This year, I broke down and purchased a Canon 50mm 1.2 L series USM lens. It is spectacular for portrait work because of its amazing bokeh. There is a lot of chatter out there about the spectacular price difference between the 1.2 and the Canon 1.4. I also own a Canon 50mm 2.5 macro which is instrumental for me for shooting details of things from food to flowers but for portraits, the 1.2 can’t be beat. Here are two examples. One is a portrait of my husband, which I dropped into a film frame for effect – I’ve long been lugging around an analogue Hasselblad with a beautiful 80mm lens, which I’ve used for years as my primary portrait lens. It’s also fantastic combined with a few extension tubes. However, now that I’m moving into an almost exclusively digital workflow, I had to find a lens that I was happy enough with to leave my Hasselblad behind when going on assignment. Don’t get me wrong, I still love working with film, but the practical side of my business has forced my hand on this one. I’ve been taking the d65 wokrshop every other year to keep current on the latest digital workflow which has led me to adopt working almost exclusively in Adobe’s Lightroom. That software combined with the Canon 5D Mark II’s and lenses I work with give me a great way to process thousands of images in a relatively short period of time, without sacrificing any amount of quality. (This year’s processed tally is almost to 13,000 client delivered images). My digital library is now more organized than ever – I can find any image with just a few clicks of the mouse. I hope you find this information useful!
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Posted in camera technical, cameras, Canon, Canon 5D, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon Lens, cat, D5 Mark ll, editorial photographer, just for fun, photographer in Portland, tagged 5D Mark ll, Canon, editorial photographer, magazine photography, photo, photography, technical on December 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in assignment photography, cameras, Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon Lens, D5 Mark ll, editorial photographer, magazine work, National Gegoraphic, outdoors, photographer, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, Canon, editorial photographer, magazine photography, National Geographic, national geographic traveler, outdoors, photo, photography, photojournalism, technical, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on December 11, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Greetings! As National Geographic Traveler is publishing the story I photographed about Barbados in the January/February 2011 issue of the magazine, I thought this would be a good time to write about the importance of having an extra set of hands around on a shoot. These days, editorial budgets are very tight, so sometimes the job won’t allow for one but in certain instances, having a partner on a shoot is indispensable. The other caveat is that often times I’m asked to also shoot video and collect audio, making my work at least three times as complicated as it was pre-multimedia. That said, I always like to rise to a challenge, so I tried being a one man band for the first day of this assignment and realized, quickly, that it would be impossible for me to do a good job in Barbados flying solo. Enter: fixer. I am blessed with a partner in life that not only has an MFA in photography, but also can get himself halfway around the globe in 24 hours or less. He was with me the morning of the shoot with the horses and took a couple of stills of me in the water. I was just perusing some of the images and realized that he illustrated precisely why – under certain circumstances – it is necessary to have someone watching your back. Barbados is as safe of a place as one can get in the Caribbean, but add thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment left unattended on a beach and voila, it’s like finding cash sitting around on the ground. Anyone would be tempted to walk off with my carbon fiber Gitzo fitted with a heavy-duty Manfrotto head and, set atop it like a crown jewel, a Canon 5D Mark II with a pristine 24-105mm lens with lens hood, a 77mm polarizing filter and a nice Crumpler strap. Not to mention my favorite accessory – a three-way hot shoe level. It was enough of a bummer to not have a water housing to work with, but that didn’t stop me from walking into the water up to just above waist deep, to get as close as I could to the horses. Lost in my enthusiasm, I simply left the other camera with aforementioned accessories, sitting behind me on the beach. As I look at the photo of me in the water, I can tell that I was drawn in by the dawn swiftly changing to daylight, as is evidenced by the light on my white shirt. These men and their horses were just then becoming well lit and I only had a few minutes before the magic of that morning dawn would turn into the white-hot Caribbean day. In hindsight it was a bad decision and without my fixer there, would have most likely been a great loss. But he stood on the beach, watching the gear so I could get the shot. For that moment, I will be forever grateful to him.
Posted in assignment photography, magazine work, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, photojournalism, Stock Photography, tagged magazine photography, photo, photography, photojournalism, Stock Photography, tourism, travel photographer, travel photography on May 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
This year, the Pendleton Round-Up, a rodeo held in Pendleton, Oregon, during the second full week of September each year, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. The rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people every year to the city of Pendleton. I’ve covered this event in the past and have stock photography of both the Native American and Rodeo events. You can check out a web gallery of a few of these images here. Look for more to be uploaded in the coming week!
Posted in Hawaii, landscape photographer, landscape photography, Maui, maui photographer, nature photographer, outdoors, photographer, photography, Stock Photography, Travel, travel photographer, tagged Maui, nature, outdoors, photo, Stock Photography, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on May 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Now it’s easier than ever to peruse my stock photography archive that is hosted on Photoshelter. I have put all the images of Hawaii into one folder, then also divided the photos up by island. The galleries are listed alphabetically. If you are a photo researcher in need of images from Hawaii, please feel free to peruse the individual galleries of Oahu, The Big Island, Maui and Kauai. If you have more specific stock needs or would like an estimate for a shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. I can be reached on my cell at +1-503-819-6692. Aloha!
Posted in assignment photography, Canon 5D Mark II, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, photojournalism, portrait, tagged 5D Mark ll, multimedia, New York Times, photo, photography, photojournalism, photos on March 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
I had the incredible pleasure of spending a day at home with Wendy Burden, author of the forthcoming book, “Dead End Gene Pool.” The assignment was for the Homes and Gardens section of the New York Times and the story was just posted this afternoon on the Times’ web site. We spent the day photographing her amazing collections of ephemera, her arrangements of said objects and, of course, her. There is an online web gallery of the photographs on the New York Times’ web site which you can see here. The book is scheduled to be released April 1st and promises to be a fantastic read. It’s a witty memoir about growing up in luxurious surroundings but in a deeply dysfunctional family. She is an absolutely lovely woman and I’m looking forward to reading the book. I’ve pre-ordered it from Amazon and am sad that I won’t be in town for her reading at Powell’s (downtown Portland) on Thursday April 15th.
Posted in assignment photography, Award, food, Food Photographer, magazine work, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, photojournalism, travel photographer, tagged Award, food, Food Photographer, magazine photography, photo, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on March 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
I have had the great pleasure of photographing some incredibly talented chefs in Portland over the years. This year, three of my subjects are up for James Beard Best Chef Northwest Awards. Naomi Pomeroy of Beast Restaurant and Andy Ricker, of Pok Pok, The Whiskey Soda Lounge and Ping are both up for the first time. Also, Gabrial Rucker of Le Pigeon is up for a national James Beard nomination for Rising Star Chef of the Year. I wish all of these talented food professionals the best. Bonne chance!!!
Posted in assignment photography, editor, just for fun, magazine work, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, photojournalism, portfolio, tagged photo, photo editor, photography, photojournalism, portfolio, technical on March 3, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to sit down with photo editor extraordinaire, Mike Davis. If you haven’t visited his web site, you should. It’s chock full of useful information and good stories. Here in the backwaters of Portland, it’s rare to be able to have someone with such a remarkable résumé look at your work and give an opinion. So I found myself at his doorstep, slightly hesitant, knowing where he’s been and who he has worked with and thinking that perhaps what I shoot isn’t up to his par. My work has largely consisted of travel photography, mostly features for publications like National Geographic Traveler and The New York Times. In the past, he has hired me to shoot for Mix magazine, when he was the editor there, but there’s something vastly different about bringing a group of photos to your assigning editor versus showing up with a hard drive containing over 600 random pictures just to see how he/she would sequence them. I don’t know if it was good or bad that it took only a couple of hours to whittle those images down to a group of 24.
I had given my husband the same group of images with the same missive: edit the 600 down to 24.
He is no schlock when it comes to editing photographs. He definitely has a completely different history: one informed by the complex world of fine art photography which is often out of step with Mike’s world: one that is heavily steeped in the tradition of photojournalism. My husband is also just that, my husband. He can’t possibly see my images without seeing me, (and my fragile ego). Although what’s amazing is that there was a certain amount of crossover.
It’s important to find someone whose vision you admire and then allow them to see your work wholly through their eyes. Step aside and let them look, check your attachment to pictures at the door. Mike’s history and experience informs all his decisions about how he sees. His perception is truly unique. He saw things in my pictures that I never have and never could. It was a wonderful experience and I’m sad I didn’t take more pictures for the initial edit. I’m thinking of going back.
Here’s Mike’s Sequence.
Susan Seubert Photography wins award for Overall Excellence in Photography from the North American Travel Journalists Association
Posted in Award, magazine work, National Gegoraphic, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, tagged Award, magazine photography, national geographic traveler, photo, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on February 23, 2010 | 1 Comment »
It is with great pleasure to announce that I was given an award for Overall Excellence in Photography from the North American Travel Journalists Association for the work that I’ve done for National Geographic Traveler Magazine. Yippee! This came as quite a surprise. There are many fine photographers in the line-up as well, including Justin Guariglia, among others. The magazine did very well across the board with awards in Travel Journalism, Travel Journalism Web Sites, Travel Blogs, and other categories. Here is the press release. Booya!
Posted in assignment photography, Canon, Canon 5D, Canon 5D Mark II, D5 Mark ll, Hawaii, landscape photographer, landscape photography, magazine work, Maui, maui photographer, National Gegoraphic, nature photographer, outdoors, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, photojournalism, Travel, travel photographer, tagged 5D Mark ll, Canon, Hawaii, island, magazine, magazine photography, Maui, National Geographic, national geographic traveler, outdoors, photo, photography, photojournalism, tourism, Travel, travel photographer, travel photography on February 6, 2010 | 5 Comments »
The March Issue of National Geographic Traveler is out to subscribers and it is with great pleasure that I am able to share these images from the story. The article was put online a few days ago, but now the printed version is also available. Although I didn’t shoot all the images for the article, I did wind up with the majority of published pictures along with a nice byline. Here are the photographs from the story that I made. Please go buy a copy of the magazine, or even better, support magazines and get a subscription! You can also look at more of my photography of Hawaii on my photoshelter site by clicking here. I spend four months a year in Maui, so I am very proud to have had this opportunity to feature one of my favorite places on earth in pictures. I hope you enjoy the story and have the opportunity to visit our 50th state sometime in the very near future. Aloha and mahalo nui loa!
These images were made with a Canon 5D, Canon 5D Mark II, and one film camera, the Hasselblad. When shooting digitally, I always shoot in a RAW format. The digital images were processed in Adobe’s Lightroom software program.
Posted in architectural photographer, book photographer, cameras, Canon 5D, Halprin, landscape photographer, landscape photography, photography, public space, tagged architectural photographer, architecture, Canon, Hasselblad, landscape, landscape architecture, landscape photographer, photo, photography, tourism, walking on December 30, 2009 | 1 Comment »
… is featured in the new book entitled, “Where the Revolution Began, published by Spacemaker Press. It features the work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who had been at the leading edge of urban design (sadly, he passed away in October). Together with his wife Anna Halprin, they transformed notions of public space and community. The book contains three essays by John Beardsley, Janice Ross and Randy Gragg. I made the modern photographs of the Halprin Promenade in Portland over the last couple of years. If you would like to buy the book, you can do so here. We hope you do, as all the proceeds go to the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, “a nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public and preserving the Portland Open Space Sequence.”
The process of documenting these parks was a very interesting exercise in trying to “see” back in time and envision what these plazas might have looked like before they were overwhelmed by high rise buildings, neglect, (don’t mean to be down on Portland here, I would wager this was due to city budget restraints), and the addition of unintended architectural features (such as sculpture, planters, etc…).
This book is a magnificent testament to these public spaces and we hope will not only bring attention to these important Portland landmarks but lead to the preservation of them for future generations. In addition to my work, the book also includes reproductions of Halprin’s drawings and some historical images for context.
Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot which features the Lovejoy Fountain, Pettygrove Park and the Forecourt Fountain. Most of the images were made with a Hasselblad using 80mm, 50mm or 40mm lenses. The film was either Kodak 160VC or Kodak 400VC. Some of the detail images and wide angle horizontal images were made with a Canon 5D.