Adirondack SP, New York – Fall 2017


newyork2017logo608NANPA Regional Event – Adirondack State Park

September 24-27, 2017

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Event Details –

Join Tom Dwyer, Carl Heilman II and Chris Murray, at the Adirondack State Park, which, at 6 million acres, is larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks combined. But, while its sheer size accounts for some of its attraction to photographers, the accessibility of its natural wonders deserves most of the credit. Unlike the mountains in the Rockies which are relatively young, these Adirondack peaks are ancient, indeed some of the oldest mountains on our globe.

NANPA’s Adirondack Regional Event will introduce participants to two of its better known attractions, the Olympic city, Lake Placid, NY, and the High Peaks region, where 46 peaks top the 4,000 foot point with their sides blanketed by pine, sugar maple, American beech and yellow birch.

The star attraction is likely to be the autumn colors that attract millions to this region each year. Mountainsides of yellows, oranges and reds, with their intensity determined by the weather and the sunlight, the lengths of the days taking responsibility for when the yellows, oranges, and reds begin to appear, will beckon. Seasonal frosts and cold snaps will determine the intensity of the deep reds and purples.

Photographers Tom Dwyer, Carl Heilman II and Chris Murray have hiked, canoed and photographed the region for more than six decades and together led more workshops and tours in the region than either can count. They have identified their favorite venues for our three-day event and will be closely monitoring the seasonal changes along with the weather forecasts to assure we arrive at the best venues at the right times.

Upper Cascade Lake

Upper Cascade Lake © Carl Heilman II

What to Expect –

This tour is designed for anyone who is interested in improving their photography skills and receiving valuable coaching, as well as professionals interested in capturing images of this dramatic region. Participants will be divided into groups to ensure top shooting locations in the area. This tour is limited to 30 participants (We have additional leaders standing by if needed) to give time with each instructor and to retain flexibility based on weather and the best opportunities.

While some of the lower Adirondack peaks may reach out to some of us and provide spell-binding panoramas, not to mention compelling sunsets or sunrises, its peaks will typically beckon from the background of our images as tranquil Adirondack lakes and ponds; or coursing rivers and streams, even peaceful foothills meadows, provide interest to our foregrounds.

Whether we’re focused on reflections in tranquil mountain ponds and streams or broad panoramas of color across the mountainsides, every direction, every turn, and every hour of the day will provide countless opportunities to frame compelling compositions. Some will seek peaceful settings while others will revel in the drama of the brief yet colorful season.

Mount Jo

Mount Jo © Carl Heilman II

Just the Facts –

Date: September 24-27, 2017 (Check-in Sunday Sep. 24 @ 6:30 p.m.)

Cost: $395 NANPA member, $595 non-members (Wednesday Brunch included)

Location: Adirondack State Park, Lake Placid, NY

Last date to register: September 15, 2017

Maximum number attendees: 30


Lodging –

crowne-plaza-lake-placid-2532878471-4x3Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid
101 Olympic Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518-523-2556

NOTES: A block of rooms has been reserved under NANPA.  Call the hotel to make reservations and mention NANPA Photography Group rate when registering.  This room rate is not available online.

Rooms: $129.00/night (+11% tax) for a Traditional Room with 2 queen beds in main hotel
Cutoff date for room rate is August 25, 2017 (or when block is full)

Map & Directions

Leaders –

heilman_nb024681Carl Heilman II

Renowned master landscape photographer, Carl Heilman II, has been photographing the Adirondacks and other wild landscapes for over 40 years, and he has taught and inspired hundreds of photographers in his seasonal photography workshops and tours since the early 1990’s. One of his specialties is being able to predict and coordinate regional weather conditions with a photo location to capture subtle nuances and stunning landscapes time after time.

Carl’s photography has been published and used around the world in books, calendars, periodicals, prints, and museum displays, and his evocative Adirondack AV shows can be seen at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, and the View Art Center, Old Forge. Carl was the featured photographer in the recent PBS special, ‘The Adirondacks’. He has run a full time photography business since 1997 that includes wholesale and retail, fine art prints, stock photography, publishing projects, and commission work, in addition to his workshops and tours.

Carl has had a dozen photography books published, with a new Adirondacks book from Rizzoli coming in spring 2017. These include a regional guidebook, Photographing the Adirondacks and two how-to books 101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography and a camera pack-sized Landscape Photography Field Guide, plus coffee table books on the Adirondacks, the coast of Maine, and New York State.
Carl is a volunteer on NANPA’s Membership Committee.


tom-dwyer-helping-janTom Dwyer

For years, most of Tom’s photography resulted from his work as a magazine writer/editor and as a custom magazine publisher. Most of it was typically events and industrial oriented because of who his clients were. It wasn’t until he and his wife, Lucia, became empty nesters and moved to their current home that his interest in outdoor/nature photography, primarily landscape photography, took root, motivated by a mystery subscription to Outdoor Photographer magazine, that arrived at their new home in his name.

Sixteen years later Tom is seldom without his cameras. Though he’s been fortunate to be able to travel to dramatic landscapes from Florida to Alaska and from Maine to California, most of his images are found close to home in Central and Upstate New York in the Finger Lakes and Adirondack regions. He is regularly called upon to judge photography competitions (such as the CanAm Photo Expo and the New York State Fair Photography Contests) and is a regular presenter for various photo clubs.  His work has been displayed and featured at the internationally recognized Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.

“I think it was only natural that the Adirondack Mountains, more specifically the Adirondack State Park, became one of the major subjects for my photography, since I was already both familiar with and enamored with their rugged variety and ease of access to the region,” Tom says. Since 2009 Tom has led seasonal as well as subject or venue specific photo tours and workshops in the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes regions.  Tom is former chair of NANPA’s Membership Committee and has also served on NANPA’s Communications Committee.


Chris Murray

Chris Murray is a fine-art nature photographer working primarily in the landscape of his home, the woods, lakes, mountains, and streams of New York State. His work has appeared in several magazines including Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Adirondack Life, Life in the Finger Lakes, and New York State Conservationist, among others. His landscape stock imagery is represented by Aurora Photos and Danita Delimont Stock Photography.

Chris’ interest in photographing landscapes is derived mainly from his love of the natural world, the same love that led him to choose geology as his first profession. In photography he strives to make images that are a reflection of his sensibilities and how he sees the world. His goal is to make images that are not about place, but rather a creative expression of his response to that place. Chris Murray resides in Syracuse, NY. You can find him online at


Photo Locations – 

High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains, in and around Lake Placid, NY

Potential venues for the Adirondack Regional Event—leaders are very familiar with all sites and will have scouted the areas prior to the event. We will photograph in the areas that offer the best photography opportunities at the time of the event.

There are literally countless opportunities for photography in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack State Park, from rivers, to meadows, mountains to towering forests, and of course, the renowned Olympic Village of Lake Placid. Nearby Mount Marcy is the highest mountain in NY State. At 5344 feet, its summit is over a mile higher than the waters of Lake Champlain, just 20 miles to the east.

Most venues provide exciting opportunities regardless of the weather; however some will lend themselves to beautiful artistic options with overcast, rainy or foggy conditions. The list of venues below provides a sampling of the opportunities that await us.

Heart Lake – Heart Lake is a beautiful, pristine body of water at the northern edge of the High Peaks. In addition to wonderful mountain views and fall color reflections around the lakeshore, there is also a short mountain hike to one of the finest fall panoramic views in the Adirondacks. On the way to and from Heart Lake are several undulating meadows with wonderful panoramic views that can be especially nice at sunrise and sunset. In addition to these options, the observation deck on the nearby Olympic ski jumps offer great views of the mountains and surrounding landscape.

Whiteface Mountain – The rivers, waterfalls, ponds, and mountains in the Wilmington area have some of the most dramatic scenery in the northeast that’s easily accessible by car. The Whiteface toll road climbs to tree line on the fifth highest peak in NY State with spectacular views over Lake Placid and the surrounding mountain landscape. At its base, the mighty Ausable River, courses through a rugged cliff lined valley, dropping over a number of spectacular waterfalls and passing under the restored Jay covered bridge as it flows to Lake Champlain. Connery Pond and the Cherry Patch ponds offer excellent photo ops with morning fog, mountain reflections, and fall color, as well as countless detail shots around their wild shorelines.

Keene – Within a short distance of the town of Keene are the pair of long, narrow, foliage lined Cascade Lakes and waterfall. These are glacial lakes lying between Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff, with a variety of shooting locations and artistic photo ops. Near here, a short hike leads to the open ledges of Owls Head that provide views of colorful hardwood treetops with peaks off in the distance. Favorite stops just outside of Keene are the open fields by the old red barn, plus there are great mountain views from Marcy Field and a small park just out of town. The East Branch of the Ausable River flows through town, after cascading over the picturesque Hulls Falls.

St. Huberts – The appropriately named Chapel Pond is a draw for climbers and photographers alike, with typically flat and reflective water juxtaposed against tall rock cliffs. Roaring Brook falls with options for photography from a distance, from its rock strewn base, or from the top, make this three tired rocky 325 tall waterfall a fabulous destination near Chapel Pond. Giant Washbowl, a beautiful mountain pond lined by ledges and weathered trees is reached via a short hike from Chapel Pond. The trail gains several hundred feet of elevation, passing by a wonderful view from an open ledge on its way to the wilderness pond. A couple of miles beyond Chapel Pond is Split Rock falls, a popular swimming destination in the summer, and a great photography location all year long.

Schedule –

Basic 2017 Adirondacks Regional Event Schedule
(subject to change depending on weather, etc.)

Sunday, September 24, 2017 – 6:30pm

Registration, orientation, and evening program in the Sky Room at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid.
Please eat dinner prior to the meeting.

Monday, September 25, 2017 and Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Morning and afternoon field trips to photography locations.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Morning field trips followed by a group brunch/lunch (included in your event registration fee).

Meals: all meals are on your own except Wednesday brunch/lunch, which is included in the event registration fee. Attendees are encouraged to eat together with their groups as part of the overall experience.

Transportation: is on your own. We will be based at the Crowne Plaza Lake Placid.