TUPPER LAKE - The Wild Center will host the Spring Lakes and Waterfalls Photo Tour with Carl Heilman from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
In this one-day nature photography tour, participants will travel to several destinations that are all within about a 45-minute radius of Tupper Lake. The photo locations will include a variety of gentle cascades, waterfalls and spring landscapes. Destinations may include Buttermilk Falls, Bog River Falls, Tupper Lake, Simon Pond, Horseshoe Lake, Raquette Pond and the Raquette River.
By mid-May, the forest is bursting with the colors of fresh spring greens. Fiddleheads nod in the breeze, and shadbush trees are in bloom along the shorelines.
All types of lens equipment could be used from macro/extension tubes to wide angle and telephoto lenses. There will be some black flies, so participants are asked to bring along insect protection as well as an umbrella and wet weather protection for possible May showers.
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 eight-hour day, the group will start out with a very brief introduction/discussion and then will have most all day to play with photo techniques in the field at nearby photo locations.
If it looks like good sunset conditions we'll try to find a nice location to do sunset/twilight photos as well. Sunset is about 8:20 p.m. Sometimes the best conditions are 20 minutes or so after actual sunset so it could be as late as 8:45 p.m. before the group finishes up for the evening.
This nature photography tour is rated easy - all of the photography will be reasonably close to the road, with minimal walking over rough or rocky terrain, with short hikes up to about one half mile.
A maximum of 10 participants, allows plenty of opportunities for individual interaction throughout the day on the different photo shoots.
The workshop fee ($125 for museum members or $138 for non-members) includes all instruction and any handouts, but does not include lodging or additional meals. Those attending are asked to bring along whatever they would like for food and drink throughout the day. The group will carpool as needed to photo locations.