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Portland Brown Bag Lecture Series - February 18, 2015

Hello everyone,

I am thrilled that I have been asked to speak about my photoraphy at the Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s Brown Bag Lecture Series coming up on February 18th.

If you're in the Portlan (WA) area, I'd love to see you there. Admission is free. Please pass it on!

As part of the presention I will be showing new work form my emerging new series 'spomenici'. If you're in Vancouver, you can see prints of this new work during my upcoming exhibition, opening April 23rd, as part of Capture Photography Festival. More detail about this will be provided in a separate blog post closer to teh event.

Here is some more information about the Portland Brown Bag Lecture:

Extended Exposure - Marc Koegel:

I will be presenting work from three award-winning series including: The Canadian Prairies, Lighthouses of the World, and the still emerging Spomenici.

I photograph in black and white using long exposure techniques. A unifying theme in my work is an ongoing interest in historical structures. As a result, I travel extensively in an effort to discover and bring attention to these unique structures. I often take a minimalist approach to help reduce visual distractions and to allow the viewer to enjoy the rich details and special characteristics of each subject.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Talks

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Canon.

Lecture by:           Marc Koegel
Date and Time:    Wednesday, February 18th, Noon –1 p.m.
Location:              Miller Gallery in the Mark Building
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland,     OR 97205  www.portlandartmuseum.org / 503 226 2811

Cost:                     Free to the public.  (Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.)

About the Photography Council

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council offers its members unique opportunities to learn more about the history of photography with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., the Museum’s Minor White Curator of Photography. Council membership dues support the acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection. The members’ annual print share meeting, private tours with Dr. Dolan, an annual art acquisition meeting, and special invitations to lectures by renowned photographers are just some of the benefits of Council membership.

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s Brown Lunch Talk series, conceived in 2009 by Past Council President Jim Leisy as a means of introducing the Portland photography community to the wealth of talent and creative energy in our region, has become one of the Council’s most popular public events. Since its inception, the BBLT has offered over sixty monthly presentations by regional and visiting photographer/artists that are free and open to everyone interested in photographic arts and process.


Small Waterfall in Eastern Iceland!

Hello everyone,

it's time to share a new image! I know it has been quiet here on the blog as of late, but I plan on changing that in the weeks and months to come.

The image I want to share today was photographed in the summer while I was on a 2 week trip in Iceland.

This image was photographed with my D800e and 35mm lens. Exposure was 90 seconds at F5.6, using 13 stops of neutral density.

This has to be one of my favorite images from my entire trip. Among the reason are the fact that in a country so seemingly 'overloaded' with amazing landscape images and majestic waterfalls, this small waterfall is very often missed, paling in comparison to the major attractions.

I had been driving for a long time that day, so when I pulled off the main road to head towards this waterfall, I did it as much for the fact that I 'just wanted a break' as for photography. I parked, packed my gear, and started hiking towards the waterfall. I decided to walk up a hill in hopes of getting a nice elevated view overlooking the falls, and was rewarded with exactly what I had been looking for.

The scene was simply amazing. No people were around, all that the eye could see was endless landscapes and mountains. The weather was changing and clouds kept getting thicker, adding to the overall atmosphere.

In this panorama above, shot with my iphone, you can see the 'big picture' and how well this small waterfall blends into the surrounding landscape.

It was an unforgettable day. No expectations, so it was easy to beat them -))

I felt like a true photographer, in the sense that I feel that I was able to make a photograph that conveyed my feelings standing in those beautiful surroundings, enjoying the space, quiet, and beauty of Iceland. And the fact that this is 'far off the beaten path' from the major attractions only adds to this satisfaction.

I will be back in Iceland for 2 trips in 2015. I cannot wait ...


Cyber Deals are here: Up to 70% off my video tutorials, workshops and new online course!

Hello everyone,

welcome to the biggest sale of the year!

From December 1st to December 5th, get 70% off my long exposure video tutorials, as well as 50% off select in-person long exposure workshops in Vancouver.

Finally, you can also get 50% off my new online course 'Art of Black and White Photography'

Discounts will be in effect from December 1st to 5th only!

For workshops and online courses, discounts are limited to only the first 5 (five) students in each course and/or online class.

Each workshop and online course is offered several times, so if the promotion has sold out you can try the next date. First come first serve. When the discounts are gone, they are gone.

Here is a detailed list of discounts offered, as well as how to redeem them:

I am very excited about my new 'Art of Black and White Photography' online course. After working on it for several months, I cannot wait to start it in January.

Note that all training above is offered through Vancouver Photo Workshops (VPW), my family owned workshop company located in Vancouver, Canada.

For questions regarding online registration you can contact the VPW office at (778) 898 5256 or email info@vancouverphotoworkshops.com


New Work Coming Soon!

Hello everyone,

my aologies for the long silence...I cannot belief my last post was back in July! Well, I am back and working hard on new work, so this blog will come to life again -))

Over the summer I managed to get out and shoot a lot, more than I ever have in the span of only a few months. My photographic journey lead me across Canada, to Iceland and arround Europe.

It was in Eastern Europe, that I was particularly excited to start work on a brand new series that had me travel through Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Bulgaria.

As I have in my previous work, this new series will also focus (pun intended!) on historic structures.

I am excited to share a first image of this new series with you all today:

This image was photographed using my Cambo WRS fitted with a Phase One IQ260 Digital Back. Exposure was 30 seconds, which is all it took the blur the clouds on this windy day.

I clearly remember the day...it was windy, cold and foggy when I first arived just after sunrise, but those conditions only added to the aura and feeling of this location. I stayed for several hours, exploring the site and making many photographs. There is no reference for scale in the image above, but I can tell you that this monument is well over 50 feet tall. Rather impressive, especially when viewed, and photographed, from down the hill.

Please stay tuned for more images to come soon. 

Thank you for viewing!


From RAW to FINAL: 'Traincars' panoramic long exposure photograph

Hello everyone,

I wanted to thank you all once again for your feedback and comments regarding my recent awards at the PX3.

I received a lot of questions regarding the creation of my winning images, so I thought I would re-post a 'RAW to Final' video that I created for my 'Traincars' image. This image just won 2nd Prize - Silver Award - in 2 categories.

Here is the video I made showing my workflow from RAW to Final:

Marc Koegel Photography -- From RAW to Final: 'Train Cars' image from Marc Koegel on Vimeo.

I did a post about this image last year in June, here is a link to that original post, it contains more information and images showing my workflow.

Once again, thank you all who have been so kind to leave a comment and/or reached out via email regarding my recent awards. Your feedback makes my day every single time!

Regards from Spain!



2nd Prize - Silver - at the PX3 - Prix De La Photography Paris Photography Competition!

Hello everyone,

After winning a 3rd Prize - Bronze - Award last year for my Lighthouse Series, I am super excited to announce that this year my photography has won two 2nd Prize - Silver - Awards at the 2014 PX3 - Prix De La Photography Photography Competition.

In addition to this 2nd Prize award, a very recent series of Icelandic Waterfalls has received an honourable mention award as well.

My Image 'Canada Traincars' won 2nd Prize in 2 categories, the Professional - Fine-Art/Landscape and Professional Nature/Sky categories. My series 'Icelandic Waterfalls' won an Honourable Mention Award in the 'Fine-Art/ Landscape' category.

Here are the images that have received the awards, along with links to the awards page:

1. Canada Traincars Image (Photographed in May 2013 near Calgary, Alberta. This images is currently being exhibited in Vancouver, B.C.):

Here is the link to see this image on the PX3 Awards page!


2. Icelandic Waterfalls Mini-Series (photographed in May 2014 during my most recent trip to Iceland):

Link to see these images on the PX3 Awards Page

I also want to congratulate all my friends, and students, who also received prestigious awards at PX3. I spent hours browsing the winners of each category, as this is a great opportunity to see some outstanding photography and get inspiration as well.

So here are some links to friends and students who's work has received awards. Please be sure to check it out - fantastic work here by some incredible photographers!

I could go on and on, and I apologize if your name is not on the list above....I have been working on this post for several hours, so it's time to post it now -)))

Congratulation again to all the winners!


Exhibition at Espace D. Opens tonight in Vancouver

Hello everyone,

I am very excited to announce my next photographic exhibition, which will open at Espace D. tonight, May 8th, from 6 - 9pm

Espace D. is a Vancouver based boutique dedicated to contemporary home décor and local art. Founded by French interior designer, Pierre Derreumaux, espace d. showcases a unique selection of high-end home accessories from leading worldwide capitals as well as original artworks from talented Vancouver artists to form and complement the foundation of your interior design.

I will have a wide selection of my works on display, ranging from some early sea-scapes to the latest from the Lighthouse and Canadian Pariries Series. Sizes of the works range with the largest pieces being 40" x 40" and 30" x 60" respectively.

If you cannot make it out tonight, Espace D. will continue to show / sell my work so please stop by next time you're in downtown Vancouver.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!


From the Archives: 'Point Roberts View' long exposure photograph using Polaroid Type 55 PN film!

Hello everyone,

Today, I'd like to share an image from my archives.

I photographed this image back in 2007, using my Toyo 4"x5" and Polaroid Type 55 PN film.

This is a 'full-frame' scan of the original negative:

Point Roberts (WA) was my 'playground' when I got serious about improving my long exposure photography skills. I have lost count of how many times I visited over the years.  

Last week, I discovered 2 unopened boxes of Polaroid Type 55 sitting in storage at my studio. This used to be absolute favorite (instant) film as it gave you not only an instant print but a useable negative at the same time. I felt really blessed finding those 2 boxes (it made my day actually), and ever since I have been thinking about a 'worthy' project to use it for. So I revisited some of my old images shot on this film stock, and came across this long exposure image posted here.

Needless to say, I am really excited to be shooting these 2 boxes sometime very soon. Unlike 'regular' film, which can be frozen and kept for many years, this film does not do well with extended storage (the chemistry inside of it dries up). 

In a world of digital 'instant gratification', using his instant film fits right in. You will be able to have quality 4" x 5" negatives ready for scanning within minutes of the original exposure. And the positive image, although pretty low quality, serves well as an instant indicator to confirm your composition and technical qualities such as exposure, sharpness, etc...Just don't rely too much on it -))

I am really taken with the 'organicness' of this film as well. The sprocket holes are real, and I embrace the occasional imperfection.

Stay tuned for more work using this film!


Fine-Art Minimalist and Winter Photography Workshop in Calgary - March 8 + 9

Hello everyone,

I am stoked to be teaching an exclusive 'Fine-Art Minimalist and Winter Photography' Workshop with my good friend Oliver Du Tre.

Images above copyright Olivier Du Tre

Coming up on March 8 + 9 in Calgary, this will be a very unique workshop offering you a chance to create some rare and extraordinary images!

We'll teach you how to make stunning black and white images in winter snow using a minimalist mindset for composition and creative camera techniques such as long-exposures.

The winter landscapes in the Calgary area are very unique and this workshop will have you out shooting at various locations. Capture rare images that only this landscape can deliver!

As this is a winter workshop, you have got to be prepared for temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius (equals -40 Fahrenheit) with the wind chill. In the classroom, we will be addressing 'safety first' and 'technical (equipment)' topics such as:

  • What to wear
  • What not to do (like walking right into a scene and afterwards photographing your own footprints)
  • What can go wrong
  • Planning your shooting day
  • (How to) winterize you and your vehicle (what to bring, food, etc)

Oliver Du Tre will be talking about how weather can simplify snow scenes. He'll address how he photographs in fog and snow, falling snow, etc.

Oliver brings a wealth of knowledge of the local area, and his photographic style and techniques complement Marc's perfectly.

To read more information about this workshop, and to register, please visit the following link:



Long Exposure Photography Techniques Video Released!

Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography Techniques -
A Video Workshop for beginning to intermediate photographers!

This video is released and available now. When you purchase it, a download link will be emailed to you within 48 hours. A physical DVD will be available in March (a small shipping charge will apply)

Long Exposure Video Tutorials:

Once you complete your payment, a download link for the 'Long Exposure Photography Techniques' video will be emailed to you within 48 hours. Please note that the release date for the 'Long Exposure Post Processing Techniques video is March 15th - You will receive a download link as soon as that video is released. Thank you!

I am incredibly excited to release my new 'workshop in a DVD' tutorial on Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography.

After almost 3 years of shooting, carrying a small (and sometimes very large) video camera with me around the world, I am feeling confident that now is time to tell you my story.

The first video 'Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography Techniques' is released now and available for immediate purchase.

A second video entitled 'Fine-Art Long Exposure Post Production Techniques' will be released on March 15th. The special ddiscounted price of only $75 for this video will be available until March 15th (price on March 16th will be $99).

To read more information about both video tutorials please click this link here, or click on the "LE Video Tutorial" Link above in the navigation bar!

Thank you all again for giving me such great support since announcing this video release. I am really excited to see it become reality now!