Photographer Carl Heilman

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My first poster, which tied in with our first multi-image presentation, A Tribute to the Wilderness, is a winter view looking from the summit of Cascade Mt. to Pitchoff, the Sentinel Wilderness area, and Whiteface Mt. This was a sunrise image, the warm glow of the first rays of sun, falling on and highlighting all the tops of the mountains. This image was taken in early Jan. in 1988 in temperatures near zero F. I'm an early riser and often hike in by the light of a headlamp so I can reach the summit with enough time left to set up and photograph in the best light of the day.

The Lake George poster is also an image in the program A Tribute to the Wilderness. This view, taken in September of 1988, looks north to Tongue Mt. and the Narrows on Lake George. I remember having studied maps for places to go to get an image like this, and was headed off to check out a likely spot. Since the day was overcast and rather dreary, I almost didn't take along my camera. A last minute inspiration said to take it anyhow... While I was there, the clouds began to clear and opened up with a brilliant blue sky behind the dramatic clouds. I worked fast to set up, and recorded the scene. It was a good lesson in learning to trust intuition!

The Lake Lila image was published to help publicize The Adirondacks: A Wilderness of Waterways at the Paul Smiths VIC. It was a busy July 4th weekend, but the conditions seemed like they'd be just right to take some full moon photos I'd been wanting to get got the Waterways slide program. Everything came together, and I canoed out in the early twilight to set up on a sandy beach I'd scouted out the day before. The sky was beginning to light up with a gentle reddish glow from the pre-dawn light as the moon was setting on the horizon. Loons called back and forth, and deer waded in the shadows... This is what wilderness is all about.

I often try to pick my weather to photograph, but this view from St. Regis Mt. was one of those lucky ones. I was in the area and decided to climb St. Regis early the next morning, no matter what the conditions were. I soon climbed up out of the dense ground fog as I headed up the mountain. It wasn't until I was near the summit that I could finally see the view through the trees. Fog shrouded the valleys in all directions... There was a lenticular cap of clouds over Whiteface, and the High Peaks area alternated layers of fog and mountains. The sun hadn't risen yet, so everything glowed with a faint pink in the early light. It was an incredible experience... As the sun rose, I photographed different views with varied lenses, until the fog got so bright it would overpower the image. This image was taken about 20 minutes after sunrise in July of 1993.

I'd been looking for another great view overlooking Lake George (Lac du St. Sacrement) and thought I'd try hiking up from the southern tip of the Tongue Mt. Range. On First Peak, I found this spectacular view that looked out over the Narrows and the major part of Southern Lake George. I canoed in the pre-dawn light from Bolton Landing and climbed up several times in August of 1996 to photograph this view with the flowers blooming along the edge of the ridge. The soft misty light of this particular morning added to the mystical feel of this panoramic view over the 'Lake of the Blessed Waters.'

The two 180 degree Mt. Marcy panoramas were photographed in early October of 1996. The north and east view (Whiteface and Haystack) was taken about 9:30am, and the south and west view (Lake Tear) about 4pm. I'd hiked the 15 mile round trip to Mt. Marcy a number of times through the summer and early fall in different conditions and times of day (and night) to photograph the full panorama. This set of images was taken on a day that was so clear, I could see Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The pair of posters show the full 360 degree view from the summit of Mt. Marcy, New York's highest mountain. 45 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks are visible and all are listed on the posters.

The High Peaks Wilderness panorama was taken on a beautiful early October day in 1997. A front had passed through the night before, dusting the peaks with snow. The fall colors in the valley were some of the most spectacular in years under the light of the early morning sun. The Adirondacks at it's finest!

The two 180 degree Mt. Washington panoramas were photographed in 1998 on a brilliant March day in the White Mountains. The south view was photographed in the early morning light, while the north view was taken in late afternoon. They're a spectacular pair of views that encompass New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and Canada.

Carl Heilman lives in Brant Lake, NY, with his wife Meg, two children, Carl III and Greta, a cat, and a flock of chickens. While he had visited the region since childhood, he moved to the region in 1973. Since then, he has worked in the region as a carpenter and contractor, and also became well-known for his traditional hand-crafted snowshoes and his snowshoeing expertise. Over the years he has lived there, Carl has spent much time traveling through the Adirondack backcountry and photographing this spectacular region. In addition to publishing a number of posters, Carl and Meg have also produced several evocative multi-image programs to help create more awareness of the special wilderness qualities of the Adirondack park.

Their two Adirondack Park Centennial programs, The Adirondack Park: 100 Years of Stewardship, and The Adirondack Park: Our Legacy for the Future, are available on the stereo VHS videotape Adirondack Images, available from Lamination Preservation for $25, e-mail us at WJJDesign@aol.com for details on ordering. These two programs capture both the spirit of life of the people who live in the region, as well as the beauty of the Adirondack wilderness. To help add a real Adirondack flavor, these programs combine some of Carl's best slides and slides of historic photos, with songs by well known Adirondack musicians Dan Berggren, Peggy Eyres, Roy Hurd, Bill Smith, and Woodheat (Chuck Brumley and Karen Loffler). These programs have been shown all across the state as well as on PBS TV stations.

For more information on Carl Heilman, visit his web page at http://www.carlheilman.com

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