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Mark Bowie

mbowiephoto@gmail.com

413-442-9125

Adirondack Photography Institute

www.adkpi.org

518-478-8592

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Inspiration & Revelation Blog

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PRESENTATIONS

Informative.  Entertaining.  Inspiring.  Designed with a high production value.

 

Blending incredible imagery with insightful narrative, I'm a much sought-after public speaker.  I've been honored to do keynote addresses, presentations and seminars for conferences, camera clubs, private groups and charitable events.  My current presentation schedule is listed below.  I'll also be doing public multimedia presentations and book signings.  This section is updated as events are scheduled, so please visit again.

To inquire about a presentation for your group, contact me.

I'm proud to be sponsored by Hunt's Photo & Video and the Adirondack Photography Institute.

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

March 21 - 22, 2020

April 29, 2020

April 30, 2020

May 4 - 5, 2020

July 17 - 19, 2020

Two Rivers Photography Club

One-Day Seminar, Image Critique

Merrimack Valley Camera Club

Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes

Merrimack Valley Camera Club

Night photography field session

Simsbury Camera Club

Presentation, Night photography field session

75th NECCC Conference

LANDSCAPES: Moments of Inspiration & Revelation

MOONLIT: The Art of Photographing by Moonlight

Innovative Night Image Processing 

Binghamton, NY

72 Elm St.

North Andover, MA

Venue to be Announced

Simsbury Public Library

725 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT

UMass Amherst

Amherst, MA

 
Host a Presentation

I'm now booking presentations of the following programs, including the spectacular new MOONLIT presentation.

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

 
PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS

I'm currently offering the following presentations.  To learn about projects in the works, visit the In Production page. 

MOONLIT

The Art of Photographing by Moonlight

Unbelievably beautiful... otherworldly... Moonlight on the landscape opens profound creative possibilities for night photographers.  It provides fill light, outlines details, and adds ambience and mystery.

This multimedia presentation features still images, time-lapse sequences, audio and video, accompanied by inspired narration. It's an in-depth exploration of a largely-disregarded facet of night photography — shooting under all phases of the moon.  Learn the technical details of calculating exposure, achieving critical focus, shooting time intervals, and much more.  And learn to see the creative possibilities of photographing the moonlit landscape.

Recently Premiered!

CELESTIAL NIGHTSCAPES

State-of-the-Art Imaging

With still images, time-lapse sequences and video, this presentation covers the latest techniques for capturing many celestial objects and phenomena in relation to the earthbound landscape.  New equipment and refined processing techniques are allowing photographers to push the bounds of what’s possible to capture in the deep dark of night.  I'll take you beyond making traditional images of the stars and Milky Way to expand your nocturnal repertoire and create heavenly nightscapes.

INNOVATIVE NIGHT

IMAGE PROCESSING

Featuring live demonstrations of the latest techniques for processing night images in Lightroom and Photoshop CC, Starry Landscape Stacker, StarStax and more.   I discuss the field techniques required to generate the images, then in post-production, demonstrate how to:

 

Blend separate exposures for detail in both the night sky and the landscape, via layer masking, and by creating

high dynamic range images.  

 

Reduce noise by blending multiple exposures

 

Expand depth of field through focus stacking

 

Merge multiple exposures to create star trails and circles, panoramas of the night sky and Milky Way, and timed intervals of the moon 

 

Merge separate images of lighthouse beams to create one with beams radiating out in different directions

 

Reveal colorful nebulae and galaxies

 

Create incredible time-lapse movies of the stars and planets traversing the cosmos.

 

Learn to capture the mystery and wonder of the celestial heavens and elevate your night imagery to the extraordinary.

The latest processing techniques for a variety of night imagery. 

ENVISION

The Art of Seeing Creatively

Learning to use our powers of observation — to envision an image in the mind’s eye — is a life-long learning process that can elevate our imagery to ever-higher levels.  With compelling still images, time-lapse sequences and video, I cover field strategies for looking deeper, working with a wide range of weather, light and subject matter.  I discuss seeing subjects not only for what they are, but what they can be.  I also examine how to truly see, then transfer what we envision into a strong image by refining subject placement, using lines, form and detail, colors and tones to create interesting compositions.  With example image sequences I relate how my thought processes and compositional choices evolved from the initial appeal to the final results — images with heart that resonate deep within us.

FINDING NOVEMBER

​In 2015 I undertook a self-assigned project to photograph November, staying close to home in western New England and northern New York State.  I was out nearly every day — anytime from predawn to night — making images and recording my impressions.  My goal was to look beyond the bare trees and gray skies to discover November’s hidden beauty.  It became a very personal project, an exercise in the art of seeing and improving my craft.

 

This presentation is a learning experience for all — photographers and non-photographers alike.  It reveals the depth and character of the month, and the treasures to be found by looking deeper.

COMPELLING LANDSCAPES

The Journey of Discovery

​In this presentation — designed for photographers of all skill levels — I share how to create special landscape images by using the camera as a vehicle for discovery.  With example images from a variety of landscapes, shot in different weather and lighting conditions, I illustrate how “looking deeper” guided me to ever better results and new discoveries.  I relate how the camera led me beyond my presuppositions to unforeseen compositions and vantage points, how it suggested when to re-visit a scene to see how subjects might be rendered at different times of day or in different light, how it helped me hone in on subjects and refine compositions, and how by eliminating distractions, we become more attune to color and shapes, patterns and textures.

 

By letting the camera guide us as we chase light, we become better artists, with a deeper understanding into the creative possibilities of Nature’s ever-changing beauty.

MULTIPLE EXPOSURES

FOR

MAXIMUM LANDSCAPES

​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. We 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.

In this popular program, I cover the field techniques, camera settings and state-of-the-art software used to produce many types of multi-shot composites:

Layer masks and HDR’s for expanding exposure latitude

Focus stacking for extreme depth of field

Panoramas and HDR panoramas for expanding          exposure range and resolution

Time interval and time-lapse sequences

SEASCAPES

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, reflections on the wet sands.  Marine life abounds, in tidal pools and in the air.

 

I provide an in-depth look at the photographic possibilities of shooting the coasts, with tips and techniques on reading weather and using light creatively, rendering mood and atmosphere, shooting at different times of day and into the night.  I discuss the benefits of shooting at low tide, finding compelling foreground subjects, strategies for shooting waves, and the artistry of long exposures.

The coasts are places of motion, ideal for shooting time-lapse sequences; I cover both field technique and processing.  Power-packed with information on fieldcraft, equipment recommendations, and processing tips, this presentation will help photographers create images that convey the power of the seas and the beauty, charm and character of coastlines.

IN STODDARD'S FOOTSTEPS

In a career spanning the settling of the Adirondack wilderness, the heyday of the guide, the steamship, and the grand hotel, pioneer photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard produced more than 8,000 images of the evolving landscape — the largest documentary record of late nineteenth century life in the region. More than a century later, I literally followed in his footsteps, faithfully re-photographing the exact locations he visited. This program offers a behind-the-scenes look at how I re-created many of Seneca Ray's classic images, with side-by-side comparisons and historical accounts, noting changes in the landscape and its people in the last 100-125 years. The results are fascinating, sometimes surprising, in every case, illuminating.

This image in loving memory of Bill Frenette.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC  WORK OF RICHARD DEAN

​Hailed as the “dean of Adirondack photographers”, Richard Dean produced the largest collection of Adirondack images in existence. He shot hundreds of thousands of pictures of resort villages, hotels, lodges, stores, restaurants, tourist attractions and people. This tribute to my grandfather, featuring many of his classic images from the 1940's to the 1990's, also recounts personal anecdotes of the man behind the lens.