For #minimalmonday |
I photographed this historic lighthouse on my first trip to Iceland back in 2012. It was the first image I took within 2 hours of my arrival to this incredible place.
Photographed using a Nikon D800. Exposure was 210 seconds @ F5.6 and using 16 stops of ND filters on my 22mm lens.
While photographing, I started chatting with another photographer who came walking down the rocks. We talked about Iceland, cameras (he had a DSLR with him) etc. All of a sudden he asked me: "would you like to go into that lighthouse?" Before I could even respond with the obvious he added: 'just asking because I have the keys'.
I was baffled, how about this for a start to this photography trip?!
I gladly accepted and received a 'grand tour' of the lighthouse including a look inside some historic photo albums.
I could not have imagined a warmer, friendlier reception. And I knew right away that this would not be my only trip to this incredible place. Before leaving Akranes, we both had a chance to make quick portraits of each other.
Weeks after coming back home to Canada and Hilmar found me on Facebook. We have stayed in touch ever since...
The trailer for my upcoming video tutorials on Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography Techniques has now been viewed over 44000 times!
Thank you all who have viewed, left a comment and got in touch. This feedback and positive reception means a lot to me!
The initial pre-order of 100 units sale priced at $75 (instead of $99) has sold out now, but I have added another 100 units that still qualify for this 25% savings. This offer is only available while those quantities last, and will expire by February 10th.
To pre-order my video tutorial(s) at this special discounted price of $75 please go to: http://bulbexposures.com/le-video-tutorial/
Thank you and have a great weekend everyone!
The trailer for my upcoming 'Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography Techniques Video Workshop' has received 250 likes and over 10k views on youtube in less than a week.
I want to thank you all for your comments, emails and phone calls about it!
Oh, and the pre-order is almost sold out now - less than 20 copies of each video remain that qualify for the 25% discount (special pre-oder price is limited to the first 100 sales only).
I am working hard to put on the finishing touches, and hope to release the videos even before the promised date of February 15th and March 1st.
I am very pleased to announce a completely new kind of educational experience: The Virtual Workshop!
Fine-Art Landscape and Long Exposure Photography in Iceland. Join me for this journey May 21st - May 28th, 2014.
Here is how it works:
This May 21st - 28th, I will travel to Iceland and bring along not only his still photography equipment, but also several video cameras. You will be able to follow me along my travels each day, and see how I create my award-winning imagery step-by-step from start to finish.
I'll be wearing a video camera, as well as using additional video cameras, and I will talk you through every decision that goes into making an image, including (but not limted to), location choice, camera position and angle, lens choice, all camera settings, exposure, using ND filters (why and how) etc. In addition, I will also share my pre-planning strategies (such as finding a location, time of day for the shoot, angle of sun, tides etc).
Finally, I will bring the camera along to the digital darkroom and share with you each and all post production steps for each image. This task will be acomplished by recording a 'screencast' video right from my computer desktop.
I will be posting the videos, and image files, to a private (by inivitation only) online community created right here on google+ (specifically for this trip). Participants will not only be able to follow along my progress each day, you will also have the ability to ask questions and interact with me and with the other participants.
To read more about this unique 'virtual workshop' offering make sure to visit the following link:
Looking forward to taking you with me on this journey!
Very excited for this workshop with , coming up in a few short weeks!
This going to be a very exclusive and unique 2 day winter workshop held in Calgary.
Really looking forward to teaching this together with
Hope to see you all there!
For all details and online registrations, see this link:
I am incredibly excited to release my new 'workshop in a DVD' tutorial on Fine-Art Long Exposure Photography tomorrow!
That's only 24 hours away!
So here's your last chance to pre-order and save 25%. This special discounted price will be available until midnight on February 15th only. Price on February 16th will be $99.
For more info about my video tutorials please visit the following link:
Really looking forward to seeing you in early March for our upcoming 'Winter and Minimalist Photography' Workshop.
Welcome all to another edition of the #minimalmonday wrap up. I've been hard at work on the prints for the portfolio review I'm having in just a couple of weeks. Working on the leave behind now and it is stressing me out.
OK so let's move on to the wrap up.
My 'fav of the day' award goes this week to . Again a toss up between the first 2 on this list this week. I loved Adam's photo from the moment I saw it. It is a beautiful sensitive rendition of a gorgeous looking tree. With just the right amount of contrast and really good zone placement of the snow and the tree (here we go again about zones). It's a dynamic composition mostly thanks to the sloped visual horizon in the foreground. Nice atmospheric separation between foreground and background. Well done Adam. Hell of a way to show film is still relevant.
A super super close second was the photograph that added to the theme. Like he said, "it's an old shot". That doesn't matter. What does matter is the quality of this photograph and the pre-visualization that went into making it. Reading Marc's story, this was one of his 'seed' photographs. An 'aha' moment. Very nice photograph Marc.
I am also super proud and fortunate that Marc and I are planning our second workshop together in March. Here's to many many more.
And one of the participants is going to be who this week submitted a killer photograph. Again great tonal separation (due to atmospheric conditions) between foreground and background. But also great tonal relationships between that foreground and background. You instinctively know where to look thanks to the tonality in this photograph. Love the 4x5 crop (but I'm biased).
I am so happy I discovered (ADD HIM!). Frank uses a similar tonal separation technique to visually separate the subject from the background. Frank's shot is very dark. But again with a very clear focus point which sits on the baroque diagonal. Good off axis composition.
I enjoyed the intimate scene that submitted this week too. Again good diagonal composition. I like the reflection in the top part too. Tells a little more of the story that surrounds this square. I find it a little gray in the snow though. And a little empty in the blacks on the bottom. I think that Sarka (sorry I'm not doing all the crazy accents) was afraid to blow out the snow that this photograph got somewhat underexposed. There's about 15% of the histogram that goes unused. Use the complete range. It's OK. If you make it a bit whiter this photograph will really shimmer.
Then there is this photograph by . Rule of odds 1-0-1. Great visual equilibrium in this composition. And a great alternative to symmetry. Well seen. Masterfully presented.
And finally I wanted to share this photograph by . I'm a sucker for scenes like this. There is something that draws me into work like this. There's two things though I would do to make this 'better'. Crop it to 6x17 (ditch the bottom left rock) and clone out whatever is in the distance there (buoy?). This way the rock becomes the one subject in this photograph and it will lay close to the diagonal of this composition. Making it the real center piece it deserves to be. Great sight!
That's it for this week everyone. Some really nice work yet again. Congrats Adam! See you all next week.
For this week submission, I dug deep into my archives, and while doing so came across this image I took not far from my childhood home in Hamburg, Germany.
I took this image with a Rollei SL 66 back in 2000.
This image was, and still is, a very important image for me for mostly 2 reasons.
First, it was one of those images that made me realize the potential of photography and the 'power' each of us has to capture a unique image despite what the surroundings may look like.
In this case, the overexposure coupled with very simplified composition resulted in a arguably 'beautiful' image of a subject matter most people would simply walk by. This scene did not look photogenic at all, and I remember having high doubts whether it was worth shooting at all. But once I saw the negative, a light-bulb came on and I remember thinking: 'so that's what photographers are supposed to do', meaning transform an ordinary subject into something visually exciting. Since then I have failed many times achieving that same goal, but I know it sure is worth trying -)
Secondly, this image made me realize that long exposure techniques could be used to effectively eliminate distractions (such as moving boats) from your composition. I still had lots more to learn, but this was a small initial success and helped light the fire to continue shooting in this style.
- Vancouver Photo WorkshopsOwner/ Director, 2004 - present
Marc Koegel is a proud father of two, a photographer, educator, writer
and the director of Vancouver Photo Workshops LTD
His black and white long exposure landscapes, nudes and architectural photographs have been widely exhibited in Vancouver and internationally.
Born in Germany, Marc first came to Canada in 1996 to earn an Economics degree. He has been seriously involved with photography ever since he was given his father's camera and darkroom setup at the age of 12 (Yes I fit this stereotype).
To create his fine-art photographs, Marc works with both, film and digital processes.
See Marc's photography by visiting the following websites:
- Queen's UniversityEconomics