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Carl Heilman

Carl Heilman II is an internationally published photographer and author. He has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970's, working to capture the grandeur, and his emotional and spiritual connection to these special locations in each of his photographs. His work has been published in numerous regional and international publications including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Life, the Adirondack Explorer, and the Conservationist.

Carl leads a variety of one day and multi-day photography and Photoshop workshops and tours each year in the Adirondack Park, Acadia National Park and other unique landscapes around the country. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and are shown regularly in regional nature centers. He was the featured photographer in the May 2008 national PBS special, 'The Adirondacks'.

His most recent books are, '101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography' (Ilex Press, May 2014), 'Photographing the Adirondacks' (Countryman Press, June 2013), 'The Landscape Photography Field Guide' (Focal Press / Ilex Press, fall 2011), and 'Advanced Digital Landscape Photography' (Ilex Press 2010). The field guide is available for Kindle, or as a 4" x 6" handbook that easily fits in a camera pack. While the Adirondacks book is more specific to this region, all the books offer creative photo tips and techniques from Carl's 4 decades 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.

Information on Carl's photography workshops, fine art prints, calendars, books, and puzzles are online at www.carlheilman.com

On Facebook - Facebook.com/NaturePhotographyWorkshops

Facebook Photo Help Page

He has also written articles as one of the photo 'experts' at the Adorama Learning Center

Plus, there are a couple of video segments of his work, as well as a segment from 'The Adirondacks'

The Last Colors of Fall


In the Adirondacks, the colors of autumn both begins and ends in the wetlands. In mid September, almost two weeks before the surrounding hillsides reach peak color, red maples (swamp maples) in the many wetlands throughout the region, turn a fiery red color, signifying the beginning of the foliage season. Within a week or so after these leaves have turned and dropped, reducing the trees to a collection of bare branches and stems, the maples on the hillsides come alive with varying shades of yellow and red. Following this, beech leaves turn yellow and red oaks sport a crimson tone before all the colors fade to brown. Then, last but certainly not least - almost 8 weeks after the first red maples changed color, the soft, delicate needles of the larch, turn to a beautiful yellow-gold tone.


heilman_fa897_15.jpgLarch are the only coniferous trees that anually lose all of their needles. This happens each year about a full 6 weeks after white pines have shed the previous year's layer of needles. One of the great things for photography is that the the larch turns at a time of year when there is a good likelihood for heavy morning frost to add a silver edge onto each golden needle of the tree. With the abundance of moisture found in a wetland, the icing can build into a frosting that almost completely covers all the needles. As the sun rises above the horizon and slowly burns away the mist, the ice coated needles shine with a vivid golden glow in the first warm light of the day.


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