Abstracts from the Tacoma Museum of Glass

When I need a shot of creative energy, I head over to the Tacoma Museum of Glass. The colors, shapes, and patterns always clear my mind and give me that much-needed quick burst of photo inspiration. These images are from the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

Spring Clouds and Adirondack Chairs

Last week, my wife and I were downtown in Gig Harbor, WA at a party and the group was trying hard to enjoy one of our first quasi-good days of the year. Trouble is, those pesky clouds kept getting in the way of the sun. The sun would peek out from the clouds and we [...]

Hot Sauce and Salt

As a photographer, I often use anything and everything as inspiration for my creativity. My camera is almost always over my shoulder, so I’m constantly on the lookout for interesting compositions. Not too long ago, I was out to dinner with my family and found a simple composition of table salt, pepper, and hot sauce. [...]

D800 Ultimate Test - Killer Whales From One Mile with 24-70mm Lens

Last night, I went out to a local waterfront park with my family for a Sunday evening picnic. We were eating our sandwiches and skipping rocks when I spotted a pod of Orca about a mile away. I always have a camera with me, and this time around I had the Nikon D800 with a [...]

Africa Slideshow for Lighthouse Elementary School

A big thank you to Lighthouse Christian School and┬áMs. Frohlich’s 1st grade class for inviting me to present photos from my Tanzanian photography adventures.
The kids from Ms. Frohlich’s class sent me a bunch of thank you letters and they were very sweet. One of them read, “Thank you Mr. Hagen, from. Nathan. you HAD the [...]

Visceral Morning at Camp of the Cascades

Last weekend I attended a retreat at Camp of the Cascades, near Yelm Washington. It was a short event where we arrived at 6pm on Friday evening, then departed by 3pm the next day, but I still brought my camera to see if I might be able to capture a few pics of the area. [...]

Tale of Two Roadsters

Winthrop Washington is known for it’s old-western kitsch, but it is also a popular destination for road trippers. Here are a couple of roadsters from two different generations. Enjoy!

North Cascades Art of Travel Workshop, Days 3 and 4

That’s a wrap! We ended our Art of Travel Photography workshop in the North Cascades on a high note. We woke up long before dawn to photograph the Early Winters Spires washed in moonlight. An added photographic gift was the Orion star constellation positioned directly above the granite massif. Wonderful images and a great group [...]

North Cascades Art of Travel Workshop, Days 1 and 2

A group of photographers and I are up in Washington State’s North Cascades for the Art of Travel Photography workshop. Based out of the tiny town of Mazama, we are exploring the beauty of the surrounding mountains and stunning landscapes. Here are a few pics from day 1 and day 2 of the workshop. Two [...]

Art of Travel Photography Workshop - North Cascades

Everybody wants to create beautiful images while traveling. We journey to stunning locations because of the beauty and we want to show everyone the gorgeous surroundings after we return.
Every year I run a photography workshop called “The Art of Travel Photography” with the express purpose of working through the process of creating artistic and beautiful [...]