Photos and Explorations

August 20, 2015

Star Trails over Clarno

<a href="/images/craft/star-trails-over-clarno-large.jpg"></a>Hazy atmospherics, thanks to drifting smoke in and around the Clarno Unit of the <a href="">John Day Fossil Beds National Monument</a>, added a l...

May 12, 2015

Granary, Chandon

<a href="/images/craft/chandon-granary-large.jpg"></a>Following the annual gathering of the <a href="">Oregon Natural Desert Association</a> (ONDA), I took advantage of my location to drive up to the little towns of Chandon a...

April 28, 2015

Written in Stone

<a href="/images/craft/written-in-stone-large.jpg"></a>Rain reveals little histories written in stone....

January 24, 2015

Irrigation Pipes

<a href="/images/craft/pastel-irrigation-pipes-large.jpg"></a>Since moving to Bend, Oregon, road trips to California pass through some lovely farm country northeast of Mt. Shasta. Along a stretch, a field of old weathered irrigation pipes l...

November 22, 2014

Pine Creek Reflections

<a href="/images/craft/pine-creek-reflections-large.jpg"></a>Recent hard freezes and wind have encouraged the leaves to drop off trees like rocks, abruptly concluding the fall color season here. And, as with all transitions, new opportuniti...

October 29, 2014

California Granary

<a href="/images/craft/wheat-granary-large.jpg"></a>One of the unforeseen developments in my move to Bend, Oregon was the discovery of these amazing rice and wheat granaries along the I-5 corridor of Northern California. While using similar...

October 21, 2014

Water Play

<a href="/images/craft/water-ripples-zion-large.jpg"></a> I love the interplay of light and water. I've made "classic" long exposure film images like <a href="">Velvet Reflections</a> an...

October 17, 2014

The Well Positioned Camera

<a href="/images/craft/camera-position-is-everything-large.jpg"></a> Position is everything. You can have an amazing subject, amazing light, and an amazing camera that you spent an amazing amount of money on but, when it comes to release th...

October 13, 2014

Water Reflects Stone

<a href="/images/craft/water-reflects-stone-large.jpg"></a>Water reflects stone.Stone reflects water. I spent a good 20 minutes musing on a zen-like statement for this image. Once I came up with it, it seemed obvious. Despite its official d...

September 12, 2014

Palouse Granary

<a href="/images/craft/palouse-granary-001-large.jpg"></a>My previous Oregon Granary post inspired me to cycle back through images made in 2013 when I spent a few days exploring the <a href="">Palouse</a> in and a...

September 4, 2014

Oregon Granary Stack

<a href="/images/craft/granary-stack-007-large.jpg"></a>While the bulk of my efforts these days is focused on film photography and <a href="/ilfochrome/" title="Ilfochrome">Ilfochrome printing</a>, I've been, when circumstances allow, worki...

November 21, 2012

Death Valley Star Trails

<a href="/images/craft/death-valley-star-trails-large.jpg"></a>My annual return trips from Zion are usually a boring 10 hour drive through Las Vegas, Barstow, Bakersfield, and the San Joaquin Valley. But this year, I decided to mix it up wi...

November 16, 2012

Bighorn Sheep

<a href="/images/craft/zion-bighorn-sheep-large.jpg"></a>My favorite "<a href="">even-toed ungulates</a>" of Zion are the bighorn sheep. I was up canyon and up wind when rounded a bend an...

October 26, 2012

Zion Magic

<a href="/images/craft/leaves-in-oily-water-large.jpg"></a>Back in Zion. Like visiting an old friend. I learn a little more of her nuances each year. But the mysterious power of this place never ceases to humble and amaze me. The leaves her...

October 15, 2012

The Gift of the Unexpected

<a href="/images/craft/leaves-and-raindrops-large.jpg"></a>Last Thursday, I headed into the Sierra Nevada for a rendezvous with friends at Twin Lakes, near Bridgeport, California. On the way through Yosemite, over Tioga Pass, I was greeted ...

September 27, 2012

Abstraction - Bristlecone Pine

<a href="/images/craft/bristlecone-pine-detail-large.jpg"></a>Abstraction can be a very powerful (and fun) theme to use in your photography. But to be successful, it should be done with purpose. Successful compositions are no less easy. Do ...

September 17, 2012

Lightning, White Mountains

<a href="/images/craft/lightning-whites-mountains-large.jpg"></a>On a recent trip to the White Mountains of California, I had the opportunity to test out a new accessory for my Nikon D800e, a <a href="


Photography is not easy. You know it takes a painter or a sculpture or a musician years to perfect their technique. Then they're free to make an expression in a matter of moments. It takes moments for a photographer to perfect his technique. And then it takes years for him to make it into something that is truly creative and worthwhile.

Paul Caponigro