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Aug112012

From RAW to FINAL: Old Barn near Calgary

Hello everyone,

So I just announced a new Fine-Art Long Exposure Workshop that will be held in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) on October 20th and 21st, 2012.

I have taught a similar workshop in Calgary last year, and the image below shows our workshop group at one of the shooting locations, including photo assistants Hajo (My Dad) and Richard. And I am in there as well.

We had students travel from as far as Scottsdale, San Francisco and Winnipeg. A big thanks again to everyone who came out! It was great meeting so many nice and enthusiastic photographers!

For today’s ‘From RAW to FINAL’, I wanted to share how I worked on one image I took during the workshop, and how I gave it its final look.

Calgary Long Exposure Workshop with Marc Koegel - Final Image: 'Old Barn'

Above you can see the final image: ‘Old Barn’.

Exposure time was 512 seconds, @ F11 ISO 50.

I used a total of 16 stops of ND filtration to allow me to get such a long exposure in bright day-light. Here’s a link to one of the filters I used.

Now let’s take a look at how I arrived at this final image:

The image above shows my ‘setup’ for taking the shot of an old barn. I used a Phase One medium format digital back. The final image was a panorama assembled from 2 images and then cropped to a ‘double square’ aspect ratio of 1:2. I liked the old barn but also wanted to incorporate the winding road, whch made for an interesting leading line.

The image above shows how I merged multiple images to a single Panorama using Autopano Pro Software.

Next, I am cropping the panorama that Autopano Pro generated to my desired aspect ratio of 1:2 or the ‘double square’. The resulting image has over 45 megapixel, thanks to using the Phase One Camera. I can make huge prints from this file!

I use Silver Efex Pro 2 Software to convert to black and white. This can be done in Photoshop as well, but I get amazing results in much less time with Silver Efex. Above you can see how the ‘simple’ black and white above was transformed into a more dramatic black and white image using the tools available in Silver Efex 2 Software.

You can download a free trial and if you’re doing lots of black and white conversions I am convinced you will love this software!

For my workflow I like tweaking what Silver Efex generates in Photoshop. This let’s me have ultimate control and fine-tune my images even more.

There you have it. Let me know what you think and don’t be shy to ask questions about the workflow above.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

For those of you near Calgary, here is the link with all the workshop information. Thank you for visiting!

Marc

 

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Reader Comments (1)

Just curious: what kind of camera are you using, to which the Phase One digital back is attached?

Also, did you do some kind of dodging or other effect in order to get the bright "halo" of light on the barn wall, around the window?

Thanks!

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Constable

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