In 1982 we took this rather odd photo. At the time we had no idea that 35 years later we would be taking it every five years. This photo was taken with John Dickson's Pentax camera with a 35mm lens, we think.. Pretty sure it was July 4. 1987
Technical Errors: None! The shot was perfect.
# of photos taken = 1
When we realized the five guys were going to be together again at Copco we decided to take the same photo a second time. This photo was taken on John Wardlaw's Canon AE1 Program with either a 28mm or 50mm lens. We think it was June 19. Technical Errors: Wedges shoulder was not behind Marks (corrected in photoshop years later) and Dallas did not cross his legs.
# of photos taken = 2
In 1992 the weather was cloudy and cold so the 3 Johns wore shirts for the first time. Because of the shirts and cloudy weather we shot an alternate version where we are all wearing sunglasses.
Taken between June-6 and June-14 with John Wardlaw's Canon AE1 Program with either a 28mm or 50mm lens. 1997
Technical Errors: Well for one, the shirts. Hat is on the wrong knee. Wardlaw is not slouching enough.
# of photos taken = 3
Laziness led us to stray a bit from the original photo. We also shot an alternate version with our shirts off and decided no one wanted to see that. John Dickson recalls it was the lack of tans that made us use the shirted photo.
Taken between September 1 and September 5 on John Wardlaw's Nikon FM2 with a 35mm lens, we think.
Technical errors: John Dickson and Dallas Burney are smiling. Wardlaw is not slouching. Hat is on wrong knee.
# of photos taken = 6
This was the year we got back to truly duplicating the original though we made a joke with the huge jar. Taken on a cold June 8 with John Wardlaw's Canon AE1 Program. Guessing the 28mm lens. 2007
Technical Errors: Dallas is smiling again, jar in wrong place & John Molony forgot his sunglasses (fixed in photoshop). Wardlaw is not slouching. Hat is on wrong knee.
We had a cheap digital camera on hand for reference photos.
# of photos taken = 3
On this occasion we returned to a duplicate of the original jar and standardized a hat for all future photos (though we do still have the hat from 1992-1997. Taken on Sept. 8. This is the first photo using a digital camera,
John Wardlaw's Nikon D70.The D70 is a DX format (not full frame). Using the 18mm DX lens, which would be the same as a 27mm on a full frame camera. It has often been said that the photos are in the wrong order
because we look younger here than in 2002. The order is correct.
Technical Errors: Dallas crosses his legs backwards. Wardlaw is not slouching.
# of photos taken = 3
For this photo we found the original image of Robert Young to place in the jar with a plastic roach and a butterscotch. Sadly you can't make out his face. Taken on June 26 on John Wardlaw's Nikon D800 using a 28mm lens (the D800 is a full frame camera). Chris Squire, of the band Yes, saw John Wardlaw wearing a Yes Drama shirt from the 1980 tour and sent him an email saying it was very cool! 2017
Technical Errors: Dallas-legs crossed backward, again. Wardlaw is not slouching.
# of photos taken = 4
For this photo we replaced the photo of Robert Young with Matt Lauer because we met him on the Today Show in 2012. Taken on June 24, on John Wardlaw's Nikon D800 with a 24mm lens. We used video assist with an HD cable attached to a TV. Flash fill was used. This is the first time John, John and John have gone shirtless for the photo since 1987 (not counting the unused shirtless photo of 1997). John Molony suggested we eat right and get back in shape (and get some tans).
Technical Errors: John Dicksons' head is higher than John Molonys' and closer to the camera. John Wardlaw seems very far away.
# of photos taken = 17
Robert Young returns to the jar to duplicate the original, along with the plastic roach and the butterscotch. Taken on June 15th using John Wardlaw's Nikon D800 with a 35mm lens. Flash fill was used. Shot between 11:30 and Noon. This was the first time anyone other than our friends witnessed the shoot. Paul Vercammen of CNN as well as reporter Meghan Glova and Videographer Matt Pugerude of Central Oregon Daily were all present.
Technical Errors: Ok, I really have to nit pick this one to come up with any. Wardlaw isn't slouching. Camera should have been a bit more to the right to give more of the perspective of the first photo. We should be sitting closer together.
# of photos taken = 6 (not counting lighting tests)
Well that's 40 years. What a friendship we have been so fortunate to have. Here is to the next 30!
What we might be like in 3017
Artwork by Cyndi Foster
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