NZ_rotorua_425

Incubation XV

Antarctica CXCII

Antarctica CXCII

Antarctica CXCIV

Antarctica CXCIV

Antarctica CXCV

Antarctica CXCV

Revelation XXIX

Revelation XXIX

Revelation XXXIX

Revelation XXXIX

Revelation XXIV

Revelation XXIV

Revelation XXXVI

Revelation XXXVI

Revelation XXVI

Revelation XXVI

Revelation XXVIII

Revelation XXVIII

Revelation XXXVII

Revelation XXXVII

Revelation XXXVIII

Revelation XXXVIII

This is a selection of my top 12 images of 2016. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.

Geography

While I visited most of the biomes in one year (all seven continents in 18 months), the images I released were drawn primarily from the artic and antarctic regions.

Process

Straight images from Antarctica were processed on location, mostly in Lightroom. Composite images were created in studio, mostly in Photoshop after launching from Lightroom. I date “straight” shots based on the date they were exposed and composites on the date they are completed.

Concepts

I focussed on a long-standing theme, creating symmetries drawn from the land to better reveal the spirit within. The final resolution has prompted me to remaster many related files made in 1996. I released multiple related series of studies, including a series of digitally rendered inkblots.

Magnificent Moment

There was big magic in 2016! In Antarctica there were moments of extreme quietude amid the lifting fogs at Black Head and the glassy reflections in Antarctica’s Plenneau Bay. We experienced the epically varied lands of New Zealand; in one day we moved from a waterfall strewn fiord, through a rainforest, up to a high arid plateau, and finally to the base of a glacier. Sublime light filled hours and hours, as we flew helicopters over Namibia’s Sossusvlei dune fields, which roll out to the Skeleton Coast. All of these adventures were long-held dreams come true.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

Read The Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

View more images from Antarctica here.

View more images from Revelation here.

Learn about my Antarctica photography workshops here.

Alignment VI

Alignment VI

Alignment X

Alignment X

Alignment XXIII

Alignment XXIII

Alignment XXII

Alignment XXII

Alignment XXVIII

Alignment XXVIII

006_20150913_GRNnordvestfiord_0371-Edit-1

Constellation XV

Constellation_XIV

Constellation XIV

009_Greenland1

Untitled

008_Greenland2

Untitled

20141119_AFRskeletoncoast_0002-Edit-1_425

Illumination XXIV

20141103_AFRsosssusvlei_0117-Edit-2_425

Illumination XXXV

This is a selection of my top 12 images of 2015. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.

Geography
My obsession continued with places defined by water (either an abundance of it or a lack of it) in the polar-regions of Greenland and Iceland and in the deserts (an absence of water, yet often shaped by waters long gone) of Namibia, Argentina, and California.

Process
Half the images I released in 2015 were exposed in other years. Several of the other images were processed on location or the day they were exposed. I date “straight” shots based on the date they were exposed and composites on the date they are completed.

Concepts
There were several new twists on old subjects and themes: amid sensual dunes multiple moments / perspectives became conjoined; levitating stones became ice; below reflective water surfaces instead of closer details full landscapes are seen; seeing through things to what lies behind them shifted from skies to landscapes.

Magnificent Moment
Once again, flying over the 1,500 foot coral dunes of Sossusvlei for more than an hour was simply divine, especially when coupled with the hours spent walking its shifting surfaces in constantly changing light.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

Read The Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

Read The Benefits Of Selecting Your Top Images here.

Alignment V

Alignment V

Alignment IV

Alignment IV

Antarctica CLXVI

Antarctica CLXVI

PS Manges Color, lighten, lighten shadows

Antarctica CLXXI

Antarctica CLXXII

Antarctica CLXXII

Constellation XI

Constellation XI

Constellation XII

Constellation XXI

008_Contrail V-4

Contrail V

Contrail IV

Contrail IV

Antarctica CLXV

Antarctica CLXV

Incubation X

Incubation X

This is a selection of my top 12 images of all time. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.

Geography

Antarctica, Argentina, Iceland, California

Process

I added something new to old projects; Antarctica and Constellation. I began moving forward on bringing a long-standing series to completion; Alignment. I released the first images from a new series Contrail that shows man’s marks in nature found in even the most remote places on earth; a complementary companion series of is soon to be released.

Concept

Similar themes echo throughout most of my individual series creating a shared network of connections. Alignment connects with Contrail and Refraction in different ways. Constellation connects with Correspondence in other ways. More connections are revealed over time.

Magnificent Moment

An hour and a half flying over Iceland’s south coast is magnificent but four hours of zodiac crusing in Antarctica’s Plenneau Bay (The Iceberg Graveyard) followed by three hours of dramatic light while passing through the La Mer Channel is even more magnificent.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

ReadThe Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

Read The Benefits Of Selecting Your Top Images here.

My Top 12 Images Of 2013

January 3, 2014 | 1 Comment |

Constellation VI

Constellation VI

Constellation I

Constellation I

Illumination XXV

Illumination XXV

Illumination XXVI

 Illumination XXVI

05_20121204__SAARGpumice-_0437-Edit

Incubation I

06_20121204__SAARGpumice-_0676-Edit

Incubation II

07_20130410__CAsobranespoint__0071-Edit

Illumination XXXI

08_20130410__CAsobranespoint__0204-Edit

Illumination XXX

Illumination XXI

Illumination XXI

Illumination XXII

Illumination XXII

11_20120912_GRNrodeford_0123-EditC

Contrail II

12_20120913_20120913_GRNnordvestfjord_0428-Edit-Edit

 Contrail I

2013 was my second bipolar year in a row – sailing south of the Antarctica Circle and north of the Arctic Circle. Seth Resnick and I put on a lot of miles traveling to Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, and Argentina for our Digital Photo Destinations workshops.

Below is a selection of my top 12 images released in 2013.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful.

Try it with your own images and/or artist’s work that influences you.

Find more of my Annual Top 12 Images selections here.

My Top 12 Photographs

September 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment |

01RefractionX_2005_501_johnpaulcaponigro

Refraction

02ExhalationIV_2006_47402_johnpaulcaponigro

Exhalation

03inhalation103_johnpaulcaponigro

Inhalation

04nocturne1204_johnpaulcaponigro

Correspondence

05oriens105_johnpaulcaponigro

Oriens

06correspondence306_johnpaulcaponigro

Correspondence

07path107_johnpaulcaponigro

Alignment

08procession108_johnpaulcaponigro

Alignment

10ReflectionXVIII_2008_510_johnpaulcaponigro

Reflection

11SuffusionVIII_2007_511_johnpaulcaponigro

Suffusion

12Constellation_VI12_johnpaulcaponigro

Constellation

093_Illumination_VI_2012_47409_johnpaulcaponigro

Illumination

This is a selection of my top 12 images of all time. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.

Geography

Read The Most Sublime Landscape Experiences Of My Life here.

Process

20% straight. 80% composites.

Poetry, by any means necessary.

Experiment to find out what’s possible.

Concepts

A profound shift in consciousness arises when we relate to the world (all of it) as parts of a living thing into whose fibers we are deeply woven before birth and after death. Just as every individual has a unique spirit, every location has its own unique spirit (Genius loci is the latin translation of what the Greeks called this.), which fits into the larger world spirit (Anima mundi is the latin translation of what the Greeks called this.) We are not apart from nature, we are a part of Nature.

Magnificent Moment

Read The Most Sublime Landscape Experiences Of My Life here.

It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

ReadThe Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

Read The Benefits Of Selecting Your Top Images here.

Illumination VI

Reflection LVIII

Reflection LVII

Illumination VI

Illumination II

Illumination VII

Illumination III

Illumination XVII

Suffusion XV

Suffusion  XIX

Suffusion XXVI

Suffusion XXI

Suffusion XX

This is a selection of my top 12 images of all time. This selection doesn’t reflect sales, publication, or activities on the web. It simply reflects my opinion. Click on the titles to find out more about each image.

Geography

These images are drawn from three locations – Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats, Namibia’s Sossusvlei dune files, and Iceland’s Skogafoss waterfall.

Process

These images were all drawn from three separate hour-long sessions each yielding complete individual portfolios. I used to think I’d be lucky if I got one really good image from a shoot, but after a few experiences where more than one really good image was made from a single subject, I cast aside my limited thinking. Now I ask, “How far can I take this?”

Concepts

All of these images come out of a way of relating to the world (all of it) as parts of a living thing into whose fibers we are deeply woven. In addition to changing organic forms, they all have a strong suggestion of breath.

Magnificent Moment

They’re all nominees for my list of most sublime landscape experiences. While standing silently focused on Iceland’s Skogafoss waterfall was the fulfillment of many years of looking for my own original response to a classic subject, and walking in the clouds reflected on the surface of Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats was the realization of a long-standing dream, few landscape experiences compare to the hour spent flying over Sossusvlei Namibia’s 1,500 foot high coral dunes after a sustained sandstorm – the experience was so penetrating it took me quite some time to clearly see the new directions and new levels it offered.It’s challenging to choose so few images from so many – but it’s insightful. Try selecting your own top 12 images. Try selecting the top 12 images of your favorite artist(s).

View more of my Annual Top 12 Selections here.

ReadThe Benefits Of Performing An Annual Image Review here.

Read The Benefits Of Selecting Your Top Images here.


keep looking »

Subscribe

Get the RSS Feed  

Subscribe by Email