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Writing @ Fstoppers, nerding out on digital nomad gear and wading through new photos from western Oregon!

Quick Updates 📰

A lot has happened in 4 months! Here’s the TL;DR:

  • I’m a staff writer for Fstoppers! 12 new articles on photography + the digital nomad lifestyle.
  • Wrote 10 new posts on Yellowscale.
  • Wrote my first post for Digital Photography School (live soon!)
  • Submitted 6 photos to a photography competition.
  • Instructed a 16-week coding bootcamp with 21 seriously awesome students. And now I’m passable at ping pong!
  • Took a 15-day landscape photography trip in Oregon.

❄️🏜 Oregon 🌲🌋

My second trip to Oregon was epic, challenging and extreme —and one of the most frustrating trips I’ve taken.

Road’s End, Lincoln

For this trip, I brought a new lens: Canon’s 16–35mm f/4. I learned more on this trip than the last three combined, but the first few days were a bust since my composition intuitions were seriously off.

Luckily, it got better with this shot of Mt. Bachelor, and the lessons I learned from shooting with my first ultra-wide lens turned into my most popular Fstoppers post.
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Minimalist packing list 🎒

What’s in my camera bag? Yes, “bag” singular — I travel internationally with one bag.

Here’s the camera gear I take, or you can check out an updated packing list of everything in my bag.

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Are sabbaticals crazy? 😳

In a country notorious for taking the least amount of time off, US workers routinely face burnout. A travel sabbatical is a powerful way to invest in your career.

Here’s how to count the cost and make a sabbatical the best investment of your life.

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En brief 💨

Nerding out 🤓

Hiker-friendly camera straps, part 2! 🏔

The awesome folks at Peak Design sent me shoulder straps to try out. I tested the Slide v3 straps in Oregon and concluded they were a better fit for event photographers, and less for me as a landscape photographer.

Now I’m testing out the ultralight Leash straps which trade comfort for unbelievable compactness. Thoughts to come!

Carry-on camera backpack for nomads? 🎒

One bag travelers, help me out. I’m not really happy with my Lowepro hiking bag: it’s surprisingly space inefficient, has no tripod clips and tends to slap me in windy conditions. What is your favorite camera backpack?

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Happy trekking 🌲

If you prefer the latest content slightly more often than every 4 months 😝 you can like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter for minimalist travel and landscape photography tips. Go conquer!

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