S E A S C A P E S
The marine coasts — the edge of land and sea — are some of Earth’s most photogenic environments. There’s so much going on here:
the ever-changing weather and light, the rugged topography, patterns created by incoming waves and outgoing wash, water rushing
around sea shells and rocks, reflections on the wet sands. Marine life abounds, in tidal pools and in the air. The coasts also include
distinct areas: the surf zone, beaches, dunes, marshes, tidal estuaries, fishing villages and boat-filled harbors.
This presentation, for photographers of all levels, will be an in-depth look at the possibilities, tips and techniques for
photographing the coasts:
• Reading weather and using light creatively
• Creating images with mood and atmosphere
• Shooting at sunrise, sunset, twilight and at night
• Research and pre-planning – tidal charts, apps and maps
• Shooting at low tide
• Great foreground subjects – sea stacks, peninsulas, patterns on the beaches and in the water, wildlife
• Shooting waves – experimenting with various shutter speeds for best textures and look, timing their crashing on the coastline
• The artistry of long exposures - using neutral density filters and polarizers
• Blending multiple exposures - for exposure latitude, image resolution, creating panoramas, and focus stacking
• Blending textures for artistic impression
• Capturing the essence of coastal life - lighthouses, boats, harbors and seaports
The coasts are places of motion, and as such, are conducive to shooting time-lapse sequences and movies, by day and night. Storm
fronts roll in, clouds race overhead, light washes over the landscape; waves crash against rocks and roll onto the beaches, lighthouse
lights revolve, stars arc across the night sky. I’ll cover the specifics of shooting and processing time-lapse movies.
Power-packed with information on field techniques, equipment recommendations and use, and processing tips, this brand new
presentation will feature still images, video, time lapses, narration and some music — to help photographers create images that
convey the power of the seas and the beauty, charm and character of coastlines.
Innovative Night imagery: Beyond the Milky Way
Night photography remains a red-hot topic. Many NFRCC members have been exposed to it and want to learn more. To that end,
I propose this entirely new presentation, beneficial for all skill levels.
This presentation — with still images, time-lapse sequences, inspirational music and narration — will cover groundbreaking techniques
that go beyond making traditional images of star trails and the Milky Way to expand photographers’ repertoire and capture many other
aspects that make the night so exquisitely beautiful.
Using new and advanced techniques to render detail in both the landscape and night sky, I’ve been creating cutting-edge nocturnal
images. These include time-lapse intervals of the moon’s trajectory across the night sky, panoramas encompassing the star-filled heavens
and the long bow of the Milky Way, long exposures of the northern lights, and numerous meteors of a meteor shower. My time-lapse
movies show stars and planets arcing across the heavens, and vehicle lights careening through
I’ll show new images and go in-depth on strategies and techniques for:
• Photographing the landscape in relation to the stars, moon, meteors, northern lights and other celestial objects
• Determining nighttime exposures
• Focusing in the dark
• Reducing noise in-camera and in processing
• Combining separate exposures for the night sky and the landscape
• Shooting and stacking multiple exposures to expand depth of field and reduce noise
• Shooting time interval sequences of the moon
• Painting with artificial light
• Processing night images with Lightroom, Photoshop, StarStax, layer masks, luminosity masks, and more. I’ll also cover the software used to create star circles,
timed intervals, night panoramas, and time-lapse movies.
Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes
Shooting and blending multiple exposures has revolutionized my landscape photography. Through these techniques photographers can
push the bounds of what’s possible to capture with a camera, achieving results closer to how we envision them than a single exposure
could, and opening opportunities for capturing “never-before-possible” images.
By shooting multiple exposures in the field and combining them in-camera or in the digital darkroom, photographers can extend
exposure latitude, depth of field and camera resolution. State-of-the-art software including Photoshop and Lightroom CC, PT Gui,
Photomatix, StarStax, and others offer powerful options for compositing these images quickly and seamlessly.
In this new presentation, designed for both amateur and seasoned shooters, I explain the many benefits of blending multiple
exposures, and when and how to shoot them — to go beyond the ordinary and realize the enormous potential of landscape imagery.
I’ll cover field techniques, equipment, and the software used to produce numerous types of multi-shot compositions:
• Layer masks, luminosity masks, and HDR’s for expanding exposure latitude
• Focus stacking for extreme depth of field
• HDR panoramas and multi-row panoramas for expanding exposure range and resolution
• Time interval and time-lapse sequences
The Making Of... Great Landscape Images
Using exemplary landscape image examples, I’ll cover the thought processes, principles, and techniques I used to create them — from
the initial scouting and conceptualization, to the image capture and final processing. They will convey how photographers of all skill
levels can enhance their landscape imagery throughout the entire creative process:
• Scouting: For each example, I’ll discuss my research and pre-planning, and how I went about finding the subject matter.
• Conceptualization: I’ll show initial overall views of scenes, then how I winnowed down the subject matter to the final
composition. The importance of vantage point, purposeful composition, reading and using the light, lens selection, and use of
color and tonal palette will be stressed.
• Image Capture: Determination of exposure and the focus point. I’ll discuss why the chosen shutter speed, aperture and ISO
settings were used, how to confirm exposure using the histogram, why and how I may have shot multiple exposures for later
blending, and how I chose the focus point, or multiple focus points for maximum depth of field.
• Processing Workflow: I’ll discuss how I optimized each image with a final goal in mind, using Lightroom, Photoshop, and
other specialized software. I’ll cover how to analyze an image for optimization, how to manage an image’s exposure and
contrast, and how to accentuate forms and shapes to lead viewers’ through an image. I’ll also examine blending multiple
exposures with layer masks and luminosity masks, and performing focus stacking.
Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer, teacher and much sought after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books, on calendars and posters, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains and In Stoddard’s Footsteps: The Adirondacks Then & Now, have become landmark regional publications. They were followed by The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. He is a specialist in night photography and has produced two comprehensive e-books on the subject: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night, and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example. Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads photography workshops and seminars for camera clubs and other groups.