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Waterfalls offer so many options for a photographer, and every waterfall has a rather unique character. While there are lots of waterfalls scattered across the Adirondacks, there is only one location in the Park where there are several major falls within a short driving and hiking distance. Enjoy an afternoon and evening photographing the Grasse River waterfalls, followed by a full moon rising over the Oswegatchie River flow, with Carl Heilman as your guide and mentor. To make the most of the afternoon for photography we will meet at the Lampson Falls parking area, starting the afternoon with a brief introduction and Q & A, before spending the rest of the day photographing at several of the beautiful Grasse River waterfalls. The photography day will end with a photo shoot of the full moon rising in evening light over a beautiful waterscape.

The Grasse River falls are along the Tooley Road about an hour west of Tupper Lake. There are wonderful shooting options at the different falls, plus great locations for sunset clouds and the full moon over Tooley Pond or the Oswegatchie River flow. We will walk short distances on easy trails to a most of the locations (from about .25 to .75 miles one way) and we will be outdoors the full 8 hours.

This nature photography tour is designed for those who are already comfortable with camera basics such as the relationship between aperture, shutter, and ISO settings. During this 8 hour day we will start with a brief introduction / discussion and then will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to experiment with photo techniques in the field. For anyone wanting to car pool from Tupper Lake, we will meet in the Conference Room of the Wild Center and leave from there just before noon. We will meet as a group at Lampson Falls at 1PM. Since we will be in the field most of the day, and there are no nearby services, be sure to bring along food, snacks, water, and any extra clothing for the day. An umbrella and / or camera cover can be helpful if there are showers. Also be sure to have at least one extra fully charged battery, the camera manual, and extra memory cards. One of the goals of the day is photographing the full moon in the evening sky, so we’ll also find a nice location to do moonrise / twilight photos. The moon will rise at 7:49 and sunset is 8:29 PM. The moon is rising at a low angle and should be just above the horizon about the time the sun goes down. If conditions are good, we could be photographing until 9 PM or later.


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