Morning over Pyramid Lake

A July weekend camping expedition to the state campground at Pyramid Lake yielded some incredible morning views just a brief walk downhill from the site. In the morning, wisps of fog remained over the water for a beautiful Adirondack atmosphere.

Evening over Mirror Lake

While spending Memorial Day weekend at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY, I took some time in the evening to set up my camera and tripod along Mirror Lake. Mellow evening light and a partly cloudy sky offered the perfect atmosphere for landscape photography. A canoe and a colorful sailboat added interest to the scenery, as well.

Brant Lake in Autumn

In mid-October I had the opportunity to participate in a photography workshop with Carl Heilman, a well-known landscape photographer who has done most of his work in the Adirondacks. This session was an educational time as well as an opportunity to take some fall foliage photography right around peak color time. Here are a few examples of images I took on this day.

Autumn Waterview

Another view of colorful fall leaves reflected in the Tomhannock Reservoir

Before & After Edit: Round Lake at Sunset

I’ve spent many evenings sorting through previously taken photos to choose the best ones for my website. In the process, I discover many opportunities to improve mediocre pictures with a bit of editing. I decided to showcase one example here.

While driving by Round Lake in upstate New York one evening in early fall 2011, I noticed a small access point, pulled off the road, and grabbed my camera. The time was perfect for a low light shot as the sun set, filling the sky with mellow color. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a tripod with me but still managed to get a few decent shots. While browsing through later, this one especially struck me with the ripple reflection of the tree and the low perspective in the foreground leading out to the lake.

Here is the original shot. While the ripple effect is nice, the photo is underexposed with low contrast and does not “pop” out as exceptional.

A little experimentation in Photoshop made this photo much more appealing. Levels adjustment increased the contrast for a wider range of light to dark in the scene. Addition of a lens blur made the photo appear as if it were taken with a tighter aperture, drawing the eye to the ripples as they fade into the background. See the final edit below: