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From the August 2010 Conservationist

Fireworks at night over Bolton Landing, reflected in the water

Lake George

A photo essay

By Carl Heilman II

The photos presented here can be found in Carl Heilman's book Lake George.

A full moon in a purple sky over mountains and a lake
Full moon rising over Bolton Landing

"The everyday life of the world had receded far away.
We were alone among the stars."
-Edwin Way Teale

A boy jumping from forested cliffs into the water
Cliff-jumping at the Calf Pen

"Summer afternoon-summer afternoon; to me those have always been
the two most beautiful words in the English language."

-Henry James

Bright red foliage on low-growing plants with a lake and mountains in the distance
Looking north to Black Mountain from
Mingo Island
A large lake surrounded by green, forested mountains
Looking up Lake George toward the
Tongue Mountain Range.

"To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie
True Poems flee."
-Emily Dickinson

A still lake seen from the shore at sunrise
Along the shore by Beach Road,
Lake George

"That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Contemporary Landscape Photography book cover showing the ocean and a rocky coastline with a lighthouse

Contemporary Landscape Photography is Carl Heilman's first instructional photography book. In it, he shares his 35 years of experience with other photographers, expert to beginner, who would like to create stunning landscapes.

With 300 beautiful color photos, this approachable, illustrated guide is a complete course in taking professional photographs in any landscape, natural or urban.

Contemporary Landscape Photography offers extensive information on digital cameras, lenses and working with tools such as the internet and integrating a GPS. The book also covers composition, lighting, creative effects and post-processing techniques.

The book is published by Amphoto Books and is available now at your favorite bookstore.

Photo: Carl Heilman II