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Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Day Trip

Please note that this event is limited to 11 people so please only RSVP if you are committed and 100% able to attend.

Please join us for a day trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park located in Brecksville, Ohio. The park provides a variety of shooting opportunities including waterfalls. Here is the link to National Park Services website that has more information about the park.

The park is about 3 hours away from Ann Arbor. We will leave from Carpool parking on Ann Arbor-Saline Road at Exit 175, I-94 in Ann Arbor by 9 AM and leisurely arrive at Cuyahoga Valley National Park by 1PM, stopping for lunch along the way. We will shoot till 6 PM and drive back to reach Ann Arbor by 9 PM.

Please refer to the section below to find further information:

Where to shoot: Cuyahoga Valley National Park Brecksville, OH
Where to meet: Carpool Parking on Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Exit 175 I-94 
What to bring: Camera, Lens(es), a tripod, ND/GND/Split ND filters if you have, Water, Snacks/Energy Bar and anything else that you will want to shoot pictures.
What to wear: Comfortable outdoor clothing, Hiking/Tennis Shoes, Protective Head gear, if you prefer.
What will it cost: It is a free event. The national park has an entry fee per car. If you are carpooling, you will be expected to split the fuel cost and the entry fee with the driver. 
Carpooling Options:Depending on the attendee responses, I'll setup carpooling options.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Note: This is not an instructional photo-walk. Our goal is to make photographs together, not to teach how to make photographs. Questions are fine and learning from one another is important, lets just make sure we direct our focus on shooting.

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  • Jessamyn S.

    On the topic of filters, how would you (Pravin and Kiran), judge this set of filters?

    http://amzn.to/1dpZxPS

    August 29, 2013

    • Jessamyn S.

      I have. I should do that, thanks.

      August 30, 2013

    • Pravin S.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to post here or send me an email.

      August 30, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    Someone at the meetup asked about cheap / inexpensive filters. Here is a nice article about the effect of cheap filters on the final quality of the picture. http://photographylife.com/filters-affect-resolution-lenses

    2 · August 29, 2013

    • Patrick M.

      So true. You image is only as good as the cheapest piece of glass, which is usually the filter.

      August 29, 2013

    • Jessamyn S.

      Ok, good advice.

      August 29, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    I have uploaded 11 pics from this event at my smugmug website.
    Here is the link http://pravinphotography.smugmug.com/Hobby/Landscape/31275134_tkth9k#!i=[masked]&k=pCMZTCR

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    Kiran,

    Thanks for setting up this meetup. I enjoyed it a lot. I hope I have learned some new tricks watching the experienced long exposure shooters like yourself.

    On another note, some of the people who attended were not aware of the bug repellent (DEET) and its negative impact on plastics (including cameras, lenses, clothings, bags, etc). Here are a couple of links that will help you.
    http://www.dslrbodies.com/cameras/camera-faq/if-deet-is-detrimental-to.html
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12570740&postcount=2

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Glad you had fun and thanks for sharing the information related to DEET. It looks very useful for every outdoor photographer!

      August 25, 2013

  • Susan F.

    I cant thank everyone enough for such a great time. Thank you for your kindness.

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Susan F.

    In spite of my physical challenges I had a great time

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Jessamyn S.

    Fantastic!

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Had a great time with the group - thanks for sharing your insights and helping this novice!

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Lisa S

      More pics on my facebook at: https://www.facebook.c...­

      August 25, 2013

    • Patrick M.

      Thanks for sharing Lisa. If you're interested in my FB pics, search for Mo Peide. It's my Chinese name and my avatar is a baby Tibetan goat;-)

      2 · August 25, 2013

  • Patrick M.

    Thanks everyone for the great day!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • David S.

    Had a blast! It was nice to meet all of you, I look forward to our next meetup.

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    We're on track to be at the first spot at 1:30!

    August 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi! I think I'm here

      August 24, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Come to the Blue Henn Falls... We're here!

      August 24, 2013

  • Susan F.

    Kiran, I will probably skip dinner if we are shooting up until 6 pm because I live on the east side and would like to get back home at dusk if that is ok. I will however share them on the website. Very excited...

    August 21, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      That's fine! See you Saturday.

      August 22, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    It will be my first time to shoot waterfalls. For others like me who like to learn some basic tips for this meetup, here is a link to Youtube video that I liked --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRzyTQSal-w

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    Susan J and Susan F, please confirm that you have looked at the updated plan and are good to go. Thanks!

    August 20, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for confirming you two!

      August 20, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    All, I have made reservation at the restaurant and emailed updated plan. I appreciate your quick confirmations. Thanks

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in!! I'm looking forward to it. So I'll meet that the given location at 1:30. I may leave at 6 pm depending on how I tired I may be (I'm pregnant with twins). I just am nervous coming since I have a good camera but no operational skills yet! Hope it's not too advanced for me.
    Nervous about ticks now! May come in a winter wardrobe!! :)
    See you all soon!

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      We have people at different skill levels and we're a friendly bunch. So don't worry about it being advanced or something like that. It's all about shooting pictures and having fun while doing it. You are welcome to stay as long as you please and yes you can meet us at the first spot at 1:30. I have emailed my phone number in the plan, if we get delayed for some reason, you can call and check in with me. Thanks for confirming!

      August 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You're so nice! Thank you!

      August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kiran, I'm so sorry I don't know how to reply to your message! I would still like to come if its ok, the park is 40 mins from me.

    August 16, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      That's fine! I just wanted to confirm that you indeed were in Clevland. I'll email out the plan after all the attendees are finalized on Sunday! To reply you simply hit reply to the email and it'll come back to me....

      August 16, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Ektalina, Would you please take a look at the plan and confirm you are attending? Thanks

      August 19, 2013

  • Carolyn A.

    Sounds like fun!

    August 18, 2013

  • Lisa S

    I received the update and confirm I will be driving - looking forward to it :)

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Susan F.

    I am excited about the event....is there a lot of walking or can we drive to destinations as we see fit?

    August 17, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Susan, I didn't get your reply about your drive plan. Even though you are driving by yourself, do you want to go with the group, stopping for and such or do you want to directly meet us at the parking lot of the first spot? Thanks in advance for the quick response.

      August 17, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      stopping for food* and such

      August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! We just moved to Cleveland and I would loveeeeee to be a part of this group of photographers!!!

    August 15, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    Those who haven't confirmed here or through email to me..Please read through the carpool list and the trip plan and confirm by 08/18/2013. If I don't hear back by then, I'll opening up the spots to the wait list. Thanks

    August 11, 2013

  • David S.

    Sweet! Got the info, can't wait!

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for the confirmation!

      August 1, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Thank you for the confirmation and looking forward to a fun trip and some great pictures

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for the confirmation!

      August 1, 2013

  • Vess

    Thanks for the info....looking forward to the trip

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for confirming!

      July 31, 2013

  • Yanet S.

    I am all set too... Looking forward to meet all of you guys!!!

    1 · July 31, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for confirming!

      July 31, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    Kiran. Thanks for the carpool email. I got it and I am all set.

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for confirming!

      July 31, 2013

  • Jessamyn S.

    Kiran- I read through the email too, and I'm all set to drive. Looking forward to meeting my passengers and everyone else!

    2 · July 31, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Thanks for confirming!

      July 31, 2013

  • David S.

    Awesome! This will be my first A2 Shutterbugs outing also.

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    I sent out Carpool questions to attendees willing to drive. Please respond when you get a chance. Thanks.

    July 23, 2013

  • Mark Bolen/DigiSharp P.

    Can't attend, but here is a shot from Cuyahoga Valley NP I took. Sorry about the big watermark. http://www.digisharpphotography.com/landscape/h1d6fffea#h1d6fffea

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Phyll

      Wow, are all these shots from the place where we're going in Ohio? Doesn't look Midwestern to me. Wow.

      July 14, 2013

    • Mark Bolen/DigiSharp P.

      Just the one in the link. The rest of that gallery is other locations.

      July 15, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Looking forward to my first outing with the shutterbugs as well :)

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Phyll

    If I can ride with someone or share driving in my car.

    July 15, 2013

  • Parag

    + 1 Guest

    July 15, 2013

    • Parag

      No problem Kiran. Thanks for letting me know. I would have to change my rSVP then.. I hope to join you all next time though...

      July 15, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Sorry you can't make the trip alone. Typically on trips longer than an hour, it's difficult to work in a big groups that's why setting the limit and sticking to it helps. For local walks, we don't set RSVP limits. Thanks for understnding and hope you can make it to the next one! Also if your guest can create his/her own account you can RSVP together as there are still 4 spots open.

      July 15, 2013

  • Patrick M.

    I am so excited for my first A2 Shutterbugs outing. Thanks for putting this together! Cheers,
    pat

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Jessamyn S.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Lisa S

    Very interested in going and happy to drive as well. I have a Ford Flex - seats 6 comfortably.

    July 8, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      Once the RSVP is open and people accept, I'll put together carpooling options. Please be patient till then :-).

      July 12, 2013

    • Phyll

      Thanks, Lisa. Let's be in touch closer to the date, ok?

      July 12, 2013

  • Kiran B.

    Even though I thought I set the RSVP to be open on 07/15, apparently meetup calculated it to be 07/25. I changed it to reflect 07/15 correctly.

    July 11, 2013

  • Pravin S.

    I will be interested in this meetup. Please put me on carpool list and will split the fuel cost. Also when will the RSVPs be opened?

    July 8, 2013

    • Kiran B.

      It will open on July 15th.

      July 8, 2013

    • Pravin S.

      Thanks Kiran. Did not see the RSVP open date on my mobile app.

      July 8, 2013

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