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Sean Bagshaw
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Professional Photographer: Landscape. Nature. Travel. Discovery. Vision. Art.
Professional Photographer: Landscape. Nature. Travel. Discovery. Vision. Art.

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"Owens River Sunset"
The east side of the Sierra Nevada is in best light in the morning when the rising sun illuminates the range. But, every time of day brings its own special character to a scene. In this case, the bright sun just setting behind the mountains back-lit the willow brush bringing out texture and color that wouldn't be apparent at any other time of day. My video showing behind the scenes of taking this photo and others on our recent Cali trip is at this link: https://youtu.be/oIgy1uemRJQ

Canon 5DMK4, 24mm, f/16, ISO 100, 0.6 and 1/6 second exposures blended for dynamic range.
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Social Photography: Road Tripping With Friends. Check out the video I put together from a recent bout of photo-wandering I did with my good buds, Zack and David. Apologies for all dorkiness in advance.

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"Red Racer"
Finally made it out to the Racetrack in Death Valley while road-tripping with the boyz a couple weeks ago. Super clear skies were calling out for a starry night shot. Zack and I spent a chilly hour or two experimenting with different light painting techniques. The one I liked the most was the red "night vision" setting on Zack's headlamp. We selected this particular sailing stone because it had a wonderful S-shaped track. For the land exposure, we set the long exposure timer for 4 minutes, carefully walked the track with the light pointed at the ground, groped our way back to the cameras in complete darkness...and then adjusted our technique and repeated. We had lots of screw ups. For developing I blended one 2 minute natural starlight exposure together with the red, light painted exposure. The starry sky is from a third 25 second exposure to avoid star-trailing.

If you aren't familiar with the Racetrack or how the famous "Sailing Stones" move around the playa check out this video: https://youtu.be/uyHcs7B27Zk

Canon 5D4, Rokinon 14mm lens. Natural light exposure: 2 minutes f/5.6, ISO 6400. Light painted exposure: 4 minutes, f/5.6, ISO 1600. Sky exposure: 25 seconds, f/2.8, SIO 6400.
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"Tangerine Dream"
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.
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"Warmer Climates"
Another photo from a trip to Costa Rica several years ago. It's been a great winter, but this is the time I often start dreaming about tropical beaches :-D

Canon 5D3, 24mm, polarizer, f/16, ISO 100. Two exposures at 1.0 (land/water) and 0.25 (sky) seconds blended for dynamic range and water motion.

Manuel Antonio National Park
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"Red Velvet"
Working on some images to submit for a book on Costa Rica gave me a chance to revisit photographs that were forgotten in my archives from several years ago. This image of a moody sunset at Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica apparently fell through the cracks the first time around. I remember the sky that night was ominous and mesmerizing. I took advantage of the darkness to take a 25 second exposure and create the velvety surf.
Canon 5D3, 24mm, polarizer, F/18, ISO 100. Two exposures, 2.5 seconds and 25 seconds, blended for dynamic range and water texture.
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"Dark Yosemite"
On our first morning in Yosemite we hadn't pre-scouted any locations, so we pulled over at the uber-popular Valley View. The light was tame, the foliage was winter drab and the water was high. But is there a certain dark moodiness to the image I made that puts a slightly different spin on one of the most photographed views on the planet? When a place has been photographed so much in every spectacular light, snow, weather and seasonal condition imaginable, perhaps the way to do something personal is to approach it in a more subdued condition? But I think I'm reaching, and in the end, this is really just an average photo of a place that has been photographed to death. Ha! :-D
Canon 5D MKIV, 28mm, f/13, ISO 100. Two exposures at .5 and 5.0 seconds blended for dynamic range. I will say that I am loving the clean shadow recovery ability of the 5D4. Lightyears ahead of the 5D3. I'll be comparing these cameras, along with the 5DSR, in my next article on PhotoCascadia. Make sure to click on the image to view larger to see the fine details in the shadows.
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"Frost Light"
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.
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How does a 50 Megapixel mirrorless medium format camera that is the same size as a DSLR sound to you? It sounded really intriguing to me so I jumped at the chance when Landscape Photography Magazine​ asked if I would like to test out the upcoming Fujifilm Cameras​ GFX 50S. Read the article to find out how amazing (or not) the images are.

https://landscapephotographymagazine.com/2017/fujifilm-gfx-50s-review/

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Must see/read: Kevin McNeal shares his hard-earned tips for photographing the visual wonder that is Abraham Lake in the winter!
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