A Picture Perfect Day with Carl Heilman II

Yesterday was a great summer day in a beautiful spot on Lake George, with a good friend, learning from an admired photographer.

CarilThe fun began when I reached Wiawaka for a day-long workshop with Carl Heilman, a landscape photographer I have long admired. Check out his work http://www.carlheilman.com

He has an eye for the beauty of our Adirondack Mountains and the technical know-how to gather the information in the field and then digitally develop in his studio an image that is magnificently close to what the human eye saw while standing on the mountain, along the stream, next to the waterfall or deep in the forest.

This is the skill I want to develop and was hoping to catch yesterday. Carl helped get me closer. The workshop included information on equipment but primarily we focused on the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how and where to focus. We talked about exposure compensation, hyperfocus, bracketing, and more.

Carl is a patient teacher answering question after question, repeating the information until all 9 of us in the room were comfortable…then we went outside to shoot.

Last night, before falling asleep, I reviewed snippets of his lectures and prayed I could remember it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and when I’m in the field thinking about how to capture a particular image I hope I remember everything he said.

If not, he said we could contact him. Thanks Carl.

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