Tag Archives: landscape photography

  • Olympic National Park (with David Cobb) - Sept, 2014

    Where Clouds Diverge

    This workshop has filled. Contact David Cobb at the link below to be added to the waiting list.

    When: September 5-8, 2014

    Where: Olympic National Park, Washington

    Price: $400

    This workshop is part of David Cobb's Best of the Northwest workshop series.

    Information and Registration

    I will be teaming up with David Cobb as we explore the wild coastline of Washington's famous Olympic Peninsula. This workshop will concentrate on ocean scenics, dense moss-covered rainforests, spectacular beaches, and tidepools of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

  • Central Oregon Coast (with David Cobb) - April, 2015


    This workshop has filled. Contact David Cobb at the link below to be added to the waiting list.

    When: April 17-20, 2015

    Where: Based out of Yachats, Oregon

    Price: $425

    This workshop is part of David Cobb's Best of the Northwest workshop series.

    Information and Registration

    David Cobb and I will be sharing our favorite photography locations on Oregon's scenic central coast. We will visit lighthouses, harbors, dramatic seascapes, old-growth forests, and keep an eye out for marine life.

  • Eastern Sierra During the Season of Fall Color - Oct, 2015

    Landscape & Night Photography

    with Sean Bagshaw and Christian Heeb

    October 18 - 22, 2015

    Only one spot left!

    Presented by the Cascade Center of Photography
    More information, itinerary and registration

    Price: per person/private room $2450

    Workshop Includes

        • Transportation from and to Reno
        • Private accommodations
        • Entry fees and permits
        • Professional photography instruction and image reviews throughout

    Join Sean Bagshaw and Christian Heeb on a fantastic photographic journey to capture the treasures of the Eastern Sierra region of California during the season of fall colors. During the workshop we will visit stunning locations with jagged mountains, alpine lakes, yellow aspen, desert badlands, amazing geological formations, the oldest trees on earth and even a remote ghost town.

    This Photo Workshop will not only focus on daytime photography but night photography as well. Learn how to capture star illuminated landscapes, or give them a different feel with a little light painting. Among other topics, Sean will give a presentation on how to successfully take and develop night landscape photographs.

    About Christian Heeb: Christian is known worldwide for his stunning Photo images of scenic landscapes, lush environments as well as vibrant city scenes. He may be best known for his images of Native American People and has published over 130 coffee table books, countless calendars and numerous magazine articles. Christian has spent the last 25 years traveling the globe, over 5 continents and 70 different countries. His images, rich in color with a dramatic perspective, capture the flavor and splendor of each unique location. More at heebphoto.com


  • My Favorite Images of 2013

    Another wonderful year of traveling, exploring, searching, watching, waiting. These are the photographs I took in 2013 which are my favorites. Which is your favorite? (Each image can be viewed larger by clicking on it.)

    Lonely Coast. Late twilight on cliffs edge somewhere on the southern Oregon coast. March. Lonely Coast. Late twilight on a cliff edge somewhere along the southern Oregon coast.
    Fortuna-Falls March. La Fortuna Falls, Costa Rica.
    The-Mighty-and-The-Meek April. The Mighty and The Meek. Trillium growing in the shadow of a towering redwood.
    Tattered-and-Swift May. Tattered and Swift. Thunderstorms looming over Steens Mountain.
    Shadows-Call May. Shadows Call. Spring lupine beneath the stars in the Shasta Valley.
    Gates-of-the-Imnaha June. Gates of The Imnaha. Fleeting spring green in the Imnaha River Canyon.
    Reflection-Lake August. Reflection Lake. A classic sunrise view and reflection of Mt. Rainier.
    Two-Guardians-of-Cape-Arago September. Two Guardians of Cape Arago. Intricate sandstone formations on the Oregon coast illuminated by a fantastic sunrise event.
    Panther-Creek-Falls October. Panther Creek Falls. One of the most delicate and beautiful waterfalls in the Northwest.
    Stillness-and-Light October. Stillness and Light. Compelling geometry, light and color at one of Oregon's most loved landscape scenes.
    Golden November. Golden. A country road disappears into the colors, light and mists of fall in the Rogue Valley.
    Early-Winter December. Early Winters. Alpenglow light at dawn in the central Oregon Cascade Range.
    Sharpened-version December. Ice and Fire. Delicate ice and reflected sunrise light on the Crooked River after an early winter cold snap.


    December 31. The final hours of 2103 spent on the Oregon coast. December 31. End Of A Year. The final hours of 2103 spent on the Oregon coast.
  • Hawaii Big Island Photography Tour with David Cobb

    Big Island 8 Day All Inclusive Photography Tour presented by Destination:Earth

    Only 1 spot remaining!

    February 14th-21st 2014
    Price: $2,499.00 Double Occupancy

    Sharpened version

    More Information and Registration

    This privately guided green adventure to the Big Island will open your eyes to an exciting & magical Hawaii! Our adventure gives you a true sampling of the many faces of this magical land while letting you deeply connect with the people through photography and giving back, first hand.

    Photograph at stunning Waipio Valley
    Hike and Harvest at Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
    Swim in turtle filled lagoons
    Hike across 2 mile wide crater in Volcano National Park
    Photograph the sunset atop Mauna Kea Volcano-Hawaii's largest at 14,000 Feet
    Nightly photo reviews and critiques

    7 Nights Accommodations
    7 Breakfasts
    7 Lunches
    7 Dinners
    Ground transportation
    All Privatley guided tours & hikes
    Professional photography guiding, instruction and critiques
    Snorkel & Mask

  • Chasing Light - A Presentation at The Ashland Outdoor Store

    Join me on Thursday, November 21 at the Ashland Outdoor Store for an evening of images and stories. I will be sharing the vision and spirit of exploration that guides my search for rare light and dramatic landscapes as well as a glimpse into the techniques I use to create my photographs. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public. The Ashland Outdoor Store is located at 37 Third Street, Ashland, Oregon.
    Chasing Light [1.0]

  • Central Oregon Landscape Photography (With Zack Schnepf)

    Join Northwest landscape photographers Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf for an exciting and informative weekend photography workshop in Central Oregon.


    This workshop has filled. Contact the Cascade Center of Photography to be added to the waiting list.

    When: June 27, 28 & 29 2014

    Where: Cascade Center Of Photography, Bend, Oregon

    Price: $395

    Registration and more information

    Join northwest photographers and Photo Cascadia members, Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf to photograph the dramatic landscapes of Central Oregon. This weekend workshop will focus on landscape photography techniques at three different locations and also includes classroom image developing instruction.

    During the sessions in the field Sean and Zack will be on hand to help with various techniques including camera settings, depth of field, composition, high dynamic range exposures and understanding light. The field shoots will take place in the in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday and in the Evening on Saturday. Each day after the morning shoot the group will convene at the Cascade Center Of Photography for a lesson in the digital developing techniques Sean and Zack use to create their mastered fine art landscape images. This workshop will have a good balance of Photoshop instruction and shooting in the field. We will spend about three hours in the classroom each day. This includes time to work on your own images with guidance. Instructions will be done using Lightroom and Photoshop CS so bring a laptop.

    Vision of Light Presentation Friday June 27. Cascade Center Of Photography, 7pm doors open at 6:30pm

    The opening presentation of the landscape workshop is open to the public. Magical light in the landscape is elusive and difficult to capture, and yet is it the single most important element in a great landscape image. Sean and Zack will discuss their dedication to searching for, seeing and capturing light in the landscape to create their stunning images.They will be sharing some of their favorite rare light images and telling the back story of how each image was created.

  • Crater Lake (with Christian Heeb)


    When: August 2-3, 2014

    Price: $740

    Space is limited to 12 People so early booking is necessary to reserve your space

    This is a Cascade Center of Photography workshop. Click here for itinerary, more information and to register.

    Join Sean Bagshaw and Christian Heeb for a weekend of Landscape and Nature Photography at Oregon's crown jewel, Crater Lake National Park.


    This special workshop will take you to many compelling photography locations around the lake and also includes an introduction to night photography in one of America's most beautiful natural settings. Christian and Sean will be on hand to offer their years of experience to help you create your best images. Staying in the park will be a special experience and will provide us with excellent and easy access throughout our stay.

    This workshop is a great value and packs a lot into a weekend. It will begin and end at the Cascade Center of Photography in Bend. The price includes all ground transportation from Bend to Crater Lake and back, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast , 1 night accommodation at the Mazama Cabins in Crater Lake

    vidae-falls-webNational Park (based on double room occupancy), a classroom session on nature photography, a classroom session on image developing and full time professional photography instruction and technical support.

    Meetup Location: Cascade Center of Photography, 390 SW Columbia Street, Suite 110, Bend, Oregon. Google Map


  • Anatomy Of A Sunrise

    Have you seen the time lapse twilight and night photography of Terje Sorgjerd? In his film, The Arctic Light, he shares a gorgeous high speed chronology of extended magical twilight hours he finds in the far reaches of Norway. In the spring sunsets and sunrises at this latitude can last for many hours.

    Not counting people who live in such extreme latitudes as northern Norway, I don't think we get frequent chances to carefully study a magnificent twilight sky show these days. Many of us aren't awake and outside early enough in the morning to witness the sunrise. Much of our day in these modern times is spent indoors or within an urban landscape which significantly reduces how much time we spend viewing the sky. I have often noticed a faint warm glow coming through my east facing living room windows only to find I was missing a brilliant sunset in the sky to the west. Additionally, opportunities to linger in the twilight are commonly sacrificed to the pace of life, rushing from office to car with heads down or eating dinner while reading an iPad, sorting through junk mail and sending texts. Many of us can only remember a handful of times when chance and circumstance have enabled us to be in the right place at the right time to look up at the sky and be amazed.

    As an outdoor photographer I have learned to revel in the light at the edges of day. I devote many mornings and evenings to searching for the conditions that will allow me to have an exhilarating sunrise or sunset experience just one more time. The process of photographing at the edges of day motivates me to watch with great interest and concentration. Some sky shows last for mere seconds, while others will linger for many minutes, colors changing and moving around the sky. I can only imagine witnessing a twilight that lasts for many hours, such as the ones Terje records in Norway.

    Recently I came across a series of photographs I took during a spectacular sunrise in North Cascades National Park in Washington in the fall of 2010. It was one of those rare occasions in which the event played out over many minutes, allowing me to photograph it several times from slightly different vantage points. While I worked on each image individually I didn't notice how, as a series, they illustrate the anatomy and progression of light, color and pattern in a way that is hard to share any other way.

    This is how that morning unfolded. Chip Phillips, David Cobb and I had camped in a dense wood below Cascade Pass near Sahalie and Pelton peaks and the stunning Sahalie Arm trail. The night before we had been dismayed at the sight of a fallen climber's body being lifted out of the mountains on the end of a rope beneath a rescue helicopter. It was still replaying in my dreams when Chip rose at 3:00 AM with the intent of hiking high above the pass before sunrise. David left camp second, about an hour later. I was last out of camp and wasn't far up the trail when the sunrise light began to show itself.

    Cursing myself for sleeping too long, I made this photograph along the trail still low in the valley in near darkness. The first light was just beginning to illuminate the clouds and the dark features of the land. A long 15 second exposure at f/13 and ISO 640 recorded the dim landscape much brighter than it appeared to the eye. A second exposure of just 4 seconds captured a good exposure for the sky and the properly exposed areas of each were blended together using layer masking techniques.

    Aware that the best light would come rapidly and that I wasn't in the ideal location, I ran up the trail, stumbling in the dark and breathing hard. The color intensified and I frantically searched for something to anchor the foreground of my next photo. I found a small mountain ash tree turning red with the coming autumn. At the same time I noticed the stream in the valley beginning to reflect the red-orange of the warming sky. Radiant light reflecting off the undulating under surface of the clouds back lit the foliage making it appear to be glowing from within. This wide angle, vertical composition turned out to be my favorite from that morning. I titled it Unforgettable Fire and it is now part of my print collection.

    Satisfied that I had managed to take a good photo despite my late start I relaxed a bit. However, to my surprise, the color showed no signs of abating. I continued up the trail looking for other perspectives from which to photograph the scene. I scrambled around, struggling to find a composition as compelling as the last. While I didn't find another that felt as good, I kept stopping to shoot because the color in the sky continued to spread and intensify, accentuating the shapes in the clouds. In this image the brilliant reds and oranges overpower the rest of the scene.

    Further along my ascent of the pass the colors began to shift from deep reds to lighter oranges and yellows and cool light began to filter through the cloud layer from above.

    Finally, as the day brightened, the sun rose above the cloud layer. The under-lighting faded along with the color, leaving the clouds flat and gray from below but giving a glimpse of blue sky and higher clouds above.

    That morning, as well as many others, have become important and indelible parts of my consciousness. Through photography I have become better at being acutely present and attentive during such magical twilight events, making them that much richer, meaningful and memorable. Having the photographs as keepsakes gives me the opportunity to relive the experience and see it again in ways I wasn't able to as I witnessed it.

  • Trip Report: Photographing Oregon's Owyhee Country

    Malheur County may be one of the least known and least visited parts of Oregon. It is located in the extreme southeast corner of the state bordering Idaho and Nevada. Geographically it is one of the largest counties in Oregon with a total area of about 10,000 square miles, but it has one of the lowest population densities at just 3 people per square mile. Most of the population is centered around Ontario and Vale in the northern 15% of the county. Almost everything to the south is open range land managed by the BLM. There is just one paved road, Hwy 95, and one town, Jordan Valley.

    But out in the arid scrub and ranch land of Malheur County lies the Owyhee River. The Owyhee drains a remote area of the high desert plateau on the northern boundary of the Great Basin and flows northward to the Snake River. The various arms and tributaries of the Oywhee cut deep canyons through the Owyhee Plateau, many with vertical rock walls that in places can be over 1,000 feet deep. 120 miles of the Owyhee River Canyon were designated as Wild and Scenic in 1984.

    The southern reaches of the river can only be accessed by dirt roads, some fairly well maintained and others not more than jeep tracks. Even then there are just a handful of spots where it is possible to reach the river by vehicle. Most of the Owyhee and it's tributaries can only be explored by backpacking or rafting.

    People have been suggesting I check out the Owyhee country for years. As it is not along any usual route of travel and many hours from just about anywhere I had never visited this part of the state until this spring. I went to do some exploring and take some photos with fellow photographer, David Cobb, who had previously hiked and photographed portions of the river.

    Finishing the morning shoot at the Cliffs of Rome.

    I was absolutely drawn in by the beauty and scope of the canyons and the surrounding high desert. Along the drive south from Ontario the dirt road first takes you through Succor Creek Canyon which is just a small preview of what's to come, but very scenic in its own right.

    Succor Creek Canyon

    Leslie Gulch is the main attraction along the Lake Owyhee reservoir and provides the easiest access to the river in this area. Throughout the gulch and all along Lake Owyhee the rock spires and escarpments are very reminiscent of Smith Rock State Park only, as David says, “on steroids”. We explored the main Leslie Gulch road and made a couple of forays up side canyons. The area to the north known as the Honeycombs looks particularly enticing but can only be reached by backpacking in or taking a boat over from the west side of the lake.

    North of the town of Jordan Valley you can follow the Jordan Craters Road for about 30 miles into a large lava flow that originates at the Coffee Pot Crater.

    Coffee Pot Crater

    Spatter Cone at Jordan Craters

    View from inside a spatter cone

    Continuing on a side road from there you can wind your way down steep switchbacks and reach the river at the historic Birch Creek Ranch. This is one of the main takeouts for rafters floating the river.

    Cliffs at Birch Creek Ranch

    Birch Creek Ranch

    Southwest of Jordan Valley is the community of Rome. Near Rome there are several dirt roads that offer access to the river canyon as well as the nearby Cliffs of Rome and Chalk Basin further to the north.

    Pillars Of Rome

    South of Hwy 95 between Rome and Jordan Valley, Three Forks road makes it's way across about 30 miles of high desert to join the Owyhee River at Three Forks. David and I were glad to have my 4x4 for this road as we found it heavily rutted after winter rains. We also had to make about three creek crossings, the deepest of which engulfed my front bumper. From the map we saw that we could stop along the road a few miles north of Three Forks and hike out the the canyon rim. Photographing a roadless portion of the wild and scenic Owyhee at sunset sounded appealing, but after a few steps off the road we discovered ticks clinging to our pants. Despite giving David a serious case of the willies we continued on and were able to access a sweeping vista of the canyon before sundown. By the time we completed our hike back in the fading light we had found over 100 ticks between us! A strip search in the headlights revealed several more. I managed to find all of the ones on me, but David found several more lurking on him during the night and didn't get a wink of sleep.

    David trying to ignore the ticks

    Three Forks is a popular put-in for rafters and the presence of hot springs make it an attraction for others as well. My main interest in returning to Three Forks is that this is where the adventurous backpacker can access the branching web of the upper Owyhee Canyon and it's various tributaries. Radiating out from the Three Forks area are no less than six deep and narrow canyons including the Big Antelope, Louse and Middle Fork.

    While I was able to take some exciting photographs on this scouting trip I am excited to get back soon. Future trips will include spending several days rafting and photographing the Owyhee proper as well as doing some back country packing up the tributary canyons south of Three Forks.

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