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Here's a look back at some of my favorite frames from 2014. Thanks for all your support this year!
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Truckee metal fabricator Justin Self of Fusion Metal Crafters asked me to make a portrait of him using his great-grandfather's anvil. Justin is the fourth generation metal worker making drawer pulls and other decor items in his artisanal shop. He told me he is "banging out the future on a piece of the past."
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A wonderful photo and a wonderful tradition, long may it continue.
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I haven't photographed the East Shore of Lake Tahoe in over a year, which is a real shame because it's only a twenty minute drive from my house. 

The sunset Monday night was easily one of the most spectacular ones I have ever witnessed here in Tahoe. I was literally jumping up and down as I saw the images on my LCD. My wife thought I was crazy....and she's right!

This image is a result of two GND filters, a circular polarizer, and a 0.9 ND filter.
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Well done.  I remember Tahoe in the late 50's and 60's.  Such a beautiful place!
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2013 is here, so I thought I would put together a little retrospective on 2012 before it fades away....huge thanks to everyone who made this year possible for me, here's to a healthy and productive 2013 for everyone.
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Moonlight paints the fume and low clouds with purple glow above the Halema`uma`u vent at the summit of Hawaii`'s Kilauea volcano. Heading back to California after a great few weeks seeing family and shooting in the Islands. 
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You shoot guns that's okay is very beautiful out there would that be by the California state line?
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Happy Friday! It's a very foggy morning in Truckee, what's the start of the day look like where you are? #foggyfriday   #foggymorning   #landscapephotography   #sunrisephotography   #truckee  
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Beautiful
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It took me two trips over two years to find this petroglyph panel, and I was beside myself when I finally found it. Growing up in Hawai`i, petroglyphs are a very special treat, and this was one of the most amazing examples of the artform I have ever seen, possibly as old as 8,000 years. As there was a new moon, we resorted to subtle light painting. One day soon i will return when the center of our galaxy is a bit higher in the sky and there is some soft moonlight to have another night at this special spot. #nightphotography   #nightphotographyfriday, #nightscapes   #astrophotography   #petroglyphs   #landscapephotography  
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Wonderful image and story... thanks!
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Here's five hours of stars from remote High Rock canyon in northwestern Nevada. 57 five-minute exposures were combined to create this one image. 
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I take a lot of pictures of the milky way. It's one of my favorite thing to do: sit in the middle of nowhere in the pitch dark on top of a mountain and stare up into space and try to begin to comprehend what it is that I am looking at. I want to share with you this shot of our galaxy that I made last Monday night in the Ansel Adams wilderness because I can't believe how it turned out. I dragged my tripod and an f/1.4 wide angle lens with me to suck in as much starlight as possible, and this is the ridiculousness that ensued. 


The brown/tan colors of the Milky Way are actually insterstellar dust, and the colors around the galaxy are airglow from ions high in the troposphere being excited into releasing photons at different wavelengths by solar radiation. 


The photo itself is a combination of one exposure for the stars at ISO 5,000, f/1.6, 20 seconds, and one exposure for the mountains (Lava Mountain Peaks) at ISO 8,000, 30 seconds. There was a new moon that night, and the high alpine bowl of mountains that I was in shielded almost all light pollution from the sky. I added some contrast to the sky with a curves adjustment layer to bring the darker parts of the sky back to black, but that's it in terms of "post." Shooting the night sky at such high ISO values brings in too much reflected starlight from dust in the atmosphere so you have to knock it back by adding contrast to achieve a "realistic" result. Hope you enjoy!
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This pic is soooo amazing! 
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I haven't posted here on G+ in quite some time....but thankfully I've been to a lot of places in the last few months. Here is a shot of the incredible Aurora Borealis in the sky above the bridge over Landbrotsvötn near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland from early March. 
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Really well done!
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Flourescent minerals sparkle on mine tailings under the Milky Way outside of Bishop, CA. #nightscapes   #nightphotography  
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SWEET! 

In Utah, supposedly the land out here is covered with florescent and phosphorescent minerals.
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Wise words from a modern master, +John Paul Caponigro 
 
Images That "Sizzle and Fizzle" Versus "Keepers" and "Sleepers"

It happens to me all the time. I’m excited by what I see on location and hopeful about the images I’m making. Afterwards the final results aren’t as exciting as I had hoped they would be. I rarely leave a location with confidence that I have truly excellent images. I can phone in competent and even good most of the time, but getting to great is another matter entirely.

It’s important to know the difference between good and great. I measure my current successes against my past success – I’m always trying to raise the bar. If the images you’re making aren’t making the cut for you, I’d take that as a sign that you’re being more discriminating and based on that I would bet that means you’ve got many more images in your portfolio that are better. That’s excellent! Plus, the world doesn’t need more mediocre images, but it does need more discerning eyes.

While this syndrome of “sizzling and then fizzling” is common. The opposite dynamic is often at work too. You’ll make images that don’t catch your attention immediately but you find yourself doing a double or triple take and your appreciation of these images grows with each viewing. These “sleepers” are very interesting; they tend to be smarter and/or more deeply felt. Because they don’t grab your attention quickly, it’s easy to pass these types of images by. That’s one of the reasons it’s important to look back through your images again, often after some time has passed, so that you can see them from a refreshed perspective.

Sometimes when you present the two together, one type of image makes the other type of image more interesting. The attention getter does just that – it gets attention. It can draw viewers in to seeing related work that might not be as eye catching but has more substance and depth. Similarly, if it’s related to the attention getter, in some way beyond proximity, the strong silent type can reveal hidden depths within its flashier counterpart and even transfer some of its own depth. Both can “rub off” on each other in a beneficial way. Their relationship can be mutualistic.

When you find the rare few images that achieve both immediate high impact and extended durability you’ve got real “keepers”. These are the images that should be celebrated most. These images set the course for many others, both current and future works. All the other images, the ones that come close but fall short, which are collected with the great images, should in some way support, amplify, and expand that greatness. Keep these fires burning and fan the flames. Carry this vital energy forward. Keep this energy flowing with new moves. Find out how long you can stay in the zone or what it takes to return to it or something similar. See how far you can run with it and where it will lead you. Work of this quality often gets beyond you; which doesn’t mean you can’t sustain it, or return to it, but instead means you probably won’t fully understand it until long after you’ve done it – if ever. Work like this expands you. It raises your bar and calls you to new heights. Answer these calls.

See the accompanying "sleeper" and the "sizzles and fizzles" here.
http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/9948/images-that-sizzle-fizzle-versus-sleepers-and-keepers/

Read more creative resources here.
http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/downloads/creativity/creativity.php

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