Argentina’s Puna de Atacama
21 May
2015
Ian Plant By
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Argentina’s Puna de Atacama

(© Ian Plant) I recently had the pleasure of scouting the Puna de Atacama, a high desert plateau located in a remote corner of northern Argentina, which contains some of the most incredible desert scenery in the world. This remote desert will take your breathe away—and not just because of the elevation! Surreal rock formations, massive sand dunes, endless salt pans, dramatic mountains, colorful villages, and dark starry skies all [...]

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5 Photography Tips for the Smoky Mountains

5 Photography Tips for the Smoky Mountains

(© David Johnston) Whenever I’m taking photographers around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the location I’m most familiar with shooting, it’s always interesting to hear their reactions about the park. Everyone from the western United States says that the mountains aren’t as big as they expected and everyone from the northern states comments on how lush the deciduous trees are. I have found that there’s a small learning curve when [...]

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Time-Lapse Photography: Minneapolis at Night
13 May
2015
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Time-Lapse Photography: Minneapolis at Night

(© Ian Plant) Hi everyone, I’ve just finished my first time-lapse photography video for an article I was working on. Time-lapse photography is a lot of fun, and easier than you’d expect. I’ll be doing more of these and will be offering some how-to tips in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy this short video shot in my hometown of Minneapolis. To see the full res version, please view [...]

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Somebody Else’s Shots
9 May
2015
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Creativity   36 Comments

Somebody Else’s Shots

“Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.”—Igor Stravinsky (© Ian Plant) I don’t like following the easy path, which consists of looking no further than the tripod holes made by others. Plenty of photographers do this, but the result is nothing more than superficial creative imitation. It’s bad enough being merely derivative (these days, who isn’t), but I really don’t want to have a portfolio filled with Somebody Else’s Shots (“SES”). To be fair, [...]

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I Bless the Rains Down in Africa – Photography Roundtable Podcast with Isak Pretorius
6 May
2015
David Johnston By
Posted in: Africa, Birds, desert, Pro Talk, Wildlife   No Comments

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa – Photography Roundtable Podcast with Isak Pretorius

(© David Johnston) First of all, yes. Yes, I did use Toto lyrics to title this podcast. And yes, Africa by Toto is one of the most underrated songs ever! I mean just watch this epic music video… It’s hard to find acting any better than that, my friends. Anyways, on today’s episode, I’m excited to share my conversation with renowned wildlife photographer Isak Pretorius. It’s always fun for me to get [...]

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A Man, His Beard, and Moab – Photography Roundtable Podcast with Bret Edge
28 Apr
2015
David Johnston By
Posted in: Pro Talk   2 Comments

A Man, His Beard, and Moab – Photography Roundtable Podcast with Bret Edge

(© David Johnston) Greetings Dreamscapes readers! I wanted to introduce you to the photography podcast I run, Photography Roundtable. If you’re unfamiliar with podcasts, they are basically like on demand radio shows that you can subscribe to. There are a few things that you will find helpful about my show: It’s 100% free to subscribe and listen (I love free stuff). It’s about landscape and nature photography. You get to hear interviews with [...]

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Canyonlands of the East
26 Apr
2015
David Johnston By
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Canyonlands of the East

(© David Johnston) A couple Saturdays ago, I set out on an expedition that would amaze me, challenge me, and cause me to be extremely dehydrated. Usually when I go shoot in my home state of Tennessee, I venture to the Smoky Mountains. However, I’ve tried to branch out lately and get into some areas that I’ve never explored before. I decided to go to the Big South Fork National River [...]

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Iceland Photography Tips

Iceland Photography Tips

(© Sarah Marino) Ron Coscorrosa and I recently released a fully revised second edition of our popular photography location guide for Iceland, Forever Light (PDF ebook available in the Dreamscapes store on sale at 20% off until the end of April.) With thirty new pages of content, additional locations, new photographs, and six interviews filled with advice from some of our favorite photographers, we hope the ebook can help readers plan [...]

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5 Favorites From Patagonia
19 Apr
2015
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5 Favorites From Patagonia

(© Ian Plant) I just recently returned from three weeks in the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina, leading two back-to-back photo tours for Epic Destinations. Here are my five favorite photos from the trip. The first photo is from Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. I found this composition of the moon setting over Paine Grande emerging from the early morning mist; I used the small piece of driftwood as [...]

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Third World Photography – An Experience of the Unexpected
9 Apr
2015
David Johnston By
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Third World Photography – An Experience of the Unexpected

(© David Johnston) If I were to describe my photography to a random person during some small talk, I’d tell them that I am a landscape and nature photographer who dabbles in humanitarian photography. I use the term humanitarian photography loosely as I am a lover of photos and take my camera with me whenever my wife and I travel to Haiti for missions. A couple weeks ago, I spent [...]

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Patagonia and the Sony A7R

Patagonia and the Sony A7R

(© Kurt Budliger) Like many Canon shooters I’ve been long awaiting a new higher resolution, full frame camera body. Last fall, I could almost wait no longer and briefly considered making the switch to the Nikon d810. I held off making any bold moves until this winter when the announcement of the 5DSR came down the pike. Like many, I wasn’t overly excited to read that there would be no [...]

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Tales From the Ultrawide (Part 2): the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens in the field
30 Mar
2015
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Tales From the Ultrawide (Part 2): the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens in the field

(© Ian Plant) Welcome to Part 2 of Tales From the Ultrawide, my field journal documenting use of the new Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens. Note that although the focus of these posts is on the performance of the Canon 11-24mm lens, any user of an ultra-wide lens (be it a Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, or something else) will likely find my observations useful, as many of them pertain generally to wide angle use. So [...]

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Tales From the Ultrawide: the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens in the field
27 Mar
2015
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Tales From the Ultrawide: the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens in the field

(© Ian Plant) Hi, my name is Ian, and I’m a wide angle junkie. I’ve had it bad for a really long time. I didn’t care what lens I used—Canon, Nikon, Tamron, Sigma, Zeiss—just as long as it was wide. Lately, I’ve been making some progress battling my addiction, but then Canon released the new 11-24mm f/4L USM lens. Now I’m off the wagon, and I just can’t get enough of that sweet, [...]

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True Photo Confessions; Volume 2: Don’t Mess with Texas
25 Mar
2015
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Posted in: General, photo confessions   2 Comments

True Photo Confessions; Volume 2: Don’t Mess with Texas

(© George Stocking.) After reading the title of this post, I’m pretty sure that you all turned your heads in unison and looked directly downhill, because its pretty obvious that’s where this tale is headed. I sincerely wish that I could give you a hero’s technicolor conclusion — that somehow, like a photographic Indiana Jones, I managed to overcome a myriad of obstacles and still walk away with hero images, full of [...]

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