How I Got the Shot: Summer at Long Lake

Photograph by Mark Bowie

Summer at Long Lake

Exposure Data:
1/160 second, f/16, ISO 800
Nikon D600, Nikkor 80-200mm lens set at 80mm.

As part of an assignment for Adirondack Life magazine to shoot “long views” across the park, I went to Long Lake for the look up the lake to the Seward Range. It was an idyllic summer day at the height of tourist season and I arrived to find kids playing on the raft at the town beach swimming area. They enthusiastically plunged into the water from the swings and slide. To ensure freezing the action while maintaining good depth of field, from them to the distant mountains, I boosted the camera’s ISO to 800, which allowed me to shoot at a quick 1/160 second shutter speed and a small aperture. I eventually noticed a young boy poised to jump from the dock and timed a shot to coincide with his cannonball. Though he’s only a small portion of the frame, between the light on him and his activity, he commands attention. I caught him mid-air and in that moment captured the exuberance of youth enjoying summer in the Adirondacks.

Mark Bowie is a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life magazine and a much sought-after public speaker, offering presentations to camera clubs, environmental groups and others. He is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute (API).  He will join Adirondack Life and API staff for the Adirondack Photography Weekend, September 18th-20th in Lake Placid. For details, and API’s schedule of fall photo workshops, see  For more on Mark’s work, visit

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