Maui Photographer Susan Seubert in National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Aloha!  The November 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler is available online and a story I photographed here on Maui for the magazine is featured.  The story, which you can read here, is in the Road Trip section and investigates how the Road to Hana and beyond relates to the music of the Hawaii.  Traversing the road with the car stereo set to the local radio station, we set out to document some of the things that are the subject of local music, both traditional Hawaiian songs and more contemporary island sounds.  Our journey took us from our home here in West Maui, along the Hana Highway where we met people who farm taro in the traditional way on the Keanae Peninsula to Hana where we explored black and red sand beaches, around the back of Haleakala, through Kipahulu and Kaupo.  It’s a beautiful drive and although it’s possible to do it in one day, I recommend spending at least one night in Hana so that you can take your time, do some hiking, explore the waterfalls and enjoy the peaceful town. The photo gallery which has more photos than the printed magazine, can be seen here.

Mahalo and a hui ho!

The story about the Road to Hana in the November 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler’s online magazine. Click here to go to the photo gallery. 🙂

Editorial Photographer Susan Seubert Shoots for National Geographic Traveler

Summer is definitely on its way out as is evidenced by the fall magazines that are arriving in my mailbox.  The October 2012 issue of National Geographic Traveler landed and features a story I shot for their Road Trip section on central Washington State.  The adventure begins in Centralia then wanders over the Cascade Range, winding up with explorations through Yakima, Ellensburg and Prosser.  This is a beautiful area of the country, particularly at this time of year when the stone fruits of the Yakima Valley are ripening and everyone is getting excited for harvest.  There are some fine wines produced in this area, which also boasts the second largest hops growing area in the world.  If you decide to take this trip, I highly recommend staying at the Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn where one can go on trail rides through the vineyards on horses that have been rescued and rehabilitated. While I was there, a pony named “Wild Bill” adopted me when I was shooting in one of the places where they keep some of the horses.  He was adorable!!!  Spend the night in a truly luxurious tee pee and take a bath under the stars in one of their outdoor tubs.  You can read the story on National Geographic Traveler’s web site here.

The opening image for, “Northwestern Exposure,” a story by Freda Moon about an adventurous road trip through Central Washington State. Photographs by yours truly.

Me on assignment, with the rescued pony, “Wild Bill.” My childhood dream of having a pony, if only for one night. 🙂

All the photos were made with Canon 5D Mark II cameras and a litany of Canon L Series lenses.  The images were processed using Adobe’s Lightroom software.

Landscape photographer Susan Seubert on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine

It is with great pleasure to announce the best holiday gift ever : the cover story for Smithsonian’s December 2011 issue.  In early October, I was assigned by the magazine to cover a story about the crater of Haleakala, located on the island of Maui.  Also available online is a multimedia piece which was edited in Washington D.C. at the magazine’s headquarters.  I provided the raw video and audio and the good people at Smithsonian put together a video featuring the park’s superintendent, Sarah Creachbaum. There is also a slideshow online of some more photos here.

This adventure into the volcano was a test of both my technical and physical capabilities.  My assistant and I covered approximately thirty miles of rough terrain, dealing with gusty winds, yellowjackets and the occasional passing rain shower.  We spent three days and two nights shooting as much of the landscape and volunteer work as possible.  We also shot video and collected audio as we simultaneously tried to shoot stills and keep up with the volunteer group, who had allowed us to tag along and stay with them in two of the three cabins located within the crater.

The eastern flank of this erosional depression is a cloud forest, essentially the top of Hana, an area famous for its rainforests and waterfalls.  If time had allowed, we would have hiked farther into the Kaupo Gap, a lush area filled with native Ohia trees and the chirping of native birds such as the I’iwi and the Apapane.  We saw plenty of Nene, the Native Hawaiian Goose, mostly around the cabins.  Although it’s illegal to feed them, they clearly understand that humans are a source of food, as they would brazenly approach anyone eating a snack.  At the end of the three day hike, we faced climbing out of the volcano up the Halemau’u trail that has an elevation gain of just over 1,000 feet in under 3 miles.  That was a difficult task as we were pretty exhausted by that point, having covered so much ground in such a short period of time.  The most challenging part of photographing was attempting to visually describe the vast landscape.  This was indeed an assignment of a lifetime.  I encourage anyone, who is ambulatory enough, to take the shorter 11 mile hike down the Keonehe’ehe’e, (Sliding Sands), trail.  It’s physically challenging, but to partake in this landscape is to witness the earth at its most primal.  A hui ho!

The Keonehe'ehe'e (Sliding Sands) trail, as seen from near the top of Haleakala, below the visitor's center, featured on the cover of the December 2011 issue of Smithsonian 🙂

Pele's Paintpot, located within the crater of Haleakala, features several different colors of lava rock. Off in the distance, in the far left-hand corner of the image on the crater rim, you can barely make out the Visitor's Center.

All the images and video were shot with Canon 5D Mark II Cameras, the Canon 24-105 F4L IS USM lens, the Canon 70-200mmL IS USM lens, (plus various others), all the images were processed using Adobe’s Lightroom software.  The audio was captured using a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder with an Audiotechnica condenser mic covered with a dead-cat windscreen.

Portland Editorial Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Oregon Wine Country

Last year I was assigned by VIA Magazine, the travel magazine for AAA members, to photograph Oregon Wine Country for a Weekender story in the magazine.  It was a delightful shoot and the weather cooperated as we covered some beautiful activities in Dundee, Oregon.  I’ve had the opportunity to shoot many of these wineries before, but it was great to have such a well rounded tour of the area for an assignment.  One of the highlights was taking a wine tour on horseback through Equestrian Wine Tours.  I’d photographed on horses before, but this was the first time where we were served wine!  Of course, drinking while riding is discouraged, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the gorgeous views, exploring the vineyards from areas only accessible by foot or, of course, horses.  If you want to read the article, it can be found online here.  Cheers!

The two pages from the VIA Magazine story on Oregon Wine Country

All images were shot using a Canon 5D Mark II, a variety of Canon L series lenses and the images were processed in Adobe’s Lightroom software.

Portland Editorial Photographer Susan Seubert on the cover of YES! Magazine

Greetings!  It is with great pleasure to announce that I’ve landed another cover this month for YES! Magazine‘s Fall 2011 issue.  The article is about people who said no to corporate jobs and features SoupCycle’s Jed Lazar on the cover of the book.  His business it delivering healthy, handmade soups, salads and breads via bicycle throughout the city of Portland.  It’s a brilliant plan for those busy people and/or families who want to have a simple, organic meal delivered fresh to their door without having to think about making dinner.  Plus, the bicycle delivery makes the dinner that much more guilt-free because it’s delivered without the help of fossil fuels – just Jed and his team on bikes!  Super yum.  If you live in Portland, sign up for a SoupScription.

Jed Lazar of Soupcycle on the cover of YES! Magazine

This photo was made with a 5D Mark II and processed in Adobe’s Lightroom software.  You can browse an online database of images from this shoot here.

Editorial photographer Susan Seubert shoots for San Francisco Magazine

Yet more foodie love for Portland!  This author tells San Francisco to step aside, food wise.  For the May 2011 issue of San Francisco Magazine, I had the great pleasure of shooting a feature about some of the food scene happening here in my hometown of Portland, Oregon.  I love the color and size of the spread – San Francisco Magazine is a larger than normal book, so the images get great play.  The story features the barrel aged cocktails at Clyde Common, the yummy food of Gruner, the sour beers at Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the delightfully crisp shakerato at Spella Caffe.  If you haven’t already, check the story out by scrolling down online here.

Double truck about Portland, Oregon restaurants

All of these images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and processed in Adobe’s Lightroom Software.

Back Yard Barred Owl -or- Why We Live in Portland, Oregon

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 TrailTrail, 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.