Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Schroon Lake Region Fall Color Tour W ADKPI, Oct. 12-14 2012

 Adirondack autumn – the perfect time of year to discover and photograph this unique wilderness area enveloped in the colors of fall. During this three-day tour, we will photograph and discover together a diverse landscape of grand lakes, rolling hills covered with brilliant reds and yellows of maple and birch forests, and quiet brooks meandering through peaceful forests. Based out of a charming Adirondack-style bed and breakfast in the small town of Schroon Lake, we'll create images of the local region as well as of Lake George, along the Hudson River, and Thirteenth Lake near North River. Our priority will be on in-the-field photography working alongside your leader, with situational instruction available as you need it. We will balance our field activities with image critiquing and editing sessions as weather conditions and time allow.

Topics to be covered in the field include classic landscape photography techniques such as composition, slow-shutter effects on water, and capturing fall foliage color, as well as advanced topics like HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery and panoramic photography for those so inclined. We'll also keep a lookout for any native wildlife to observe or perhaps photograph, including deer and loons. Weather-permitting, we will photograph around the sunrise and sunset hours, and throughout much of the day, allowing for some breaks for meals and simple relaxation in nature.

Tour leader Johnathan Esper has an intimate knowledge and love of the Adirondacks from growing up in and now photographing them. He is a recognized and established local Adirondack landscape photographer, is frequently published in the region's premier magazines, and leads photo trips around the world. Johnathan is very excited to share his photographic experiences and knowledge, and will work with you at your level to help you create fine images.

Instructor:  Johnathan Esper

Who Should Attend:   All skill levels welcome. Users of all types of cameras are encouraged to attend, however digital SLR cameras are preferred for their ability to maximize the learning possibilities of this tour. Participants should have a basic familiarity with their camera’s features and operation or bring their owners manual.

Other Considerations:  Locations visited during the tour are relatively accessible and do not require any strenuous hiking or climbing, but participants should be equipped for shorter walks on woods paths and crisp fall weather.

Group Size:  10 max.  (currently 7 spaces filled as of Sept 25)

Registration Fees:  $375

Deadline for registration is October 1. Payment in full is required at time of registration. 

Day 1, October 12, 2012
Participants gather at Silver Spruce Bed and Breakfast in Schroon Lake at 5pm. Sunset photo shoot, followed by dinner break, and then evening opening presentation on fall photography in the area by Johnathan Esper.

Day 2, October 13, 2012
Morning sunrise field trip followed by breakfast. Day field trips to Thirteenth Lake, the Upper Hudson River, Lake George, or Schroon Lake regions, with breaks for lunch and rest, and as weather allows. Sunset shoot, followed by break for dinner. Optional evening group photo sharing and critiquing session at Silver Spruce Bed and Breakfast.
If severely inclement weather forces us indoors during the day, Johnathan will assist participants in optimizing and post-processing images.

Day 3, October 14, 2012
Morning sunrise field trip followed by breakfast. Day field trips to Thirteenth Lake, the Upper Hudson River, Lake George, or Schroon Lake regions, with breaks for lunch and early dinner. After-dinner sunset shoot.
Workshop ends after sunset on day 3, around 7:00pm.

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.