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  • Grants Pass Presentation: Photographing and Developing for High Dynamic Range

    Grants Pass Camera Club Third Wednesday Meeting

    First Christian Church Fellowship Hall
    305 SW H St Grants Pass, OR

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7 - 9 pm

    Presentation: Photographing and Developing For High Dynamic Range free and open to the public

    Club website and contact


    A common occurrence when photographing the landscape is that our images don't match what we saw. The brighter areas in an image may be completely overexposed or shadow areas may appear totally black. This is because the dynamic range, or contrast, we encounter in nature is often at the edge of or beyond what our cameras can record in a single exposure. Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome challenges of high dynamic range light, both in the camera and in developing. Sean's presentation will look at different types of natural light, how to evaluate the dynamic range in a scene and several techniques for controlling the dynamic range in your images.

  • My Favorite Photographs From 2014

    As 2014 draws down to it's final day, I'm reminded that it is time to write this once yearly article and share my favorite images from the last 12 months. All credit actually must go to Jim Goldstein, who for the past eight years has curated his now famous and highly anticipated Best Photos project. Every year Jim invites photographers from around the world to look back at their year, reflect on their images and agonizingly select just a few that feel significant. Over 300 photographers contributed last year alone. The 2014 edition will come out the week after New Years and the previous seven editions of The Best Of articles are always available on Jim's blog.

    It is a great tradition on many levels. Looking back at one's work over an entire year is a valuable exercise for a photographer. It is a challenge to look through hundreds, or thousands, of images and decide which ones call out for a closer look, remind us of memorable moments, mark milestones or communicate something that will impact others. Being included in Jim's list is also a fun way to participate in the photographic community, contribute to the growing interest in photography as an art form and connect with other like minded people who share a passion for outdoor photography. Furthermore, I look forward to spending a good evening, or three, exploring the photography of others who contribute their year's best. Every year I am introduced to compelling imagery by people I wouldn't otherwise know about and I learn from and get inspired by the creativity and adventurous spirit of others.

    Without further rambling, I present my favorite photographs (and some short narration to go with them) from 2014. I hope you enjoy and I wish you many life affirming adventures in 2015! Please share which ones you like best, or anything else for that matter, in the comments below. (You can click on images if you would like to view them larger)


    Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Big Island of Hawaii


    I enjoy the warm, saturated light, the symmetry of the rocks and the dynamic water motion in this scene I found just hours after arriving on the Big Island of Hawaii in February.

    Hala Trees, Waipio Valley, Big Island of Hawaii

    Hala Trees

    I was fascinated by the Seussian character of this forest in the Waipio Valley on Hawaii. Intrigued by the shapes, tones and subtle light, I chose to showcase these features and go without color.

    Lands End

    Land's End

    The rugged coastline of Southern Oregon is some of the most dramatic on the planet as far as I'm concerned. One evening in March, after many previous visits to this spot, David Cobb and I were treated to a sunset that helped convey its beauty in a photograph. I particularly like the tree on the headland in the distance.

    Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta Revisited, Shasta Valley, California

    Lunar Eclipse Revisited

    In 2007 I first photographed a lunar eclipse over Mt. Shasta. Since then my technique and equipment have improved but I had been waiting for a chance to revisit the theme. My opportunity finally came in April, with a total lunar eclipse on a cloudless night.

    Now Comes Spring

    Now Comes Spring

    Lupine may be my favorite flower on the earth so this meadow took my breath away. When I saw the sun sinking through a layer of thin clouds I knew the conditions for photographing the lupine with back light would be optimal. Their slender height makes them very challenging to photograph since the slightest breeze sets them swaying.


    The Gift Tree

    My favorite rhododendron in my favorite redwood grove. Myself and others have photographed it many times, but one evening in May all the elements for magic came together: flowers, light fog and soft, warm light from the setting sun.

    Storybook Land, Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Storybook Land

    Slovenia is perhaps the most picturesque small country I have visited, with craggy Alps, lakes, medieval villages, castles, church spires, waterfalls, canyons and enchanted forests. My childhood storybook vision played out in front of my camera one morning at Lake Bled.



    Piran is a classic walled village on Slovenia's coast. At night, light, shadow, color, setting and mood all play together. Through my camera I was transported to a past time.


    Autumn Thunder

    Zack Schnepf and I were constantly on the job in Colorado during the fall this year. Out of all the memorable scenes we photographed on that trip, this sunset storm light in the Gothic Valley near Crested Butte stands out.



    Aspen trees, in addition to having brilliant fall color, have a cartoonish, human quality. To me this grove looked like a group of old friends getting together.


    True Grit

    Another spectacular light show in the mountains of Colorado. The quality of light combined with the dramatic peaks, dusting of snow and yellow aspen made this one of the best outdoor visual experiences I had all year.

  • 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


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