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Fall Mountains & Lakes / Lake Placid Area 5 Day Workshop

Five Day Nature Photography Workshop
Cost - $495 by 4/1/13 - $595 by 7/1/13 - $695. after

Rated Easy / with a short Moderate hike or two
September 22 - 26, 2013

Held at the Adirondack Rock and River, Keene, NY

Adirondack High Peask from the Brothers and the Johns Brook Valley
There are no greater landscape views anywhere in the eastern US than those found in the Adirondack High Peaks in late September when fall colors are at their best. A combination of lakes, streams, and tumultuous waterways lying at the foot of rugged Adirondack mountains offers an endless array of dramatic landscapes. Autumn colors first reach their peak in the Heart Lake area near Lake Placid, where the northern hardwood forests of maple, birch, and beech gradually mix with higher elevation boreal forests of spruce and fir. Occasional early snow and rime ice can dust the summits with a white frosting while the valleys are tinged with red, yellow, and gold. The extraordinary diversity of this wild mountain landscape is simply incomparable.
Chapel Pond
During the workshop we will cover most all aspects of mountain landscape and nature photography, including wide angle, macro, telephoto, and panoramic photography, and will discuss various creative techniques and digital workflow - from RAW shooting techniques and HDR enhancement to cataloging and processing image files. The low student to instructor ratio will allow more time for interaction with each student so Carl can better address individual questions and concerns.
Clouds and snow over the High Peaks from Mount Jo
The numerous photo options found within a 30 mile radius, range from wonderful mountaintop panoramas to spectacular mountain vistas at the edge of crystal clear ponds and rivers. While most of the photo destinations are along nearby lakes and waterways and are fairly close to where we park, a couple of photo locations will require hiking up mountain trails.
fall colors on Mount Jo
Heart Lake and the High Peaks from Mount Jo
Photographer, Carl Heilman, has been photographing the Adirondack High Peaks since the mid 1970's. He has been working with digital image files since 1997, and digital SLR cameras since 2007. Join Carl for an intensive 5 day nature photography workshop, working to photograph some of the best mountain landscapes within a half hour drive of Lake Placid, NY. Experiment with various techniques and equipment, and enjoy interacting with fellow participants through critique sessions, informal discussions, and photo shoots. While the workshop is for photographers of all levels you can learn much more if you have an understanding of basic camera techniques.

Adirondack High Peaks Fall Photography Workshop Agenda

Sunday

- 5 - 8 PM - Introduction, get acquainted, dinner, show n' tell, PowerPoint, AV program

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

- pre-dawn and morning photo shoot
- daily discussion / photo critique / Q and A either before or after lunch
- noon - 1 PM - lunch
- afternoon / evening / sunset / field photography

Thursday

- pre-dawn to 10 AM photo shoot
- 10 AM - 12 PM - Wrap-up / photo critique / discussion / Q and A
- noon - 1 PM lunch - Workshop Ends after lunch

Note - Morning start time and evening ending time in the evening will be determined by the weather conditions and the sunrise / sunset times during the workshop. Sunrise is 6:45 AM, sunset 6:45 PM.

Ausable River near Upper Jay
Detail on the Ausable River
I've had a few days to reflect on the workshop and wanted to mention again what a good experience it was. When I look at the photos I took it is obvious the combination of technical and artistic insight helped me do some things I had never done. I also know better why some things worked and some didn't. I believe I got what I was seeking - an increase of my skill level by a notch.

Tom Carangelo

This workshop is rated EASY / MODERATE and is for beginner to advanced photographers. Most photo shoots will be close to the road, but we'll do one or two hikes over moderately steep, rocky trails, up to 1 mile round trip with a possible elevation gain of up to 800 feet. Please be prepared with proper gear for hiking. We will carpool as needed to photo locations.

A maximum of 10 participants, allows plenty of opportunities for individual interaction during during class time and the photo shoots.

The workshop fee includes all instruction and handouts - but does not include lodging or meals. Please arrange lodging through the Rock and River. Lodging rates include breakfast and bag lunches from Monday through Thursday. $400., private room, or $320., shared room. This will give options for where to eat lunch and we will have dinner out each evening as light, timing work out.

The daily schedule depends on the weather each day, but will include a morning shoot, class time, image critique, and an afternoon / evening shoot. We'll be working around the breakfast schedule at the lodge (eating around 8:30 or so) with time after planned for class time - depending on weather and light.

We look forward to photographing with you in the Adirondack High Peaks.
Please contact us with any questions!
Adirondack photography workshop panorama of Whiteface from Connery Pond
Briches and fall colors at Chapel Pond
Fall colors and the High Peaks from mount Van Hoevenberg
Whiteface Mountain from Cherry Patch Pond
A selection of photos from the 2011 workshop are in this facebook gallery. Photos from previous years high peaks workshops are mixed into this additional facebook gallery

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