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“Do You Canoe?”

At Peace on The Lake

Visiting the Adirondacks in the summer, turned out to be just the ticket to escape the sweltering heat and humidity of south Jersey. Canoe Photo Trip- I liked the sound of all three of those words.  The tour I chose was given by the Adirondack Photographic Institute, which I highly recommend  for photo workshops and tours. Mark Bowie was our designated photographer and Griz Caudle enriched us with his knowledge on the local lakes.

I arrived in Saranac Lake,NY a little early, in order to get the lay of the land and locate some of the main roads to Tupper Lake,our base camp. The workshop met at St.Regis Canoe Outfitters, very early on the first day, in order to capture a sunrise shoot. Griz gave us tips on the hows and whys of canoe handling after which, we were off. All around me, the quiet stillness of the lake was mesmerizing.  I tried to take it all in, while many in our group paddled to either the right or left in the lake. I stayed in the middle, and a little behind, so as to get some human elements into my scenes. How hard could this be I thought, well, I soon found out. It didn’t take long before I became frustrated by the movement of the canoe and the contrast between a very bright sky and deep shadows. After taking a couple of deep breaths and relaxing, I soon found my center. This rhythmic movement, that I at first tried to fight, in a short time became my ally. I would wait for the canoe to move my eye into the picture. As for the bright sky… well I started to use it in a graphical way, as I composed my shots.

When just floating and not shooting we were both entertained and informed about our surroundings. Griz’s banter was priceless. We only needed our “translator” Mark, a few times as our guide’s dialogue became clearer. I think as a collective group we started to become pleasantly cohesive. For me, Mark was the consummate teacher. He had the patience to wait for stragglers… me. He also brought and shared, throughout our paddling, the technical advice he developed from years of shooting this little piece of heaven.

That night, and the following morning, we paddled and shot and talked and shot some more. When I say, “do you canoe?”, I can only speak for myself. I do, and you should too, BUT don’t forget the password –DEET!


40 responses

  1. Like I got transformed to another time where beauty, peace and just endless adventures exist. Canoing over a pristene and breathaking lake among a group of talented people….I’m jealous! Love each photo. Makes me feel that I was there myself. Thanks for today’s inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend.


    January 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

    • Thanks ‘IT’ …I love it when people take that ride with my pics. And yes they were a great group.


      January 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

  2. Blood-Ink-Diary

    Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog! These photos are awe-inspiring and a great expression. You are talented, but, you know that, dear friend! Keep clicking!


    January 9, 2012 at 1:59 am

    • Thanks… I am glad my passion comes through to you.


      January 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

  3. wordsfallfrommyeyes

    A stunning, steamy capture of canooing. A great shot. I love photography too. I don’t do it, mind, but when you see a beautiful photo, man, it moves you. Great stuff.


    November 28, 2011 at 5:25 am

    • Thanks for your lovely comments. The misty shot was a lot luck and getting up early enough to take it. Many thanks for stopping by.


      November 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

  4. You made some beautiful photos Mike.
    Water is a special place for me, and you’ve really captured a feeling of serenity here.


    October 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    • I like serenity… did not feel it at first, trying to balance in a canoe and thinking about what if!!! Gives one many other thoughts. 🙂


      October 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  5. Your photos are beautiful!


    September 17, 2011 at 1:04 am

    • Thank you Maiya…. being on water was really different to shoot on but found some very cool mist.


      September 18, 2011 at 1:10 am

  6. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog


    August 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    • Thanks for looking… it took me quite a long time to come up with a theme I liked.


      August 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  7. Amy Golden

    I had to take a another look at your wonderful adirondack photos (not far from my home town.) You captured the serenity of the lake perfectly. By immersing yourself in the medium, the image becomes more than a photograph, it becomes an extension of yourself. I can relate!


    August 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    • Thanks Amy…. I am just glad I didn’t tip over or drop my gear in the water. Love your comments as I know you are close to the water element 🙂


      August 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

  8. Wonderful pictures. I’m speechless. They are just amazing. 🙂


    August 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    • Thanks Sabina… I am trying out my writing voice here. I have been doing photography for some time, but putting words to them is very new.


      August 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  9. Hello Mike,
    I don`t canoe, but have been tempted so many times to rent one.
    Never took the time though. I often imagine how it would be like;
    serene and nice to see the landscape glide by.

    Your photographs really awakes my curiosity again and it seems like
    you had a wonderful trip. Beautiful photographs, Mike.
    Have a fantastic weekend.

    Best Wishes
    Seung Kye


    August 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    • That glide thing can be annoying… the peaceful part,sunrise and sunset. Thanks for the comments.


      August 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  10. Jan

    Great Photos Mike. I used to canoe when I was younger in the pine barrens. Would love to do it again.
    Glas you had a nice relaxing time.


    August 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    • Jan… it was very relaxing except when the boat moves in the wind. Kinda tough keeping your shot in frame but had a great time. Thanks for looking.


      August 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

  11. sharon

    You’ve outdone yourself once again …the photos are so peaceful and beautifully done…


    August 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    • Thanks Sharon… I strive to get into a peaceful mood when shooting 🙂


      August 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

  12. OMG Mike, your pictures are just so.. woowww… i literally have no words to explain it, im speechless, i just feel like i could be on that lake, i don’t canoe, but after i saw that lake in that beautiful sunset i just wanna start canoeing just to relax on that boat.. 😀


    August 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    • Abby thanks for the comments. Canoeing is not hard… it’s just the wind and sun and shadows that get in the way. Extremely peaceful place especially in the morning and at sunset. Love the ending to your trilogy. Your writing and pace is spot on.


      August 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      • Thank you, im glad you like it.. 🙂


        August 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  13. H2O is powerful both physically and emotionally. I love the water and boating on it with friends and family. Float on!


    August 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    • Thanks Flyer…. float on says it all. Nothing like being there with like minded peeps.


      August 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  14. Great photos, like the top one, something about the tones that makes it for me.


    August 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    • That 1st pic was one of the first ones I took at sun rise. Original was overexposed but the underlying img was intact. Thanks Lou.


      August 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

  15. I just had to come back and look at more of your photos. I have my dear friend here with me and she just loves your work too.
    Thanks again Mike.


    August 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  16. Mike, awesome photos that show the peacefulness of the beautiful lake and it’s surroundings. Thank you for sharing this journey with us!!!


    August 9, 2011 at 7:27 am

    • Thanks Kath… shooting from a moving canoe can be a little tricky. The vistas were perfect.


      August 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

  17. Wow! What fantastic shots! It looks so peaceful up there.
    Do you have a waterproof case for the camera(s) you brought on the trip?


    August 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    • Well yes and no…. I have a watertight bag for all my equipment. When shooting I go au’natural 🙂


      August 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

  18. Susan Kain

    Beautiful photos Mike.


    August 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    • Thanks for looking Susan.


      August 8, 2011 at 11:07 pm

  19. Pat

    Hi Mike,

    Looks like a trip well deserved and enjoyed. Great shots.

    Pat Worley


    August 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    • So far I have enjoyed each of my trips…. very lucky guy. Thanks for the comments.


      August 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  20. Bonnie Rovere

    Wonderful photographs! Peace on the Lake is just breathtaking. I am glad you enjoye the trip.


    August 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    • Thanks Bonnie…. had a great time. It was not as easy to shoot from a moving canoe as I thought 🙂


      August 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm

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