What we're about

This meetup group is for people who love the outdoors, photography and want to meet new people, looking for an easy hike, a moderate challenge, and everything in between including kayaking, camping, over night trips in the Adirondacks. We have a well diverse group of people here that are willing to share their knowledge when it comes to photography, hiking or just about anything we end up talking about. :) This group is friendly to beginners, slow hikers, advanced hikers, in between hikers, professional photographers, beginning photographers, or the photography hobbyist.

If you hike with us please wear appropriate hiking footwear. No sneakers. Feel free to ask us about how to dress and prepare for the hike you would like to attend. We request a $5.00 yearly membership fee to cover the costs that meetup charges.

Liability: You are responsible for you and are solely liable for injury that may be incurred while participating in this activity. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the necessary gear/equipment that is needed to participate in your selected hike and that you are selecting a hike that is within your ability level.

Hikes are rated using the ADK Guidelines:

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Our policy is no hiker left behind. What does this mean? It means that no one leaves the parking lot at the end of the hike until all of our group is safely back in the parking lot. Group leaders want to make sure that everyone is safe.

Hikes designated as photo hikes travel at a slower pace to allow for photo opportunities. This may be frustrating to faster hikers so please consider your hiking goals prior to signing up for designated photo hikes.

If you RSVP for an event and you decide you can't make it please change your RSVP so others are not waiting!! Those who continuously sign up for hikes and are no shows may be removed from the next hike at the discretion of the group leaders. If you are no show for 3 hikes you will be removed from the group.

If you have any hiking suggestions please feel free to contact me or any of the other leaders / organizers.

Upcoming events (5)

NEW DATE Alander Mountain and Bash Bish Falls(optional) Photo Hike Slow Paced

Outstanding views of the Catskills, and Hudson Valley from the Alander summit. We will hike Alander from the trailhead near Copake Falls NY/ Massachusetts border which is about an hour and 10 minutes from Albany. I have not hiked this trail so it will be an adventure. The hike will be 5+ miles with about 1200 vertical ascent. We will move at a slower pace to allow for photos along the trail. Optional: We will be about 4 miles from Bash Bish Falls so if folks are interested we can drive to the trailhead for Bash Bish Falls after Alander for photos. We will practice social distancing and you must bring a mask. Bring your camera, tripod(optional) , snacks, and wear hiking boots/shoes.

Sunset/Night sky Photography-Crown Point revisited

21 Grandview Dr

Paid members only. Limited to 12 photographers. No hiking . We will photograph sunset and the night sky/Milky Way. The bridge can also be used for light painting or light trails . Sunset is at 6:57 pm.Blue hour is from 7:14 to 7:25 pm. Milky way galactic center is visible from 8:33 to 10:36 pm. with a azimuth starting at 204.7 degrees and elevation of 12.8 degrees and setting at azimuth 228.4 degrees. The galactic core or center is the brightest part of the milky way After milky way galactic core sets we can do some light painting. We will photograph the Fort Crown Point Historical Site. The site is amazing. We will have the shores of Lake Champlain and the bridge that crosses into Vermont for our sunset shoot. Of course we will also have the ruins of the old fort, barracks and its grounds that are still being excavated. We can shoot the night sky and Milky Way at this site. The French built a fortress at Crown Point in the 1730s with 12-foot (3.7 m) thick limestone walls named Fort St. Frederic. British forces targeted it twice during the French and Indian War before the French destroyed it in the summer of 1759. The Crown Point fort was constructed by the British army under the command of Sir Jeffery Amherst following the capture of Carillon, a French fort to the south (which he renamed Ticonderoga) and the destruction of Fort St. Frédéric. Amherst used the construction of the fort as a means of keeping his men working through the winter of 1759 after pushing the French into modern Canada. Israel Putnam, who would later become a major general in the American Revolution, supervised much of the construction. According to archaeologist David R. Starbuck, Crown Point was "the greatest British military installation ever raised in North America." The fort was never directly assaulted. Mostly built after the threat of French invasion had ended, it was used largely for staging rather than as a position in its own right. On April 21, 1773, a chimney fire broke out in the soldier's barracks. It quickly spread, burning for days. In May 1774, British military engineer John Montresor described the fort (post fire) with the following words: "the conflagration of the late fort has rendered it an amazing useless mass of earth only". Montresor proposed expanding and improving one of the outworks rather than attempting to repair the main fort. After the French and Indian War, the British left a skeletal force at the fort. They quickly yielded to Capt. Seth Warner and 100 Green Mountain Boys, a Patriot American militia, on May 12, 1775 in the battle of Crown Point at the start of the Revolutionary War. The Americans captured 111 cannons from the British at Crown Point, and transported 29 to Boston for the defense of Boston Harbor. The large earthen walls of the Fort are still visible today in the 21st century. The fire of April 1773 had entirely destroyed the log and earth fortress. The stone ruins of two barracks buildings at the site are being preserved. ----we will meet in the lower parking lot near the lake at 6:00 PM. This will give you time to explore and decide where you would like to shoot the sunset from. ----event will be cancelled if it is cloudy(more than 29% clouds), rains, or other inclement weather such as high winds ----this is an event designed for photographers to practice sunset ,night sky shooting and light painting. Tripod for long exposure and night photography is a must a lens in the[masked] range. Don't forget extra batteries. There are picnic tables so feel free to bring a sandwich, snacks, water etc. to enjoy as the night sky gets darker. Bring bug spray, mask-practice social distancing.

Free Webinar-Post Processing for Nature Photography

Online event

I got an email from my friend Photographer David Johnston letting me know about a free 2 hour webinar being offered by Visual Wilderness. Presenters will be : Jay Patel(he does some great stuff), Colby Brown, Kate Silva, Alan Shapiro and my friend Dave Johnston. To register go to : www.visualwilderness.com They are limiting the webinar to 100 people at this time. They will be discussing Lightroom: global and local adjustments, setting the stage for successful post processing, image management and backup, approaching color and mood, etc. If interested register for this webinar. I have registered for previous webinars that they have offered and they were very good.

Hour Pond from Thirteenth Lake-Photo Hike-slower paced

Thirteenth Lake Parking Lot

Hour Pond is said to be the most scenic and beautiful ponds in the Siamese Wilderness. Almost 7 miles round trip but less than 600 vertical ascent. A great Fall hike for photographers. I am in the Tetons in Wyoming for the first 2 weekends in October so wanted to catch the beginning of Fall before I left. We will start on the Thirteenth Lake trail that is also the start for Peaked Mountain but we will bear left around .9 miles into the trail and follow the signs for Hour Pond and the Hour Pond lean to. A new hike for me but I have wanted to do this one for a few years. We will hike to the pond and have lunch at the lean to. We will stop along the way for any photo ops the present themselves. Mask, social distancing and only spots for 8 hikers. Bring camera, tripod(optional), lunch, plenty of fluids and a positive attitude. Meet at the trailhead.

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