#mountainsandcaves in Portland, Oregon, surounding area
Joshua Hydeman offers a glimpse of what its like to explore and adventure like a local in the Pacific Northwest. Most of Joshua’s Instagram photos were taken within a two hour drive of Portland, Oregon. His feed offers a hint of all the natural beauty within a stones-throw of the cities of the Northwest US. Keep up with Joshua’s adventures here: @joshhydeman
Place you live: Portland, Or
Place your Instagrams were taken: None are really taken in “Portland proper.” Most of my photos are taken within a 2 hour drive from the city.
Can you sum up Portland? I live in what some call a “city” but feels more like a town located betwixt volcanic landforms in every way and direction. Portland is a pleasant place to live but really I love the Pacific Northwest as a whole. I love the mountains, the caves, and I love the proximity to them.
If Portland was a person or character who would it be? I have no idea. Great question. Someone who drink a lot of coffee and rides a bike? I’ll be thinking of a good answer to this now, ha!
How long have you been using Instagram? Roughly two years.
What phone camera do you use to shoot with? I actually shoot with a Canon 5d mark ii mostly. If I am shooting a cave there is no way I am going to take my iPhone out. I’m too afraid of damaging it; getting it wet or dropping it because I’m wearing gloves, etc. If I’m on the mountain same thing…. I have take off one or two pairs of gloves and I’m afraid I’ll drop it down the side of a cliff. I have already lost a camera lens that way. Ha! I take a lot of astronomy photographs as well. This is completely impossible with an iPhone.
What is your editing process? I shoot with a 5d mark ii and I edit with Lightroom. I try not to tamper with the image too much and try to take good pictures instead.
Do you create images outside of Instagram? Yes, and I hope to more in the future. I was just involved in a group show at the University of Oregon. Unfortunately I never even made an appearance at the show because I was too busy climbing mountains. I didn’t even want to bother going because the weather was good and I didn’t want to miss out on shooting pictures and having a great time.
Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? Yes it has. It has encouraged me to share my work and become a lot less self-conscious. It’s been great really. I enjoy seeing what other photographers are up to. I also see A LOT of the same gimmicky images over and over again its nice to know what NOT to do. I am always searching around looking for new people to follow. It can be hard to find someone really good or unique but once you do its always a pleasure to look at their work and also to ook forward to their next post.
Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? If you’ve seen someone else do it then try something else….. unless…. You can create the same image but better.