Aloha from the beautiful island of Maui! On Monday, we had the great pleasure of visiting O’o Farms located on the slopes of Haleakala in what is referred to as upcountry Maui. The farm is located in the little town of Kula, just off of the main road and the property overlooks the valley and ocean. O’o Farm is the only true farm-to-table operation on the island and for a nominal fee, one can visit the farm and learn about their coffee, vegetables and even pick the greens to be served for lunch! It’s a nice way to spend the day in the cool, misty outdoors and an unexpected pleasure to experience fine dining in a unique island setting. Below are some images from our visit that I hope you enjoy. Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!
It’s been a whirlwind of travel for the last few years. Now, I’m officially bipolar, meaning that I have visited both extremes of the earth, both by virtue of traveling with National Geographic Expeditions. The first trip was towards the North Pole in Svalbard, exploring the Norwegian archipelago by icebreaker. Then, most recently, down to the Southern Ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula and the islands of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.
South Georgia is one of the most incredible, and remote, places on the planet. During the turn of the last century, South Georgia was home to numerous natural resource extraction operations. Animals were harvested to the point where a number of species, including whales, fur seals and penguins, were hunted to near extinction. Since these operations were shut down during the 1960’s, a number of species have now recovered. Since South Georgia has a tiny human population, the animals are completely perplexed but not frightened by human presence. For wildlife photography, it’s difficult to find a more interesting and beautiful place.
One of my images from South Georgia at a landing called Gold Harbour was used on one of the expedition program guide’s covers. I’ll never forget this morning. We had gotten up before daybreak to catch the morning light and although we only had it for a few moments, we were able to capture a number of gorgeous images of the King penguins in the golden hour of dawn.
Recently I was assigned by National Geographic Traveler Magazine to photograph the process of making salt from sea water harvested from Netarts Bay, Oregon, at the Jacobsen Salt Company. The story has been published in the February/March 2016 issue of the magazine, which focuses on water-loving getaways. The idea for the project was to document the entire process of making salt – from sea water to the pure crystalline mineral. The shoot was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, but when I saw the awful weather forecast, I left Portland early so that I could arrive Sunday to scout, and possibly photograph. Arriving a day early turned out to be a good decision because we ended up having a nice afternoon with sun breaks and an astonishingly beautiful sunset. The following two days were solid rain as a very large storm slammed into Netarts. Working under an umbrella held by a heavy-duty C-stand allowed me to continue to work outside, despite the deluge. I truly enjoyed working with Ben Jacobsen and his crew. They made it easy to get some great images, despite the typically challenging weather at the Oregon coast. Below are a few of my favorites.
All of the images were photographed with a Canon 5D Mark III with various Canon lenses. All of the images were shot in RAW and processed using Adobe’s Lightroom CC software. All photographs are copyright © 2016 Susan Seubert and may not be used in any form without prior written permission from Susan Seubert.
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I just returned home from just over three weeks in Antarctica on board the National Geographic Explorer, an ice class expedition ship, where I served as the National Geographic Photography Expert. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget. Words cannot begin to express the vastness of the continent. Here is a link to a gallery of images from the two expeditions that I attended. I hope you enjoy the images of the three brush-tailed penguin species, the Weddell seals, the incredible ice formations and the most elusive of creatures, the mighty Emperor Penguin. More to come about this adventure in later posts. Thank you and season’s greetings!
Here is a time-lapse from Cuverville Island, where people and gentoo penguins go about their day. Enjoy!
Tanque Verde is a beautiful cattle and guest ranch just outside the city of Tucson, situated on 60,000 acres of gorgeous desert landscape. The property also is located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, home to its namesake cactus.
The property boasts all the amenities of a luxury hotel, however the authentic American West experience is what really drew me in. I’ve loved horses since I was a child and take every opportunity to pack my riding boots for a shoot. The desert landscape is expressed beautifully at Tanque Verde.
The ranch offers walks with a naturalist guide who can identify the myriad native plants and animals that you’ll see either on foot or on horseback.
Certain nights they offer an outdoor bbq, complete with fire pits and margaritas – their signature prickly pear margarita is not to be missed! You can get those at the Dog House saloon which is open daily. If you want to take your holiday relaxation to the next level, check out their spa offerings.
I could have easily spent a week photographing at Tanque Verde, and I look forward to my next visit!
A while back, I photographed a story about Haleakala, the volcano located on the island of Maui. This is a very popular tourist destination where people go to watch the sun rise or go for a hike in the gorgeous volcanic crater. It is also a sacred place for the native Hawaiian people. I had the good fortune of not only landing the story on the cover of Smithsonian, I also gathered video and audio for a multimedia piece that was subsequently edited by the team at Smithsonian Magazine and published on their web site. There is now an HD version of the final piece to my web site as well as my Vimeo channel. I’m very proud of this piece as it was extremely difficult to produce. I gathered all of the sound in the field. I shot the video footage at the same time I was shooting stills. It was not an easy task, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so for such an amazing publication.
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I was invited by B&H to be a guest writer to address the topic of how to prepare for travel assignments, and what equipment I brings with me.
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