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jp80874
08-17-2009, 07:35 AM
Thanks Lee. I also looked but couldn't find anything better. I thought it important to let people know what was there. They probably have an idea by now. It is amazing how cautious I became after spending six months on crutches from an injury at another location.

John

Lee L
08-17-2009, 08:30 PM
Since we have been gathering in the same area of northeast Ohio periodically for the last year, I decided that it would be nice to put together a web page of resources for those of us who are returning often and that would also be useful to people joining us for the first time. I made up a google map for one of our earlier gatherings, and decided that it would continue to be useful and should be available from within each thread about an upcoming gathering.

With that in mind, I've put together a webpage that is minimal, but hopefully useful for everyone involved. It's still a work in progress, but already has links to maps of the places we've photographed, restaurants we've eaten in, museums with photography, and lodging.

The maps on the site are currently all google maps. They are embedded in the website, but are zoomable, panable, searchable, and interactive in their embedded form. If you click on the 'larger map' link below each map, you will go to a full google map page of the area, with all the features of a google map. You can print out any of these maps from the google page, and switch the map among street maps, satellite photo maps, and shaded contour types. There is also a little person at the top of the zoom control on google maps. If you drag this person to a street location that has been surveyed by google, you can get an interactive view of the location taken from a VW Beetle rooftop as it traveled through the area. This is great for location a specific business or intersection, and knowing in advance what it will look like from the ground.

The maps also have icons on them, and the 'summary map' has loads of them. I've tried to sort them out with reasonable icons, which you can click on for information, including an option to produce directions to the location from wherever you want. If the icons are too crowded in one area, you can zoom in.

I also have links to other maps in online form and in downloadable .pdf format from state and national park services. These can be downloaded and printed out by you.

Currently there are pages for maps, web resources, and weather. I am thinking about an accommodations page, but could use some input for that from some of the regulars in the form of brief "reviews", as I haven't stayed at any of the hotels or lodges around.

There is a map on the web resources page that's an already initiated google map search for restaurants. The results change as you zoom in/out and pan around, and you can click on the icons for information, including ratings (just as reliable as the "favorite 50mm lens ratings" threads on APUG or photo.net), address, phone, etc.

Please PM me if you have suggestions or questions. I'll maintain this as I have time and get input from others, or bright/stupid ideas of my own. BTW, I won't put people's addresses on the map, as this is open to anyone for viewing. If you want directions to residences, request that separately from the person via PM.

Lee

Oh, you want the URL? OK.
sites.google.com/site/neohapug

Peter Spangenberg
08-17-2009, 08:40 PM
I was talking to John this afternoon, and there are a couple of points worth mentioning about this place. I would recommend Tmax for this time of year because of the heavy "canopy" of leaves. I had some reciprocity problems with other films. Also, the early AM and late afternoon are best-otherwise, way too splotchy with sun spots. Overcast but bright is the best for summer. Once you get up the first hill from the lot (and it's only about 150 feet) it's pretty easy to get around. See you there. I'll be happy to take anyone to some of my other favorite spots up this way if the ledges aren't to your liking.

jp80874
08-18-2009, 05:59 AM
Lee, this is spectacular. Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into this. Our Hiking Hounds group has been using something like this to find the different parks we go to every Sunday. It is monumentally called Mike's Maps and gets everyone from all parts of town to the starting point. I say let's christen this Lee's Maps in honor of the Man.

Peter, great advice for Nelson Ledges. I really think it helps the first timer to have some idea of what will be encountered.

I think we are going to have fun, but then I think we have been doing that all along, just a new location.

Thanks to you both.

John

jp80874
08-18-2009, 03:44 PM
We received a flier today that the Chuck Close exhibit at the Akron Art Museum was going to open Friday Sept. 4th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections
September 5, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Renowned for reinventing portraiture in the late 1960s, Chuck Close (b. 1940) is one of America’s most important contemporary artists. He masterfully employs a multitude of media to create monumental portraits of his family and friends. The Akron Art Museum, an institution with a longtime commitment to Close’s art, is organizing an exhibition of the artist’s work from collections throughout Ohio...

The Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt
June 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
The Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt comprises pictures from the Akron Art Museum's collection including works donated by the artist's colleagues, friends and admirers over the past decade, as well as the recent Knight Award purchases.

http://www.akronartmuseum.org/exhibitions/

John

smieglitz
08-20-2009, 08:42 PM
Bacon Candy Recipe (http://www.instructables.com/id/Pig-Candy/)

:)

Lee L
08-20-2009, 11:56 PM
Joe,
The first time through, I read

Pig Candy is a great treat that will impress your friends and make your neighbors jealous.

as:

Pig Candy is a great threat that will impress your friends and make your neighbors jealous.

Lee

Jeff Bannow
08-21-2009, 07:32 AM
Bacon Candy Recipe (http://www.instructables.com/id/Pig-Candy/)

:)

Mmmmm ......

ic-racer
08-25-2009, 01:17 PM
Here are a few shots of the Century with its new 300mm Fuji.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/ic-racer/DSCF4703.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/ic-racer/DSCF4700.jpg

jp80874
08-25-2009, 01:30 PM
I think you are going to have to give that lens back. It is way too massive for that delicate varnished beauty. Isn't there an abuse of old cameras law?

I am glad you like it.

John

ic-racer
08-25-2009, 03:12 PM
I keep this around in case the camera police come by:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v670/ic-racer/AnthonyLens.jpg

ic-racer
08-25-2009, 03:18 PM
Lee, if you are reading, how is this for a crazy idea: I know you use a 4x5 Horseman Monorail in the field. I have a line on a very reasonably priced Horseman 8x10 LX/C Monorail studio camera (with the digital DOF calculator). I presume its like your camera with the addition of the 8x10 back and front-standard extender post.
It weighs in at 20lb, so I'd be with the 'baby-jogger' crowd lugging it into the field :)

Lee L
08-25-2009, 07:28 PM
Dale,

Not sure of exactly how similar the front standard is. The 4x5 front standard doesn't have enough rise to center the lens properly or have enough movement on the 8x10 with everything squared away. I'm not sure if the necessary riser for the front standard is swappable, but the cameras are pretty modular, so that wouldn't surprise me. I haven't ever used the Horseman 8x10 or the LX, only the LE. I use the monorail for shorter walks, longer lenses, and graflok backs, and a wooden field for longer, rougher walks and normal to short lenses. I've done literally tens of thousands of studio shots with the LE, so using it is second nature.

Lee

jp80874
08-25-2009, 07:32 PM
V12, six webers, Ferrari Baby Jogger. I am in LUST!!
JP

djkloss
08-26-2009, 06:01 PM
John, did you get Dolly's check engine light fixed? Mine says I need a new computer. It only misbehaves when it's hot out, and then it's incorrigeable (sp?). Hopefully it will be fixed sooner than later. I'm getting a little tired of being tied down for lack of a reliable vehicle.

djkloss
08-26-2009, 06:07 PM
I decided that it would be nice to put together a web page of resources for those of us who are returning often and that would also be useful to people joining us for the first time. I made up a google map for one of our earlier gatherings, and decided that it would continue to be useful and should be available from within each thread about an upcoming gathering.

Lee

Oh, you want the URL? OK.
sites.google.com/site/neohapug

this is very kool Lee! What else can a google web page do? can you add pictures like a gallery?

Lee L
08-26-2009, 07:40 PM
this is very kool Lee! What else can a google web page do? can you add pictures like a gallery?
Google pages can do lots of things. Yes, you can add photos and graphics. I don't know of any serious restrictions about what you can do, although they do want you to mark adult content and don't want illegal stuff posted. The agreement gives them the right to use your posted materials to promote google services without reimbursement, although the copyright remains with the original owner/poster. There is a limit on the size of free pages. You can sign up for free yourself and try it out.

Lee

jp80874
08-26-2009, 07:41 PM
John, did you get Dolly's check engine light fixed? Mine says I need a new computer. It only misbehaves when it's hot out, and then it's incorrigeable (sp?). Hopefully it will be fixed sooner than later. I'm getting a little tired of being tied down for lack of a reliable vehicle.


Yes, the code on her Toyota Camry said she needed a new Jaguar so I have put it on her Christmas list.

John

djkloss
08-27-2009, 05:38 AM
Yes, the code on her Toyota Camry said she needed a new Jaguar so I have put it on her Christmas list.

John

:p

steckmeyer
08-28-2009, 06:06 PM
John,

Our youngest son will be home on leave from the 101st over Labor Day weekend. See you in October.

Bob Steckmeyer, Ann & Gideon