Peace & Quiet – Adirondack Style


It’s a little less than two months until a really special photography workshop is scheduled to begin, August 8 to be exact.  It’s understandable if some folks are wondering what to expect from a workshop titled Quiet Waters of the Adirondacks. As it says on my website for Quiet Waters we’ll relax and emphasize the quiet waters in search of our images. Besides suggesting that we won’t spend much time at the base of plunging waterfalls or roaring Adirondack river, what, exactly, should we be expecting? Well, I’m using words like soothing, peaceful, tranquil, serene, still, and calm to describe my expectations of the images we’ll be seeking together.

Recognizing that the images are what most of us are chasing, I’m not so much interested in the images as I am in what we’ll do to get them. As anyone who’s following my thinking on Facebook or on my blog and indeed during my most recent workshops will attest, I believe that learning to “see” your image before you click that shutter release button is important to the creation of artful or expressive images. At that, the actual “seeing” of the physical subject itself is only one element to our challenge if our objective is to create images that communicate something specific “about” our subjects. To do that we need to take time to discover what it is “about” our subject that we want to convey to a viewer of our image.

Fresh & Clean

So, even though during this Quiet Waters workshop we’ll be expecting to compose with words like those I mentioned above (soothing, peaceful, serene, etc.) we’ll need to be attentive to other things in our environment that might impact what it is about our subjects that we intend to convey – the impact of breezes, cool or warm air, humidity, shadows, the sun’s rays, wildlife, contrast of various sorts and much more. Both before we click the shutter and later in post-capture processing our ability to observe the environment may well help us determine how well people will relate to our images.

All this is not something most of us undertake automatically. For most of us, it takes effort, concentration, practice and even note-taking. The reward though, creating expressive and artful images, is worth all our effort. Most of us also find it helpful to broaden our reading a little and study subjects other than our camera manual and basic composition. I encourage participants to study the work of great photographers and artists such as Guy Tal, Freeman Patterson, and Ellen Anon, masters all in the “art of seeing.”


We can only accept eight participants this August, so I strongly recommend those who want to want to take their photography to the next level act today to confirm your reservation. We still have a 10% discount for those who complete their registration by July 10. Click here: Quiet Waters Registration, and enter the special discount code QWA18 to have 10% deducted from your registration. Of course, feel free to give me a call at 315-420-3513, or send me an e-mail with any questions