Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Arctic Svalbard and the Fjords of Norway

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Arctic Svalbard and the Fjords of Norway

Velkommen! I recently returned from an epic adventure to the Svalbard Archipelago and the beautiful Fjords of Norway with National Geographic Expeditions.  This trip was phenomenal because we not only explored the land of the midnight sun where we hiked on the arctic tundra and took a late night stroll on the fast ice, we also witnessed a polar bear take a bearded seal.  Polar bears are difficult to see under any circumstances but to actually witness a successful hunt is truly a rare event.  After heading south past Bear Island, we arrived at the northern end of mainland Norway with our first stop in sunny Tromsø.  From there, we took the ship into many of the infamous fjords with towering, snow-capped mountains, beguiling forests and quaint fishing villages, whose residents welcomed us with open arms and loads of Norwegian waffles!

Below is a collection of images that tell the story of our journey by ship as we explored this beautiful area of the world. Enjoy!

Svalbard, Norway, Europe

The entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Longyearbyen, Norway.

Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Signs warning of the presence of polar bears on the edge of the town of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our first evening in the land of the midnight sun and the ocean conditions couldn’t be any better! Gorgeous sunshine and glassy water welcomed us to our adventure in Svalbard.

Svalbard, Norway, Europe

A late night champagne toast on the bow to welcome everyone on board the National Geographic Orion. The sun never sets here at this time of year. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Daudmannsoya, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our first steps on to the arctic tundra were at Daudmannsoya where we saw our first reindeer and some interesting earth formations.

Daudmannsoya, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our first arctic fox at Daudmannsoya. You can see this fox is losing its white winter coat.

Walrus haul out at Poolepynten, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our next stop was to observe a group of walrus hauled out at Poolepynten, Svalbard.

Walrus haul out at Poolepynten, Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

These giant blubbery animals come out of the ocean to rest and weigh in on average at about 2,000 lbs.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

The next day we headed to Hornsund to investigate the fast ice and look for polar bears.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Another sunscreen-worthy day in Hornsund!

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our ice class ship had no problem negotiating the ice floes. Here we saw some fresh polar bear tracks on the ice, seen right at the tip of the shadow of our bow.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

The ice cracked as we began to park the ship in the fast ice.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Scanning the horizon as this is prime habitat for the giant fuzzy bears.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Our first polar bear of the trip! We spotted this one that was very far off in the distance, in front of a glacier. He quickly disappeared behind the hill.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Because of the fantastic weather, we were treated to a bbq on the aft sun deck of the National Geographic Orion.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Later on, we were able to find ice that was thick enough for us to get out and explore. Of course, we sent the polar guards first to examine the fresh bear tracks.

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

After the all clear from our guards, everyone came out on the ice for a fun group picture!

Hornsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

After dinner, I joined one of our Norwegian spotters out on the observation deck to keep an eye out for bears. Difficult to believe that this is in the late evening!

Camp Miller, Bellsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

The emblematic reindeer grazing on the tundra at Camp Miller, Bellsund, Svalbard.

Camp Miller, Bellsund, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

These reindeer are smaller because they have to survive during the dark winter months. During summer, they shed and grow new antlers.

Polar Bear, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

We had headed back to Hornsund to spot bears. We found this one swimming in open water at about 5am. We watched it as it headed towards the ice where some seals were hauled out. It caught one and proceeded to have a great meal. A very special experience!

Polar Bear, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

The polar bear as it is eating its lunch and an ivory gull tries its best to get some of the meat.

Polar Bear, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Polar Bear, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Polar Bear, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

We pulled away after watching this bear catch and eat a bearded seal. Amazing!

Bear Island, Bjornoya, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

Bjørnøya, Bear Island, lies half way between Svalbard and mainland Norway. Its sea cliffs are home to large bird colonies.

Bear Island, Bjornoya, Svalbard, Norway, Europe

As we approached Bjørnøya, a large group of Fulmars joined the ship. They were so close that you could almost reach out and touch them!

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

This marks the beginning of our adventure into Norway’s beautiful fjords. We started in Hellmobotn, which is at the end of Tysfjorden, and home to a picturesque village.

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

We offered a range of hikes, one of which took us to the base of this tremendous waterfall.

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

Under the beautiful sun, we hiked in our first forest of the trip.

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

Cod hanging to dry in the village of Hellmobotn.

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

The glaciated walls of the fjord are very visible in Hellmobotn.

Hellmobotn, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

Picturesque buildings can be found throughout the fjord systems in Norway. This was taking as we were transiting out of Tysfjorden.

Lonkanfjorden, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

We awoke the next day at Lonkanfjorden, where one could hike, kayak or take a cruise in a zodiac.

Lonkanfjorden, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

The kayaks being prepared for the morning adventure!

Lonkanfjorden, Tysfjorden, Norway, Europe

Hiking deep in to the fjord at Lonkanfjorden.

Skrova, Norway, Europe

The quaint fishing village of Skrova in the Nordland county of Norway.

Skrova, Norway, Europe

Skrova is popular as a place where Norwegians have family summer homes that line the beautiful bay.

Skrova, Norway, Europe

Skrova is also an active fishing village, where cod is air dried using traditional methods. These were harvested shortly after we photographed them.

Trollfjord, Norway, Europe

We continued to be blessed with beautiful weather as we made our way into Trollfjord.

Trollfjord, Norway, Europe

Guests line up to watch as we enter this narrow fjord where the ship eventually noses in to the steep wall, in order to have our youngest guest pick a leaf from a tree.

Trollfjord, Norway, Europe

Getting close to the narrowest part of Trollfjord, at only 100 meters wide and 72 meters deep.

Vega, Norway, Europe

Our morning start in the fishing village of Vega, Norway. In 2004, Vega’s cultural landscape was inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage Site list as representative of “the way generations of fishermen/farmers have, over the past 1,500 years, maintained a sustainable living in an inhospitable seascape near the Arctic Circle, based on the now unique practice of eider down harvesting.”

Vega, Norway, Europe

Throughout our visits in the fjords, seeing houses with green roofs was not uncommon. According to our guide, this is done for purposes of insulation.

Vega, Norway, Europe

We were lucky to come across a man with 4 Lundehund, otherwise known as Norwegian Puffin Dogs. These animals were once used to hunt puffin birds for humans. As a result, they have 6 toes and can splay out flat. Although these were almost extinct at one point, they now number about 1500 worldwide.

Vega, Norway, Europe

One of the highlights of our visit to this island village was being treated to a local seafood tasting, which included sea urchins collected in the bay.

Vega, Norway, Europe

Although not a traditional Norwegian dish, this village is practicing sustainable seafood by looking to the Japanese for inspiration.

Smole, Norway, Europe

We were welcomed to this tiny fishing village on the island of Smøla by the owner of this house, Peggy.

Smole, Norway, Europe

Peggy’s home was at one point the family home of her husband’s, and now serves as their family’s summer home.

Smole, Norway, Europe

This village was built before the industrial revolution and although not on the lee side of the island, it allowed the fishermen to see the weather before deciding whether to head out to work in the morning.

Smole, Norway, Europe

This is Peggy, one of the warmest people I have ever encountered.

Smole, Norway, Europe

We were able to explore this tiny island on foot where photo opportunities were everywhere!

Smole, Norway, Europe

Our group hiking towards the House of Prayer where we were treated to a very nice history lesson from one of the villagers.

Smole, Norway, Europe

We were welcomed with a seemingly endless supply of fresh Norwegian waffles and home made strawberry jam. Delicious!

Smole, Norway, Europe

Peggy, along with her friends, acted as our hosts.

Briksdal Glacier, Norway, Europe

Today we got an early start as we had to catch the bus to the base of the Birksdal Glacier. It was a beautiful hike through the mist on a well paved road to get to the base of the glacier.

Briksdal Glacier, Norway, Europe

Briksdalsbreen is an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and located inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

Nordfjord, Norway, Europe

In Leon, we were lucky enough to be one of the first groups of visitors to ascend the Sky Lift which offers amazing views through the mist of the villages below.

Nordfjord, Norway, Europe

The heart-stopping vertical Leon Sky lift is not for the faint of heart.

Nordfjord, Norway, Europe

The National Geographic Orion parked at Leon, at the base of the Sky Lift in Nordfjord.

Bergen, Norway, Europe

The last stop on our journey, the quaint town of Bergen, Norway.

Bergen, Norway, Europe

After our morning guided tours, we explored the town on foot, including the famous fish market.

Bergen, Norway, Europe

Strolling past the beautiful Hanseatic buildings of Bryggen, a World Heritage Site, was a fine way to end this incredible trip.

 

 

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in the Antarctic

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in the Antarctic

Skog Bay, Antarctica

The bridge in the early morning hours as we head towards the Antarctic Circle

I recently returned from an epic journey with National Geographic Expeditions where we traveled to the Antarctic Peninsula, the island of South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.  The seas were calm for most of the voyage, making for an excellent experience exploring this remote area of the Earth. As the on-board National Geographic Photography Expert, I have the privilege of leading the photography component of this departure. I lecture on the ships about photography and help people improve their technical and storytelling skills so that they return home with a great collection of images.  Below is a selection of some of my favorite moments from this fantastic adventure.

Please enjoy the pictures and thank you for visiting!

Watching Type A Killer Whales in the Southern Ocean from the National Geographic Explorer, a ship in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Watching Type A Killer Whales in the Southern Ocean from the National Geographic Explorer, a ship in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Skog Bay, Antarctica

A Crabeater Seal hauled out on the ice in Skog Bay, Antarctica

Skog Bay, Antarctica

A beautiful iceberg in Skog Cove, Antarctica

Skog Bay, Antarctica

A Skua flies through an opening in a large iceberg in Skog Cove, Antarctica

Skog Bay, Antarctica

Sailing through fast ice, Antarctica

Skog Bay, Antarctica

Adventures on the Fast Ice, Antarctica

Booth Island, Antarctica

Sunrise on our way to Booth Island, Antarctica

Booth Island, Antarctica

A Gentoo penguin colony on Booth Island, Antarctica

Port Lockroy, Antarctica

Port Lockroy, Antarctica

Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Two porpoising Gentoo penguins and a humpback whale feeding in Cierva Cove, Antarctica. This is a once in a lifetime image!!

Danco Island, Errera Channel, Antarctica

The remains of whaling at Danco Island, Errera Channel, Antarctica

Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Porpoising Gentoo penguins in Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Point Wild, Antarcica

Point Wild, Antarctica, where Ernest Shackleton’s men spent 137 days awaiting rescue.

Gold Harbour, South Georgia

We had a persistent rainbow at Gold Harbour as seen from our ship, South Georgia

Gold Harbour, South Georgia

A rainbow and King penguins on the beach at Gold Harbour, South Georgia

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Over 500,000 King penguins at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

An illustration of the density of King penguins at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

An Antarctic fur seal pup at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Molting Elephant seals at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia

Hercules Bay, South Georgia

A Macaroni penguin shows off its crest at Hercules Bay, South Georgia

Hercules Bay, South Georgia

Dramatic light at Hercules Bay, South Georgia

Maiviken hike to Grytviken, South Georgia

Hiking a scree slope in the snow from Maiviken to Grytviken, South Georgia

Right Whale Bay, South Georgia

A large King penguin colony at Right Whale Bay, South Georgia

Right Whale Bay, South Georgia

Wind gusts up to 80 knots at Right Whale Bay, South Georgia

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The colorful houses in the morning light as we pull in to the harbor at Stanley, Falkland Islands

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The classic whale bone arch in Stanley, Falkland Islands

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The quaint town of Stanley, the capital city of the Falkland Islands

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A sheep herding demonstration at Long Island Farm outside of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Long Island Farm outside of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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Wool from the farm at Long Island Farm outside of Stanley, Falkland Islands

Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

Magellanic penguins molting on Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

West Point Island, Falkland Islands

A Rockhopper penguin and Black-browed Albatross colony, West Point Island, Falkland Islands

West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Black-browed Albatross chick being fed, West Point Island, Falkland Islands

West Point Island, Falkland Islands

Black-browed Albatross chicks waiting to fledge, West Point Island, Falkland Islands

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The amazing group of people that I work with on board the National Geographic Explorer on our last night after 3 weeks together exploring the Southern Ocean

Portland Oregon Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in South Georgia

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.

The Brochure Cover for National Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

The Brochure Cover for National Geographic | Lindblad Expeditions South Georgia and the Falkland Islands

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Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in the Falkland Islands

While visiting the island of South Georgia, I slipped in a slurry of penguin poo and mud which resulted in a very painful sprained ankle.  This left me unable to walk well when we pulled into Stanley. Instead of exploring the city I went with my fellow shipmates to a beautiful farm about an hour’s drive outside of the capital city.  One of the highlights of travel is the ability to peer into the life of the locals, which is precisely what we were able to do when we visited Long Island Farms.  The Watson family welcomed us in to their home with a beautiful spread of hand made cakes. They also gave us a tour of their property where they keep sheep, horses and chickens.  This morning was just one small bit of a much larger expedition to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia with National GeographicI’m heading back to this area in February 2017 and hope that you’ll join us!  Below are some photos from our farm visit, and tune in later for more images from this most incredible journey.

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Peat Harvesting at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Tea and cakes served by the peat burning oven, Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Tea and cakes served next to the peat burning oven, Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The sheep shearing barn at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The sheep shearing barn at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Sheep await their turn to be sheared at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Sheep await their turn to be sheared at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands

Sheep shearing demonstration at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Bags of wool await processing at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

Bags of wool await processing at Long Island Farm, Falkland Islands

The tack room at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands.

The tack room at Long Island Farm in the Falkland Islands.

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National Geographic Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Panama and Costa Rica

National Geographic Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Panama and Costa Rica

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I just returned from an amazing photography expedition in Panama and Costa Rica where I served as the Photography Expert for National Geographic on board the small ship, the National Geographic Sea Lion.

Our journey started in Panama City where we spent a morning strolling through Caso Viejo before paying a visit to the Biomuseo, a museum designed by Frank Gehry and dedicated to Panama’s biodiversity.

A street in the historic district of Panama City, Central America

A street in Caso Viejo of Panama City, Central America

Panama hats for sale in the historic district of Panama City, Panama, Central America

Panama hats for sale in the historic district of Panama City, Panama, Central America

The Museum of Biodiversity, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, in Panama City, Central America

The Museum of Biodiversity, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, in Panama City, Central America

Panama city as seen while Transiting the Panama Canal, Panama including views of Frank Gehry's colorful Bio Museum

Panama city as seen while Transiting the Panama Canal, Panama including views of Frank Gehry’s colorful Bio Museum

We transferred to Colón, located on Panama’s Atlantic Coast, where we boarded the ship and started our transit through the Panama Canal.

Transiting the Panama Canal on board the small passenger ship the National Geographic Sea Lion, Panama, Central America

Transiting the Panama Canal on board the small passenger ship the National Geographic Sea Lion, Panama, Central America

Our first land stop was at Barro Colorado, an island in the man-made Lake Gatun, located in the middle of the canal.

The island is the site of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute which is dedicated to studying tropical forest ecosystems.  It is here where we saw Tent-making bats, birds like the Rufous motmot as well as Mantled howler monkeys.

A newborn howler monkey with its mother at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

A newborn howler monkey with its mother at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

The Rufous Motmot, a species of tropical bird, photographed at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

The Rufous Motmot, a species of tropical bird, photographed at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Barro Colorado Island, Panama

After we passed through the third and final lock, we headed up the Pacific Coast of Panama and Costa Rica, stopping at beautiful parks where we swam, hiked and enjoyed the tropical beauty of the area.

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Stand Up Paddle-boarding and kayaking at Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Isla Coiba National Park, Panama

Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

A Black-mandibled toucan at Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Horseback riding at Caletas Reserve, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Central America

Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

A beautiful beach sunset at Casa Orquidea Botanical Gardens, Costa Rica, Central America

Susan Seubert featured on National Geographic’s “What We Liked” Blog

What a great way to begin 2016!

National Geographic Creative maintains a blog of what pictures they like, and for January 1, 2016, they featured my photograph of a chinstrap penguin.  This image was made on Half Moon Island in Antarctica and the blissful bird appears to be dancing its way across the snow.

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

I love this image because the penguin is seemingly so happy, and joy is something that I strive to express in many of my photographs.

Thank you to the folks at National Geographic Creative for featuring one of my images!  You can see the full post here.

This image was made with a Canon 7D Mark II using a Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens.

Aperture Priority f7.1, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/4000s.

Susan Seubert Photography 2015: Year in Review

From Australia to Antarctica, Albany to Alaska, 2015 was filled with photographic adventures!

January 2015 began with the National Geographic annual photographers’ meeting in Washington, D.C.  This is always a fun event – an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, old and new.

The Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument glow in the evening light as seen from the Tidal Basin

The Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument, as seen from the Tidal Basin, glow in the evening light.

 

I trained for back country emergency medicine with courses through REI and NOLS, rounding it out with CPR certification.  It was an enlightening experience. The course is taught outdoors, and the weather was nice enough that it was actually fun to work through all sorts of emergency scenarios.  I now am prepared to help first-responders in the event of an emergency, should one arise while I’m on assignment in a remote area.

Wilderness First Aid class taught outside of Portland, Oregon

Wilderness First Aid class taught outside of Portland, Oregon

February 2015

…took me whale watching in Maui.

One of the best times to visit Maui is February when the population of Alaska Humpbacks migrates to the ‘Au ‘Au Channel to mate and give birth, right outside our back door.  It’s amazing to sit on the beach and watch these gigantic animals frolic in relatively shallow water.  If you stick your head underwater, you can hear the males singing.  It’s truly magical!  I took several whale watching trips and have settled on my favorite – the VIP Ultimate Whale Watch out of Lahaina. We will be returning February 2016 to go and see these majestic creatures.

Humpback whales in the 'Au 'au Channel, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Humpback whales in the ‘Au ‘au Channel, Maui, Hawaii, USA

March 2015

…was dominated by working with the crew at Staples on a shoot in Los Angeles.

It was so fun to work on a back lot at Universal Studios plus it’s always nice to go to sunny climates for work.  It was great to make new friends and I look forward to working with Staples in 2016!

 

Here is Susan framing up one of our shots on "Wisteria Lane."

Here is Susan framing up one of our shots on “Wisteria Lane.”

Our third location was on the Universal Studios Backlot. We shot on the same street where Desperate Housewives was filmed. I wonder how many selfies we all took? #wisterialane

Our third location was on the Universal Studios Backlot. We shot on the same street where Desperate Housewives was filmed. I wonder how many selfies we all took?

Happy client. Smiles all around.

Happy client. Smiles all around.

April 2015

…opened my show, “The Fallacy of Hindsight,” at the Froelick Gallery.  I was pleased with the response, and it was covered well by the press. The opening also overlapped with the highly regarded Portland photography event, Photolucida.

"Entwined", 50x40", Digital Pigment Print from Wet Plat Collodion Negative, 2015, edition of 15, signed, numbered and dated on verso, model: Twinka Thiebaud

“Entwined”, 50×40″, Digital Pigment Print from Wet Plat Collodion Negative, 2015, edition of 15, signed, numbered and dated on verso, model: Twinka Thiebaud

The installation at the Froelick Gallery of Susan Seubert's show, "The Fallacy of Hindsight"

The installation at the Froelick Gallery of Susan Seubert’s show, “The Fallacy of Hindsight”

May 2015

…and we were back to our island home in Maui for a couple of weeks to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.  Mid-trip I headed to New  York City to give a talk with Ralph Lee Hopkins, Dan Westergren, Bob Krist, and Art Wolfe for a very well-attended OPTIC 2015 conference.  I was one of the 5 keynote speakers on the first day of the OPTIC event.  Working with National Geographic, Lindblad, and B&H was a very satisfying experience.  I look forward to OPTIC 2016!

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Holding a 1200mm prime on stage at the OPTIC 2015 Conference in New York City

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Speaking to a packed house with over 700 people in attendance – standing room only!

June 2015

… on the train from Seattle to the Jasper/Banff areas to photograph a story about the Rocky Mountaineer for National Geographic Traveler Magazine. This was a technically challenging shoot, but good planning helped me get “the shot” of the train at sunrise.  It was also the first time I worked on the side of a mountain – the Via Ferrata on Mt. Norquay – where I had to photograph while rock climbing.  It was exhilarating and I would do it again in a heartbeat!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous, the people were fantastic, and the landscape was breathtaking.

The Rocky Mountaineer passenger train as seen at dawn near Exshaw, Alberta, Canada, with Heart Mountain reflected in the Bow River

The Rocky Mountaineer passenger train as seen at dawn near Exshaw, Alberta, Canada, with Heart Mountain reflected in the Bow River

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On location at Peyto Lake in Banff, Canada

The Via Ferrata on Mt. Norquay, Banff National Park, Canada. Via Ferrata (Italian for Iron Road) is a trail making method used in the mountains to make passage easier and more secure. It is done by a installing steel steps, handles, ladder rungs, and a steel cable in the places where the trail steepens. Travellers are secured to the rock by wearing a harness that is always attached to the steel cable. The Norquay VF is designed to accommodate beginners seeking a taste of the alpine, and to accommodate folks who already have a little alpine experience. The Norquay Via Ferrata is located on the cliffs above The Cliffhouse Bistro at the top of the North American Chairlift. In total there’s about 300m of Via Ferrata and about 1350m of trail.

The Via Ferrata on Mt. Norquay, Banff National Park, Canada.

July 2015

… found me trekking across the globe to Broome, Australia, where I met the National Geographic Orion for an adventure with National Geographic Expeditions on the Kimberley Coast of Australia.  The geology is some of the most unique in the world and there is an abundance of wildlife.  Sea snakes, crocodiles, sharks, dolphins, wallabies, and a myriad of bird species made this trip spectacular.

Man tasting ascorbic acid defensive spray from green weaver ants in the Kimberley, Vansittart Bay, Australia

Naturalist David Cothran tasting ascorbic acid defensive spray from green weaver ants in the Kimberley, Vansittart Bay, Australia

Naturalist Anthony Capogreco checks underwater for jellies and crocodiles at Crocodile Creek, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Naturalist Anthony Capogreco checks underwater for jellies and crocodiles at Crocodile Creek, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Gwion Gwion, or Bradshaw Rock Art, dated to be perhaps 50,000 years old, at Jar Island, Kimberly Coast, Australia

Gwion Gwion, or Bradshaw Rock Art, dated to be perhaps 50,000 years old, at Jar Island, Kimberly Coast, Australia

King George River, Kimberly Coast, Australia

Crocodile, King George River, Kimberly Coast, Australia

Vansittart Bay, Kimberley Coast, Australia

Hugging a Boab tree for good luck at Vansittart Bay, Kimberley Coast, Australia. Photo by Cristiana Damiano

At the top of twin falls. King George River, Kimberly Coast, Australia. Photo by Adam Cropp

At the top of Twin Falls, King George River, Kimberly Coast, Australia. Photo by Adam Cropp

August/September 2015

…exploring the inside passage of Alaska, one of the most unspoiled places on earth, is best visited by small ship. This expedition is one of my favorites.  On this expedition we explored small fjords and remote islands, then transited into British Columbia where several First Nations tribes reside, including the Haida people. This area includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of SGaang Gwaii.  While anchored outside of Glacier National Park, we were treated to a display the Northern Lights. Among the amazing wildlife sightings were the rare displays of cooperative bubblenet feeding by humpback whales, the very same population that I had seen earlier in the year in Maui.

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada

The Eagle Dance, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

A much larger cruise ship at Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, USA

Humpback Whales bubble net feeding south of Morris Reef, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

Humpback Whales bubble net feeding south of Morris Reef, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

The Fairweather Mountains as seen from a ship, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

The Fairweather Mountains at dawn as seen from a ship, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

Northern Lights as seen just at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

Northern Lights as seen just at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park, Inside Passage, Alaska, USA

October 2015

… I headed to Tucson, Arizona for a shoot with the Tanque Verde Ranch and J Public Relations.  I love riding horses. It was great fun riding through the desert landscape and quite a contrast to the lush green of my Pacific Northwest.  There were also the unforgettable prickly pear margaritas!

The Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tuscon, AZ

Riding at sunset at the Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tuscon, AZ

The Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tuscon, AZ

The Spa at Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tuscon, AZ

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Joe Valdez, legendary cowboy, at Tanque Verde Ranch

 

The Tanque Verde Ranch, a dude ranch located on the outskirts of the Saguaro National Park in Tuscon, AZ

The Prickly Pear Margarita at Tanque Verde Ranch

As a digital photographer, I must keep current with the software I use to process those thousands of files. In my experience, the finest training is the D-65 course taught by Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer, offered only in their home in Florida.  The side benefit of the class is the great wine and food!  If you are looking to take your digital workflow to the next level, I recommend this course.

D-65 Lightroom Training Course in Florida

D-65 Lightroom Training Course in Florida

Castagna Restaurant has been a long-time commercial client. This year I photographed a gallery refresh for their cafe and restaurant, two of my favorite places to eat in Portland.  We had a great time making images for their photography needs.  This award winning restaurant is not to be missed whether you are a native to the city or an out of town guest looking to sample some of the finest Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Mobile studio!

Mobile studio!

Working on the classic Castagna burger.

Working on the classic Castagna burger.

Cucumber, Egg Yolk, nasturtium at Castagna Restaurant in Portland, OR, a clean-lined, minimalist restaurant serving fixed-price, high-end modernist Northwest dinners.

Cucumber, Egg Yolk, nasturtium at Castagna Restaurant in Portland, OR.

Nasturtium dish at Castagna Restaurant in Portland, OR, a clean-lined, minimalist restaurant serving fixed-price, high-end modernist Northwest dinners.

Nasturtium dish at Castagna Restaurant in Portland, OR.

November 2015

…and I’m flying from coast to coast twice in one week!  I enjoyed sharing speakers’ duties with Ralph Lee Hopkins, this time at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY for National Geographic Seminars.  We had a great day with good attendance. What a pleasure it is to work with personable and talented colleagues.

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Speaking for National Geographic Seminars at the New York State Museum

As soon as I touched down in Portland, it was back to the East Coast to do a shoot for Smithsonian Magazine in Washington, D.C.  Keep your eyes peeled for the April 2016 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  Here are some behind-the-scenes shots to give you a taste of what’s to come.

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On location at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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Working my magic back in Portland to finish up the project with Smithsonian Magazine

Having returned from DC, I headed straight to Netarts, Oregon, where I was on assignment for National Geographic Traveler to photograph a story about salt for their upcoming issue which will feature water as a theme.  Keep your eyes peeled for that one, too!  Here are a few BTS to whet your appetite.

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Photographing Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt, in Netarts, Oregon

Jacobsen Salt Company in Netarts, Oregon, USA. The salt is harvested from sea water pumped from Netarts Bay in to their facility located on the shore of the bay. Jacobsen Salt was founded in 2011 by owner Ben Jacobsen. Their main products are flake and kosher sea salts available for sale in their store in Portland, Oregon. Contact Ben Jacobson sales@jacobsensalt.com or 503-473-3952. Pictured here is the salt being harvested from the evaporation pans using specially adapted shovels by facilities manager Tom Gibson

A shovel full of sea salt at Jacobsen Salt Company in Netarts, Oregon, USA. The salt is harvested from sea water pumped from Netarts Bay in to their facility located on the shore of the bay.

December 2015

…headed all the way south, down to Ushuaia, Argentina, where I boarded the ship, the National Geographic Explorer, for 3 weeks of exploring the Antarctic peninsula with National Geographic Expeditions.  Penguins, whales, seals, and ice were the dominating subjects of this adventure.  Our amazing Expedition Leader, Lisa Kelley, along with the captain, worked hard to make sure that we did not miss a thing.  We hiked in waist high snow, we sat and watched Elephant Seal pups, we watched Humpback Whales feeding, and then there was the ice.  Blue is the dominant color, and in Antarctica we saw miles of it.

Fast Ice, Weddell Sea, Antarctica

Our fearless Expedition Leader, Lisa Kelley, on the bridge as we pass tabular icebergs around midnight.

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A “weaner” elephant seal trying to suckle at my knee in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Photo by a very nice passenger.

Gentoo penguins on Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Gentoo penguins on Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Icebergs, Antarctica

Icebergs, Antarctica

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Chinstrap penguins on Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands, Southern Ocean, Antarctica

Juggling snowballs at the top of the trail at Orne Harbour, Antarctica

Juggling snowballs at the top of the trail at Orne Harbour, Antarctica. Photograph by guest Courtney Thompson.

An Emperor Penguin with Adelie Penguins on an iceberg in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

An Emperor Penguin with Adelie Penguins on an iceberg in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

Adelie penguins and a Weddell Seal on an iceberg in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

Adelie penguins and a Weddell Seal on an iceberg in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica

 

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