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Jeff Bannow
05-16-2009, 08:44 PM
Anybody attending mixing their own Pyrocat HD? I'm looking to get rid of the following components:
Catechol, phenidone A, potassium carbonate, sodium metbisulfite.

I'll bring these and gladly give them to anyone who will make use of them.

Very generous! I should be able to make use of them if no one else claims them.

Shawn Dougherty
05-16-2009, 10:45 PM
Great! Two takers, just check out what you need the most and you can split it up however works best.

I've got (roughly) 2lbs of potassium carbonate, 1lb of citric acid, 80 grams of phenidone a, 1lb of catechol, and 2 - 1lb containers of sodium metbisulfite.

I'm keeping the missing ingredients (sodium sulfite, citric acid, KBr) as I use them to mix amidol. Should be a good start though. Looking forward to the weekend. Shawn

steckmeyer
05-22-2009, 09:21 AM
John,
Ann and I will leave Pittsburgh Saturday morning. Gideon is staying home. We plan on touring the Ledges in the afternoon and attending the festivities Saturday night. We will get up early Sunday morning and do our photographing in the early morning light. We will leave for Pittsburgh some time on Sunday. Thanks for organizing this. We look forward to seeing everyone again.
Best regards,
Bob Steckmeyer & Ann Durham

jp80874
05-22-2009, 01:34 PM
John,
Ann and I will leave Pittsburgh Saturday morning. Gideon is staying home. We plan on touring the Ledges in the afternoon and attending the festivities Saturday night. We will get up early Sunday morning and do our photographing in the early morning light. We will leave for Pittsburgh some time on Sunday. Thanks for organizing this. We look forward to seeing everyone again.
Best regards,
Bob Steckmeyer & Ann Durham


Great Bob. Glad to have you both coming. Hope Norm can come another time.

John

jp80874
05-22-2009, 01:58 PM
One week to the gathering. Anyone camping is welcome Friday afternoon or evening May 29th. Let me know when you expect to arrive so the girls and I can meet and greet. Are there enough camping to split the cost of a porta potty? It was $110 for the weekend last fall. If interested I can check rates. Remember the woods is full of poison ivy and one coyote has his eye on Dorothy. There is firewood and there will be water for camp fires.

Coffee and conversation at 9:00 AM Saturday and Sunday

Dorothy, I have chain sawed the tree stump by the pond that was giving you grief.
Jeff & Eva, the couple’s nook awaits you, but you should know that there is a giant ground hog hole about where your pillow was. That noise you hear in your sleep may be a crowd gathering.
Lee, let us know if you will be camping.
Shawn, daybreak awaits you.

Happy you are all coming.

John

Shawn Dougherty
05-24-2009, 10:31 PM
Probably shouldn't mention it..... but has anyone else checked out the Akron forecast for next weekend? =)

Lee L
05-24-2009, 10:59 PM
As of this (Sunday) evening from NWS:

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

But of course, it's really too early to forecast with much accuracy.

For more detail as the time approaches, I like this forecast page:

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?w0=t&w1=td&w2=hi&w3=sfcwind&w3u=1&w4=sky&w5=pop&w6=rh&w7=thunder&w8=rain&AheadHour=48&FcstType=graphical&textField1=41.15320&textField2=-81.61190&site=all&unit=0&dd=0&bw=0&BackDay.x=39&BackDay.y=9

Lee

jp80874
05-26-2009, 08:57 AM
There is a strong possibility of heavy rain mid week. It is raining now as I write, Tuesday AM. The weekend is still predicted to be sunny. You might want to consider two additional possibilities for the weekend.

Waterfalls: three within five miles of the house will be full of fast running, dramatic, water.
Blue Hen Falls, http://www.coastalohio.com/explore/detail.asp?id=141
Buttermilk Falls, http://www.gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/buttermilkCUVA.shtml
Brandywine Falls, http://www.gowaterfalling.com/waterfalls/brandywine.shtml

Bug repellent: pick up some that you like or try what has worked for us, Deep Woods OFF!, bug repellent in spray or toweletts.

By the way, I had been reluctant to mention earlier that Dolly and I have been frequenting the Country Maid Ice Cream shop regularly all the month of May. I didn’t want to start four pages of drooling. Eva, you have got to find him a bib. I think we can be fairly certain they will be operational this coming weekend.

The girls and I are looking forward to welcome visitors. Dolly will have seven more days of teaching first graders ahead and will be in hiding.

John

djkloss
05-26-2009, 09:05 AM
I signed up for a day off work. Meaning I am free Saturday & Sunday. It can not rain on our parade!

jp80874
05-26-2009, 10:12 AM
I signed up for a day off work. Meaning I am free Saturday & Sunday. It can not rain on our parade!

Good for you Dorothy. Weather.com for zip 44286, across the street from us agrees with you.

John

Shawn Dougherty
05-26-2009, 12:57 PM
Thanks for the update, John.

I've secured the weekend off so my plans are:

Saturday - arrive for sunrise at the Ritchie Ledges. Finish up in time for 9 o'clock coffee at the Power's place. Would love to photograph with whomever the rest of or part of that day.

Sunday - sunrise at the big waterfall (Brandywine?). I'm thinking even light and less people that early... Again back to John's for 9 o'clock coffee and whatever the rest of the day.

Since it's a one night thing I'll just get a hotel room Saturday night so don't plan on me for camping. Thanks again to both you and Dolly! Looking foward to it. Shawn

Oh yeah, do you have somewhere I can load/unload film holders? Just bringing the 4x5 this time so I won't need much room.

Lee L
05-26-2009, 01:58 PM
Saturday - arrive for sunrise at the Ritchie Ledges.

About what time are you planning to be at the parking lot?

Lee

ic-racer
05-26-2009, 02:31 PM
I was at the Ritchie Ledges the other day (for the first time) to check it out. AM light on the side toward the cave would be interesting to capture, maybe I'll see you guys there Sat AM.

I am still waiting for a big order of film. I went with Aristo brand sheet film and 120 for the first time as I could get twice as much as the Kodak or Ilford stuff. I ran out of 8x10 film last fall, so I am looking forward to seeing the big brown truck!

I have also been Lith printing LF negatives on a bunch of RC Forte paper (as the FB Forte is all gone). I'm curious as to what you all think of them.

Shawn Dougherty
05-26-2009, 02:37 PM
About what time are you planning to be at the parking lot?

Lee

Haven't figured that out yet. I'll get back here in the next day or two, Lee. Shawn

jp80874
05-26-2009, 02:37 PM
Oh yeah, do you have somewhere I can load/unload film holders? Just bringing the 4x5 this time so I won't need much room.

My dark room?

John

Shawn Dougherty
05-26-2009, 02:50 PM
My dark room?

John

Thanks, John. I guess I haven't seen your darkroom yet. Stands to reason you must be producing those 7x17 inch negs and prints somewhere! =)

jp80874
05-26-2009, 03:36 PM
Sunday - sunrise at the big waterfall (Brandywine?). I'm thinking even light and less people that early... .

Shawn,

Not to second guess you, but to better understand. I have not shot at sunrise, so I may be missing your objective.

The biggest waterfall Brandywine pours to the west from the east. There are three vantage points that are easily accessible especially in the dark. One is on the southern edge of the fall which would probably put the sun SE behind your right shoulder. You would have a guard rail for protection, but would be 7-10 feet from the start of the fall. The sixty foot water drop would be dark. The actual start of the fall would be illuminated. Second is a platform downstream but near the bottom of the falls. Here you would be looking up at the falls, probably through mist, maybe 20-30 degrees off directly into the sun. Third is an unprotected cliff edge just downstream from the falls on the north side, no barrier, no safety net. Here you would be looking directly into the sun while the lower part of the falls would be dark. What do you see as the shot?

Blue Hen and Buttermilk flow from the west to the east. Blue Hen is 1/4 mile down a steep paved track from the parking lot that should not be too much trouble in the dark. Buttermilk is a mile beyond there on a trail that is covered with roots as it follows the cliff edge. You also have to ford the stream picking out your footing in the dark. As your friend and host I would strongly encourage you not to do that for the first time in the dark.

Blue Hen is heavily wooded so you are likely to get diffused light falling right on the fall. If it is humid, and how many waterfalls are not, you also get great beams of light through the woods reflecting on the humidity or mist. I have seen this at 9 AM in the Fall. I am assuming it is that way at sunrise in the Spring. The most likely shot is at the top of the falls with the sun over your left shoulder. You can also climb down to the bottom and shoot up with the sun at your back. I would take a 50 foot rope and use it to steady your footing going down in the dark or more safely, make that your second shot after there is light. It also makes the trip back up easier.

John

Lee L
05-26-2009, 03:58 PM
This time of year, the sun rises about 30 degrees north of due east. It won't get to due east until just after 9am, when it will be over 30 degrees above a flat horizon.

Here's a map of Brandywine Falls, with standard north-is-straight-up orientation. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=brandywine+falls+oh&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=61.582079,107.138672&ie=UTF8&ll=41.276996,-81.538966&spn=0.003632,0.006539&t=h&z=18

This aerial/satellite photo would have been taken about 2 hours before the sun was due south.

Astronomically,
Lee

djkloss
05-26-2009, 04:07 PM
I got a headlamp just for the occassion! Haven't tried it yet, though. And a lazer beam to focus in the dark. :0

Just out of curiosity, will there be a porta-potty for those of us who are afraid of bears in the woods?

Lee L
05-26-2009, 04:27 PM
Honest officer. About sunrise I saw several of them over by the cliffs. They had five legs, and the back two were thicker and were the only ones that moved. They were about 5 feet tall, had rounded backs and one eye, and seemed to be wearing capes. They kept shining lights around, shooting lasers at the rocks, and eating pieces of something that looked like pieces of black toast from bags.