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Carl Heilman

Carl Heilman II is an internationally published photographer and author. Carl has been photographing North American wilds since the mid 1970's, working to capture both the grandeur of these special places, and the emotional and spiritual connection he has felt as well. He's been digital since setting up a 'digital darkroom' with a film scanner and Photoshop 4.0 in 1997, and went fully digital with a Nikon D200 several years ago. His work has been published in numerous publications including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Life, and the Conservationist.

His most recent books are the 'The Landscape Photography Field Guide', from Focal Press (fall 2011), and 'Contemporary Landscape Photography', from Amphoto (2010). They are both published internationally by The Ilex Press, London. These books are both comprehensive and concise guides to digital photography. The field guide is printed in a 4" x 6" handbook size that is easy to carry in a camera pack. It is cross referenced, with an index and glossary as well as reference pages for the full digital workflow and shooting guidelines. They both offer photo tips and techniques from Carl's 35 years of experience with a camera. His coffee table books include, 'The Maine Coast', 'The Adirondacks', and 'Adirondacks: Views of An American Wilderness' by Rizzoli; 'Lake George' by North Country Books; and 3 NY State books by Voyageur Press

Since the 1990's, Carl has enjoyed sharing his photography experience to help folks learn more about photography in his diverse photography and Photoshop workshops. These are based in special landscapes around the country as well as his favorite shooting locations near his home in the Adirondack Park. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and he was featured in the May 2008 national PBS special, 'The Adirondacks'.

Information on Carl's publications, fine art prints, and workshops can be found online at www.carlheilman.com www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyTips www.facebook.com/NaturePhotographyWorkshops

Seasonal Events


The leaves are mostly on the ground, and ice is starting to form in the streams and along the edges of the lakes on some of the cold frosty mornings we're having. It's a great time to photograph the first ice of the season, as well as catch up on projects. The garden is put away for the winter, this year's firewood is stacked, and I'm thinking ahead to seasonal events, as well as next year's photography workshops.


heilman_NA049925.jpg Coming up this weekend, the annual Chronicle Book Fair is held in early November at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. It's a great time to meet up with your favorite authors and photographers. I'll be there this year on Sunday the 6th, doing a program, 'Thinking Creatively with a Digital Camera' at 11 AM, and Mark Bowie is doing a presentation on night photography at noon. There is a full schedule of events from 11 AM to 4 PM, plus you can meet everyone at their tables while they are signing books throughout the day.


Friday Nov. 25, I'll be on hand at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, to offer an introduction and take questions after a 1 PM presentation of 'The Wild Adirondacks'. Following the show, I'll be signing copies of my books in the store. They will have on hand my latest photography field guide, and 'Contemporary Landscape Photography', as well as copies of 'The Adirondacks', which has just been reprinted.


Another event I'm participating in this winter is the Adirondack Photography Invitational exhibition at the View in Old Forge. The show will be on display from Dec. 2 to Mar. 3 - with an artist's reception on Friday evening Dec. 2 from 5 - 7 PM at the opening of the show. The show will include photography by Nathan Farb, Nancie Battalgia, Mark Bowie, and myself, as well as work from additional regional photographers.


heilman_NA050227.jpg And, a note for photographers - right now one of the biggest sunspots in years is on the side of the sun that's facing us. It's already blasted out a huge flare, with lots of potential for more to come in the next few days. While the previous one headed in a different direction, another one could head our way and set up the Adirondack region for some great northern lights during the clear skies that are predicted for the next few days. Keep your eyes to the skies after the sun goes down!

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