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Matthew Hahnel

Visual storyteller based in Seattle. Married to @reneeroaming & @sonyalpha [email protected]

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There’s a special feeling that comes with winter backcountry trips. Gone are the summer crowds, fire haze and noise.. leaving you with the most beautiful places all to yourself a lot of the time. Hoping to squeeze in a few more of these this winter. If anyone has any recommendations for PNW winter backcountry trips, shoot me a DM, I’d love to hear them! I stayed warm on this trip with my new @eddiebauer downlight alpine jacket. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a new jacket to keep you warm on your winter activities. #LiveYourAdventure #ebcontributor at Mount Baker Wilderness

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This week I finally got to visit a place I have had on my radar for a few years. The reason I hadn’t gotten to it sooner is that it’s in the middle of freaking no where. Once leaving the highway, we drove for hours, only seeing a couple of cars the whole time (both of which were both obviously local ranchers). We arrived late, in the dark and to freezing temperatures (around 15 Fahrenheit, -9 Celsius). I set up the tent for the night, while @reneeroaming decided to sleep in the car. We awoke early the next morning to a beautiful sunrise and a glowing dip in these incredible hot springs. This was worth the detour for sure. Hopefully we can make a trip back this year to explore some other neat things in the area. What are your favorite natural hot springs? There’s so many around the country to visit and we’re stoked to keep checking them off the list this year 🤤 at Middle of Nowhere

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Cold and windy mornings on Lake Minnewanka. We were hoping for some more interesting conditions and some golden light, but sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and work with the cards you were dealt. This actually happens more times than not as a photographer. We check the weather report the evening before, looking for any kind of hope that it might be a nice sunrise. We rise at some stupidly early hour, not wanting to get out of our warm beds. Then there’s the often long drive, and sometimes we then hike miles out to some incredible place. Watching and waiting. Every now and again you will luck out and everything falls into place. More often than not, you’re a little disappointed, but thankful that this is a bad day at the office. @eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #ebcontributor at Lake Minnewanka

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One of the best things about living in Seattle is our proximity to some of the most beautiful places in the world. We left our house just before lunch and drove to Mount Rainier National Park, about 2 hours away with the intention of getting a hike in before sunset. We arrived at the trail head parking lot to beautiful weather, but as we hiked up to our destination we were quickly engulfed by clouds and we couldn’t see a thing. The old fire lookout with views of Mount Rainier was no where to be seen. It looked like our chances of seeing the sunset were low, but we held onto that small piece of hope that things may work out. Sure enough, 30 minutes before sunset, the clouds started to dissipate in one of the most beautiful displays I have ever seen. After the sun set, we took a moment to relax after the craziness of taking photos non stop for that 30 minutes of epic light. This one was taken just before the descent to the car and thus 2 hour drive home. Not bad for a half days worth of travel 👌 @eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #ebcontributor at Mount Rainier National Park

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This is my first post from a recent trip down to Tulum, Mexico. The trip was more one for relaxation and to celebrate our anniversary than photography, but I still managed to snap a few photos. I can highly recommend Tulum as an awesome destination for this kind of vacation. We enjoyed some beautiful and very affordable accommodation, food and travel experiences. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the trip as I’m not much of a beach person, but it definitely exceeded expectations. See you again, Tulum. at Tulum, Quintana Roo

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This is a fall flashback to earlier in the year in New Zealand. Not sure why I haven’t posted this one yet, but now is better than never I guess. Probably one of the most photographed trees in the world, but for good reason... especially in fall/autumn when the leaves change to this magical golden hue. at Wanaka, New Zealand

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When your father-in-law nails the Instagram pose 😂 at Death Valley National Park

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Earlier this year I got to visit the magical Lake Tahoe again. It had been a while since I had been back, and this time it was like I was seeing it for the first time again. We explored new coves, went for a swim, a paddle board, and nearly got blown off a mountain on our bikes. The perfect adventure. We will be making the 12 hour drive back down here at the end of the month for what is turning into an annual New Years celebration of life with great friends. So stoked to explore this beautiful place in winter ❄️ What has everyone else got planned for New Years this year? Anything exciting? I’d love to hear it and get some ideas for the future! at Lake Tahoe

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I wouldn’t normally include a commercial truck in a photo of mine. They aren’t the most photogenic of subjects, but while shooting a time lapse up on this hill above Lindis Pass I captured this guy cruising by at break neck speed. Upon review, I thought it was an interesting contrast. A peaceful sunset going on above some stunning scenery while a busy truck driver flies by, no doubt trying to hit his deadlines. I love capturing things like this that may not have been the original intention, but end up being a fun little result. Shot on the Sony A7R II and 16-35 f4 while on a tripod for the long exposure - @sonyalpha #AlphaCollective at Lindis Pass, New Zealand

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There’s something about that soft, blue-hour glow that I absolutely love. This was taken during an incredibly beautiful winter trip to Alberta. We drove a short distance from our accommodations in Lake Louise to Emerald Lake (BC) and enjoyed sunset here before retreating back to the warmth. Side note: it was probably minus 20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) while taking this photo and I had wet feet because they fell through the snow into the water, whoops 👨🏻 @travelalberta #explorealberta at Canadian Rockies

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Currently sitting at the airport and waiting for our flight back to Seattle. It has been an awesome week exploring Mexico and having a proper vacation. Sometimes it’s nice to relax and not take many photos for a while. With that being said, I’m stoked to get back to the mountains and explore again, only this time they’ll be dressed in their winter white ❄️ Staying warm with @eddiebauer #LiveYourAdventure #ebcontributor at Mount Rainier National Park

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Good times hanging out by the shore of Lake Powell after sunset. This was the place right before we kicked off our 59 National Parks Road-trip last year. Wild looking back at how peaceful this moment was before the ensuing craziness of the following 8 months. at Lake Powell

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