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  • Exploring Croatia - October 2017



    October 9-15, 2017 (with David Cobb)

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    Guided by renowned Slovenian photographer, Luka Esenko, we will begin in the capitol city of Zagreb to explore its medieval and Austro-Hungarian architecture. Next we will head to the spectacular Plivitce Lakes National Park for fall color and stunning scenery of deep gorges and hundreds of waterfalls running through the lakes district. Next up will be the stunningly beautiful Istrian peninsula where we will photograph the dramatic coastline and ancient cities along the shore—also heading into the nearby wine growing hill country.

    There is a maximum of 13 people for this trip. Full price is $2,975. This includes transportation within Croatia, daily meals, and lodging.

    Click here to register or reserve a spot.

    Want to sign up for both Croatia & Slovenia? Click here. The Combined trip is $5,475



  • Tangerine Dream - Badwater, Death Valley


    The rain this winter allowed a thin layer of water to pool on the Badwater salt flat in Death Valley National Park. Zack, David and I spent the twilight hour exploring the patterns, reflections and glowing light one evening on our recent road trip. The next day my shoes were completely encased in a crusty rime of salt. For scale, if you look closely you may see another photographer out in the water toward the horizon.

    Canon 5DMK4, 22mm, polarizer, 1 second, f/16, ISO 100. The expanded dynamic range of the 5DMK4 allowed me to capture this scene in a single exposure quite easily. The dynamic range wasn't extreme, but too much to get it all in one exposure with good shadow quality on the 5DMK3.

  • "Frost Light" - Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite Falls resplendent in frost and glancing morning sun with the valley still shrouded in shadow. I took this while out on road trip with my good buds, David Cobb and Zack Schnepf last week. We shacked up in the Falcon for seven days. More bad jokes, laughing and flatulence than most people could handle.

    Canon 5D MK4, 47mm, polarizer, 1/20 second, f/11, ISO 100.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Photo Cascadia Reception


    Location: The Cascade Center of Photography

    December 14th, 6-8pm

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    Come hang out with the members of Photo Cascadia at a reception at the Cascade Center of Photography. Photo Cascadia consists of six of the top northwest landscape photographers: Chip Phillips, Adrian Klein, David Cobb, Zach Schnepf, Kevin McNeal and Sean Bagshaw. We are all from the Pacific Northwest and share the common interest of photographing the striking beauty of the outdoors, especially the Northwestern United States. It's rare that all six photographers are together in one place.

    Come meet the whole team at the Cascade Center of Photography, 390 SW Columbia Street, Suite 110, Bend, Oregon.

    No registration necessary.

  • Vision of Light Presentation (with Zack Schnepf)

    Autumn-Sunrise-on-the-Deschutes-RiverFriday June 27 2014, 7pm

    Location: Cascade Center of Photography

    390 SW Columbia Street, Suite 110, Bend, Oregon.

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    Doors open at 6:30pm

    Sean Bagshaw and Zack Schnepf will present a slide show of their images at the Cascade Center Of Photography. 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.

    Sign up for the Central Oregon Landscape Photography Workshop with Sean and Zack on June 28 & 29

    Limited space, seat reservation only for workshop participants.

  • 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.

  • 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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