. How about late May?
02-10-2009, 06:14 PM
On the Largeformat forum there is/was a similar planning stage get together at Letchworth State Park this Spring