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About mikebeiser

"A freelance photographer with a photojournalistic style" I especially enjoy photographing people and the experiences we share with others.  I started my photographic training not behind the lens but in my high school darkroom. By the time I picked up my first quality camera I knew what made a superior image. This early experience gave me an interesting perspective on finished images. ​ Classically trained in film and darkroom work, I enrolled in several classes and workshops during my early years in college. Later I returned to Washington State University and studied cinematography and video production.  As an Outdoor Educator at the University of Idaho, teaching climbing, mountaineering, white water sports, winter sports, and organizing expeditions around the world, I have always documented these experiences on film and video. Documenting climbing expeditions on the highest mountains and paddling in the deepest canyons on earth - in the harshest conditions - has given me the photographic confidence I can get almost any shot and do it well.  My images have been published in magazines, books, used in marketing and advertising, as web content, and have illustrated many multi- media presentations. I have also enjoyed instructing outdoor photography workshops for many years.  ​The photographic medium still and motion, is the most powerful form of communication in the world, If done well and with purpose. Like a good musician, I try to practice taking images every day and this allows me to see the world a little different.

Boggan’s Oasis, Rattle Snake Grade, and the Milkshake Challenge

Real News travels fast these days with the assistance of social media; smoke was probably still rising out of the debris of Boggan’s Oasis.  The 80-year-old landmark, three miles north of the Northeastern Oregon border and next to one of … Continue reading

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Thank You for Saving My Life – 30 Years Later

Sometimes it helps to talk or write about traumatic experiences that have occurred during your life – it can heal deep emotional wounds, pondered for years. Not long ago, I received the strangest telephone call. The voice on the other … Continue reading

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Lorraine Bonney, First Impressions

  Got sad news recently, Lorraine Bonney had passed away in an assisted living facility in Canada. She was 93. Most people have never heard of Lorraine unless they have spent time in the mountains and backcountry of Wyoming. She … Continue reading

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Moscow Mountain Ski Tour, Past and Present

Had a ski date with my daughter Genoa recently. The day was full conditions. So instead of skidding north on the “goat trail” (highway 95) for several hours both directions, we chose to stay closer to home and do a … Continue reading

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20,000 Road Miles | 20,000 Images

A year in images I have always admired Ansel Adams, his work and his life style. Traveling the continent creating images that no one questions as art. With a similar enthusiasm I loaded cameras, lenses, tripods, and camping gear into … Continue reading

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Photographing in a Polar Vortex

The recent “Polar Vortex” phenomenon in the media, which covered half of the United States, reminded me of taking photos in similar occurrences in other places on earth… as you go to extreme high altitude.  This time was on Cotopaxi … Continue reading

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2013 Highlights in Images

A talented photojournalist acquaintance posted “2013 the Best of” his work and images Charlie Litchfield. It inspired me to go back and reflect on where my lens has taken me this year. Continue reading

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