Photography & Expectations
16 Oct
2014
Sarah Marino By
Posted in: Colorado, Small Scenes   18 Comments

Photography & Expectations

A few days ago, a photographer on Facebook sadly lamented that they made a trip all the way down to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado only to be sorely disappointed because of the state of the aspen trees. This year was a mixed bag, with some patches changing quite early, some getting blackened by frost, and others slowly fading to a dull green. I would agree with this photographer’s [...]

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New! Great Smoky Mountains Photo Guide
27 Sep
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: eStore   No Comments

New! Great Smoky Mountains Photo Guide

The Great Smoky Mountains contain some of the most beautiful scenery in the eastern United States. With autumn fast approaching, this area is one of the photo hot spots for October. Wouldn’t it be great to have a photo guide book that could help you get the most out of your Smokies visit? Packed with photographs, this newest ebook from Nye Simmons (author of The Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway) [...]

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Chasing the Light
18 Sep
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Creativity, eStore   3 Comments

Chasing the Light

“Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft.” —Sven Nykvist I get a recurring question a lot these days, whenever I am leading a workshop, giving a presentation at a photo conference, or just hanging out on the web. It’s a question that, quite honestly, frustrates me as a photographer and an artist. It is a question [...]

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Taking it to the Streets
15 Sep
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Street Photography   16 Comments

Taking it to the Streets

(© Ian Plant) Lately I’ve been doing something I never thought I would do: street photography. As a nature photographer, I’ve always assiduously avoided the hand of man in my shots. These days, however, I seem to be increasingly looking for opportunities to explore the human element. There are several reasons for this. One, I’m getting somewhat turned off by the current state of landscape photography, which has become increasingly dominated [...]

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Fat Stacks of Cheddar
11 Sep
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: General   9 Comments

Fat Stacks of Cheddar

  “Gonna make some mad cheddar yo. Fat stacks, dead presidents, cash money. We’re gonna own this city.”—Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad) (© Ian Plant) In my last post, Say Anything, I discussed what I don’t want to be as an artist. Some interesting questions and comments ensued, such as: How can photographers who are just starting out get noticed unless they shoot only the most epic scenes and subjects? Can one take the road less [...]

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Lost in Iceland
5 Sep
2014
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Posted in: General, Iceland, Inspiration   5 Comments

Lost in Iceland

Just back from Iceland–and what an amazing ten days it was on the island! We had absolutely  fantastic weather for the entire trip–a real departure from the standard Icelandic weather of grey skies and rain. In fact, it only rained for a few hours on the first daym and a few hours on the second-to-last day of the trip.  Every other day was  either partly cloudy or sunny with the occasional storm [...]

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The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography
29 Aug
2014
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The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography

I’m pleased to announce another recent addition to the Dreamscapes eStore, The Guide to Tropical Nature Photography by Glenn Bartley and Greg Basco. Glenn is a professional nature photographer from British Columbia, Canada. He focuses his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Glenn is especially known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from the Neotropical Region and for his portfolio of hummingbird [...]

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The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park by Dean Sauskojus
26 Aug
2014
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The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park by Dean Sauskojus

I’m pleased to offer on my Dreamscapes eStore a great resource for photographers, The Ultimate Photo Guide to Yellowstone National Park, by Dean Sauskojus. In this ebook you will find the most popular locations in Yellowstone National Park for outdoor photographers, as well as many little known but equally stunning scenes. Nowhere will you find a more thorough guide to photographing the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. I’m known and admired Dean’s work [...]

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News from the Net
24 Aug
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: General   5 Comments

News from the Net

(© Ian Plant) There’s always interesting things going on around the world, and some of it is photography related. Here’s a round-up of a few recent Internet stories that caught my eye. Monkey Selfie The Monkey Selfie saga is the gift that just keeps on giving. For those of you who don’t know about the Monkey Selfie, here’s the skinny: monkeys got a hold of a British photographer’s camera during a trip [...]

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Latest review of Visual Flow
23 Aug
2014
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Posted in: General   1 Comment

Latest review of Visual Flow

I just want to give a quick thanks to the folks over at Photography Tricks for their recent review of my eBook Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition. The review is very thorough and thoughtful, and I appreciate their time and effort. Here’s a brief summary: “Ian Plant’s book Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition belongs on the digital bookshelf of every serious photographer. It is a hugely informative, [...]

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Say Anything
5 Aug
2014
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Creativity   42 Comments

Say Anything

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed.”—”Say Anything” (1989) If I were to pick a single actor who defines my generation, I think the nod would have to go to John Cusack. Yes, this tells you Millennials [...]

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Turning Down the Volume
23 Jul
2014
Ron Coscorrosa By
Posted in: Composition, General   23 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
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Posted in: Africa, Namibia   44 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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