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Matthew Hahnel  Visual storyteller based in Seattle. Business: Ambassador for @sonyalpha

We just spent three nights exploring north of the border in BC. It was incredible seeing just how close these places are to our home and building the list of things to come back and explore. It was a jam packed 3 nights, but we made the most of it and caught the sunset on our last evening overlooking Howe Sound. I don’t actually recommend coming here right now, the trail is in terrible shape and the bugs are out of this world. Maybe give it a couple weeks for the snow to melt and the water to clear up. See you soon Canada ❤️ What has everyone else been up to this last week with all of the holidays?

One of my favorite spots on the east coast (and the US in general) is Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina. The way that the light interacts with the many layers of hills is something that takes your breath away. I really hope to make it back for fall sometime, I’m sure it’s incredible! Has anyone else here been to GSMNP? I don’t see it around here on Instagram much for how popular it is.

The stoke is high and I’m really looking forward to exploring more of my new home state (Washington) this year. Anyone else have a lot of camping trips planned for this summer?

Here is another image that I haven’t shared with you guys yet from our most recent trip to Iceland in March 2017. I love this photo as I feel it portrays perfectly a sense of how wild, unforgiving and beautiful Iceland is in the winter. Also, I love the way the road just stretches on and on through this great white openness. I still haven’t decided if I enjoy Iceland in the winter or summer more yet... what do you guys who have visited think?

Have you ever walked by a flower that caught your eye and wondered what it was? Well, now there’s an app for that! Don’t be like me before I got @plantsnap - standing under a tree for 30 minutes, flicking through to try and match all of the details of the tree or flower to a picture from the book... instead, take a picture of the plant and the app will tell you what it is automatically! Wish I had known about this before I wasted about 10 hours of my life last year staring up and down between my book and a tree 🤔 P.S. check out my stories if you’re interested in Renee teasing me for staring at trees on the National Parks road trip last year 🤷🏻‍♂️ #sponsored #PlantSnap

I’m excited to announce that I have recently joined the Sony Alpha Collective team. After attending their recent Kando 2.0 event, I couldn’t be more stoked to represent a company whose camera gear I have used to create all of my work over the last two years. @sonyalpha are continually pushing the envelope when it comes to modern camera capabilities and I’m excited to be a part of this team moving forward.

This image was taken in Iceland on my trusty Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 16-35 f4 lens. Settings were 0.8 second exposure at f9, 100 ISO. We set up the tripod and triggered the shutter wirelessly. #AlphaCollective

Iceland is the land of fire and ice. I didn’t see any fire on my second visit to this incredible country, but I sure did see a lot of ice! We loved the perspective that the drone gave us on the glaciers and being able to see the amazing shapes and formations that make up these giants from above.

Myself and @reneeroaming have had an opening for 1 person to join our Alaskan 6 day wilderness hiking adventure. Lake Clark was one of our favorite National Parks of the whole year in 2017, and we’re so stoked to get back there from July 24-29 to see even more of this incredibly beautiful place. This is a guided trip lead by a professional in Alaskan backcountry trips.

If you would like to secure that last spot shoot myself or Renee a message and we’ll get you the pricing info etc. Stoked to see you guys out there 🤘🏻

When you find that special person, you hold on to them. So lucky to call this one my adventure buddy and wife. Thanks for always posing awkwardly in front of lots of people and not complaining while I keep promising after every photo that it’s the last one 🤓 Anyone else do this hahaha?

Travel tip number 23 - always make your travel buddy do the dangerous things. It’s the key for a long and healthy life ☺️ This was taken on a quick adventure to the Grampians National Park which is a couple of hours west of Melbourne, Australia.

Would you stand on this ledge? Or would you make your travel buddy do it? 🤷🏻‍♂️

Driving down these winding Wyoming roads... where they go is up for you to find out. We often take these dirt roads when traveling just to find what’s at the end. More and more I feel like travel is becoming planned and almost like a checklist, so it’s nice to break the mold and try to find some new places that maybe aren’t on everyone else’s checklists just yet 👌What’s your favorite thing that you have found at the end of an unknown dirt road? I think for me it was coming across an awesome trailhead in Colorado that lead to some absolutely beautiful backcountry hikes over the years 👌

Iceland has a way of making you feel small, but welcome at the same time. There’s some parts of the world I’ve been that when conditions are insane, it feels like the place is trying to break you... force you out... but for some reason with Iceland, to me it just feels like the nature gods are just throwing another adventure your way ✌🏻 How many of you guys have been to Iceland?

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