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Inspirations – Marc Koegel

Posted in Art of Photography, Artistic Development, Inspirations with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2011 by sabrina

© Marc Koegel


Canon 5d Mark II 338 seconds at f/5.6 at 100 ISO with 16-35mm Ff/2.8 L @ 17mm

I shot this image as part of my Canada Prairies Series in September of 2010. This series of black and white photographs is geared to document the vanishing farm architecture of the region, focusing on old wooden grain elevators, farming equipment etc…Many of these structures are being taken down and demolished every day, and with them, a part of Canadian history is vanishing.

I have been photographing for this still evolving series for the past 2 years. Esthetically, I choose to work with wide-angle lenses, often with tilt and shift capabilities. Most of my images, including the one pictured, are assembled from multiple photographs merged into one large panorama. Using these techniques, I can achieve a perspective otherwise non-obtainable. It was important for me to show large sky areas, as these regions are often called the ‘lands of the living sky’. Furthermore, I utilize very long exposure techniques, which results in the dramatic cloud formations. Images are taken with exposure time of 5 to 30 minutes and longer, using very strong ND filtration. The long exposure technique captures the clouds in motion, but the structures remain still. Each image represents a fraction of time and thus history of each structure I capture. I hope it will do its part to conserve the all important memory of this region.

Images are captured in RAW and converted to black and white in Adobe Photoshop CS5. ~Marc Koegel


Inspirations – Marion Faria

Posted in Art of Photography, Inspirations, Photography Gear, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2011 by Darwin

©Marion Faria

I took this on a freezing cold afternoon at dusk at Ponagansett Dam. The sun was behind the spillway of the dam but shrouded in clouds so it gave me a nice even light. I used my Canon 70-200mm f4L with 4 stop ND as I sat in 2 feet of snow because I wanted to shoot from a low angle. I watched the ice covered rocks with water spilling onto them… and I was looking for the right feel of rock and water. It’s strange, but when I shoot, it seems I’m always waiting for the right ‘feeling’ about a composition coming together. And then something just clicks  while I am composing… something inside me says: yes, “this is what you want”.

I liked the way this image came together that day; it just felt right…the only thing I had to do as far as editing was to give it a slight blue tone. marion faria

Review of Singh-Ray’s Vari-N-Trio Filter

Posted in Filter, Instruction, Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2010 by Darwin

Over on the Singh-Ray blog I just published an article entitled Singh-Ray’s Trio of Variable Density filters: Which one is Right for You? In this article I show how each of the three variable ND filters perform when shooting the exact same scene. If you ever wondered about which variable ND filter is right for you, then this article will help you decide.

©Darwin Wiggett

Weekly Photo – November 26

Posted in Photography Gear, TCBlog, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2010 by Darwin


©Darwin Wiggett

This is an image of the Mistaya River in Banff National Park during the November Fire and Ice Photo Tour. For this photo I used my Canon EOS-1ds Mark III and a Sigma120-400mm lens to make an extractive landscape photo of the ice formations on the river. I used my new Singh-Ray Vari-N-Trio (ND+polarizer+color enhancer) to give me a 30 second exposure at 16 during bright overcast. I like how the Vari-N-Trio brought out the colours of the greenish water and the reddish-brown rocks. To see a larger version just click on the photo.

The Daily Snap – October 19

Posted in The Daily Snap with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2010 by Darwin

©Darwin Wiggett

Tangle Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta – Canon G11, longer shutter speed using the built in ND filter in the camera.