Five guys take same photo for 30 years

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A photo tradition has helped five men maintain their friendship for 30 years

The first shot was taken in 1982 during a summer lake trip

Hairstyles have changed and shirts have appeared over the years

"We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what," one says

CNN  — 

When five teenagers sat down and posed for a picture at Copco Lake in 1982, they didn’t plan on making it a tradition. But that’s what it became.

Every five years for the past three decades, John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony have been meeting at the California lake and taking the same photo.

The first photograph of the high school friends was just happenstance. Wardlaw, known as Wedge in the group, had a family cabin at the lake where the friends gathered in July 1982.

While hanging out on the deck of the cabin, Dickson, or J.D., set his 35-millimeter camera on self-timer to take a group photo.