Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Adirondack Park Weekend Photography Workshops: Saranac Lake/Paul Smiths Adirondack Regions In Spring, Co-lead W/ Chris Murray

Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths Adirondacks in Spring, co-lead with Chris Murray

May 21-24, 2024 Saranac Lake.

Price: $1100, includes tuition plus single-room hotel accommodation, $50 discount for return clients

Status: 5 of 8 slots booked so far.

Difficulty: several 20-30 minute each way woods hikes, optional small mountain hike also.

Details: Workshop begins Tuesday May 21st at 3:00 pm and ends Friday May 24th at 11am, at the Saranac Waterfront Hotel, in the village of Saranac Lake, NY. Included in the workshop fee of $1100 is single room accommodations already booked and prepaid at the Saranac Waterfront Hotel - there's nothing you need to do. Discounts on offer include $50 off for 1-time return clients, and $100 off for 2+ time return clients. To register for the workshop, please make a 50% deposit payment of $550, including your details, on this website's generic payment page. Or if you have any additional questions, Johnathan would be happy to speak with you; please use the contact page.

Springtime in the Adirondacks is a wonderful season, with the vibrant, fresh lime green colors of new spring foliage. Abundant wildflowers including trout lilies and trilliums dot the forest floors and spring snowmelt from the mountains overflow streams, creating compelling creek compositions of rushing spring waters, mossy rocks, and swirling foam. These are the scenes we plan to photograph, unique to the freshness of springtime, including the Saranac Chain of Lakes, Ampersand Bay, Paul Smiths VIC nature trails, Meacham Lake, Axton Landing and the Raquette River, and many more ponds, bogs, streams, and hills in the region. In addition, we'll make at least one visit some of the classic and iconic High Peaks vistas in the Lake Placid region. The fresh, saturated lime green color of new foliage growth lasts for about 2 weeks, and along with rushing springtime rivers and streams, fiddlehead ferns, and forest wildflowers, all contribute to excellent wetland and forest photography. We will tailor our specific shooting locations to match and compliment the day’s weather, whether that's more intimate forest and stream scenes on a wet, rainy day or grand vistas for a spectacular sunrise or sunset on a clearer day.

This photo workshop focuses on in-the-field photography and situational instruction working alongside your leaders, and as weather, light, and time allow, we'll balance this with indoor presentations or image critique sessions to supplement what we're practicing in the field. Some photographic locations will necessitate moderate hiking on trails as hiking is an integral part of capturing the Adirondack landscape. A not-too-large group size of max 9 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field and maximize the group’s flexibility and ability to shoot more places and more spontaneously based on light and weather.

This workshop is led by two of the Adirondack’s most well known landscape photographers. Chris Murray is a professional photographic artist, instructor, and speaker who works extensively in the Adirondacks. Johnathan Esper is a lifelong Adirondack native and professional landscape photographer. He has an intimate knowledge of the Adirondacks from growing up in them and exploring the region through hiking and photography. He is frequently published by the region's publications including Adirondack Life magazine. Besides Adirondack photography, Johnathan leads international photography trips around the Arctic countries, and owns two vacation rental homes in the Adirondacks.