Alex Jansen Photography | News and Publications

This page contains four subsections:

Publications          In the Media          Photographic Equipment Reviews          Photo Essays



Welcome to Afghanistan

Amateur Photographer Magazine (23 Feb 2013)


Making the Most of Long Exposure Handhelds

Pentax Forums (17 Feb 2012)


Aufnahmen frei Hand mit langer Belchtungzeit

c't Fotografie Magazin (Spring Edition, 2013)


Making the Most of Long Exposure Handhelds

c't Digital Photography Magazine (Fall Edition, 2013)


In the Media

- Featured on the front page of Petapixel, spurring the story to go viral across the media throughout Ireland, including an invitation to appear on live Irish radio's The Ray D'Arcy Show. Click here to listen to the full interview segment.


- Originally published at Pentax Forums as part of a photographic article writing contest (and ultimately winning said contest), it was not only published in the English and German editions of c't Magazine (listed above), but also featured as the cover stories on numerous websites focusing on technology and photography, including Gizmodo, Petapixel, and DIY Photography.


  • Pentax Dust and Weather Sealing in Afghanistan - YouTube

- Originally intended just for fellow Pentax users at Pentax Forums, it immediately became viral after being featured as the cover stories on numerous websites. It has since accumulated over 345,000 views.


  • Scene's from a Soldier's Point of View - YouTube

- While in Poland for Operation Steadfast Jazz, a reporter from The Pentagon Channel met with me and requested an interview.


Photographic Equipment Reviews

Sirui T-025x - The Perfect Travel Tripod?
11 pages (30 Sep 2013)


Pentax HD 55-300mm WR Lens
19 Pages (27 Jan 2014)


Pentax DA 18-135mm WR Lens
15 Pages (21 Aug 2014)


Sigma 18-35mm "Art" Lens for Pentax
14 Pages (2 Nov 2014)


Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL Lens
13 Pages (4 Mar 2015)


Photo Essays

Scotland - The Final European Adventure

From December 2010 until April 2014, being stationed in Bavaria, Germany, was an incredible experience and a true privilege that resulted in quite the collection of passport stamps. But before the Department of the Army forced me to hang up my lederhosen and send me back to the United States (along with my German bride), it was time to sneak in one last trip.

Scotland had always been on our bucket lists, and these 62 images came from that final excursion.

Finnish Military Winter Training

In February of 2014, I had the incredible fortune to receive an invitation by our partners in the Finnish Army to take part in a training exercise they were hosting just outside Lahti, Finland.

Techniques for weapon and vehicle maintenance, first aid, survival, and tactics were focused towards applying them specifically in Arctic conditions. This series' 40 images portray the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the eleven total soldiers from my Germany-based unit who volunteered for the training.

I Left My Camera Bag on a Train

Everyone always thinks, "I'm never going to leave my valuables behind on public transit - only idiots other people do that." Well, while backpacking across Europe with my two younger sisters, I became one of those "other people." 11 photos are displayed in this essay, 10 of which would never have happened were it not for the Luck of the Irish...

This photo essay was featured on the front page of Petapixel, spurring the story to go viral across the media throughout Ireland, including an invitation to appear on live Irish radio's The Ray D'Arcy Show. Click here to listen to the full interview segment (approximately 11 min long).

Robert und Sylvia - My First Wedding

In the spring of 2013 I was approached by a friend and fellow soldier to photograph a relatively small ceremony as he tied the knot with his German bride-to-be. Many mistakes were made, but it proved a turning point for me as a photographer.

31 images are included in this essay, accompanied by the plethora of lessons that I took away from that event. They are shared in great detail in the hopes that others facing the crucible of their first wedding may learn from my experience.

Afghanistan Deployment Series

While deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months as an engineer lieutenant in the U.S. Army, I had the incredibly unique experience of not only conducting combat operations, but training Afghans how to do so as well. The entire project amassed almost 300 images in 17 total "updates." Spanning the entire year, life as a soldier, cooperation and training with the Afghans, and even photos taken during combat operations can be found throughout, as well as candid glimpses of Afghan life.

This series also caught the eye of Amateur Photographer Magazine, resulting in a publication that can be found in its entirety here.

New Zealand - A Deployment Getaway

During that year stay in Afghanistan, 15 days were allocated for R&R -- "Rest and Recovery" -- for each deployed soldier in order to unwind, decompress, and recharge one's batteries. With a free round trip ticket to anywhere on earth, and the necessary travel time not counted as part of that half a month, where would you go?

82 images later it's easy to see why there was no better choice than New Zealand.