Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: ADIRONDACK PARK July 3-9, Sept 24-26, Oct 1-4, 2010

Wildernesscapes Photography Adirondack Park Fall Photography Workshops
with Johnathan Esper
July 3 - 9, 2010                                      $900
September 24-26                                   $450
October 1-4, 2010                                 $600


The Adirondack Park is a large protected region in New York State known for its lakes and wilderness canoeing routes, its rolling forested mountains and hiking trails, and its wild forests and fauna. It is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. Nearly half of the Park’s 6 million acres are protected to remain as “forever wild” state forest preserve, with a harmonious blend of private and public lands giving the Adirondacks diversity found nowhere else. The Adirondack region boasts over 3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats, including globally unique wetland types, old and new growth forests, and alpine vegetated mountains. The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region.

The Adirondacks are an ancient chain of mountains, with great hiking. Numerous trails lead up small mountains with open tops giving great views over the forested valleys below, and bountiful lakes and rivers provide recreational opportunities. The timing of this photo tour coincides with peak fall foliage season, where bright reds and yellows fill the valleys, and the air is usually crisper and clearer allowing for distant views of the rolling mountains. The autumn season in the Adirondacks is simply sublime, and quite possibly the best time of year to photograph this diverse and wild area.


This one-week photo tour is all about in-the-field photography and situational instruction working alongside your leader, and there will be no classroom workshops or presentations. Many of the photographic locations will necessitate moderate hiking on trails to get to, as hiking is an integral part of capturing the Adirondack landscape. A maximum group size of 7 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field and maximize the group’s flexibility and ability to shoot more places, more spontaneously based on light and weather. Pro photographer Johnathan Esper will be leading the tour, who has an intimate knowledge of the Adirondacks from growing up in them. He is a recognized and established local Adirondack landscape photographer, and also a licensed guide in New York State. Johnathan specializes in panoramic landscapes, especially of the Adirondack region, and adventure photography, and photographic topics that will be covered while shooting include HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, panoramic photography, people in the landscape, and of course classic landscape photography techniques.

We will photograph all over the Adirondack region, including the High Peaks Mountains, the Lake George region, the Old Forge/Fulton Chain of Lakes area, and the central Adirondacks around Long Lake and Newcomb, and we will tailor our specific shooting locations to the day’s weather. During our week of photographing together, we will hike up an Adirondack High Peak to create wide panoramas of the surrounding mountains and also take intimate close-ups of the rare alpine vegetation, hike up numerous smaller mountains for views over the rolling Adirondack hills and the colorful red and yellow autumn forests below, photograph leaf-covered forest streams and cascades, do one overnight canoe trip and camp on an island on a wilderness lake and hopefully photograph the morning mist coming off the lake, sleep for one night in an Adirondack lean-to and photograph in the area the next morning, and take a sunrise paddle on yet another lake to glimpse the loon and hear its call.

The cost for these tours are $400-$900 depending on the dates offered, and includes all professional photographic instruction and guiding, canoes and paddling equipment, all camping equipment for our two overnights (except sleeping bags), and dinner and breakfast on our two overnight trips. Additionally there will be an extra panoramic tripod head and other camera accessories for participants to try out.  Participants must have their own transport to our shooting locations, and accommodation in a local town for four nights, as our group will part after sunset each evening, and re-convene before sunrise each morning, and provide their own lunches and meals on all non-camping days.  The picturesque small town of Long Lake is in the heart of the Adirondacks and will be our main meeting point each day.   Johnathan is happy to assist you in arranging accomodation.  A $250 deposit is due within two weeks of registration, and the remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the start of the tour. This tour is open to photographers of all film and digital formats, although your leader shoots exclusively digitally. If you have any additional questions, Johnathan would be happy to answer them for you, by calling him at 518 624 6675, or emailing johnathanesper@gmail.com.