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Thursday
Dec042014

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 ...

Monday
Dec012014

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

Friday
Oct172014

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!

Saturday
Jul122014

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!

Marc

Friday
Jul042014

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!

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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!

Thursday
May082014

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!


Monday
Feb242014

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!

Thursday
Feb202014

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:

http://www.vancouverphotoworkshops.com/workshops/winter_photography_calgary.php

Friday
Feb142014

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!

Sunday
Feb092014

From RAW to FINAL: Long Exposure Photography with a Leica S2 

Hello everyone,

This past week, I have been working one-on-one with a photographer who is looking to get into long exposure photography in a very serious way.

Yesterday, we took out his Leica S2 to see how well it would perform for long exposure photography.

Below you can see the first image I had a chance to process:

Image Details: Leica S2 with 35mm Lens. Exposure was 60 seconds with 16 stops of ND filtration.

There are many reviews of the Leica S2 around on the web, including this one on Luminous Landscape, but I haven't seen many people writing about how well this camera does for long exposures.

So here is a quick 'From RAW to FINAL' report on my first impressions. This coming week, I am hoping to be able and shoot more long exposures with this unique camera.

Working with the Leica S2:

As soon as you hold the camera, you cannot help but be impressed with the quality feel and very minimalist set of controls and buttons. Everything that needs to be there is within easy reach, without any clutter. I wonder why Canon, Nikon, Sony etc cannot make a camera that is this easy to use and has such a logical layout of buttons and controls. All of this 'simplicity' comes with a price of course (so less really is more $$ in this case).

There are a few disappointments, like with any camera system. Trying to read the top OLED display while shooting outdoors in bright sunlight is virtually impossible. And it does take some time to navigate through the menus and camera controls. It took me a few minutes to find the self-timer and mirror-up function, and without a cable release, I had to do some test shots until I was able to use the 'Bulb' mode and control the shutter to achieve exposure times from 8 to 128 seconds (the maximum recommended exposure time).

In the end, I was able to use the 'Bulb' mode similar to a 'T' mode, where you're able to start the exposure by pressing the shutter button once, and then pressing it again to stop the exposure.

Maximum exposure time is 2 minutes: 

Without the optional cable release, the camera is 'limited' to 128 seconds exposure time. This time is also the longest exposure time Leica recommends. In-camera noise reduction is NOT optional, but this is the first camera that shows you a 'preview' of the image (for 2 seconds or so) before the noise reduction begins. This is very handy, as you could use this to quickly identify any 'mishaps' without having to wait additional time until the in-camera noise reduction has finished working.

Looking at the image results, there certainly is some noise that I can see in the 2 minute exposures (but it is still rather well controlled). Elsewhere on the web, people have been reporting to 'get-away' with exposures up to 4 minutes, and I would expect noise levels to become 'unacceptable' if you go much beyond that time.

Some people may find this limiting, but I can think of many examples where even a 2 minute exposure time is more than sufficient.

If you take the image posted above as an example, going any longer than 60 seconds resulted in the clouds blurring so much that the sky looked a lot less dramatic. In this case, I wanted to capture a dramatic sky in front of the silhouette of the bridge, so 1 minute was perfect as it recorded 'enough' movement in the clouds without washing out too much details.

From RAW to FINAL:

So let's look at a 'step-by-step;' of how I created the image above.

I used 16 stops of ND to arrive at the 60 second exposure time.

In Adobe Camera RAW, I adjusted the exposure and used the 'lens correction' functionality to correct the vertical perspective on the bridge (the camera was tilted upward for the capture).

I also cropped the image to 2:1 aspect ratio.

You can see that in this particular case, the adjustments made in RAW do make a significant difference.

Next, I took the image into Photoshop CC, and added several adjustments and layers.

Still, the adjustments are very simple and the entire 'workflow' from start to finish took less than 20 minutes.

Obviously, some more refinements could be applied, but I wanted to show you that a lot can be accomplished without having to sit in front of Photoshop for hours at a time. Yes, we can spend more time shooting outside!!

Below, you can see a screenshot of my 'final' Photoshop file:

I used Silver Efex to make the initial black and white conversion. I added a lot of contrast, and also some heavy grain in an effort to create a moody image.

After working in Silver Efex, I added 3 more layers in Photoshop:

  • Sky Vignette
  • Selective Brightness for the water (using a curve adjustment layer with a mask)
  • Burn and Dodge layer (50% grey layer using 'Soft Light' blend mode)

Most of these layers are used to fine-tune the adjustments that were started in Silver Efex. Photoshop simply offers much more control, and I also like to use 'layers' rather than 'control point' to make selective adjustments to just one (or a few) selected areas of an image.

And there you have it. A first, for me, long exposure using a Leica S2.

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