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.
northeast OH APUG gathering website
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.
Oh, you want the URL? OK.
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.
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.
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.
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Originally Posted by smieglitz
Here are a few shots of the Century with its new 300mm Fuji.
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.