Adirondack Fall Foliage
The Adirondack Park is the largest publicly protected area in the continental United States—greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. There are over 3,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, globally unique wetland types, old and new growth forests, and alpine mountains—truly a photographer’s paradise.
Our workshop is timed to coincide with (we hope!) the peak of fall color. The areas we will visit are rich in a variety of classic Adirondack landscapes bursting with fiery red sugar maples and yellow birches. We’ll shoot along the rivers, waterfalls, and lakes every sunrise, sunset, and night sky as weather permits.
We will be instructing you on the use of filters, shooting panoramas, and pre-visualizing your composition. In our image critiques, we’ll discuss image composition, technical choices, and post-processing in Lightroom.
Our group is small, everything is all-inclusive, and we have one of the best local photography guides in the Adirondacks. Expect to be up early, and out late, and be immersed in stunning landscapes all the time.
Adirondack Park, NY
October 2–8, 2021
Itinerary and General Information
October 2, 2021: We meet at the Courtyard Lake Placid Hotel at 3:00 PM, and then head out to photograph the sunset at a secret lookout over Johns Brook Valley and the High Peaks (Keene Valley area), followed by dinner.
October 3, 2021: We’ll be up early for sunrise at Heart Lake, with the possibility of hiking up Mt. Jo, a two-mile loop trail with a stunning view. After breakfast, we’ll head out to Round Pond in the Dix Wilderness or Chapel Pond and Boquet River gorges. Lunch and critique session will follow, and then at 4:00 PM, we head out for sunset at Panther Mountain bog. Dinner. Possible night skies shoot, weather permitting.
October 4, 2021: Sunrise at Cascade Lakes Chain followed by breakfast. We’ll have a morning shoot at Bouquet River gorges, followed by a critique session and lunch. At 3:00 PM we head off to Flume Gorge and then on to Adirondack Loj Road meadows for sunset. After dinner, we’ll either take the night off to rest up for our long day tomorrow or possibly shoot night skies (weather permitting.)
October 5, 2021: We start the day with a sunrise shoot at Connery Pond. After breakfast, we’ll check out and begin our drive from Lake Placid to Long Lake, by way of Tupper Lake. We’ll be stopping at Lower and Middle Saranac Lakes, and then stop for lunch at Tupper Lake. After lunch, we will stop at Bog River Falls and Panther Mt. bog. After check-in and a bit of a rest, we’ll head out for sunset at Rich Lake Beach and VIC trails. Dinner follows, and if the weather permits, a night-skies session.
October 6, 2021: Sunrise at Raquette Lake. If we’re feeling ambitious, we can eat breakfast on the run and head up to Castle Rock for a stunning panoramic view of Blue Mountain Lake. Or we can enjoy our breakfast and photograph Bog River Falls or Grampus Lake outlet. After lunch, we’ll head out to North Point Road streams, Raquette River and Buttermilk Falls, and straight on to sunset at Forked Lake. We’ll end the day with dinner and a critique session.
October 7, 2021: Sunrise at Bog River Falls and Tupper Lake, followed by breakfast. We’ll head out to photograph the streams, trees, and details of the autumnal forest. Today we have another critique session to review our images and continue our conversation about composition, technique, and post-processing. Sunset at Horseshoe Lake
October 8, 2021: Sunrise at Lake Durant, followed by breakfast and our final critique. We’ll finish up by noon.
What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop
Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.
Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
All meals, soft drinks and snacks during the workshop
All transportation during workshop
Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
Image reviews, post-processing instruction
Fun, inspiration, and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Transportation to and from Lake Placid, NY (Nearest airport is Albany, NY). Items of a personal nature. Alcoholic beverages. Travel and trip cancelation insurance. Anything specifically not listed as included.