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James Rodewald is an environmental science educator and freelance nature photographer currently residing in Queensbury, NY. Cameras have traveled with him across the country over the years, documenting many natural scenes from the American West, South, and Northeast. Although the majority of his portfolio focuses upon the Adirondacks, recent additions include rural Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cape Cod, and Central New Jersey farmland.  

As a resident of Southern Washington County for thirteen years, agriculture and rural landscapes have informed much of his work, particularly as it relates to unique lines across landforms and the patterning of trees. He strives to create unique images of familiar places by focusing upon strong composition under rare lighting conditions.

In an effort to help conserve our natural heritage, James donates significant portions of his art sales to groups working to conserve the lands he photographs. These groups include the Adirondack Council, the Lake George Land Conservancy, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association.

To view Jim’s work, please visit naturessakephotography.com


COVID19 REQUIREMENTS
How NYS COVID-19 changes effect summer program and facility operations:

- Following the most recent NYS COVID-19 guidance (6/15/21), we have eliminated all previously required protocols such as social distancing; mask wearing (still suggested for those that are unvaccinated), health screenings, capacity restrictions, and sanitizing requirements.

- All programs being held at Queensbury School, including Q-Club will follow the protocols established by the district. Additional updates will be shared PRIOR to the start of summer programs.

INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Explore the world of nature photography by learning some of the finer functions of your camera, and key aspects of composition, light, and style. We will cover some camera functionality as well as spend time outdoors shooting and practicing what we have learned. Digital post processing will also be discussed. Students will emerge from the course with a better understanding of how to use their cameras outdoors and new skills to capture their view of the natural world.
  • For: Beginner to Intermediate Level
  • Equipment requirements: A DSLR and lens(es), a full-featured point and shoot camera or a recent-edition cell phone with camera capability. A tripod is recommended, but not required.
  • Meet at the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

SMARTPHONOGRAPHY - CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE
  • Gone are the days when cell phone images lagged behind those that were created by larger camera bodies. They have become very powerful and the software available to create images has improved a great deal! Come learn all the finer details of how your smartphone camera works, some of the tips for taking sharper and more meaningful images, and how different apps can help you release your creativity!
  • For: Beginner to Intermediate Level
  • Equipment requirements: An Apple or Android smartphone that has a working camera function and a creative mindset!
  • Gurney Lane Recreation Area Pavilion, 118 Gurney Lane

PHOTOGRAPHING QBY’S NATURAL AREAS
  • Queensbury has some beautiful natural areas for you to get out and explore. In this course, we will learn some of the key aspects of composition, light and style, review some camera functionality to help you capture nature images better. Then, you will spend time outdoors practicing what you have learned. We will be traveling to several areas in Queensbury revealing some of what the park system has to offer for nature photography.
  • For: Beginner to Intermediate Level
  • Equipment requirements: A DSLR and lens(es), a full-featured point and shoot camera or a recent-edition cell phone with camera capability. A tripod is recommended, but not required.
  • Meet at the Clendon Brook Preserve parking lot, 523 Corinth Road, Queensbury

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: LAKE GEORGE AT NIGHT
  • The modern camera is capable of seeing in low light and is capable of making beautiful images even at night. In this course, we will explore the world of night photography by learning some of the tips and tricks for using cameras in dark conditions. We will learn the proper camera settings, use ambient light, and get an introduction to light painting. Once we have a solid understanding of it all, we will venture out and explore the lights and colors of Lake George Village on a summer night.
  • For: Intermediate to Advanced Level
  • Equipment requirements: A DSLR and lens(es) or a full-featured point and shoot camera. For full-featured point and shoot cameras, the camera must be able to shut off automatic focus and allow you to adjust your camera’s settings manually. Night photography often requires long exposure times, making handheld shots very difficult. Participants are highly encouraged to bring a tripod to attach to the camera. Extra clothing for cool evening temperatures, too.
  • Meet in front of the Lake George Visitors Center - corner of Canada Street & Beach Road

PHOTO TOUR: THE GREAT SACANDAGA
  • In this workshop, we will explore some of the less familiar, yet beautiful locations around the Great Sacandaga Lake. The emphasis will be on nature photography, but human elements will also be incorporated. Students will get some review of photographic techniques and pointers on composition. The Sacandaga has much to offer for photographers. This will be an active, fun, and entertaining tour of this beautiful body of water!
  • For: Beginner to Intermediate Level
  • Equipment requirements: A DSLR and lens(es), a full-featured point and shoot camera or a recent-edition cell phone with camera capability. A tripod is recommended, but not required.
  • Meet at the Rush Pond trail head at the intersection of West Mountain Road and Gurney Lane

PHOTO TOUR: CAPTURING FALL’S COLORS
  • Fall is one of the most popular times for photographing nature in our region. To do it well, requires a little bit of experience and know-how. In this course, we will learn some of the functionality of our cameras to help bring out fall’s colors and gain first-hand experience outside working with your new-found skills. We will
  • also review key elements of composition and exposure. Some moderate hiking may be required, depending upon conditions.
  • For: Beginner to Intermediate Level
  • Equipment requirements: A DSLR and lens(es), a full-featured point and shoot camera or a recent-edition cell phone with camera capability. If screw-on filters are available for your camera, bringing a circular polarizing filter is encouraged. A tripod is recommended, but not required.
  • Meet at the Rush Pond trail head at the intersection of West Mountain Road and Gurney Lane

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
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INTRODUCTION TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY 
16 and up  N/A  07/14/2021
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
 
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PHOTOGRAPHING QUEENSBURY’S NATURAL AREAS 
16 and up  N/A  07/21/2021
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Clendon Brook Preserve Parking Lot, 523 Corinth Road
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
 
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SMARTPHONOGRAPHY–CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE 
16 and up  N/A  Th  07/22/2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gurney Lane Recreation Area - Pavilion
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
 
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NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: LAKE GEORGE AT NIGHT 
16 and up  N/A  Sa  07/24/2021
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Meet @ Rush Pond trail head at the intersection of W. Mtn Rd & Gurney Lane
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
 
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PHOTO TOUR: THE GREAT SACANDAGA 
16 and up  N/A  Sa  09/25/2021
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meet @ Rush Pond trail head at the intersection of W. Mtn Rd & Gurney Lane
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
 
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PHOTO TOUR: CAPTURING FALL’S COLORS 
16 and up  N/A  Sa  10/16/2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meet @ Rush Pond trail head at the intersection of W. Mtn Rd & Gurney Lane
$35.00 Res, $45.00 Non-Res
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