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.

If a digital camera’s white balance is on auto, or sunny, the tones will most likely record as shades of blue rather than the warm pink tones our eyes see. If shooting jpeg, try a cloudy setting to see if it warms up the image. If shooting RAW, these the color balance and aplenglow tones can be adjusted and enhanced gently during post processing. For this shot, I used a Nikon D300S, 18mm, f /10 at 1/2 sec., ISO 200.

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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





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