Scott Kranz

Photographer Seattle, WA [email protected]

http://www.scott-kranz.com/

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I often look back on my first hike or my first backpack or climb in these mountains, and wonder what it was exactly that drew me in – that changed everything. The experience of open space was exhilarating. It was the room to roam, plain and simple. The fresh air and earned views, the kind that widen eyes and drop jaws. And even when each trip was over, it was the lure of the countless new areas to further explore and discover. All these things came together and lit a fire inside, one that has been and will be burning steady for some time.
@eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor

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It's no mystery why they're called the Sawtooths. McGown Peak basking in the day's last bit of golden light, a perfect ending to a long day of road trippin' through central Idaho. @visitidaho #sawtooths

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This photo pretty well captures the feeling of exploring and experiencing Iceland for the very first time. We jumped in head first, got soaked, and loved every minute of it. Can't wait to get back!.
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And thanks to the so many of you that shared your thoughts on my last post. I'm still reading through them all, over 600 comments, and I'm blown away at the insight/feedback you shared. You guys are amazing 🤘🏻
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#iceland #theoutbound #travelstoke #getoutside #protectthewild #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #photooftheday #lifeofadventure #exploremore #natgeo #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #beautifuldestinations #earthpix #wildernessculture #makemoments #nature

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Honest question: why do you follow my work? Or why did you happen to stop at this image and are now reading this? It's been said that the space between an artist and audience (you) is a conversation. Well I'm curious: what conversation, if any, is happening when you see my photograph? Do you see a photo, and only a photo, or is there something more you're taking from seeing my work? Regardless, thanks for reading and following along, I appreciate the support more than you know. 😊

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Where does your mind wander off to most often? For me, whether I'm home in Seattle, traveling in another state, or another country, not a day goes by without the thought of being in the Cascade Range. Whether it's reflecting on a recent trip or scheming my next alpine climb, it's the place my mind frequently drifts off to. But with it having so much beautiful terrain and mountains yet to explore, can you really blame me?

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Basking in the half-light of the canyon while hiking out one of Utah's many wonders. Excited to return to Utah later this week and visit a new area in the Wasatch. Are you planning on joining @theoutbound's Pursuit Series event outside SLC this upcoming weekend? If so, I hope to see you there at Snowbasin or in any of the photo classes I'll be leading. 🤘🏼
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#theoutbound #utah #desert #mountains #nature #hiking #backpacking #travelstoke #optoutside #wildernessculture #ourplanetdaily #nakedplanet #earthofficial #roamtheplanet #beautifuldestinations #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #discoverearth #exploretocreate #campingofficial #zion #zionnps

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Alpine waters as beautiful to stare at as they are refreshing to jump into. In these dog days of summer, I can't think of a better way to beat the heat, can you? ✌🏼 @visitidaho

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Walking on a slowly moving river of ice, hundreds of feet thick below our feet, deep in the wild heart of the North Cascades. Keeping company with glaciers, it's been said, inevitably makes a man feel tolerably insignificant by and by. I would have to agree.

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Whether it's a mountain top, an old-growth forest, a pristine alpine lake, or a lush gorge with a waterfall, there's no shortage of wonder and awe around every turn in the northwest.
@eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor

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​Midnight in the Sawtooths. It was so quiet you could hear a penny drop as we watched the stars, galaxies, and meteors soar through the night sky. If you're like me, you rarely if ever regret staying up ​late into the night to ​witness this cosmic show, especially when you're joined by good friends and surrounded by beautiful wilderness, as was the case this night.
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@visitidaho#idaho #sawtooths

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We found a little slice of heaven when we stumbled upon this natural hot spring underneath a waterfall, next to an emerald-green river. Summertime hangs in Southern Idaho at their finest 🤘🏻@visitidaho

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The Milky Way hovers over the moon-lit pyramidal summit of El Capitan in Idaho's Sawtooth Range. Earlier this week I made it to Southern Idaho to tackle a project with @visitidaho, and between hiking, backpacking, swimming, paddling, and horseback riding, I've been blown away at the unexpected beauty of this area. On this particular night, my friends @marcellopalmieri, @hannah.waang, @brockwayout (and Poppy the golden retriever) and I found ourselves camped in this remote wilderness staring across a mirror-like lake and up at countless peaks and a star-filled sky. We all agreed that we found an alpine paradise all to ourselves.
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#idaho #visitidaho #sawtooths #mountains #nature #theoutbound #getoutside #pnwonderland #pnw #protectthewild #roamtheplanet #exploremore #natgeo #makemoments #keepitwild #earth #milkyway

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Exploring the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula. It's only been a few weeks since my Iceland trip, but given the island's unique natural beauty, I can tell it will be stuck in my mind for quite some time.
@eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor
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The best gifts are the most simple ones, like a breathe of pure mountain air and the sight of rugged peaks. Often that is all that's needed to make the perfect day in the great outdoors.
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Almost 40 years ago a long narrow ledge was blasted out of this steep granite rock face with dynamite, creating a unique katwalk that has become part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail. On this particular trip, we hiked by headlamp and reached the ledge under a sky full of stars. We crossed it slowly, hugging the inside of the trail, gazing into the dark abyss below, an exciting experience along a historic trail.
@eddiebauer #liveyouradventure #ebcontributor
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#pct #pacificcresttrail #mountains #theoutbound #getoutside #pnwonderland #protectthewild #nature #exploremore #natgeo #makemoments #keepitwild

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Hey guys, what summer trips and events are you most excited for? I'll be out at @theoutbound’s Pursuit Series events this summer, including Salt Lake City next month, and San Francisco in September. I’m excited to be leading the outdoor photo classes at the event, and to jump into some new adventures with some new and old friends. Who’s joining us? If you have yet to sign up, but plan to do so, use the code PURSUIT100 at checkout to take $100 off all 3-day passes [link in bio]. Hope to see you there!
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The never-ending chase for light along Iceland's south coast. This sunset seemed to stretch out forever – just when we thought it was over, the sky fired up once again. It was also great running into Portland-based photographer/videographer @andrew.studer at this spot, a reminder of the small world we live in!
@lagooncarrental #iceland #roadtrip
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#mountains #nature #theoutbound #getoutside #protectthewild #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #stayandwander #photooftheday #lifeofadventure #exploremore #natgeo #picoftheday #nakedplanet #ourplanetdaily #beautifuldestinations #earthpix #wildernessculture #makemoments #keepitwild #earth

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Within hours of arriving in Iceland I found myself in the Westfjords standing below this giant, one of the biggest waterfalls I've ever laid eyes on. The perfect start to my first visit to Iceland. I'm already itching to get back! @eddiebauer
#liveyouradventure #ebcontributor #iceland

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Four years ago, during my first summer in the Cascades, my time in the mountains consisted of mostly day hikes and modest one-nighters into the foothills a mere hour or so outside of Seattle. Since that time, I made a point to learn how to alpine climb, cross glacier, and navigate backcountry in earnest, which has led me to experience some areas I could have only dreamt of back then. Despite the new skill set and the ability to reach more remote terrain, the feelings that rush through while witnessing a beautiful sunrise over these peaks is the exact same as it was on day one. It is and always will be the same wonder-filled, wide-eyed love that brings me back every single time.
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For too long I wanted to tackle a classic American road trip across the Western United States, and earlier this year I did just that. The trip idea was aggressive​: 12 days, 7 states, and over ​3500 miles on the road.​ The plan was to fly by the seat of our pants and to embrace the unknown​. One thing was certain: it would be anything but boring​! ​Check out the whole story on the @biolite blog [link in profile]​ covering our journey from arid deserts to rainy forests, ​​to​ windy coastlines​ and snowy mountain tops​.​​
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#roadtrip #findyourfrontier #americanwest #gowest #biolite #theoutbound #energyeverywhere #optoutside #deathvalley #desert #roamtheplanet #discoverearth #lifeofadventure #natgeo #wildernessculture #nature

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So many mountains, so little time. I spotted this unique view of Mt Baker from a remote point along the Cascade crest a few days ago, and I was reminded of how much terrain these wilderness areas have to offer, and how you could spend a lifetime experiencing new mountains without end. It's a thought that gives me both inspiration and excitement for what adventures the future might hold.

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It's true what they say: the greater the challenge the greater the reward. I'm happy to report that over the last six days we successfully tackled the Ptarmigan Traverse, a 35-mile off-piste high route along the glaciated crest of the North Cascades. I'm sleep deprived and a bit sore, but smiling from ear to ear. For nearly four years I wanted to attempt it, and the two previous years involved two halted attempts due to impassable glaciers and inclement weather. But this year we did it! Huge thanks to an amazing crew and to the mountains gods for a stellar weather window. .
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They don't call them the American Alps for nothing. Some of the most remote areas I've reached have been in this range, and the unique views you can find are all the sweeter as a result. Today I'm off to tackle another remote area in the North Cascades for a number of days. Here's to more mountain moments like this.

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Our Iceland road trip brought us to this pristine beach at sunset. We walked and sat along the shore for hours as waves crashed on the rocks, and pinks and oranges danced behind the mountains.
It's hard to find words to describe certain places in this world, and this is most certainly one of them.
@mefototripods #iceland #madewithmefoto

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Land of the free. 🇺🇸 #happy4th

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The most beautiful places are always the hardest to leave. Until next time, Iceland ✌🏼

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A midnight sunset on Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula, right out of a fairy tale. With sunset and sunrise being only a few hours apart, we've been staying up until about 3am each night to catch both back to back. This also means less jet lag, a win-win!
I shot this image with my full-frame Sony mirrorless at .4 seconds, f/14, ISO 64, and my carbon fiber @mefototripods. With the right gear and settings, the photo often comes down to standing in front of the right scene, an easy task here in Iceland!
#iceland #roadtrip #madewithmefoto

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When I flew to Iceland several days ago, my first ever visit, I had certain expectations of what I'd see and experience. But I can honestly say those expectations have been blown away. It's hard to comprehend such otherworldly landscapes. Being just four full days and 2000 kms in my @lagooncarrental into the trip, I've covered a lot but still am just scratching the surface. Stoked for what else I'll find! More to come 🤘🏻

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