True Photo Confessions; Volume 2: Don’t Mess with Texas
25 Mar
2015
George Stocking By
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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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Without Expectations, Wandering the Desert (Part 1)

Without Expectations, Wandering the Desert (Part 1)

Expectations are a dangerous thing. They can lead us to great disappointment often, and utter satisfaction only rarely. I often hear  and read other photographers whine and wallow over the lack of great light or weather at that location where they have been chasing an image or idea for years. I often wonder how many images have passed them by as they sit in wait for that one shot, that [...]

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Give Your Photography Style a Vacation
16 Mar
2015
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Give Your Photography Style a Vacation

(© David Johnston) It’s always nice to get a vacation. I mean, you put in the hours of hard work, the long grinding days, and even the overtime needed to do your job well. Photography is no different, really. Photographers get up early, stay out late, and spend way too much time getting to locations with no guarantee of coming back with a usable photograph. Listen, I love bold landscapes with [...]

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New eBook: Supercharge Your Vision
12 Mar
2015
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New eBook: Supercharge Your Vision

(© Ian Plant) Focus: it’s what most often separates success from failure. I’ve found that when my attention isn’t properly focused on a defined task, my artistic vision suffers. My newest ebook, Supercharge Your Vision: 9 Creative Missions for Visionary Photographers, will focus your creative energy and enhance your skills. It contains nine inspiring creative missions designed to get you trying new things, seeing the world in a different way, [...]

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Call of the Desert
8 Mar
2015
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Call of the Desert

(© Ron Coscorrosa) “The Desert is calling, and I must go” John Muir didn’t say, but I will. The desert isn’t as easily loved as other landscapes, like the mountains in Muir’s famous quote. Its beauty is often more subtle, rewarding only those who are willing to slow down and fully immerse themselves in it. To those who have learned to love desert, who have smelled the creosote or sage brush after a [...]

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Galápagos Islands
5 Mar
2015
Ian Plant By
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Galápagos Islands

(© Ian Plant) The Galápagos Islands are famous for their incredible diversity of species found no where else. These volcanic islands six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador host abundant animal and plant life. In 1835, Charles Darwin spent over a month in the Galápagos during the 5-year voyage of the HMS Beagle, and his observations and collections there contributed greatly to his theory of evolution by natural selection. In December 2014, I spent [...]

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True Photo Confessions

True Photo Confessions

(© George Stocking.) This last winter, somewhere in the cold, yucca-covered deserts of Nevada, I told this story to Ian over a half empty bottle of tequila. There have been virtually no embellishments, because there’s no way for me to look good, no matter which way the tale is told. So, this is a true story. Word. Some 19 or 20 years ago, when I was just starting as a “professional” (I had very few pictures and [...]

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The Virtues of Failure
26 Feb
2015
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The Virtues of Failure

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”—Thomas Edison (© Ian Plant) We all fear failure. Sometimes we shrug it off and get on with things; sometimes that fear is crippling. Failure sucks. Failure hurts. Failure is embarrassing and demoralizing. Avoiding failure might seem like a wise strategy; to some, simply not trying at all is the safest approach. But the safe way is the wrong way. Although fear of failure [...]

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2015 Bucket List
25 Feb
2015
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2015 Bucket List

(© Ian Plant) 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 temperature, there are a [...]

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A few quick thoughts about the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens
25 Feb
2015
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A few quick thoughts about the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens

(© Ian Plant) Recently, I’ve gotten some inquiries about the new Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. As many of you are aware, I do a lot of assignment work for Tamron (including with this lens), and therefore I can’t really be considered an impartial observer. So I’ll simply say this: I really enjoyed using this lens, and I think it is very sharp. Since I worked with an incomplete prototype model, [...]

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The Grandmother’s Mantra
24 Feb
2015
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The Grandmother’s Mantra

(© David Johnston) It’s funny how we hear advice from our elders as we grow up and completely disregard everything wise they share until it seems like we’ve tried every other messed up way of doing things. If only we listened to them in the first place! It’s even more surprising what we apply and attach their advice to. When I was growing up, I would spend days in my grandmother’s [...]

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Canon’s new 50 megapixel cameras: what that means for you (whether you shoot Canon or not)
19 Feb
2015
Ian Plant By
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Canon’s new 50 megapixel cameras: what that means for you (whether you shoot Canon or not)

(© Ian Plant) Canon recently announced the release of two new 50 megapixel full frame DSLR cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R. As a Canon shooter, I’m pretty excited (although I think my first reaction was “it’s about time”; Canon had been dragging its heels in the megapixel race). Although both cameras have a few interesting new features (such as a built-in intervalometer), I think it is fair to say that the [...]

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The Reminder
17 Feb
2015
Ian Plant By
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The Reminder

(© Ian Plant) Field work is hard work, and can be equal parts toilsome, exhausting, and lonely. It can be difficult to keep up the intensity required to make compelling photographs. During a recent trip to Iceland, a combination of events severely depleted my creative reserves. I had to keep reminding myself of a few important things in order to stay focused: I’m not here to be cozy, or to indulge in the [...]

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Returning To The Scene (Whatever did you do?)
14 Feb
2015
George Stocking By
Posted in: Arizona, desert, General   2 Comments

Returning To The Scene (Whatever did you do?)

(© George Stocking) Oh baby, I’m guilty… and I’ll be guilty all the rest of my days… Okay, I ripped off a little Randy Newman right there, but it feels good to get it off of my chest. Yeah, I’m one of those guys who, after finding a gem of a location and getting a really nice image, just can’t help but keep coming back – returning to the scene of my [...]

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