Popular Photography May 2011 Hiking Article

Popular Photography May 2011 Hiking Article

It seems that years of hard-work and dedication are paying off. My 10 year anniversary of being a full-time photographer is coming up this June, and I have experienced a lot of editorial success lately, including my new hiking and backpacking photography article in the May 2011 issue of Popular Photography.  In the article, I share my secrets for creating dramatic images away from parking lot viewpoints. Most readers are never going to travel to the ends of the Earth and spend weeks camped out like I do, but hopefully my article will motivate more photographers to get more exercise, enjoy nature, and find their own unique images rather than settle for the same-old viewpoints. I created the double-page opening image of Forbidden Peak at sunset while backpacking in North Cascades National Park. It was a long hike up to Sahale Arm where I camped for several nights with some friends. If you are motivated, I highly recommend this backpacking trip high into the North Cascades. The views are some of the best that can be found in Washington. I created this image with my Pentax 67II medium format camera, Pentax 90mm f2.8 lens, Singh-Ray Warming Polarizer, tripod, and Fuji Velvia 50 film. I scanned it on my Imacon Photo scanner and adjusted the masterfile in whatever version of Photoshop I was using at the time. Readers will also note that I included a photo of my Fstopgear Tilopa BC packed with all my equipment spilled out that I currently use to create landscape photos.

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3 thoughts on “Popular Photography May 2011 Hiking Article

  1. Jon – Great shot of the area where I spent a lot of my time long before I got into photography.

    Unfortunately I never paid a lot of attention to the whole “packing light” part 🙂 Even today I think, “I want to be prepared for anything, so I’ll bring everything!” ….which usually results in my Arcteryx Bora 95 pack being packed with about 75 lbs of gear, of which 30+ lbs of it is photo gear!

  2. I’m glad that you’ve been up in the North Cascades. I too spent a lot of time climbing in this area in the 1990’s. Did you ever get up Eldorado Spire?

    Carrying a 95L pack is ridiculous, unless you are mountaineering for 4 weeks, and even then it’s ridiculous. That’s your first mistake! I’ve carried my share of big packs, including mine + 1/2 of one of my client’s packs during my recent trip to Patagonia, but I always stick with 60-70L pack. I bring minimal food and no extra clothes. I also don’t do winter camping any more, which helps keep my camping gear 3-season light.

  3. I haven’t climbed El Dorado, but I can imagine the view from the top of the spire… I miss the days when I did more adventurous climbing!

    I’m training for a marathon right now, which is forcing me to get back into top shape, which as a side benefit will make a lot more locations accessible to me.

    I know a 90+ liter pack is nuts – but I’m totally ok with that for now 🙂 Most of my gear is 10 years old or more and 4-season, so I’m carrying extra weight just with that fact alone! When I was shooting 4×5 and my RZ67, it was much worse.

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