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jp80874
05-26-2009, 03:28 PM
Thanks Lee.

That is great. Let me try to locate the three positions on this map.

Find the furthest east “Brandywine falls upper walkway”. The first position I mentioned would be at the “way” in "walkway". The falls would be 7-10 feet directly north.

The second position at “way” in the eastern “Brandywine Falls lower walkway.”

The third position is along the north side of the cliff edge. I am having trouble remembering exactly where, but I think it would be about NE from the second position and of course up 60 feet. It is completely unprotected. I would not go there without a long line around me and the camera tied to a tree or solid anchor to the north. What looks like footing could drop today or next year.

John

jp80874
05-26-2009, 03:42 PM
Just out of curiosity, will there be a porta-potty for those of us who are afraid of bears in the woods?

Dorothy,

I think you are the only one camping unless I misunderstood. At $110 for the porta potty it would be $70 cheaper to visit the flea bag for showers and john, or just stay there. I have several size plastic buckets to loan at no charge. They must be returned as clean as delivered. No brown tracks on the white or orange.

During daylight you are welcome to our bathroom, but I don't think we want you to try to walk by the yellow gauntlets at night. They hold their privacy in high and noisy regard.

John

djkloss
05-26-2009, 03:44 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.

ok, son, I'm sure you did. And how was the toast?

djkloss
05-26-2009, 03:50 PM
Dorothy,

I think you are the only one camping unless I misunderstood. At $110 for the porta potty it would be $70 cheaper to visit the flea bag for showers and john, or just stay there. I have several size plastic buckets to loan at no charge. They must be returned as clean as delivered. No brown tracks on the white or orange.

During daylight you are welcome to our bathroom, but I don't think we want you to try to walk by the yellow gauntlets at night. They hold their privacy in high and noisy regard.

John

Ok, thank you.... I guess it's plan B, which I haven't come up with yet.

and it's back to the darkroom......

Jeff Bannow
05-26-2009, 09:26 PM
Hey John - can't wait! We will be camping as well, but can get by without the porta-potty if need be. We hope to be there in time for coffee at 9am.

Hoping to get out and shoot in the afternoon wherever folks are going. Also, is the Wegman exhibit open yet? If so, anyone going?

And of course, Country Maid!

djkloss
05-26-2009, 10:30 PM
As long as Jeff & Eva will be there to keep me company, then it'll be kool. Plan B was $45 for the local Ohio Motel (thanks Lee for the link). I think I can hold it ;) I think I'd like to camp at your place John, if that's ok?

Can't wait to see you guys! (Saturday & Sunday) I got a new lens too. It's a 65mm for a 4x5! It would be great on waterfalls. I also saw a pic of a staircase at the ledges. It's really old. Anybody know anything about this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooohiooo04/126560544/

Jeff Bannow
05-26-2009, 10:43 PM
BTW - Last call for my Omega D3 with color head. It's set up for medium format but can handle 4x5.

If anyone wants it or knows someone who needs it then it's yours. Free. Gratis. I'll even deliver to John's place!

Lee L
05-26-2009, 11:58 PM
I also saw a pic of a staircase at the ledges. It's really old. Anybody know anything about this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/ooohiooo04/126560544/
Shawn posted one of the stairs in his gallery here on APUG. It's a WPA project IIRC. There's a description of it on a sign by the stairs. It's at the NE section of the ledges. I can show you where it is.

Lee

jp80874
05-27-2009, 06:10 AM
Jeff,

Great that you two are camping and can keep Dorothy company. I got that mixed up and thought your were moteling this time. The bucket offer is extended to three.

Re: enlarger, I will send an email to the head of the photography program at U Akron to see if they would like a donation of your enlarger with a nice tax write off letter to you. Are there any more details about it that I should tell them?

Wegman exhibit and others below. Indoor alternatives.

Cleveland Museum of Art:
http://www.clemusart.com/exhibitions/Friedlander.aspx
375 Lee Friedlander photographs on exhibit
May 31 is the last day of the show.

Akron Museum of Art:
http://www.akronartmuseum.org/exhibitions/details.php?unid=1031
Lee Friedlander's Factory Valleys
through May 31, 2009
http://www.akronartmuseum.org/exhibitions/details.php?unid=1033
William Wegman: Fay
May 16, 2009 - August 16, 2009

Dorothy,

Yes, of course you are welcome to camp.

The stairs in the photo you referenced and also Shawn’s picture can be reached .4 mile from the Ledges parking lot. If for some reason you don’t end up going with Lee, pull up this map http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/upload/LEDGES_Revision_perJennieV_20080414.pdf Drive up the hill east on Truxell road from Akron Peninsula road. Akron Peninsula Rd. parallels the east side of the Cuyahoga River. Turn left into the Kendall Ledges parking lot. Unload and walk N out of the parking lot. At .3 mile bear right. The stairs are the rectangle on the map at the NE area of the ledges. As Lee says there is a sign at the bottom of the stairs and a bench. The sign tells the WPA history and shows a picture of a stone mason or two working on the project. Neat place.

All:
A couple of years ago Lee, his son David and I did a lot of photos together all around the ledges. My pictures, long exposures in the shade, were mostly trees and roots just hanging on to the cliff edges. For me they are another interesting feature of these ledges. In some cases the roots are exposed 20-30 feet down the ledges. There are many trees that have not hung on and have cascaded down the sides. Wear boots that grab wet or dry stone so you do not cascade down with them. Poppa Powers wants you all to be able to come back again.

John

Jeff Bannow
05-27-2009, 07:51 AM
Re: enlarger, I will send an email to the head of the photography program at U Akron to see if they would like a donation of your enlarger with a nice tax write off letter to you. Are there any more details about it that I should tell them?


Thanks John. It's an Omega D3 4x5 enlarger with a color head. Currently is has a medium format mixing box, a 6x6 carrier and a 75mm lens I believe.

And also, it's sitting in Eva's office and annoying her. :) I suppose if no one wants it I could turn it into a nice lamp ....

jp80874
05-27-2009, 10:28 AM
Thanks John. It's an Omega D3 4x5 enlarger with a color head. Currently is has a medium format mixing box, a 6x6 carrier and a 75mm lens I believe.

And also, it's sitting in Eva's office and annoying her. :) I suppose if no one wants it I could turn it into a nice lamp ....


Careful what she uses for a lamp shade.

Thank you. I sent an email to Penny on the enlarger. I don't know if she is in town or where she can get email. She is scheduled to teach a class later this summer. Does the enlarger come with any other pieces parts? Is the enlarger working?

Thanks,

John

Jeff Bannow
05-27-2009, 10:30 AM
Careful what she uses for a lamp shade.

Thank you. I sent an email to Penny on the enlarger. I don't know if she is in town or where she can get email. She is scheduled to teach a class later this summer. Does the enlarger come with any other pieces parts? Is the enlarger working?

Thanks,

John

Works fine as far as I can tell - never enlarged with it but it powers on etc. It has a carrier, lens, lens cone, etc. I got it as part of a set and just don't need a 6th enlarger in the darkroom. :)

jp80874
05-27-2009, 10:45 AM
The girls and I got so interested in the Ledges talk that we walked the 1.8 miles around the ledges and then on to the 1.5 mile loop at the Octagon next door in 90% humidity. There are lots of springs pouring water out of the rocks so the girls didn’t suffer. I drank what was in my water bottle. Be sure to bring one for yourself.

There are several places where you get into openings in the rocks that lead you into what might be thought of as rooms with no ceiling. It is at least twenty degrees cooler there. The stairs are as described above.

The dogwood trees are no longer blooming but other plants are. The humid weather has brought out a huge array of mushroom fungus. The variety is amazing. Several years ago I did a series of twenty enlarged mushrooms using the 4x5. Later I met a photographer who lives in Mentor, probably 40 miles from here. He also had done a mushroom series of twenty and none of ours were alike.

The deer flies are just coming out. Do bring repellent. The trees hanging on by their roots spread out over the cliff walls continue to fascinate. I wish I could figure a way to get the 7x17 up there without having to carry it. The baby jogger would never get in there.

John

Shawn Dougherty
05-27-2009, 10:52 AM
I know a fellow who would be willing to carry your 7x17 if you carry his 4x5... =)

jp80874
05-27-2009, 11:31 AM
I know a fellow who would be willing to carry your 7x17 if you carry his 4x5... =)

Have you considered moving to Cleveland?

Shawn Dougherty
05-27-2009, 11:42 AM
HERE (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=40072&ppuser=2279) is a link to my image of the ledges staircase, Dorothy.

Missed that post about sunrise at the falls, John. I've been to the Blue Hen Falls and made an IMAGE (http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=40230&ppuser=2279) I'm really happy with... there were just to many people at the Brandywine falls for me to work at the time I was there. I'll have to pick you're brain a little more about it on Saturday. All the best. Shawn

Moving to Cleveland? The Steeler Fan in me would never abide it! =)

jp80874
05-27-2009, 12:37 PM
Moving to Cleveland? The Steeler Fan in me would never abide it! =)[/QUOTE]

Years ago, having taken much abuse at national sales meetings about the Indians and the Browns, I told them I had taken up gardening and sailing and the could go.... themselves.

John

djkloss
05-27-2009, 06:30 PM
I wish I could figure a way to get the 7x17 up there without having to carry it.
John

How much does it weigh?

Oh, and I have a hunch I'm not going to make it before 9 on Sat morn. I wish I could, but I'll be there for morning coffee for sure!

jp80874
05-27-2009, 06:58 PM
How much does it weigh?

Oh, and I have a hunch I'm not going to make it before 9 on Sat morn. I wish I could, but I'll be there for morning coffee for sure!

The camera is not bad at 12#, but the film holders and lenses gather weight pretty fast. Camera, tripod and head is 43#. Add 3# for a lens and a 4 or 5# film holder and you are set to go. Were you thinking of carrying?

The wolves are going to be disappointed Friday night Dorothy, but I am sure they will be happy to see you Saturday.

Coffee at 9 AM.

John

djkloss
05-27-2009, 08:12 PM
The camera is not bad at 12#, but the film holders and lenses gather weight pretty fast. Camera, tripod and head is 43#. Add 3# for a lens and a 4 or 5# film holder and you are set to go. Were you thinking of carrying?

The wolves are going to be disappointed Friday night Dorothy, but I am sure they will be happy to see you Saturday.

Coffee at 9 AM.

John

I remember in my younger days when we went backpacking and my pack was about 50#. Guess I got old or somethin'. I'd love to but I don't want the responsibility of being food for the wolves if I fall with your baby on my back!