Posted in adventure photographer, assignment photography, editorial photographer, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, nature photographer, outdoors, photography, Thailand, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photographer, tagged Asia, audio, editorial photographer, elephant hills, jungle trek, khao sok national park, magazine photography, monkey sounds, photography, photojournalism, Thailand, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography, wildlife photographer, wildlife photography on March 27, 2013 |
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While on assignment last year in Thailand, one of the places I was sent to photograph was the Elephant Hills Resort located in the Khao Sok National Park. This resort has two locations: 1) a luxury tented camp located adjacent to the Khao Sok National Park and 2) a line of floating luxury tents that are situated on water in the Cheow Larn reservoir called The Rainforest Camp. This body of water was created when the Ratchaprapha dam was built in 1982 on the Khlong Saeng River. Khao Sok National Park boasts the largest area of virgin forest in Southern Thailand. Elephant Hills on land offers kayaking, jungle trekking and helping to care for the captive Asian elephants. These elephants were used for logging and after those operations stopped, the elephants became part of a sustainable tourism program in Thailand. At Elephant Hills you don’t ride the animals, but feed and bathe them while the mahout gives you guidance and education about these amazing animals. I had the pleasure of covering both properties. The shoots were fast and furious, a day at each location, with the usual challenges. However, it was beautiful to kayak on the Sok River, feed the elephants and listen to the sounds of the jungle from my tent at night.
At the Rainforest Camp, I was fortunate enough to not only experience some fine kayaking and long tail boat rides, the guide took me on a jungle trek. Within ten minutes on the trail, we were lucky enough to encounter three different types of primates: Macaques, Gibbons and Langurs. They were very agitated and making lots of noise.
Here is an audio recording of what we heard: khao_sok_monkeys. I encourage you to have a listen.
Initially, the guides thought that the monkey ruckus was because of a territory dispute given that they were all in a jack-fruit tree. We soon discovered that the monkeys were upset because there was a clouded leopard sitting in the tree directly above us, likely deciding which type of monkey it might like to have for lunch. I looked up just in time to see it leap across the branches above my head, crawl down the back of the tree, head first, and silently creep off into the jungle. (read: missed the shot!) Everyone in our group was shocked as these wild cats are not expected to occur in this area. As we continued hiking through dense ficus we ended up at a limestone cave which was filled, much to my dismay, with bat eating snakes. I wasn’t told that we’d be heading to a cave, much less one filled with hungry snakes, so I hadn’t brought a torch. When the guide noticed me climbing up one of the slippery rock formations to try to get a better shot of the cavernous space, he yelled up to me, “mind where you put your hands. There are loads of snakes!” and directed his torch to one curled up on the top of a very tall stalagmite. I froze in utter fear, then slid down the steep, muddy outcropping to safety. We poked around the cave and found a few snakes in the wall crevices. One had a very full belly, an indication of a successful hunt. We finished off the day with a long tail boat ride back to camp where we immediately hit the mammal identification books to confirm our leopard sighting. It was a marvelous experience and an assignment I’ll never forget.
Another day at the office! Taking a long-tail boat back to the camp for breakfast after a dawn shoot.
Feeding the elephants at the Elephant Experience at Elephant Hills Resort
The mahout helps the elephant give me a kiss!
You can see more images from Elephant Hills in Thailand on my stock photography site here.
Thank you for visiting!
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Posted in editorial photographer, Expedition, landscape photographer, landscape photography, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, photographer, photography, photojournalism, Stock Photography, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photographer, tagged editorial photographer, Galapagos, National Geographic, National Geographic Expeditions, nature, outdoors, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on January 28, 2013 |
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This year began with a remarkable assignment on board the National Geographic Endeavour in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos are located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Being a National Geographic Photography Expert for National Geographic Expeditions is one of the highlights of my career as a photographer and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to travel to a variety of destinations with National Geographic and Lindblad. This was my first trip to the Galapagos and I was fortunate enough to visit all of the islands where people are allowed to go ashore to hike and observe the unique landscape and wildlife that this remarkable archipelago has to offer. Of course, the animals are the stars of the show, but these islands have a rich history, most famously tied to Charles Darwin and his theories of evolution. The trickiest part of this journey was trying to absorb the immense amount of information that the naturalists provided both in the field and on board the ship and at the same time, concentrate on making pictures. I’m just now beginning to edit some 20,000 images that I took during this 20 day adventure and have started to post some on my stock photography site here. I hope to add more images regularly to my stock photography site, but for now, here are a few of my favorite moments from the expedition. Thank you for visiting!
The National Geographic Endeavour, a ship that serves the Galapagos
A sandy beach at sunset with Galapagos sea lions on the island of San Cristobal
A newborn sea lion pup on a sandy beach on the island of San Cristobal
A colony of sea lions nap on a sandy beach on the island of Espanola
A solitary Galapagos sea lion on a sandy beach on the island of Espanola
Nazca Boobies nesting on Espanola Island in the Galapagos
A morning hike on Floreana Island, looking for wild flamingos
Marine Iguanas basking on the beach of Espanola Island
Santa Cruz Island, home to wild giant tortoises and the Charles Darwin Research Center
the fish market in Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos. Brujo, a sea lion, hangs out and waits for scraps from the fishmonger
El Trapiche, a small, family run farm, sells small batch, organic coffee. Here, they are roasting the coffee beans
While snorkeling at Champion Islet we encountered some very playful sea lions who seemed to enjoy posing for the camera!
Please remember that all images on this site are copyrighted and may not be used in any form without express permission from Susan Seubert Photography.
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Posted in birds, Canon, Canon 70-300 lens, Canon 7D, Canon Lens, just for fun, nature photographer, outdoors, photographer in Portland, photography, wildlife photographer, tagged bird, bird photography, Canon, Canon 7D, hummingbird, nature, outdoors, woods on August 21, 2012 |
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We have a summer resident female rufous hummingbird that often visits the feeders and plants that we place for them on our deck. As their migratory season comes to an end, which sadly means we’re entering into the early throes of autumn here in the Pacific Northwest, I thought I might test out my Canon 7D with the 70-300mm that I’ve been using on assignment lately. I bitterly complained about the auto-focus when I first purchased the camera and, as usual, it was trial by fire. I knew that I needed to have a higher fps than my Canon 5D Mark II cameras, so I decided to go with the 7D. Now that I’ve been shooting it for a while, (and after reading a bit of the manual , I am now really loving the autofocus system and, although the camera is noisy at the higher ISO’s, it’s still pretty darn good. The other night we were out on the deck and the female rufous came by to check out the salvia and other flowers. She hung around long enough for me to get a few snaps. These were all made at iso 6400 shooting in aperture priority. I processed them in Adobe’s Lightroom using some capture sharpening and luminance noise reduction and I must say I’m impressed. The focus is tack sharp, the shutter speed was fast enough to stop most of the movement and the colors look beautiful. I do enjoy birdwatching and although it’s only a simple hobby that I do at home, it’s fun to use this as an opportunity to practice outside of assignment work. I hope you enjoy these little snapshots of the wee bird.
female rufous hummingbird perched in a Western Cedar tree in the Marquam Greenspace in Portland, Oregon
Female rufous hummingbird investigating the salvia on our porch
Female rufous hummingbird investigating the salvia on our porch, showing off her diminutive gorget
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Posted in assignment photography, editorial photographer, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, outdoors, photography, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, adventure travel, alpine wilderness, bear encounter, broken group islands, eagle nook resort, editorial photographer, horses, magazine photography, marvelous adventure, national geographic traveler, outdoors, photography, photojournalism, salmon fishing, Stock Photography, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography, wide open space on August 5, 2012 |
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The opening spread for Dutch National Geographic Traveler’s story on Western Canada
This post is extremely late as this year has been so full of fun assignments I haven’t had much time to write. Last September, I worked with the editor of the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler on a story about British Columbia and a little bit of Alberta. It was a marvelous adventure as we spent about two weeks traveling by car across British Columbia to the very western edge of Alberta. We met in Vancouver, B.C. and parted ways in Calgary, although the adventure really ended in Banff. It was extraordinarily beautiful! We spent a good deal of time on Vancouver Island and one of the highlights of the trip was visiting a lodge only accessible by either sea plane or water taxi, the Eagle Nook Resort and Spa. Here we went sea kayaking, salmon fishing and hiking through some amazing forest and along the rugged coastline. The editor caught his first wild salmon and the incredible chef at the lodge cooked it up for us two ways that evening: Sashimi style in elegantly cut thin strips and also as lovely fillets, served with amazing B.C. produce. This part of the assignment also covered shooting a few whales in the Broken Group Islands through which one must travel via water taxi in order to access the resort. Our last night at the resort was rewarded Canadian style with a bonfire and great beer! The next segment of the assignment involved some grueling driving, after which we ended up at another incredible, off-the-beaten-path lodge, Bracewell’s Alpine Wilderness. Here we went horseback riding and enjoyed the incredible views, went for a canoe paddle where we encountered not another living creature other than a loon and enjoyed the rugged and unobstructed scenery of the Chilcoten. This place is wide open space and run by a generous and amazing family. If you’re looking to truly get away from it all, I highly recommend taking a week or two and hanging around Bracewells. I had my first grizzly bear encounter here and witnessed a spectacular moonset, among other vividly colored moments. We also visited, among many, many other attractions, Tide Rip Grizzly Tours in Knight Inlet, located on Vancouver Island, Blue River Safari tours, located in one of the only inland temperate rainforests. This is where I saw my first “spirit bear” cub. We also visited the Strathcona Park Lodge where we spent time hiking and canoeing. I’m still working on getting all of the photos up on to my stock photography site, so keep visiting for more pix! Since the story is not published online, if you’d like to read it, it was published in the January 2012 edition of the Dutch language National Geographic Traveler Magazine . (I think you’d have to order the physical magazine directly from them.) Thank you for visiting this blog and please feel free to share any thoughts! More photos on the way…
A favorite double page spread for the story on Western Canada for Dutch National Geographic Traveler Magazine. These two images, like the opening spread, were made at Bracewell’s Alpine WIlderness in Central British Columbia.
The entire assignment was shot using Canon equipment: 2 Canon 5D Mark II, 1 Canon 7D, all the lenses I could carry and my trusty Gitzo tripod and mono-pod. There were also the occasional iPhone pix, just for fun. My editor took a nice photo of me with his camera which I love. I was communing with the horses we were about to take up Potato Mountain.
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Posted in editorial photographer, Expedition, nature photographer, outdoors, photographer, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photographer, tagged National Geographic, National Geographic Expeditions, nature, outdoors, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on January 10, 2012 |
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Hola! Today I leave for La Paz, a city on the Baja Peninsula on the Gulf of California for the Baja California Odyssey as the on-board Photography Expert for National Geographic. I will be on the National Geographic Sea Bird for eleven days to explore with naturalists and guests the Gulf of California and its islands, the Baja Peninsula, and some whale watching in San Ignacio Lagoon on the Pacific side. Every year, the Eastern Pacific Grey Whales migrate to the protected inlets along the Pacific Coast of Baja California to give birth. Last year was magnificent, as I was on board later in the season and there were many whales with their calves. This trip will focus on not only the natural beauty of the Gulf of California and its islands, but will also have an archeological component, making this trip a particularly special one. I look forward to working with my colleagues on board and meeting all the guests who share our interest in education about and preservation of this unique environment. Here is a link to some images I made last year from the trip that emphasized the whales in Bahia de Magdalina. Enjoy y hasta pronto!
An adult female gray whale in Bahia de Magdalena, one of the birthing grounds of this species on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja peninsula in Mexico
The National Geographic Sea Bird, Baja California, Among the Great Whales. A baby grey whale comes up to greet our zodiac.
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Posted in Canon 5D Mark II, D5 Mark ll, just for fun, multimedia, outdoors, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, video, wildlife photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, barred owl, barred owl video, bird photographer, nature, outdoors, travel photographer, wildlife, wildlife photography, woods on June 4, 2011 |
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Portland, Oregon is an amazing place to live for so many reasons: the food scene, the forward-thinking development, the great public transportation but for me, our home is the reason we have firmly planted roots here in the Pacific Northwest. Our house backs into the Marquam Green Space which is tangential to Forest Park, the largest in-city park in the United States. If you can figure the maps, it’s possible to walk out our back door and join up with the Pacific Crest Trail. The other great part is that literally steps, (with a little bush-whacking), from our back yard is the newly developed 4-T Trail: Trail, Tram, Trolly, Train. If you are a resident or visitor, this is one great urban hike and a fantastic way to tour the city for under 5 bucks. Last year we began the process of becoming certified for Backyard Habitat, a joint program between the Audubon Society and the Columbia Land trust. This program acts as a guide in transforming your property to a haven for urban flora and fauna. Since our property butts up against the Marquam Green Space, it made sense to get on board. We’ve removed the bulk of invasive plants and re-planted our back yard with native plant species. Now the battle with bindweed, holly and ivy begins! The great part is that we’ve already noticed an increase in the wildlife that visits us, including this Barred Owl who spent a good deal of time on a branch about 5 feet from my office window. You can hear us whispering to the owl as it sits nearby…
Here is how difficult it was to photograph the owl
Wildlife photographer, in action!
In addition to the Barred Owls, we have regular avian visitors. Tonight, while sitting outside having dinner, I noted the following species: Black-Headed Grosbeak, Spotted Towhee, Rufous Hummingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Black Capped Chickadee, Steller’s Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Lesser Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Band-tailed Pigeon, House Finch, Red Shafted Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, and to top it off, a mother/son pair of Hairy Woodpeckers. Below is our regular summer set-up for dinner. Bon appétit!
summer backyard dining
a steller’s jay joins us for supper
The video was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L series lens and edited in iMovie. The stills were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 24-105 IS USM L series lens and edited in Adobe’s Lightroom software.
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Posted in Alaska, Canon 5D Mark II, editorial photographer, Expedition, just for fun, multimedia, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, Travel, travel photographer, video, wildlife photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, editorial photographer, National Geographic, outdoors, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography, video on May 30, 2011 |
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Last week I spent aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird where we traversed Alaska’s Inside Passage. The weather was constantly changing but it rained very little, much to my surprise and delight! I will be writing more about this National Geographic Expedition in the next few days, but I was so excited about this footage that I felt that the blogsphere would be a better place if I could share the joy of watching a pair of Dall’s porpoises bow riding on the last day of our journey. I was preparing for a slideshow presentation when I suddenly heard hoots of excitement coming from the front of the ship. A group of these cetaceans had decided to join us and bow ride for a good deal of time. For a while, there were as many as 5 in front of our ship, much to the delight of everyone on board. People took turns looking over the bow as the animals jumped and played in the water. I was fortunate enough to get some video footage of these amazing marine mammals. Their distinguishing marks were made visible as they turned on their sides and it was wonderful to witness their agility as they frolicked in front of the ship. I hope that the movie below transports you to Southeast Alaska for a moment and affords you a glimpse into what it’s like to be on board with National Geographic.
This video was made with a Canon 5D Mark II fitted with a 24-105 IS USM lens and processed in iMovie.
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Posted in assignment photography, Canon 5D Mark II, editorial photographer, Expedition, humpback whale, multimedia, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, outdoors, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photographer, tagged Baja, california gray whale, editorial photographer, multimedia, National Geographic, National Geographic Expeditions, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, wildlife photography on March 15, 2011 |
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Saturday night, or possibly Sunday morning, my 737 delivered me safely home to Portland after I spent 16 days in Bahia de Magdalena and the Gulf of California, otherwise known as the Sea of Cortez. It was a thrilling adventure aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird where I was the National Geographic Photography Expert on board the ship. I met many, many lovely people who had come from all corners of the earth to enjoy the extraordinary drama of this place. In Bahia de Magdalena, one of three nurseries for Gray Whales along the Pacific Coast of the Baja Peninsula, we encountered these behemoths. It is difficult to put into words the feeling when a month old baby whale sticks its head out of the water, looks directly at you, and invites a scratch on the chin. The whales chose us as their companions and judging from the size of these cetaceans, we knew we had to follow their lead. The expedition took us to many islands in the Gulf of California where amazing rock formations and incredible diversity of plant and animal life welcomed us. The water changed color constantly depending on where we were in the Gulf. The shallow coves were inviting for kayaking, snorkeling and bbq’s under the star littered sky. Our brief stop in San Jose del Cabo was a nice visit to terra firma and an opportunity to bird watch in the estuary. Otherwise, shopping and sightseeing were an added treat to a trip dominated by the wild blue yonder. We encountered not only Humpback whales and their calves frolicking in the ocean, but also numerous dolphins, and magnificent Blue Whales, the largest animals ever known to have existed. Here is a very brief multimedia piece that I hope offers a tiny sliver of this incredible expedition with National Geographic and Lindblad. Enjoy!
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