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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

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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