Erin BabnikLocation: Berkeley, CA
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Three Sisters Wilderness
Must Have Gear: Canon 5D Mark IV, 11-24mm f/4L, 70-200mm f/4L IS, RRS tripod, f-stop gear Ajna and Sukha.
Photographic Influences: Galen Rowell, countless contemporary photographers, ancient Greek sculptors (there’s a connection, really!)
Recommended Book of Nature: Mountain Light by Galen Rowell
Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian and archaeologist, photographing in museums and in archaeological sites throughout Europe and the Middle East for the purposes of teaching and research. She subsequently spent years producing photographs on assignment and for licensing, all the while expanding her personal photographic excursions to increasingly remote outdoor locations. She now works as a full-time landscape photographer, traveling extensively from home bases in both California and Slovenia and teaching photography workshops on both continents.
Sean BagshawLocation: Ashland, OR
Favorite Location in Cascadia: The Wild Rivers Coast
Must Have Gear: Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, circular polarizer, tripod
Photographic Influences: Golden age masters, Eddy Soloway, Jack Dykinga, Galen Rowell
Recommended Book of Nature: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Sean is an outdoor photographer, digital image developing enthusiast and photography educator based in Ashland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and two sons. In the 1980s and 1990s he did some rock climbing and mountaineering and enjoyed being expedition photographer because it allowed him to present slide shows to anyone he could corner in a dark room with a projector. Over time he moved away from documentary images and became immersed in the art of photography. Now he photographs mountains instead of climbing them. He spends about a quarter of each year sleeping in his truck or on the ground, stumbling around in the dark, eating bad food and avoiding showers. Twice since 2008 his images have been exhibited in the Smithsonian as winners in the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards. His previous career as a science teacher makes photography education a good fit. Sean teams up with fellow Photo Cascadia members leading workshops. He also teaches digital image developing classes, lectures and offers a series of Photoshop video tutorials.
David CobbLocation: Mosier, Oregon
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Glacier National Park
Must Have Gear: Polarizer
Photographic Influences: Freeman Patterson, Tony Sweet, Edward Weston
Recommended Book of Nature: The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
As a long-distance hiker, I have sharpened my photographic perspective over the years on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide, the Canadian Divide and most recently walking across Iceland. After years of capturing images along the trail and becoming more and more passionate about the art of photography, I took the leap and “quit my day job” to devote myself full time to my photographic work.
Now as I photograph throughout the US and around the world, I am continually awed by the broad spectrum of nature’s offerings—from a delicate heliconia flower on the exotic island of Roratonga to the sweeping Icelandic landscape. My particular fondness for the Pacific Northwest is reflected in my local outdoor shots. My goal is to capture the wonders I see in nature for the enjoyment of all those with an eye for the extraordinary.
Adrian KleinLocation: Portland, OR
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Three Sisters Wilderness
Must Have Gear: A good tripod!
Photographic Influences: Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams and Marc Adamus just to name a few of the many
Recommended Book of Nature: Mountain Light, Galen Rowell (10th Anniversary Edition)
Adrian Klein has a passion for the outdoors and landscape photography that is endless. He has traveled the parks, shorelines and wilderness capturing images that represent each area through his own artistic eye from the curbs to the far off trails. He strives for continuing education everyday in photography to in turn allow him to capture and display the best photos possible. Adrian is also an active member in the Photographic community including his recent tenure on Professional Photographers of Oregon Board of Directors and leading the effort to help create Photo Cascadia with this amazing group of talented photographers. Recent awards/juried exhibtions include PPO, PPA, ICPA and Center for Fine Arts. Besides his personal adventures for photography he very much enjoys helping others learning more about photography and the outdoors. See this website or nwphototours.com for listings of group workshops available or contact him directly for one-on-one outings.
A common question I get is what is my photography gear list. Currently my gear that I take on most outings includes: Canon 5D, Canon 17-40L f/4.0, Canon 24-70L f/2.8, Canon 70-200L f/4.0, Gitzo GT2541, Acrateach Ultimate Ballhead, Hoya Pro1 Polarizer, Singh-Ray GND’s for 2 and 3 Stops, Canon Remote Cable Release, Storm Jacket, Microfiber Cleaning Cloth and Dust-Aid. Depending on whether it’s a day hike or multi-day roadtrip this list could be slightly less more. For example I will always take 2 cameras and 2 tripods on multi-day trip (except for backpacking or long hikes!). It sure would be a serius disappointment to travel hundreds if not thouands of miles only to be stuck with broken equipment and no chance to photograph.
Kevin McNealLocation: Olympia, WA
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Banff National Park in the winter
Must Have Gear: Singh-Ray Filters
Photographic Influences: Honestly the people on this website are my inspirations
Recommended Book of Nature: Anything by Tim Fitzharris
Chip PhillipsLocation: Spokane, Washington
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Palouse
Must Have Gear: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II lens, Canon 70-200mm f4L lens, Canon 50mm 1.4 lens, Gitzo tripod with Markins Head
Photographic Influences: too many to list, and pretty much everyone whose work I view
Recommended Book of Nature: Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography
Spokane, Washington based photographer Chip Phillips began his relationship with photography in 2006 when his father gave him his old Pentax Spotmatic film SLR camera. Chip was immediately hooked, and soon made the transition to digital. Given his lifelong love of the outdoors, he naturally made the progression to focusing on landscape photography. A professionally trained classical musician, Chip also performs as Principal Clarinet with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and is Professor of Clarinet at Gonzaga University. Chip’s images have been published in various magazines, including Popular Photography and Imaging, Digital Photography, and Digital Photo Magazine. Most recently, Chip won first and second place in the landscapes category of Digital Camera magazine’s 2009 Photographer of the Year contest.
Location: Portland, OR
Favorite Location in Cascadia: Enchantment Lakes Wilderness, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness
Must Have Gear: Canon 5D II, 17-40L, Gitzo 1350 tripod w/BH3 Head
Photographic Influences: Galen Rowell, Marc Adamus, Guy Tal
Recommended Book of Nature: The Art of Nature Photography
Zack is an award winning photographer specializing in fine art landscape photography. “Art is in my blood. My father is a well known poster artist and painter. My mom is a painter, and print maker and my brother is a designer at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Art is a way of life for my family, and I will hopefully pass it on to my daughter as well.”
“The love of nature is also something that my family and I are passionate about. I’ve been hiking, biking, rock climbing and backpacking since I was little. My parents taught me to appreciate the beauty in nature and to help preserve it for all to enjoy.”