Chris Pietsch is a photojournalist based in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon area. He has worked throughout the northwest for 20 plus years. His work has been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines and books including Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic World. Pietsch was named Idaho Photographer of the Year in 1986 and Region 9 National Press Photographer of the Year in 1988 while on the staff of the Lewiston Morning Tribune in Lewiston, Idaho.
In 1998 images by Pietsch of the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield were included in a portfolio of work by the Eugene Register-Guard photo staff that were recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in spot news.

Pietsch is married to Therese Brubaker and they have two children, Tiernan and Delaney. Special interests include environmental issues and wildlife photography.

He can be contacted at 541-729-4619



  1. Followed a link here after seeing the amazing photograph of a gray jay you took;


    Curious to know how you did it? Is there any compositing?

    However it was done it’s superb!

    • I’ve been asked about the photograph of the Gray Jay in flight quite a bit since it was published in the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon in Feb. of 2005.

      During a family vacation at Odell Lake, in the Oregon Cascades my wife noticed several birds flocking around the trees when she went out on the second-floor deck to look at the lake. There were quite a few and I observed that every third or fourth bird followed a predictable path. I decided to try catching a frame with my Canon MarkII. As the birds flew between a particular tree and a specific landing spot above the deck, I was able to pre-visualize the composition. I used two off-camera strobes and took advantage of the digital preview to adjust my shooting angle, lighting balance, and timing. Of course it took a few frames. I had many with parts of bird or no bird at all. 😉

      The Canon Speedlite 580ex strobes I use are quite amazing. In sync with the camera, they did an amazing job of properly lighting the birds regardless of where they ended up in the frame on any given exposure. They were instrumental in the success of the picture.

      The image has been a popular one. In addition to publishing it in the newspaper, The Register-Guard, used it for a Christmas card and the image won first place in the Natural History category of of the Pictures of the Year International at the end of 2005.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my site.

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