Adirondack LAKES, Streams, Waterfalls – plus: 2018
When: July 18-22, 2018
Where: Long Lake, NY
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018
Only eight participants can be accepted, so register soon.
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Get ready to enjoy some of the most beautiful waterscapes anywhere – plus. The “plus” in this case is found in the Adirondack villages of Long Lake and the surrounding area.
Besides the villages, our Adirondack trek will get us to tranquil lakes and ponds, meandering mountain streams, peaceful marshes and crashing waterfalls. What else could we ask for? As is always the case, a lot of our compositions will depend on the weather. However, Forked Lake, Stillwater Reservoir, the Racquette River, the Cedar River, Connery Pond, Buttermilk Falls and many other opportunities will give us plenty of Adirondack magic to excite our shutter release fingers.
It often displays some of the most amazing sunsets in the Adirondack Mountains (which means anywhere, in my opinion). We’ll set out early mornings so we will be at water’s edge somewhere for sunrise, hopefully catch the mist coming off the water and if we’re lucky train our lenses on a loon or two. Once the sun gets high in the sky
we’ll see how shooting for High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing can open up the middle of the day to productive shooting (even with its harsh lighting). When we get back to home base, we’ll review our images along with some classroom time and the opportunity to explore Lightroom, Photoshop and HDR processing. And, let’s be positive thinkers . . . we’ll spend a couple peaceful evenings enjoying one or more of my favorite sunset venues.
When we know what to expect from the weather we’ll make our decisions about where to position ourselves for the evening and sunset hours as well as where we want to wrap-up on Sunday morning. The headwaters of the Hudson River always promises to be captivating during early morning hours and the nearby abandoned Adirondack village of Tahawus and Calamity Brook will offer us opportunities further up-stream. Sunrises on Simon Pond or sunsets across the giant Racquette Pond are certain to leave us aching for more.
Be Prepared: I wasn’t a Scout and Scout leader all those years for nothing. Shortly before our trip, I will share some tips about how to protect yourself and your photography gear on, in or near water,. Transportation to our venues each day will be via carpool. Some venues may take an hour or more to arrive at, but I promise, all are worth the effort.
Instruction: All my workshops and retreats are geared and scheduled for maximum personal, one-on-one attention. In addition, each day’s schedule will include time for group instruction on such subjects as Design & Composition, Seeing Your Image before you click the shutter release button, Post Capture Processing, the Art of Landscape Photography, Favorite Tricks for Shooting Water and spontaneous interests of our group.
Image review: Many participants in my workshops and tours consider our daily image review sessions to be one of the highlights of our time together. It’s an opportunity to revel in our successes as well as to learn from the success of others in anticipation of our next shoot.
Lodging: The Sandy Point Motel (or its sister property the Blueberry Hill Motel down the street) will be our home away from home. David and Daniela are our attentive hosts. While we don’t know why anyone would want to, participants may seek other lodging options close to our base of operations. In this case that is Long Lake, NY which offers a variety of options from basic camping, RV campgrounds, and modest motels to upscale Adirondack B & Bs and old line hotels. Sandy Point will serve as our home base and is holding a selection of rooms
for participants to choose from. Just mention you are with the Tom Dwyer Photo Group. David or Daniella will be happy to take care of your reservation at (518) 624-3871. I stand ready to help if you should need assistance or other recommendations for lodging. I hope you’ll join us!
NOTICE: The potential always exists for specifics of any tour/workshop to change. It is with this thought in mind that I will always confirm the details of your planned participation with you before charging your credit card. I always suggest that you not confirm schedule or travel arrangements until I have confirmed the details with you.