About - Dan Dorland


Me - Dan Dorland

Born and raised in Minnesota, my dad signed me up for Boy Scouts at age 11 because I needed friends. Well, I definitely found friends, but I stayed for the adventure that Scouting had got me hooked on. I'm no misanthrope, but I find life is most fulfilling on a rarely-used or even never-used hiking trail. From the State Parks and forests of my home state to the peak of Panama's Volcán Barú, to the Westfjords of Iceland and beyond, the rawness and undomesticated nature of the great outdoors never ceases to enthrall me. The photographers and adventurers Thomas Heaton, Will Copestake, and Alastair Humphreys are my biggest inspirations.

My photographic journey started with 35mm disposable cameras my mom bought for me. When digital started being a thing I went through a few awful point and shoots. I saved paychecks from my first job for a refurbished Nikon D90. Around the same time, Dwayne's Photo, the last remaining lab processing Kodachrome, would soon end that service. Out of curiosity I bought 5 rolls of Kodachrome 64 off eBay, shot one, and froze the rest as a long-term investment.

My photos were almost all terrible, but the process of shooting film, with its emphasis on craft and patience,  instantly won me over. I rarely shoot digital now, and usually only at a client's request. Not because I'm some kind of mainstream-hating hipster, but because shooting film forces me to live more fully in the moment; if you can't see the photo immediately, you HAVE to grow and rely on your experience and knowledge base. There's also a plethora of variety in film, even within the fraction of available emulsions  compared to a couple decades ago. The soulful grain of Ilford B&W films, the dynamic range of color negatives, the brilliant color of reversal films. The homey, accessible look of 16mm cinematography, the portability and versatility of 35mm cameras, the incomparable resolution of medium/large formats. Every roll or frame shot is a fresh experience.


Nikon N80

Nikkor 24mm f/2.8

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR II

Pentax MX

SMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8

SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4

SMC Pentax 135mm f/2.5

Mamiya RB67 Pro-S

Mamiya Sekor 127mm f/3.8 C


Northcoast Photo has always done great work with better service. Their scans for the price are unbeatable.

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