Moments of Inspiration & Revelation

Featuring the best of my latest still images, time-lapse sequences and video, I’ll share insights and techniques gleaned during moments of inspiration and revelation, that viewers can use to dramatically improve their own imagery.  Inspiration — when events coalesced to create heartfelt imagery, and revelation — when, in the light of personal discovery, I came across a specific strategy or technique of remarkable artistic effect.

With grand landscapes and more intimate scenes, captured day and night, I’ll share the thought processes and field craft that took them to another level, including:

Lessons in the Art of Seeing

Possibilities presented under specific weather & lighting conditions

Using light and shadow to add depth and drama

Articulating what we perceive and feel, then transferring that into imagery

Compositional choices – visual flow, image design, compelling vantage points

Exploring with telephoto lenses

White balance selection

Color and textural contrasts

Enhancing landscape colors with pure whites and blacks

Fall foliage – converting the brilliant colors to black and white

What video and time-lapse can teach us about shooting stills

Painterly landscapes using impressionistic techniques, in-camera and beyond

Sometimes inspiration comes in post-production.  I’ll share processing lessons on creating a light path to guide viewers’ eyes, artistic dodging and burning, selective color and contrast control, and more.

An ambitious project.  A monumental presentation.  Fresh.  Creative.  Informative.

To debut at the NECCC Conference in July 2021.


The Art of Photographing Trees & Woods

In celebration of the majesty of trees — in forests and as solitary specimens — this project examines

in-depth the fine art of seeing and photographing these magnificent life forms.

Trees are primarily colonizers, but finding and photographing solitary specimens expands the creative potential.  They can be symbolic of ideals and emotions — the resilience of Life, the loneliness of a solitary existence, or the triumph of persevering against the odds.

It is commonly thought that to photograph forests well, one has to make order out of the chaos.  That's true, but there’s so much more to artfully portraying trees.  I’ll delve deep into seeing creative possibilities, the art of composing to accentuate lines, forms, textures and patterns, the strategy of photographing along the edges of woods, and the benefits of converting images to black and white.  I’ll illustrate the influence of weather, especially rain and fog, and the artistic possibilities presented in different seasons and lighting conditions.  I’ll also examine how lakes, ponds, streams and waterfalls, can double the beauty through reflection and provide the element of motion.

The ultimate goal is to create images of mood and atmosphere, as found in forests themselves.

Planned for release in early 2021.

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I'm now booking presentations of these groundbreaking projects.

For more information and to schedule an event, please contact me.


In 2020 I extended my original Finding November project with the goal of looking beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover the month's hidden beauty.  Again, it would be an exercise in the Art of Seeing and enhancing my craft.  I shot every day of the month — still images, time-lapse and video — and recorded my impressions while fresh.  As before, November continually surprised me with unexpected subjects in inspired light and circumstances.  The results are truly fascinating.  The project now swings into post-production.  Stay tuned for the launch, likely in several forms, and experience this remarkable time as never before...

Planned for release in early 2021.


Mark Bowie


Adirondack Photography Institute


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