Saturday September 24, 2016 from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
While each season in the Adirondacks has its own special qualities, the most spectacular is when the trees on the hillsides are filled with fall colors. Spend a day photographing in the Old Forge / Inlet area during the peak of color, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. After meeting briefly at View for an introduction and photography related questions, the rest of the 8 hour day will be spent photographing at nearby locations. There are a number of beautiful river, waterfall, and lake locations photo destinations within 20 minutes or so of View. Shooting locations will be chosen to take best advantage of the weather for the day.
This nature photography tour is designed for those who are comfortable with camera basics such as the relationship between aperture, shutter, and ISO settings. After the initial introduction / discussion the rest of the afternoon and evening will be in the field, shooting and experimenting with various photo techniques. We can car pool for anyone returning back to View, but otherwise it will be best to drive. Since we will be in the field most of the day, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water, and any extra clothing for the day. An umbrella and / or camera cover can be helpful if there are showers. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual, and extra memory cards.
Photographer, Carl Heilman II, has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970's, has been working with digital image files since 1997, and shooting digitally since 2007. He has led photo workshops since the early 1990's and has been presenting photography workshops in Brant Lake since 1997 through Wild Visions, Inc. he has written 3 how-to photography books that have been published internationally. His photo techniques book, ‘The Landscape Photography Field Guide’, is a comprehensive handbook about landscape photography techniques. ‘101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography’, is published by Ilex Press, and ‘Photographing the Adirondacks’, is a regional guidebook to more than 200 photo locations throughout the Adirondack Park. His coffee table books on the Adirondacks, Lake George, New York State, and Maine have been published by Rizzoli, Voyageur Press, and North Country Books.
Materials/Equipment List and Suggestions
Carl Heilman II Workshop and Tours Equipment Suggestions
In addition to your camera, Carl recommends bringing a variety of lenses to cover a wide a range of compositions. Also, please bring a sturdy, versatile tripod, a remote release (wired or wireless), extra batteries, memory card, and camera manual. To help protect equipment in wet weather, bring along an umbrella and camera cover (which can be as simple as a plastic bag), and any other wet weather protection you might need. If you are considering buying equipment for the workshop, please contact Carl if you are concerned whether it will be appropriate.
35 mm DSLR (full frame or crop sensor), or 4/3 or smaller format DSLR camera, or a full featured point and shoot. Features to look for - manual mode, aperture priority, shutter priority, program shooting mode, CMOS sensor, LiveView, auto-bracket, exposure compensation, full screen histogram, highlights alert, sensor cleaning, large LCD, RAW option, 100% viewfinder, and remote release capability.
Bring as varied a selection of lenses as you can. Zoom lenses are fine and offer a lot of flexibility for composition within a single lens. Fixed focal length prime lenses are also fine and are great glass but have less flexibility for composition. If possible, bring along macro equipment (lens and / or extension tubes) as well as focal lengths from ultra wide field of view to telephoto. The greatest variety of focal lengths offers the most versatility for composition.
Since it’s easy to adjust color tones in digital post processing, Carl carries only one filter – a 10 stop solid ND (neutral density) to slow down the shutter speed in bright shooting conditions. Some prefer using a Variable ND, or like a polarizer.
Select a versatile, sturdy tripod and head that securely holds both the camera and lens (at least 10 pounds or so capacity) that is easily adjustable from ground level to eye height for greatest shooting flexibility. His choice is a carbon fiber, 4 section (for a more compact folded size), Gitzo Explorer featuring an articulating center column. A really sturdy, versatile, tripod and head may be pricey, but they will last a lifetime and provide the greatest options for landscapes.
Choose an electronic / cable or wireless remote - a simple cable release that features a locking device is best.
Bring a pack that comfortably accommodates both your camera gear and outdoor gear.
My Personal Gear
He works with a pair of Nikon D750, a Nikon 17-35 2.8, 35-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 2x teleconverter, 105 2.8 macro, 50 1.8G, 16mm fisheye, a 10 stop B&W multi coated solid ND filter, and a set of Kenko extension tubes with built in lens contacts (for macro). He also has a few DX lenses - a Tokina 11-16 2.8, Nikon 10.5 fisheye, and 35mm G1.8 (DX). And he sometimes works with his Nikon Coolpix P7700 which has an integrated 2.0-4.0 28-200 zoom and almost all of the DSLR functions he works with. His tripod is a Gitzo Explorer G2228 tripod with a simple Gitzo ball head. This is a 4 section tripod with an articulating center column, offering the greatest versatility for shooting at all kinds of crazy positions with the camera – from ground level to eye height. He carries it all with a LowePro DryZone Rover backpack which has a waterproof camera compartment, and has been quite sufficient and comfortable for the 4 season backcountry photography I do.
Outdoor Clothing and Equipment Suggestions
Dress in layers of synthetics or natural insulating material like, wool, or silk, to have the greatest versatility for staying comfortable in all kinds of weather conditions. For safety reasons avoid the use of cotton clothing for backcountry travel. Carl really likes lightweight, quick drying nylon pants and shirts and find them to be cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. In summer he wears nylon pants with zip off legs for easy conversion to shorts. In addition to the comfort and insulating layers, it’s important to have a windproof / waterproof outer layer of Gore-Tex or similar waterproof / breathable membrane material to keep the insulating layers dry and protected from potential wet and windy conditions.
For colder weather, wear a pair (or two if it’s really cold) of synthetic long johns. They are good to have along as emergency clothing in chilly 3 season weather, too. Fleece jackets are good insulation layers, but Primaloft is even better – great warmth for the weight and very compressible when putting Primaloft jackets and pants in a pack.
Lightweight long sleeve shirts and long pants are good when there may be biting insects. He also has a wide brim hat for sun, bug, and weather protection, and it doubles as a cover for my camera and lens in wet weather. Consider bringing along bug repellent, and sunscreen, and be sure to have a headlamp (preferable for hands free use) or flashlight.
Wear sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes that are waterproof to above the ankles to keep the feet dry in case we are in wet areas. NEOS overshoes are great for over the shoes water protection.
Also, remember to bring enough water and food for the day, and possibly an umbrella for working in showery conditions. A white or light colored umbrella can double as a reflector. He use a windproof 'Gustbuster' Metro.