Great Camp Sagamore shines

I’ve just had the pleasure of spending two half-days and a night at the Great Camp Sagamore, near Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks. Wow! I was limited by my schedules so I had to cram as much photography into the few hours I had as I could. There was certainly no shortage of subject matter.

The main building of the Great Camp Sagamore

The main building of the Great Camp Sagamore

I could have spent the whole time (and more) on any one of several subjects not to mention several photographic disciplines… grand landscapes, close-up/macro, night photography, etc. Being in the heart of the Adirondacks, it goes without saying that there’s virtually unlimited opportunities for grand landscapes, both on the “campus” of the great camp as well as nearby. Within the boundaries of the camp grounds themselves I couldn’t really touch the opportunities: Sagamore Lake and its outlet could have kept me busy well beyond my time limitations.

I started, for a brief few minutes, meandering the old “workers complex.” Not known for its architecture as the main camp buildings are, it’s still very photogenic with everything from its barn reds to fence posts, lanterns, hinges and (once again) much more.

Of course I couldn’t forego focusing some time on the notable architecture of William Durant. The architecture that surely captivated the Vanderbilts when they purchased the camp from Durant is no less captivating to us today. Hundreds, if not thousands of visitors tour the great camp every year to marvel at all the stories it holds.

The angles of a Sagamore rooftop view.

The angles of a Sagamore rooftop view.

Being primarily a landscape photographer I had to put a kayak on the lake in search of the grand vistas as well as the gentle glow of sunset reflecting on the mirrored surface of this peaceful oasis in the mountains.

I didn’t even need to get out on the lake to appreciate and photograph the same piece in my lone morning at Sagamore Lake’s edge, finding compositions from the boathouse to rock outcroppings and even roof-top lines and angles.

I’m breathless trying to touch on all the great camp offered me in just a few hours, imaging how I felt as I “listened to the quite” as the cool Adirondack air helped lull me to sleep.

Some beauty is in the details.

Some beauty is in the details.

I can’t wait to get back to get back up there July 26-31 for the Great Camp Sagamore Photo Retreat. As it happens I’ve had a cancellation (due to a registrant encountering a family medical problem) so we still have a couple opening if anyone would like to join us. Just visit my website, click here, for more information about this nearly week of great photography. Everything is include, photography, lodging and all meals (though we may elect to grab a meal nearby depending on hour our real life schedule works out).

Despite all that Sagamore offers, we’ll also hit some great venues outside the camp during our stay, ending up with a visit to the always wonderful Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

Now, imagine what we’ll  accomplish with almost a full week at the Great Camp Sagamore. Fun, food, friends and fotography. (I had to keep the f’s going, right?)

For those of you who have already registered for one of these great workshops . . . it’s okay to get excited!