Best Of Northern Week 2013
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Ashokan and Fiddle & Dance

The Fiddle & Dance Camps at Ashokan Center in New York's Catskill Mountains were founded by Jay Ungar in 1980 and are hosted by Jay and his wife Molly Mason today.

Ashokan Center's 374 acres of forests, fields, and streams have served as an environmental education and living history center for elementary students during school year since 1967.

Fiddle & Dance's music and dance camp began in 1982. Shortly after the first Northern Week Jay composed "Ashokan Farewell," inspired by the people, the place and the music. Many have since heard this tune as the musical centerpiece of the Grammy Award winning score for Ken Burns' PBS series "The Civil War."

Visit for more about Ashokan's Fiddle & Dance Camps, and to learn about the Center and it's programs throughout the year.

I would suggest that, if you want to make a print, that you download the original full sized images. To do so:

1) Click on the image you want, which will take you to a page with just that image.
2) At the bottom right, you will see three dots, click on them
3) Click on view all sizes
4) See the list of available sizes stretching from left to right. (Ignore the download button for now) Original is at the far right. Click on it.
5) Once Original size comes up, click on "Download the Original size of this photo "

These pictures were taken without the express permissions of the people in them, so I ask you to use them with restraint and due respect for their privacy.
Also, I ask you not to use these pictures in manipulated art. Either take the whole image and credit me with copyright, but don't drop it into a piece of your art. Using one or a few of these images in a webpage or Facebook is OK.

One possibility is Sam's Club, where you can get a 16"x20" print for $6, a 20"x30" for $9.
If you want a fine art print (which are upwards of $100), please contact me. Among other things, I can correct the color balance, which can be wildly off....for instance, some of the dance pavilion shots a very orange from the incandescent and buglight, some of the rec hall shots are cold and greenish from the flourescents. This can be corrected.

Notes to the campers
You can download them, but so can if you don't want a picture that has you in it freely available as these are, please tell me and I will remove them. Sometime parents don't want their children's images up, for sad but understandable reasons. There are few names attached to the images, so they really can't be Google searched for, if that helps
These images are arranged chronologically, starting with the Sunday signin/dance and ending with the Saturday morning leave taking.
When asked if I was the official photographer, I responded the I was the Officious Photographer.
Alas, getting pictures that sparkle and crackle means getting in close. I apologize to any and all I annoyed or disturbed...I hope that the memoir of this wonderful week will outlast that annoyance.
Also, alas again, making picture in low/available light of fast moving/changing subjects is very demanding of the photographer (forget him) and the camera. While I have a gift for photographic imagery, much of this is wondrous abilty of a a Canon 5D MkIII, mostly using an 85mm F1.2 portrait lens.

Email me at with any questions.........
My photography website is:
My large format work (ala Ansel Adams) Of the nearby Woodstock countryside can be be found here
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