Photographing Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest

Next to photography, being outdoors and in the mountains is one of my favorite things in the world.  Up until a few years ago, I never really traveled by plane which obviously limited the places I could see.  After a subtle push from my good friend, Jason, I’ve changed that and have been visiting places I never thought I would see.  This past May, Jason and I hopped on a plane (playing Street Fighter 2 & Mario Kart via Super Nintendo emulator the entire time) and headed out to the great Pacific Northwest for another broventure.

I certainly do not consider myself as a landscape photographer.  It’s just something that I simply enjoy doing in addition to my normal work of photographing portraits.  Being able to pair together my love of photography with the outdoors just seems like a natural decision.  Sometimes though, I get so swept away with the urge to be taking photos all the time during these trips, that I have to remind myself to step away from my camera and just enjoy the view. 

This trip was the first time that I would be using my Phase One kit, and I was anxious to see how well it would work.  99% of the time, I shot with it on a tripod because of the slow shutter speeds I needed.  I quickly realized how much more time I spent to get a photograph than if I were using my DSLR kit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  Slowing things down though really made me think about the photograph that I wanted to capture instead of the ‘spray and pray’ method I tended to use so that I could hurry onto the next thing.  After looking at the photos I took during the trip, I’m pretty happy with how well the system worked.

Because I’m taking photos a lot on these types of trips, my amazing wife surprised me with a GoPro a week before the trip so that I could always look back on it and future experiences.  I haven’t really done any video work in the past, so I was excited to see what I could do with it.  I’m pretty happy that I was able to put somewhat of a decent video together highlighting the different places Jason and I visited.

Overall, the trip was a huge success.  We had a blast hiking these locations, and it is sometimes mind-blowing to witness what nature has to offer. 

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