Almanack Contributor Carl Heilman II

Carl Heilman II

Carl Heilman II is an internationally published landscape photographer, author, and workshop instructor. He has been photographing the Adirondacks and other North American wilds since the mid-1970s, striving to capture their grandeur as well as his emotional and spiritual connection to wilderness. He went fully digital with a Nikon D200 in 2006. His work has been published in numerous publications, including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Explorer, Adirondack Life, and Conservationist.

Carl has been leading landscape-photography and Photoshop workshops since the 1990s, both in the Adirondacks and around the country. His audiovisual programs have aired on regional PBS stations and are shown regularly at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Visitor Interpretive Centers in Paul Smiths and Newcomb, and View in Old Forge. He was the featured photographer in the 2008 national PBS special The Adirondacks.

He has two books coming out in June: Photographing the Adirondacks and 101 Top Tips for Landscape Photography. His most recently published works are The Landscape Photography Field Guide (available for Kindle or as a handbook that can fit into a camera pack) and Contemporary Landscape Photography. All four of these books offer creative photo tips and techniques from Carl’s four decades of experience with a camera. His coffee-table books include The Maine Coast, The Adirondacks, Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness, Lake George, and three New York State books.

To see more of Carl’s work, go to:

www.carlheilman.com

www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyWorkshops

www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyTips



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Brant Lake: A Rainbow Just Before Sunset

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A few days ago I photographed this rainbow just before sunset over Brant Lake. I had noticed a rather fine, misty rain coming down, with a nice brightness at the lower edge of the clouds, indicating a clear sky below the clouds where the sun would be shining shortly. I grabbed the camera and headed out in the car to see if the rainbow would materialize as hoped and was rewarded with this beautiful full rainbow and reflection in the lake from an open view on the west side of the lake.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Frost And Snow Covered High Peaks

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Early morning frost on the fields, with snow covered peaks above the green trees. Not the best weather for Memorial Day weekend – but it sure was pretty! This was captured with a Nikon Coolpix P7700 early on Monday morning, 5/27/13. I wanted to get out for some photos before the sun had a chance to start melting the snow capped summits. I went from there to Heart Lake and Mount Jo, and then photographed awhile along the Adirondak Loj Road again before heading back home mid-morning.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Photo: Northern Lights Across Brant Lake on Saturday

Brant Lake Northern Lights (5-18-2013) Carl Heilman PhotoA large sunspot has been active on the sun lately, and I happened to be up to see the glow of the aurora across Brant Lake in the wee hours of the Saturday morning. The moon was just setting on the horizon about 1 AM and I knew the skies would soon be nice and dark for capturing the gentle glow of the northern lights. This was a 50 sec. exposure with an f /2.8 11 mm wide angle lens on my Nikon D300S using an ISO of 800.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Falls On The Hudson River at Lake Luzerne

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It’s spring in the Adirondacks! This is a photo of one of the participants in the ‘Perfect Pictures Every Time’ photo workshop I did during the last weekend of April at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne. I saw him move into place  by the cascades, and moved over to place him in front of the falls. Zoomed in to a telephoto focal length and shot with about a 1 second exposure to have a nice motion blur in the water. What a beautiful day it was for a workshop and photography.


Friday, April 26, 2013

An April Morning: Whiteface Mountain from Copperas Pond

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It still looked quite wintry in this view of Whiteface Mountain from Copperas Pond on a mid-April morning. The crocuses are bloming in our backyard in Brant Lake, and I heard the first peepers here on the lake last week, but there’s still a good layer of snow and ice in the High Peaks region. This photo was taken about 6:20 AM. I had along my Nikon D300S and was shooting some angles with that also, but this was taken with my Nikon Coolpix P7700, 6 mm (28 mm full frame equiv.), 1/15 sec at f /4, ISO 160.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Adirondack Photography Tips: Alpenglow

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Spring usually doesn’t come to the High Peaks until May, but the beautiful alpenglow in this view from Mount Van Hoevenberg, taken in late March, gives a spring-like warmth to an otherwise wintry landscape. Alpenglow colors can be tough to capture in a photograph. » Continue Reading.