We are very excited to announce pre-orders for our book, Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs. The book consists of large, high quality landscape images from our Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. It flows sequentially, beginning at the Mexican border and proceeding north to Canada. Each individual photograph is a piece of art. As a collection, they visually tell the story of the landscapes along the Pacific Crest Trail, from the deserts of Southern California, through the high passes of the Sierras, and into the rain forests and volcanoes of Oregon and Washington. All pre-ordered books will be signed by Chris, and will ship in late February.
Here is a peek behind the scenes at the work we’ve done to make this book a reality.
Backpacking the 2,660-mile trail with a keen eye for composition, light, and color was of course the first step. Shutterbug reached Canada with 13,000 images from the 5.5 month hike.
The next challenge was to narrow the selection down to roughly a hundred of the best images. To be included, a photograph had to distill the essence of a place, representing a particular section of the trail. This selection process took hundreds of hours.
While Shutterbug edited photos, North Star researched paper types, cover cloths, page sizing, bindings, inks, and printers. We are happy to report that Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs will be printed in Minneapolis, MN by Shapco, a highly regarded printer with good environmental practices. The electricity used to produce our book will come from renewable wind energy, the ink is soy-based, and the paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Concurrently, we were also making many design choices. We flipped through hundreds of art books in libraries and bookstores to spark new ideas for our cover, captions, and overall layout. The MyFonts website helped us compare font options, each of which would lend the book a different feel. We were constantly testing out ideas, and visualizing photos that would be paired on facing pages, in the Adobe Lightroom book module. After wrapping up our design choices, we moved to InDesign for the final layout.
In January, the color separation and proofing process will begin. By the end of February we’ll get to see the project as a physical book! We hope you are as excited as we are! If you want a signed edition of one of the first books off the press, please visit our pre-order page.