Editorial Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Portland, Oregon for Dutch National Geographic Traveler

Editorial Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Portland, Oregon for Dutch National Geographic Traveler

Last summer I had the privilege of photographing an assignment for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler to cover my home town of Portland, Oregon.  It was great fun to explore my own city!  I was able to revisit some of my favorite places such as the Portland Farmers’ Market, Forest Park, and Ned Ludd, but also assigned to shoot new locations like the tiny house Caravan and a wonderful restaurant called Tusk.

Although it’s always exciting to hop on a plane and go to new places, it’s just as fun to discover interesting, (and delicious), places in my own back yard.

Here is a copy of the spread, as it is only available for sale in The Netherlands.

Enjoy and thank you for visiting!

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Susan Seubert Photography’s Image Chosen as One of the Best in 2014 by Dutch National Geographic Traveler

 

Two girls skipping stones at the edge of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana

Two girls skipping stones at the edge of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana, using a Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens on a 5D Mark III

A photograph from a story I shot about Idaho, Wyoming and Montana for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler was recently named one of the top 6 images published by the magazine in 2014.  When I think of the thousands of images each photographer shoots and submits for each story, I feel humbled to have an image so honored.  I can only marvel at the editorial work needed to winnow so many images into just 6 for an entire year.

The image that was chosen is a picture of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, (shown above).  There are two Amish girls skipping stones on the lake. I remember this moment vividly. The editor and I had stopped for a break. I noticed a group of women and girls reading the interpretive signs next to the lake.  These women were so striking in their dresses and head coverings that I couldn’t resist making some images of them. The color of their clothing seemed to come out of the landscape itself, which had a very blue cast that afternoon.  I thought my timing was off as they were just leaving when I started to approach them, but luckily I had started to take pictures of the unfolding scene while on my way over to where they had gathered to admire the lake.  I had my regular, two camera set-up at the time: one 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm and a second 5D Mark III with a 24-105mm.  First, I began using a 200mm to photograph the women from the back, which made a very pretty picture.  However, I had gotten close enough to use a shorter lens when I noticed the girls skipping stones. Although I was only able to take a few frames before they darted off, I managed to get the shot. This experience was a nice reminder that it only takes one frame to capture a beautiful moment.

Two Amish women admiring the view of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana

Two Amish women admiring the view of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Montana, photographed using Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM on a 5D Mark III

Travel and Editorial Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Oregon

One of the finest pleasures in life is exploring one’s home territory through the fresh eyes of someone new to the place.  In this case, I got the call asking if I was interested in shooting a story about Oregon for the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler.  The editor-in-chief would be traveling from the Netherlands to Oregon to explore the bounty of the region.  It was a fantastic experience, driving around the state, showing off some of the places that I love, and exploring new places together.  The adventure paid off and this month’s issue of the Dutch edition of National Geographic Traveler, I’ve got a 12 page spread featuring the beauty of the state I call my first home, Oregon.  The feature story is below.  Currently I’m in Maui, preparing my gear to head out on assignment here on the island.  Maui is my second home, and I’m anxious to see what this next adventure offers up.

Proost and Aloha!

The opener! Roses at the Portland Rose Test Garden and sunset at minus tide in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The view of downtown Portland, Oregon, with Mt. Hood in the distance and a vignette of the Portland Farmers’ Market.

Oregon Wine Country, the cowgirl who helps out with the Equestrian Wine tours in Dundee, Oregon, and Oregon Hood River Pears.

Thump Coffee in Bend, Oregon and the trail leading down to the boat ramp at Crater Lake.

The magnificent Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge and the historic Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon

Fly fishing in the Deschutes River in Central Oregon, near Bend, and the inset of the historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood