The Adirondacks at the Peak of Fall Color
September 29 – October 5, 2023
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.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
September 29, 2023: 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.
September 30, 2023: 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 1, 2023: 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 2, 2023: 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 3, 2023: 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 4, 2023: 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 5, 2023: Sunrise at Lake Durant, followed by breakfast and our final critique. We’ll finish up by noon.
Moderate: You must be able to do hikes up to two miles on uneven, sometimes steep ground.
Arrive Albany International Airport (ALB), Albany, New York before 11:00 AM on September 29, 2023. Flights out can be made after 5:00 PM on October 5, 2023.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $800 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Albany, New York.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $800 supplement.
“Getting to see the Adirondacks has been on our bucket list for a few years, and it was extra special to have Muench Workshops guide us through this beautiful area. The attention and suggestions for photographing were the best. I got exactly what I needed and wanted.