Waterfalls, Trees, And Night Sky Landscape Photography

Amongst the rolling hills and panoramic vistas of the glacially-carved Finger Lakes tumble some of the most scenic waterfalls in the country.  There are over two hundred named falls, including Taughannock Falls, the highest in New York State.

The possibilities for unique images are astounding.  Each waterfall has its character; some drop like bridal veils, others sluice over ledges, and some carve dramatic chasms like those in the famous Watkins Glen. 

Shooting access is ideal; many are along roadsides, others within a short hike.

Havana Glen waterfall

And there’s even more to explore.  Mark will provide personalized instruction in the field and present indoor instructional sessions on photographing waterfalls and streams, other landscapes, trees and woodlands, and the night sky. 

He is an expert landscape, waterfall, and stream photographer who has extensively photographed the area’s waterways.

After an initial orientation session on Sunday night, we will spend several days exploring and photographing in the Waterloo/Seneca Lake region.  Possible locations include Taughannock Falls, Robert H. Treman, Watkins Glen State Parks, and local parks.  We’ll also visit some beautiful lesser-known waterfalls.

Spring redbuds in Robert H. Treman State Park
Spring redbuds in Robert H. Treman State Park, near Ithaca, Finger Lakes Region, NY

Field lessons will emphasize compositional and artistic considerations, with tips and techniques on:

•   the art of photographing waterfalls and streams   

•   varying shutter speed for optimal water movement and texture

•   using filters for artistic long exposures

•   equipment recommendations and use

•   reading and shooting the light

•   crafting images by emotion, for mood and atmosphere

•   fine-tuning compositions

•   seeing from different vantage points

•   creating visual flow, compositional balance and dynamic tension

•   achieving critical focus

•   creating mood in the field and in processing

•   shooting color and tonal palettes for creative effect

•   multiple exposure blending for expanding exposure latitude and resolution: layer masks, panoramas, and HDRs

•   focus stacking to maximize depth of field

·    shooting time-lapse sequences and video

•   the art of photographing trees and woodlands

•   making compositional order out of chaos

•   photographing the night sky and landscape

•   camera and exposure settings for nightscapes

•   focusing in the dark

During image processing sessions, Mark will cover efficient digital workflow and image optimization in Lightroom, Camera Raw and Photoshop.  We’ll also critique participants’ images.

Come explore this fascinating area and take your imagery to new levels.

Camera Skills Needed

Users of all types of cameras may attend, however, digital SLR and mirrorless cameras are preferred for their ability to provide immediate feedback and instant access to the images. Without one, you will not be able to take full advantage of the indoor sessions in this workshop.

A basic understanding of digital workflow and some working knowledge of Lightroom, Photoshop, or other RAW processing software will be helpful.  A laptop computer with a program to store and view images is highly recommended.

waterfall in Buttermilk Falls State Park

Though locations visited during this workshop are readily accessible, the terrain may require some short hiking.  Participants MUST be in good physical shape and able to climb and descend moderate inclines.  They should wear sturdy boots and use caution on slippery and rocky slopes.

As with all outdoor pursuits, some risk is inherent; all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the workshop.

About Mark Bowie

Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer, and much sought-after public speaker.  He has done three coffee table books on his native Adirondacks, has authored two extensive e-books on night photography, and one on his photographic journey, Finding November

He has also released two instructional videos, FORESTS: The Art of Photographing Trees & Woods and Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads landscape photography workshops. 

For more on his work visit his website, www.markbowie.com.

To learn more about the Waterfall, Trees, and Night Sky Landscape Photography Class, check out our video interview, Coffee Chat with Mark Bowie.

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REMINDER: There is a $100 discount for the PPSNYS Workshop if the retainer is received before April 30th.

Got a question? For more information, contact Alan or Elisa Knataitis. Phone: 315-589-8665 or 315-945-4867. Email: aknataitis@editor

Here is the link to register for the New York Photography Workshop: REGISTER HERE.

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