Issue Seven – September 2014

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Welcome to Expedition Bureau Issue Seven. I’d really hoped to have had this finished in August, but between starting a new job, a vacation out to Maui, Hawaii, and just generally enjoying the end of the summer, time really got away from me. I’m wrapping this up on a Sunday night with a cool breeze outside, reminding me as always that summer always fades away faster than we’d like it to. I think the transition from fall into winter is my favorite part of the year; when most people I know lament the cold weather and snow on the way, I grow excited for snowboarding season to start. Right about now, each September, is when that kicks into high gear, so by my count I have about 90 days until the season in the Midwest gets going.

My wife and I were fortunate to make it out to Hawaii for 9 days in August. It was my first time out there, and we spent the entire time in Maui. It was definitely a place for photography overload, made all the more fun with a new Nikon D610 I picked up before the trip. It’s my first major upgrade since buying a D90 in 2010, and I definitely put some of the more advanced features to use there. Beyond all the technical stuff about what the camera can do, it was incredibly enjoyable to feel like I was discovering something new about photography while using it. Adjusting my shooting process around a full frame camera was a great learning experience, and between taking photos on from a helicopter tour of the island, to long night exposures on the beach, it was altogether a great time.

It was definitely a challenge to strike a balance between looking at all the beauty there with my own eyes, and looking through a camera lens to try and do the scenery justice with one or several photos. As I received each of the submissions for this issue, I definitely wondered if these photographers faced the same challenges given that they visited some pretty breathtaking places. I can’t imagine being somewhere amazing and not taking photos, but at the same time I try more and more to absorb something mentally that I can hold on to if I ever don’t have photos to look at.

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In this issue:

Mark Clinton is from Sydney, Australia, and he got started in photography around the age of 12 with his parents’ point and shoot camera, exploring the beauty of the Australian coast. His Instagram feed caught my eye several months ago, and the variety of imagery he creates is seriously inspiring. The water and surf shots he has taken truly show how his life around the ocean has shaped his approach to photography. His submission includes photos from a trip to South Island, New Zealand, in June 2014. New Zealand has always been high on my list of beautiful places to visit, and his images of snow-capped mountains and desolate beaches only made me want to go there even more. Mark was chosen for this issue by Issue Six photographer Max MacEwan.

Jared Atkins is from Seattle, Washington, and he’s another great example of someone who has amassed a wonderful collection of photos by exploring the landscapes around him, and through the inspiration found in the Instagram community. Jared got started in photography in 2007 when he moved to Seattle, first shooting only with film, something he credits as a solid foundation in his overall skill set. His portfolio includes some outstanding photos from Maui, which definitely made me all the more excited before my trip there in August. His submission includes photos from a hiking trip to Mount Rainier National Park, culminating in a beautiful night photo of the snow-capped mountain and the stars above it. Jared was chosen for this issue by Expedition Bureau.

Robert-Paul Jansen is from the Netherlands, and he got started in photography in 2010, starting out with just an iPhone before moving on to more advanced camera gear. His submission includes photos from the De Kampina nature reserve near where he lives in Boxtel. What really blew me away about his submission is that the photos really resemble the landscape in south Texas, an area where I’ve spent a lot of time over the years. The dry, tall grasses, and fields of horses look like places I’ve seen dozens of times, and he mentions that many people say the place reminds them of Africa. Robert-Paul was chosen for this issue by Issue Six photographer Atle Rønningen.

Tommy Wooh is from Los Angeles, California, where he works as an art director, artist, and photographer. I’ve seen his images pop up over the past couple of years on a design forum we both participate in, and he has a great skill for capturing the mood of a place almost exactly as you’d expect it to feel if you were there. His submission includes photos from a trip to Iceland, a place few people could get tired of photographing or looking at photos of. Having been there myself in 2011, his photos completely reinforce why I constantly tell people that Iceland is one of the most breathtaking and inspiring places anyone could ever visit. If he’s anything like me, I’m sure all he does is think about when he can go back. Tommy was chosen for this issue by Issue Six photographer Cody Cobb.

Matt Bower is from Atlanta, Georgia, and he got his start in photography during college while traveling around rural towns in the southern United States. His submission includes photos from a seven day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. Matt’s use of film-only cameras makes many of these photos look like they could have been plucked from an old journal of someone’s trip there 20 or 30 years ago. While so many of us are emulating the qualities of film when post-processing digital images, there’s still nothing that fully replaces the look and feel of an image made from film. From the photos, it looks like this trip was an incredible experience for him. Matt was chosen for this issue by Issue Six photographer Chris Moody.

Razlyn Cavazos is from Portland, Oregon, and she’s one of several photographers I’ve come to know on Instagram in the past year. Her portfolio and other photo sites combine the beauty of the Pacific Northwest landscapes with images of coffee shops, stores, restaurants, and anything else worthy of capturing as part of the journey. There’s a certain skill to capturing quick, random moments like this, and Razlyn’s photos make it seem like it’s almost effortless.  Her submission includes photos from a day trip to Mt. Hood, Oregon, where you’ll see people skiing and snowboarding during the summer on the upper mountain. Razlyn was chosen for this issue by Expedition Bureau.

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