Turning Down the Volume
23 Jul
2014
Ron Coscorrosa By
Posted in: Composition, General   21 Comments

Turning Down the Volume

If you are in a crowded room, and yell out “Mike!” a handful of people will turn around, and most of them will be named Mike. If you are in a crowded room and yell out “Asshole!” everyone will turn around. None of them will be named Asshole. The point is this: It is easy to get attention, but much harder to sustain it. Photographs are the same way. They can scream or they can [...]

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40 Days of Africa
16 Jul
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Africa, Namibia   43 Comments

40 Days of Africa

So far, 2014 has been ridiculously busy for me. In the first six months of this year, I’ve been to 15 countries, with photography trips to the following: Venezuela, Morocco, Botswana, Argentina, Chile, Namibia, Tanzania, and Rwanda (with non-photography visits or layovers in South Africa, France, Columbia, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Netherlands, and Canada). I’ve flown many thousands of miles, and taken many more thousands of photographs. And the second half [...]

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There is More to Nature Photography than the Golden Fifteen Minutes
30 Jun
2014
Sarah Marino By
Posted in: Creativity, eStore, Small Scenes   5 Comments

There is More to Nature Photography than the Golden Fifteen Minutes

  One of the most prevalent pieces of advice offered to landscape photographers is also one of the most limiting: “Shoot during the golden hour.” And, if you observe a mass of photographers at some popular locations, the advice actually seems to be put in practice as, “Shoot during the golden fifteen minutes and only if there are colorful clouds filling the sky.” For photographers living by this golden hour mantra, [...]

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The Fuji X-T1: It’s a Winner
24 Jun
2014
Justin Reznick By
Posted in: Equipment Reviews, General   3 Comments

The Fuji X-T1: It’s a Winner

In the first edition of my Complete Guide to Gear for the Landscape Photographer, I omitted the Fuji X APS-C mirror-less system because at the time, I felt it wasn’t built for landscape photography. That has now changed. 2014 has been a big year for Fuji and with the release of two new products, the Fuji X-T1, a weather sealed pro body, and the Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS, a [...]

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Dreamscapes Releases New Composition eBook, Beyond the Grand Landscape

Dreamscapes Releases New Composition eBook, Beyond the Grand Landscape

  “Sarah and Ron have done it again! In this beautiful and detailed eBook they explore the subtler side of nature. A must-read for anyone looking to improve their artistic vision.”—Ian Plant “Grand scenic landscapes, with their big skies, dramatic foreground elements, and tremendous depth are an important part of landscape photography, but they are only that: a part. An entire universe of possibilities opens up when a photographer looks for and [...]

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40 Days of Africa!
17 Jun
2014
Dreamscapes Editor By
Posted in: Africa, General   No Comments

40 Days of Africa!

For those of you who don’t know yet, Ian is in the middle of a 40 day photo adventure in Africa, visiting Namibia, Tanzania, and Rwanda. If you want to keep up with his travels, please follow the Dreamscapes Facebook page, which is running 40 Days of Africa, featuring an image post (like the one above) for every day of his trip. So stop by and say hello, and don’t forget to “like” the page if [...]

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Redwoods and Sea-Stacks
5 Jun
2014
George Stocking By
Posted in: California, General, Oregon   1 Comment

Redwoods and Sea-Stacks

I just returned from leading a wonderful workshop for the Friends of Arizona Highways up the Northern California coast and into southern Oregon. We were treated to some outstanding fog in the redwoods, but were shut out for evening light every day but one. However, it was a great crew–and a great time. “The Exalted” was the result of patience and perseverance–meaning we had to wait out the rain. The fog [...]

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Best of the PNW 2014

Best of the PNW 2014

I recently had the pleasure of once again visiting Oregon and Washington where I co-led two Photo Workshop with fellow Dreamscapes blogger Alex Mody. This trip centered around photographing two distinct locations, the Columbia River Gorge and Washington’s Olympic National Park.  It was a great trip and a pleasure to be able to spend time with Alex, a long-time friend, who I only get the chance to see every so [...]

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Shoot to Thrill
27 May
2014
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Posted in: Africa, General   5 Comments

Shoot to Thrill

“When this is in your hands, you are the center of the universe. Not that anything else exists, it certainly does. You are important, this thing empowers you to do whatever the hell you want.” – Mel DiGiacomo, photojournalist “On the barrel, pretty white letters spelled out PARTY STARTER.” - Ilona Andrews, Gunmetal Magic On the tediously long flight from Washington to Johannesburg, I was seated among a small group of middle-aged men [...]

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Comp Stomping
22 May
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Creativity, Olympic National Park   20 Comments

Comp Stomping

I was first introduced to the term “comp stomping”—the intentional reenactment of a specific composition created by someone else—a few years back. I’ve previously talked about icon chasing, which involves photographing famous scenes that have been shot over and over by hundreds of thousands of people; comp stomping takes it a step further, copying more than just the location, but rather the specific composition itself. There’s nothing wrong with comp stomping, [...]

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African Wildlife Roundup
17 May
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Africa   4 Comments

African Wildlife Roundup

I spent several weeks in Africa in February, but I haven’t had a chance until now to sort through everything. You might have seen my previous post with images of wild dogs, but that’s not all I saw during my trip. Here’s a few more of the exciting wildlife encounters I had in Botswana and Morocco. Seeing a mighty male lion is always an exciting experience—except when he promptly flops over [...]

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OK, I’m Finally Excited: Canon Announces New EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
16 May
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Equipment Reviews   28 Comments

OK, I’m Finally Excited: Canon Announces New EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Canon just announced the release of its new EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. I admit it, I’m pretty jazzed about this, in a way I’ve never been jazzed by a Canon wide angle zoom lens before. Over the years I have expressed my frustration with wide angle options for Canon cameras. Canon’s previous forays into this focal range, the 17-40mm f/4 and two versions of the 16-35mm f/2.8, have [...]

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Upcoming Photo Workshops
15 May
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Workshops   1 Comment

Upcoming Photo Workshops

Hi everyone, in case you missed the news, Richard Bernabe and I just launched Epic Destinations, featuring inspirational photo tours for creative photographers. We’ve got several exciting photo tours lined up for 2014 and 2015. Our tours are filling up fast, so if you want to join the adventure, I advise you to do so quickly! Here’s a few of the workshops and tours we have planned. Lake Superior North Shore [...]

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Epic Destinations 2014 Bucket List
14 May
2014
Ian Plant By
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Epic Destinations 2014 Bucket List

Let’s face it. Life is short. In the end, it will happen to us all. It’s only a matter of time before you ride the pale horse. Shuffle off your mortal coil. Take your last bow. Meet your maker. Hand in your dinner pail. Give up the ghost. Buy the farm. Answer the final summons. Bite the big one. I think you know what I mean. But before you assume room [...]

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