Hello, my name is Matte Hanna. I am a landscape photographer living on the Oregon coast in the Pacific Northwest. I wear many different hats that allow me to keep shooting landscapes outside year-round, including product, commercial and weddings.
It’s impossible for me to find the right words to explain why I love shooting outdoors so much. Landscape photography pushes me to be outside, to explore, observe and perceive my surroundings. Whether I have walked past an area a thousand times, or I am just exploring a location for the first time, shooting gets me out of my comfort zone and allows me to engage nature.
In my kit you will find a lot of Nikon gear. I find the Nikon camera controls to be second nature. After using them for past 10 years, it’s like driving home on auto pilot. I don’t think about where anything is while shooting, the hands know where to steer me. That’s handy when setting up quickly on locations without a lot of thought or stumbling through menus.
Nikon makes one of the most rugged and durable camera bodies when shooting in challenging weather conditions. Living in the Pacific Northwest, you are guaranteed fog, mist, rain, snow and sun. Sometimes all at once. I also am a huge fan of Nikon glass and its compatibility with its other models. I put my gear through the paces and find them to be dependable, consistent and durable out in the field. They are made to push hard.
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Nikon D4 – The nice solid build, feels great in the hands, sturdy and rugged, I feel like I don’t have to be too careful with it. It has an amazing dynamic range and works great in difficult lighting situations. It is weather sealed, durable and can fire off shots on the quick which makes it a favorite for moving objects and wildlife.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens – It’s versatile in low light and the image quality is amazing. This is my go-to landscape zoom.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED – This lens super sharp and the bokeh is unreal! I use this for portraits and landscape close ups.
Gitzo GT1555T Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head – The super light and sturdy build give this tripod very little shake or movement while I’m shooting on sand or near water. I love how light and compact this tripod is. I have had issues getting sand in the G-lock mechanism, which makes it hard to use properly again. Always clean it out after an outdoor shoot.
Lens Tissues, E-wipes and a Rocket Blaster – One use E-wipes and lens tissues work better than typical lens cloths. Even though I carry cloths when I shoot, they often get dirty, wet and can scratch your lens. The Giottos Rocket Blaster is also pretty handy for getting the sand and dirt off of your gear.
Nikon D750 – I love this camera. Lightweight, sturdy, it takes tack sharp images paired with the right glass. Excellent at higher ISO’s with superb dynamic range. The tilting display with Live view is a welcome additional feature. Battery life is amazing, on the D750 as with most Nikons… This is my back up camera for the D810.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens – One of my favorites for shooting wide angle landscapes. When just bringing a few lenses in my backpack, this one comes with. It’s super sharp, small and portable. Takes amazing low light shots. I shoot a lot of astrophotography with my 20mm.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens with AE Chip – The best ultra-wide for the money out there, period. I’m pretty fearless using it, it’s taken some serious drops and hasn’t flinched.
Great lens for astrophotography if you can get a good copy.
Nitecore EA41 Compact Searchlight – This stays in my pocket wherever I go. It is amazingly bright when needed but also stops down to a dim glow. I also have the Nitecore HC30 DualForm Headlamp (not pictured) usually on my head for pre-dawn locations, after sunset bushwhacking, and generally being able to see in the dark.