Flash for Nature Photography
23 Jan
2015
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Flash for Nature Photography

(© Ian Plant) Flash is a vital, although often ignored, nature photography accessory. Flash has multiple uses: it can be used at low power to add an attractive “catch light” to a wildlife subject’s eyes, it can provide fill light for a subject in shadow, and it can be used creatively in low light to produce surreal images. I’m always thinking of ways to experiment with flash, and I encourage every nature photographer to do the [...]

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Costa Rica Photo Roundup Part 2
21 Jan
2015
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Costa Rica Photo Roundup Part 2

(© Ian Plant) The Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica is truly a remarkable place, full of lush growth and life. In fact, it seems at times as if the forest is pulsating with life, with a constant background buzz of monkeys and birds chattering, and the gentle thump-thump of armies of leafcutter ants marching single file along endless tracks. If you dare stop for just a moment, you might be swept [...]

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A Gem from The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer
19 Jan
2015
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A Gem from The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer

(© Justin Reznick) In my latest eBook release, The Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer, Second Edition, I discuss a lot of gear you may already be familiar with, but I guarantee there are surprises to be found! Nobody knows all the gear tips out there, but it’s a great challenge to compile as many as I can and present them to you. I wanted to share one [...]

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Showing Scale in Iceland

Showing Scale in Iceland

(© Justin Reznick) Iceland is a country full of wonder. Of all the splendid locations in Iceland, my favorite without a doubt is the highlands of Landmannalaugar. Colorful mountains as far as the eye can see. Patches of snow create a pattern amongst the blues, red, greens, and every brown and yellow tone you can imagine. An interesting aspect of the highlands and most of Iceland is the lack of trees. Moss [...]

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My Top 14 Panoramic Images of 2014
14 Jan
2015
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My Top 14 Panoramic Images of 2014

(© Justin Reznick) Creating panoramas was a major theme for me this year. I absolutely love the format, especially for printing and presenting. I have been embracing 60 to 90 inch long metal panos and displaying and selling them at art shows. It was a goal of mine in 2014 to expand my panorama portfolio and I am pleased with the images I made this past year. I wanted to [...]

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2014: My Desert Daze

2014: My Desert Daze

(© George Stocking) Wow. Ian visited, what, 15 countries? Looking back, I think I managed to get to 4 states total—that’s it. Let me explain. The end of 2013 saw me crawling around on crutches following foot surgery. Trying to make the best of it, I even did some shooting while gimping around on the crutches. Turns out, not my favorite thing. While it’s possible, it’s less than practical and [...]

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Trip Report: The Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal
13 Jan
2015
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Trip Report: The Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal

(© Ian Plant) The Pantanal of Brazil is the world’s largest tropical freshwater wetland area, and is a great location to photograph a number of species including caiman, giant otters, hyacinth macaws, and many other tropical bird species. But forget all that: the Pantanal is the best place in the world to see and photograph wild jaguar! I spent a week in October 2014 exploring the Pantanal, and I absolutely fell in [...]

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Favorite Photographs of 2014

Favorite Photographs of 2014

(© Sara Marino) I really enjoy looking through the retrospective collections that photographers share each year. I always find it interesting to see where people have traveled, how a photographer interprets the places they visit, how a person’s work has evolved, and what images rise to the top of individual lists. Although I have been inconsistent with participating in this activity in the past and am a little late this time around, [...]

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Lake Superior: Three Favorite Destinations
10 Jan
2015
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Lake Superior: Three Favorite Destinations

(© Ian Plant) Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes of North America, and is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. Known by the native Ojibwe people as Gichigami—”big water”—mighty Superior can be at times tranquil as a mirror, and at others as violent as a hurricane. It is also one of the most scenic natural features in the United States. There’s virtually no [...]

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2014, In Through the Out Door

2014, In Through the Out Door

(© Kurt Budliger) 2014 was in a lot of ways a rockin’ great year for me; and not in a Dick Clark American Band Stand sort of way, but rather a Led Zeppelin, “Whole Lotta Love” sort of way.  In honor of 2014, and to mark my 10th year as a professional photographer (still trying to figure out exactly what that means) I’ve compiled my year in review, or best images [...]

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30 Favorite Photos from 2014
30 Dec
2014
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30 Favorite Photos from 2014

(© Ian Plant) 2014 has been ridiculously busy and productive for me. I’ve photographed in 12 countries, including the U.S., Venezuela, Morocco, Botswana, Argentina, Chile, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. I’ve flown many thousands of miles, and taken many more thousands of photographs. I was away from home half of the time, and constantly scrambling to catch up on office work whenever I wasn’t on the road. To be [...]

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Merry Christmas Everyone!
25 Dec
2014
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

(© Ian Plant) Merry Christmas! Nothing says “Christmas” like a group of fearsome yet adorably cuddly polar bears (even without Coca Cola products). Happy Holidays to everyone from the Dreamscapes Team!

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Costa Rica Photo Roundup Part 1
12 Dec
2014
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Costa Rica Photo Roundup Part 1

(© Ian Plant) Richard Bernabe and I just wrapped up leading a six-day photo workshop in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica with a great group of people. We saw and photographed a fabulous diversity of wildlife (for which the Osa is world famous), and even found room for some down time to enjoy a bit of pura vida—the “pure life.” I love photographing monkeys, and the Osa has plenty of them. We [...]

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Landscapes in Lightroom 5 for 15% OFF
10 Dec
2014
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Landscapes in Lightroom 5 for 15% OFF

Hi all: Michael Frye, has been privileged to have a chapter from his excellent Landscapes in Lightroom 5 in the latest issue of Outdoor Photographer.  You can read the excerpt here: http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/harness-high-contrast.html. And if that leaves you wanting more, you can buy the entire book for 15% OFF throughout December at the estore: http://ianplantdreamscapes.myshopify.com/collections/featured-products/products/landscapes-in-lightroom-5

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