I've been privileged to help lead API's annual photographic Retreat since its inception nearly ten years ago. And ever since John Radigan and I led that inaugural Retreat, it has been my favorite event of the year. It has become our signature program, cherished by those fortunate enough to participate. This year's Retreat was again truly special. For six days we immersed ourselves in the craft of photography as we shot varied landscapes across the Adirondack's central lake country.
We photographed foggy sunrises in the Fulton Chain of Lakes and at Raquette Lake, brilliant fall foliage along Raquette River, and the night skies over the dark and mysterious Moss Lake. Here the Milky Way rises bright as a cloud bank. We made time lapse sequences of it as clouds and fog danced over the surface of the water — a majestic and awe-inspiring sight.
The Retreat is different from our workshops in several ways. There are no formal instructional sessions; API staff instructor Joe LeFevre and I performed all activities as full participants. Each day we were given assignments, wrote of our thoughts and experiences from the field, and presented them to the group. We also worked towards presenting the theme of our week's work on the final day. Sharing our experiences and the lessons learned is always emotional and inspiring. Joe and I are grateful to the attendees for fully involving themselves in the process and helping make the Retreat the transformative event it is.
Watch for news of next year's Retreat coming soon. We will continue the traditions that make this event so unique, while including some new learning sessions and shooting locations to keep it fresh.
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