Editorial and Travel Photographer Susan Seubert in Antarctica

Greetings!  I just returned from just over 3 weeks in Antarctica and it was yet another epic adventure spent as the National Geographic Photography Expert on board the National Geographic Explorer expedition ship.  The thing that is extremely difficult to express, in words or pictures, is the scale of Antarctica.  It is truly vast.  Every place we visited felt enormous yet when seen on a map, appeared to be just a mere speck in the context of the peninsula.  We were greeted by humpback and killer whales, leopard seals and several species of penguinsIceberg A57a was quite a sight, as was cruising through Antarctic sound during a beautiful sunset and moon-rise.  Of course, nothing tells the story better than photographs, so I’ve included a few here for your enjoyment.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

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The National Geographic Explorer parked at the dock in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.

Iceberg A57A, Antarctica

Iceberg A57a as seen from our ship.

False Bay, Antarctica

A solitary Chinstrap penguin standing on a bergy bit in False Bay

False Bay, Antarctica

A leopard seal hauled out on the ice in False Bay

Anderson Island, Antarctica

Killer whales near Anderson Island

Antarctic Sound, Antarctica

The beginning of an epic sunset in Antarctic Sound

Antarctic Sound, Antarctica

The land of the midnight sun, dusk and a crescent moon in Antarctic Sound

Paulet Island, Antarctica

An Adele penguin at Paulet Island

Lindblad Cove, Antarctica

Pancake ice in Lindblad Cove

Lindblad Cove, Antarctica

The ship parked and people kayaking in the ice at Lindblad Cove

 

Travel and Advertising Photographer Susan Seubert 2018 – The Year In Pictures

Travel and Advertising Photographer Susan Seubert 2018 – The Year In Pictures

2018 was an extraordinary year for travel and exploration!  I circumnavigated Iceland (twice), sailed in French Polynesia, island hopped in the Caribbean, gave a TEDx talk in Virginia, photographed stories here in Oregon but also in Ireland and Canada, spent time surfing and snorkeling with sea turtles and other ocean creatures in Hawaii, taught a photography workshop in Arizona and explored Europe by river boat.

Below is a collection of pictures from 2018, which I hope you enjoy.

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Thank you for visiting my blog and Happy New Year!

 

We started the year off in Hawaii!  Here is a Humpback whale slapping its tail against the surface of the ocean outside of Lahaina Harbor, Hawaii

My friend with an Hawaiian Day Octopus, found while snorkeling off of the island of Maui, Hawaii

After delivering my TEDx talk in Virginia, I headed off to Ireland.  The colorful streets in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Peace Bridge that spans the River Foyle and joins Ebrington, to Derry, (Londonderry), Ireland

Traditional Irish Music being played by local musicians at the Guildhall Taphouse, located in the Guildhall outside the old walls in Derry, Ireland

From Ireland, I flew to Barbados, where I would begin my Caribbean adventure.  Horses from the Bridgetown Garrison being led by their groomers into the Caribbean Sea at Brownes Beach, Bridgetown, Barbados

Sailing the Caribbean on the S.Y. Sea Cloud, a 4 masted luxury yacht

Part of our itinerary for the Scottsdale, Arizona National Geographic Photography Workshop is photographing at the Bein Horse Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

It’s always a pleasure to participate in the Portland Gay Pride Parade, Portland, OR, USA

In June, I headed to Iceland.  Here are the famed Latrabjarg bird cliffs, Bjargtangar, Iceland.  Notice the teeny, tiny people standing on top of the bluff.

Icebergs populate the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

One of the beautiful fjords, Siglufjordur, Iceland

The Herring Musuem in Siglufjordur, Iceland

The Atlantic Puffin colony on Flatey Island, Iceland

One of the young participants in the Fiesta Mexicana in Woodburn, Oregon

For August, it was Canada! Customers enjoying the rooftop bar, Copper, at the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The view of the Bytown Museum and the flight of locks 1 (one) through 8 (eight) as seen from the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Throughout the summer in Ottawa, yoga enthusiasts head to the property of working federal government buildings on Parliament Hill for free yoga classes; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The iconic view of Parliament Hill from Major Hill’s Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Elora Mill Hotel and Spa is a luxury hotel and spa in a historic building that is perched over the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, Canada

Horses, which are used by the local Mennonite population for transportation by horse-and-buggy, parked by the side of the road Elora, Ontario, Canada

Exploring the Grand River in a Punt Boat ride in Elora, Ontario, Canada

I flew from my hometown of Portland, Oregon to Tahiti where I checked into the Hotel Intercontinental in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

The atoll of Tahanea in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

Hermit crabs dining on a coconut on the atoll of Tahanea in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

After my adventure in the South Pacific, I headed to Budapest.  The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary

A private concert at the Palais Lichtenstein, Vienna, Austria

Early morning in Regensburg, Germany

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, Austria

The walled town of Würzburg, Germany

 

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Maui for Voyeur Magazine

It’s hard to believe that it’s already February in this new year!  I’m currently on Maui, marooned on shore because of a quick moving storm that’s brought strong winds and locally heavy showers to the area, putting a damper on my humpback whale photography.  However, the inclement weather gives me an opportunity to share my latest story about the island of Maui, photographed for Virgin Australia’s inflight magazine, Voyeur.  The story is online in the January 2017 issue and features an insider’s take on our favorite Hawaiian Island.  The story proves once again that there is always something new to discover from a wonderful taco truck to the classic Hana Highway.  Take a quick break from your winter and enjoy a stroll on the island of Maui.  Mahalo for visiting and a hui ho!

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Maui Editorial Photographer Shoots for National Geographic Traveller UK

Maui Editorial Photographer Shoots for National Geographic Traveller UK

X Marks the Spot,” is the title of my most recently published feature about Maui.  I worked closely with travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy to put together a story about this remote Pacific island for the UK edition of National Geographic Traveller Magazine.  Andrew used to have a place here and I still do, so we both know it well.  We were able to meet for lunch, (a luxury in the modern age of journalism), exchange ideas and hatch a plan to cover this beautiful place.

After we settled on our subjects, we parted ways and went to work.  The result?  An eloquent, accurate and pretty article about my favorite place on Earth.  You can read the article and see a few pictures online here. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the UK, you can pick the magazine up on newsstands now as it’s published in the November 2016 issue.

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The opening page spread of Ka’anapali Beach at sunset

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The art gallery in Keokea, Upcountry Maui, next door to my favorite breakfast spot, Grandma’s Coffee House

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I love the colors the designer chose for this layout! Plus Yee’s Orchard is the best place for fresh mangoes on island.

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The color palette for this layout is a result of the time of day – both of these places were photographed at sunset on west facing beaches.

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Kahakuloa is one of my favorite places to visit as its location on the north shore is beautiful and the drive is much less popular than the road to Hana. Also, you can always count on getting warm banana nut bread at Julia’s.

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots O’o Farm in Kula, Maui

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots O’o Farm in Kula, Maui

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!

O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Children get to feed the chickens at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Children get to feed the chickens at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

A delicious cappuccino made from coffee grown at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

A delicious cappuccino made from coffee grown at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, boast gorgeous views from the gardens.

O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, boasts gorgeous views from the gardens.

Visitors pick their own salad greens for lunch at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Visitors pick their own salad greens for lunch at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

The salad at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

The salad at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Beautifully prepared tofu with root vegetables at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Beautifully prepared tofu with root vegetables at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Wood stored for the outdoor oven at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Wood stored for the outdoor oven at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Farm flowers decorate the lunch tables at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Farm flowers decorate the lunch tables at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Vanessa, one of the workers at O'o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Vanessa, one of the workers at O’o Farm in Kula, Maui, Hawaii, USA

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Road Trip to Round Up for Travel Oregon’s Instagram

Travel Photographer Susan Seubert shoots Road Trip to Round Up for Travel Oregon’s Instagram

Let ‘er buck!  That’s the phrase that rings throughout the small town of Pendleton, Oregon during the second full week of September where over 50,000 people descend to watch or participate in the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo.  This rodeo is unique in that since its inception in 1910 it has included a large Native American presence.  Over 300 tee pees are set up on the rodeo grounds where members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla gather to visit with one another and participate in displays of their culture.  One of my favorite events was the Indian Relay race where members of several tribes compete in a bareback horse race around the track.  It’s mind blowing to think that these athletes are able to ride at tremendous speed without the need for saddles, spurs or any of the other trappings of horse racing to which I am accustomed.  On the Saturday morning of the big rodeo weekend, the tribes invite the public to come down to the grass field of the stadium and watch as the tribal dance competitions take place.  There is drumming, singing and dancing where contestants are divided up by age and gender, then judged on their dancing skills.  Below are some of my favorite images from the 4 days that I covered just last weekend.  Enjoy and let ‘er buck!

Stock pens at the Pendleton Round Up, Pendleton, Oregon, USA

Stock pens at the Pendleton Round Up, Pendleton, Oregon, USA

Louis Sweowat of the Yakima Tribe showing me a headdress at the Pendleton Round Up, Pendleton, Oregon, USA

Louis Sweowat of the Yakima Tribe showing me a headdress at the Pendleton Round Up, Pendleton, Oregon, USA

The Grand Entry at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

The Grand Entry at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

One of the classic rodeo events, the Saddle Bronc competition at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

One of the classic rodeo events, the Saddle Bronc competition at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

Over 300 tee pees are set up on the grounds at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

Over 300 tee pees are set up on the grounds at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

one of the 700 cowboys who come to compete at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

one of the 700 cowboys who come to compete at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

Riders in the "Indian Relay Race" at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

Riders in the “Indian Relay Race” at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

The Native American or "Indian" Beauty Pageant at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

The Native American or “Indian” Beauty Pageant at the Pendleton Round Up Rodeo, Pendleton OR, USA

Travel photographer Susan Seubert shoots Pendleton Oregon Makers Story for Travel Oregon

 

Let Er Buck statue outside the Pendleton Round Up Grounds, Pendleton, Oregon

Let Er Buck statue outside the Pendleton Round Up Grounds, Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton has long been known for the Round Up, a rodeo that has been drawing thousands since its inception in 1910.  The city as a travel destination unto itself is a relatively new phenomenon.  Situated about 3 hours east of Portland in the high desert, Pendleton is a classic Western town.  One of the biggest draws is to visit the Pendleton Woolen Mills.  Now, you can sample craft beer, order custom cowboy boots, shop the antique stores, have a great steak dinner in a beautiful, Western themed restaurant and visit a contemporary art space. I recently had the chance to spend some time there photographing a story about some of the city’s craftsmen.  Below are a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot.  Check out the story online at TravelOregon.com.

23 Plus, a custom leather work shop in downtown Pendleton, Oregon owned by leather worker Joe Meling

23 Plus, a custom leather work shop in downtown Pendleton, Oregon owned by leather worker Joe Meling

23 Plus, a custom leather work shop in downtown Pendleton, Oregon owned by leather worker Joe Meling

23 Plus, a custom leather work shop in downtown Pendleton, Oregon owned by leather worker Joe Meling

Hamleys, a leather goods and Western wear shop, Cafe and Restaurant in downtown Pendleton, Oregon

The famous neon sign at Hamleys, a leather goods and Western wear shop, Cafe and Restaurant in downtown Pendleton, Oregon

Hamleys, a leather goods and Western wear shop, Cafe and Restaurant in downtown Pendleton, Oregon

Cowboys from Idaho shopping for saddles and hats at Hamleys, a leather goods and Western wear shop, Cafe and Restaurant in downtown Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton Woolen Mills in Pendleton, Oregon

Crow's Shadow in Pendleton, Oregon

Crow’s Shadow in Pendleton, Oregon

Master Printer Frank Jenzen showing the work of Rick Bartow, a Native American artist whose work is available for sale at Crow's Shadow, Pendleton, Oregon

Master Printer Frank Jenzen showing the work of Rick Bartow, a Native American artist whose work is available for sale at Crow’s Shadow, Pendleton, Oregon

Artist in Residence Samatha Wall working on her artwork with master printer Frank Janzen at Crow's Shadow in Pendleton, Oregon

Artist in Residence Samatha Wall working on her artwork with master printer Frank Janzen at Crow’s Shadow in Pendleton, Oregon

Stapleman Boot Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Stapleman Boot Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Stapleman Boot Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Stapleman Boot Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon

Montana Peaks Hat Company in Pendleton, Oregon