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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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New Phase One IQ 250 - First Digital Back with a CMOS Sensor!

Hello everyone,

The news hit last Friday morning: After Hasselblad made a similar announcement earlier in the week (albeit with no specific details), Phase One announced the IQ 250. The first digital back with CMOS sensor.

That morning I also got an email from my dealer in Toronto, B3K Digital, saying that they would do their best to get me one for testing as soon as possible.

When I was reading over the specs, I was obvioulsy drawn to this new back's long exposure capabilities. In contrast to the IQ 260, the IQ 250 will not require a special long exposure mode and the ISO will stay at 100 as well.

Note though that dark frame noise reduction is still required and not optional (so you got to be patient).

It is this long exposure capability that I am most eager to test.

CMOS sensors have been used in nearly all high-end DSLR's of the last 2 years, and seeing this technology 'arrive' in digital backs is very exciting. I think Phase One deserves much credit for bringing this new technology to their platform.

With the CMOS sensor comes the ability to offer, for the first time, an expanded ISO range up to 6400 (without sensor + mode of earlier backs). Being a landscape and architectural photographer, an increased ISO range is much less important to me (compared to if I was an event / wedding photographer).

What is important to me, however, is the ability to use technical cameras with the IQ 250, such as my Cambo WDS, and I'll be waiting for test results (or hopefully will be able to do my own testing once I receive a unit) to confirm whether the micro lenses on this back result in less than desirable results.

When I look at forums discussing this new back, such as this thread on getdpi, a lot of people seem to have a lot of negative feelings about this new back. As mentioned above, I do belief that Phase One deserves much praise for bringing us this new technology. Yes it may not be perfect yet, and it certainly isn't for everyone, but this is a very important step in the evolution of medium format backs.

To me, I have to be working with a camera and test it thoroughly, before I know if it is for me. There is no camera out there today that can handle every shooting situation, so what I do is to define a set of priorities. On top of that list is image quality (including 'elasticity' of the file in post production), followed by long exposure capability, and ability to be used with technical cameras.

Once I got an IQ 250 in my hands, I will be reporting on all of these capabilities.

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The Oregon Coast Roadtrip with a Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic

Hello everyone,

just before the year 2013 was over, I packed up the Van and my family went on a road trip down to the Oregon Coast.

In my bag was a Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic, provided by my friends of B3K Digital in Toronto. After shooting with this very unique camera in Toronto for just 2 days, I was waiting to get another chance to work with it some more.

Oregon has an amazing coastline. I have done several trips down there over the years, and never been disappointed by the photographic opportunities.

Here is the first image I've had a chance to work on and finish. Photographed just south of Cannon Beach, from the side of the road on a windy day. 

Image Details: Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic on a Cambo WDS with 43mm lens. Exposure time was 20 seconds.

While driving along the coast, it is nearly impossible not to notice the many 'sea-stacks', tall rocks sticking out of the surf fairly close to the beach. The further south you travel, the more of them you'll see.

With this image, given that it was a stormy and windy day, I wanted to make sure to capture the movement in the waves. An exposure time of 20 seconds gave me some blur, without loosing too much details. The high winds moved the clouds by really fast, so I was able to pick up lots of motion there.

The IQ 260 Achromatic shoots native black and white, and while processing the image I was blown away by the subtle details and shades of grey I was able to pick up in the blurred water as well as in the sky. Those of you who follow my work know how much I like strong contrast, and the richness in original tonality here allowed me to increase contrast without the loss of mid tone and highlight details. It was a joy to edit and work on this file.

As I am looking to develop my photography further in 2014 (and beyond) I have the feeling that this image may have started a 'trend' towards more minimalism in my compositions. As mentioned above, I have travelled those roads before, but was not ready to take a picture like this until now. I am excited to see what road this may take me on...

Please stay tuned for more images from this trip.

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Why I Love Long Exposure Photography...


Pure Black and White - My Photography featured on the Phase One Website!

Hello everyone,

I am happy to announce that my photography is now featured on the Phase One Website.

On a recent trip to Toronto I was given a Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic for a weekend.

Obviously, as a black and white photographer, I was really excited to give this unique camera a try. With a workshop to teach my agenda was pretty full already, but I managed to shoot a small series of architectural images which you can view on the Phase One website now. There you can also read about some of my impressions and experience using this unique camera. Let's just say I liked it so much that I knew I wanted to have more time to work with it...

So I was able to do another shoot with it this past week. This time, I took the IQ 260 Achromatic around Vancouver, and managed to escape for a quick shooting trip down to the Oregon Coast as well.

I am working on a very detailed report about my experiences, things I liked, disliked and learned along the way. Having had the camera for 10 days this time around, I feel that I understand it much more now then after just 2 days during that initial weekend. 

Please feel free to leave me any comments and/or questions below (in the comment section). And please stay tuned for the full report which will be posted to my blog within the next week.

For now, here is the first image from my trip down to Oregon. This was photographed in Astoria.

Image details: Cambo WDS Camera with 43mm Lens. Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic Digital back. Exposure: 90 seconds at F8.

I have visited Astoria many times before, it's a great location for sea-scape long exposures. I have enjoyed photographing the old industrial remains that are close to shore in shallow water.

I had noticed the container ships and tankers further out in the bay before, but never attempted to photograph them until a few days ago. 

I only had a wide-angle lens, so had to crop to get to the composition above. But having 60 megapixels to start sure helps maintain image quality, even when it's necessary to crop in a bit -:)

It was rainy all day, with a sky that lacked any features and definition to the naked eye. Being able to 'pull out' details shown above blew me away and speaks to the quality of the camera and capture. The sky looked completely washed out and pale. Bottom line is that I feel like I was able to walk away with an image that captured the mood and feeling of that grey and rainy day. 

Stay tuned for my full report and more images from the trip!


Exhibition Opening Friday, November 8th!

Hello everyone,

I am excited to share with you that my upcoming exhibition 'Lifelines' will open Friday, November 8th, at 7pm at PhotoHaus Gallery in Vancouver.

And I am even more excited to be exhibiting alongside my good friend and mentor, Greg Gorman. It is an honour to be sharing the gallery space with a true legendary photographer.

This exhibition is part of Capture Photography Festival, currently taking place in Vancouver.

"For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions," says Gorman, "and it leaves something to the imagination."

For over three decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.

I am humbled to be able to hang my photography next to his. Together, we will be showing some 40 photographs raging is size up to 5 feet. All images in this exhibition will be black and white.

In preparing for this exhibition, I made some of the biggest prints of my career. It is very rewarding seeing your work at the large scale of 5 feet. A lot of hard work has gone into each piece.

I'll be posting a report of how the Opening went so please stay tuned.

If you're in Vancouver, or within driving distance, I hope to see you come out on Friday. Both Greg and I will be there and look forward to seeing you!

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Long Exposure Photography with the Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic Digital Back

Hello everyone,

I recently had the rare opportunity to work with a dedicated black and white camera solution. When visiting Toronto, my friends of B3K Digital let me work with a Phase One IQ 260 Achromatic Digital Back.

This is a 60 megapixel digital back that is dedicated to black and white photography only. The IQ 260 Achromatic offers pure black and white images; no filters or interpolation applied. As there is no IR cut-off filter mounted on the sensor, there are some very exciting opportunities to create very distinct imagery using lens-mounted filters.

I had 2 days to work with this digital back, and here's a preview of one of the images from my shoot in downtown Toronto:

This image is a 61 second exposure. I shot the image above using my Cambo WDS with 35mm lens. To get this perspective and to keep the architectural lines straight, a very generous amount of rise (upward lens shift) was applied. It's a square crop from the original 4:3 aspect ratio RAW image shown above on the rear screen of the IQ 260 Achromatic.

As you can see when comparing both images, the RAW file already looks very much like the final edited version shown above. In fact, this was one of the things that impressed me the most about this digital back. Sure it's got sharpness and incredible detail, but the fact that it is black and white direct capture makes this the first digital camera where I can see my vision come to life in camera (without having to 'previsualize' what I will be doing in Photoshop later).

You can use color filters like you would with traditional film photography and you can see the effect right away. You are not being distracted by color. This is a very dedicated, specific tool but that's were its beauty lies. When shooting film, you make the decision to shoot in black and white even before you take your first image (by loading black and white film). Same when using this back. I loved the fact that color wasn't an option, as I think we have way too many choices these days. It's nice and refreshing to keep things this simple once again. The only negative I could see in this is the steep price tag. As they say 'Things are simple at the top'. 

I will be posting a longer report about using this digital back very soon - please stay tuned for that.

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My Photography gets 11 Honourable Mentions at IPA 2013!

Hello everyone,
I am happy to report that I have received 11 honourable mention awards at the International Photography Awards (IPA) this year.
I submitted only 2 single images and 1 photographic series this year, and all of my entries received honourable mentions in multiple categories. 
After winning 3rd prize at the PX3 Awards earlier this year, my current 'Lighthouse Series' received 3 honourable mentions in the categories 'Architecture - Historic', 'Panoramic', and 'Fine Art - Landscape'. 
My single image 'Brigus' won in 4 categories, including 'Travel/ Tourism'.
Finally, the single image 'Icelandic Rock' won in 3 categories, including 'Panoramic' and 'Fine Art - Landscape'.
But enough about me.
Like I did with my posting about the PX3 awards, I would like to again point you to some of the other award recipients.
Looking over the winners galleries, I noticed that a lot of long exposure photographs received awards this year.
What is more, I actually know quite a few of the award winners. From friends to students to colleagues, I think it would be time well spend for you to check out the work of the following photographers.  

This list is by no means complete, but it should serve as a nice starting point for you to browse all the amazing and inspirational work that is on display.

I hope I haven't forgotten anyone. If I did, please don't take it personal -:)

Entry Title: " Sundial Bridge"
Sharon Tenenbaum
, Canada
Category: Professional, Bridges

I have known Sharon for several years. As a fellow Vancouverite, we have taught a few workshops together (and more are planned!). After winning 1st place for her photography of Bridges at the IPA 2011, she has done it yet again this year! Congratulation on winning 1st place, Sharon! If you haven't seen her work, make sure to check out her website!

Entry Title: " Like A Harp's Strings - Encore"
Julia Anna Gospodarou
, Greece
Category: Professional, Bridges

Julia wins 3rd prize in the same category! I met Julia in Berlin at the GPlus Euro Photowalk. We both did short presentations just before the actual 'photowalk' began. Ever since that first meeting, I have been following her work, and she never ceases to inspire! In addition to 3rd place, Julia wins numerous honourable mention awards as well. Go and check out her work!  

Entry Title: " City Centre"
Frank Meyl
, United States
Category: Professional, Cityscapes

Frank wins 2nd place in the Cityscapes category. His compositions look similar to what I have seen from many long exposure architecture photographers, but what sets Frank apart is his bold use of color and light. A very unique series, well seen and photographed, and impeccably presented.   

Entry Title: " Strong"
Kees Smans
, Netherlands
Category: Non-Professional, Bridges

I met Kees when I was teaching a workshop in Amsterdam (together with Joel Tjintjelaar). Less than a year later, Kees came out again to a workshop held in Domburg, and was a great help once again working with the students. I am really happy to see him win this award - In addition to always having a smile on his face, Kees is a 'serious' photographer doing some great long exposure work. 

Entry Title: " The Matrix"
, Japan
Category: Non-Professional, Architecture

A must see! This series is, in my humble opinion, one of the most striking imagery to be awarded this year. I rarely have seen long exposures combined with such a strong style and recognition for pattern, perspective and texture. Very clever inclusion of color, too. 

Entry Title: " Stalin's Architectural Legacy"
Leslie Hossack
, Canada
Category: Non-Professional, Historic

I met Leslie in Vancouver, when she phoned me up to discuss whether she would be a good fit to take a workshop with Ralph Gibson I was organizing. I asked her to come over and she showed me her portfolio. I was so blown away by the quality of her work - it made my day. Leslie signed up for the workshop and it turns out that Ralph liked her work as well - so much so that he acquired her portfolio. Something I have never seen Ralph do and I think this is another testament to the quality of Leslie's work. Having seen her prints, I know Leslie is not just a talented photographer, but also an expert printer with incredible attention to detail. I am proud to say that we kept up our friendship and I look forward to her call every time she comes to visit Vancouver. Congratulations for this well deserved award! 

Entry Title: " Classic Cars in Classic B&W Fine Art"
Joel Tjintjelaar
, Netherlands
Category: Professional, Automotive

I was really impressed to see Joel's classic car photographs. After winning numerous awards at previous IPA's, this is a different, new, subject matter. Yet Joel manages to photograph it with the same unique and dedicated style that made his fine-art architecture photographs so famous. A feast for the eyes! After teaching workshops together in Amsterdam, Domburg and New York, I hope to be working with Joel again in 2014 and beyond! 

Entry Title: " Departure"
Jens Kristian Balle
, Canada
Category: Professional, Self-Promotion

Jens is one of my former students, and I am so impressed by what he has accomplished in such a short time. His work has won numerous awards this year, and when you look at his portfolio it's not hard to agree that Jens will continue to rise to teh top of his profession. Jens is talented, dedicated, hard-working and is noty afraid to try new things and concepts. Browse his website to find a portfolio on long exposure work that has a very strong style and unique feel. Well done Jens - I cannot wait to see what's next for you! 

Entry Title: " Building A Mystery"
John Kosmopoulos
, Canada
Category: Non-Professional, Buildings

I met John in Berlin at the same event I met Julia Anna Gospodarou. We hit it off right away, and in the short span of less than 18 months I saw John again at events in New York and San Francisco. Next week, I will be co-teaching a fine-art architecture workshop in Toronto with John (and I am really looking forward to it and many more events). John is incredibly excited about photography, and his upbeat and fun personality makes him a joy to have around! Congratulations John to this well-deserved award! See you in Toronto in afew days!

Entry Title: " Axis Mundi - Trees of Life"
Joanne Scherf
, United States
Category: Professional, Landscape

Joanne has taken 2 online courses with me in the past year. From the beginning I could tell how dedicated and eager to learn she really was. Joanne has worked hard, and it shows in her photography. It was a pleasure to have her in my course, and I couldn't be more happy for her to win these awards. One of the best and most rewarding parts of teaching is knowing that you can make a difference - Joanne sets a shining example of what can be accomplished with the right attitude and desire! Congratulations!

Entry Title: " Lençóis Maranhenses"
David Burdeny
, Canada
Category: Professional, Landscape

A fellow Vancouverite, I have been following David work for nearly 10 years. I first 'discovered' him when he was shooting long exposure sea-scapes and over the years I have seen his work evolve and develop. There are not many photographers I can think of who manage to grow their style and master such as great variety of subject matter as well as David does. Do yourself a favour and check out his website - i am sure you will be impressed! 

I could go on and on with this list. But after almost 3 hours writing this blog I am going to stop. For now.

Please go and browse the amazing line-up of winners. There is something for every taste, in a large variety of subject matters. 

Thank you for reading (if you made it his far).

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From RAW to FINAL: Infrared Long Exposure Photography

Hello everyone,

after a long break, I am finally back at the keyboard and this blog.

It has been a busy summer, filled with photography and much needed great and relaxing times with the family. I travelled to Europe and across Canada, and now I am back in Vancouver for just a little longer before heading back out on the road.

The image I'd like to share today was photographed in June, here in Vancouver.

I was teaching an advanced long exposure photography workshop (together with Sharon Tennebaum and Grant Murray), and one of the students had a very unique camera that he let me use to take this image.

Image Details: Cambo Wide RS with 23mm Rodenstock lens. Exposure was 10 seconds at F22. ISO 35. Leaf Credo 80 megapixel full spectrum digital back. 20 stops of ND filtration.

We took the workshop to one of my favorite locations to photograph the famous Lions Gate Bridge here in Vancouver. We were very lucky with the weather that day, and the tide was out far enough that we could use the numerous tide pools to enhance our compositions. The reflections in the foreground really make this image sing (in my humble opinion).

Here is a quick shot behind-the-scenes showing our camera(s) setup:

I used a Cambo Wide RS camera with an ultra-wide 23mm Rodenstock lens for this. Combined with the Credo 80 megapixel digital back the field of view is much wider compared to 35mm format. With a lens as wide as this, movements are very limited but I did manage to apply approx. 5 millimeters of upward shift to correct for the tall bridge structure. The very wide-angle view also allowed me to crop the final image to a square while maintaining lots of negative space and expanse.

Below you can see the original RAW file:

When I saw this image for the first time, I remember being utterly surprised. I had never worked with a full spectrum digital camera, so wasn't used to seeing this strong of a color cast. Turns out, this is actually a very normal 'look' for a full spectrum image.

Starting with this, the first step in my workflow was to fine-tune the white balance, and with it the overall color balance in this image. I used Capture One software for this task, which works much better compared to Adobe Camera RAW.

One thing I should mention is that you can clearly see how much I pushed the limits of this lens and its image circle. With 5mm of rise (aka upward shift) applied, the black corners on the top right and left edge of the image clearly show you the limits of the image circle of this lens. This kind of vignetting cannot be corrected - the lens simply cannot 'see' any further. The lens rise did allow me to keep the bridge relatively straight though, and I was able to fine-tune my results further by using perspective correction in Capture One Software.

The next step involved cropping, this is where I decided on a square crop for the final composition.

Below are 2 alternate crops, both of which are in my favorite 2:1 panoramic aspect ratio. Please note that those images are NOT completely finished, they are just 'working files' I made to evaluate composition and aspect ration only (not tonality and final look and feel):


Although I did like the added expanse and negative space in both of these panoramic compositions, I felt strongly about choosing the square crop for the final image. It's been a while that I published a square image, so it may have been time to re-visit old habits :-)

To continue my workflow, I opened the image in Adobe Photoshop CS6 for further processing.

As you can see, it did not take many adjustments to arrive at the final look. One thing I do want to point out is that I used 2 Silver Efex black and white adjustment layers (something I don't often do).

Because if it's full spectrum quality, using color channels was a very effective way to process this image into a black and white. The first time I used Silver Efex, I worked the red channel to give the image a strong infrared look (white foliage). I was able to not only get this effect in the trees of Stanley Park across the water, but also in the algae in the foreground. Highlighting those in the foreground really gave the image a good and strong infrared feeling and balanced the tonality nicely.

You can see the white foilage and overall layers and adjustments in this 100% crop in Photoshop:

The second Silver Efex Layer was created for the sky and its tonality and contrast specifically. I used a mask to prevent it from changing the foreground and the foliage.

As I almost always do, I finished this image by using a Burn and Dodge layer that I placed on top of the layer stack. This allowed for further fine-tuning of tonality and contrast in specific areas of the composition.

So, there you have it. One of my first digital infrared images. If only the camera wouldn't be $50K +, it'll likely take me some time to get my hands on one of these again.

As always, please leave your questions and comments below. Please also let me know if there is any interest for me to do a short video about this image and how I processed it. Just leave me a comment.

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My Photography wins 5 Awards at PX3 - Prix De La Photographie Paris!! 

Hello everyone,

I am extremely excited and honoured that my photography has won 5 awards at the 2013 PX3 - Prix De La Photographie Paris.

PX3 is one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world, and I encourage you to check out all the winning galleries - you're sure to find many hours of photographic inspiration.

My photography received 4 honourable mentions, and my most recent fine-art long exposure series entitled 'The Lighthouse Series' won 3rd Prize in the Fine Art - Landscape category.

This makes my 'Lighthouse Series' the second series of long exposure photographs that wins awards at international competitions (the first being my 'Canadian Grain Elevator Series which won awards at PX3 2012 and IPA 2011).

Below you can see my winning series images, or click this link to visit the PX3 web page directly:

In addition to my lighthouse series, my images 'Icelandic Rock' and 'Brigus' received honourable mentions.

Looking over the winners galleries, I noticed that very few long exposure photographs received awards this year.

Below I would like to give you some links to some of my favorite photographs by other awards recipients.

This list is by no means complete, but it should serve as a nice starting point for you to browse all the amazing and inspirational work that is on display:

This is a series of long exposure images illustrating the sad decline of industry in the American Rust Belt.

This is a series of images from Iceland, which was one of my favorite trips of all time. Well worth taking a look at.

I discovered Frank's work earlier this year, and it comes as no surprise to me that he has received several awards for it. I would love to visi some of the sights depicted in Frank's photographs...

I met Julia at the Berlin Long Exposure Photowalk in 2012, where we were both instructors as well as eager participants. In addition to being a huge inspiration, she is one of the nicest (and smartest) people you'll ever meet! I am very happy to see Julia win an honourable mention for her series, and encourage you all to check out her website where much more of her photography is on display.

  • Entry Title: " Phoenix", by Martina+ Reem

Martina and Reem are previous students of mine, so seeing them receive an honourable mention for their series 'Phoenix' feels very, very special to me. A huge congratulations is in order! Yes I did teach them long exposure photography but it was very obvious that their true love and calling was in fashion photography. This goes to show that you can achieve your dreams if you're wiling to work hard for it!

Last, but not least, I am delighted to see Jeff win 2nd Prize in the Fine-Art Architecture category. Very well deserved! After even a very short glimpse you will be able to tell how much Jeff is a true master of his craft. Composition, theme, and especially the virtually never-ending tonality and incredible detail in his photographs are simply stunning. I am looking forward to finally be meeting Jeff at a workshop in Chicago later this year. Check out his website and you'll see that Jeff is not only an acclaimed photographer but also an incredibly capable fine-art printer as well.


Enjoy looking over all these images!

Many regards from Spain,