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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Give Clear Skies a Chance!
9 Dec
2014
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Give Clear Skies a Chance!

(c) Sarah Marino. The quality and characteristics of light have been a theme here on the Dreamscapes blog recently — and for good reason. Light, and how that light affects a subject, is a critical component in creating any photograph. All different kinds of lighting conditions, from subtle and soft to over-the-top dramatic, can lead to compelling and dynamic photographs. We make the case in our e-book, Beyond the Grand Landscape, [...]

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20% OFF HOLIDAY SALE!
28 Nov
2014
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20% OFF HOLIDAY SALE!

Just a quick note: everything on the store is 20% off until the end of November. Now is the perfect time to pick up your copy of my newest ebook Chasing the Light. Thanks so much for your support! P.S. Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite photography buddy this holiday season? Gift cards are now available, in $25, $50, $100, and $200 amounts! (Sorry, gift cards are not on sale.) Learn [...]

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The Edge of Light
21 Nov
2014
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The Edge of Light

(© Ian Plant) My favorite style of shooting is against the light (known as “contre-jour”). Contre-jour lighting occurs when you point your camera directly toward a source of light, whether it be the sun, a street lamp, or a relatively bright portion of the scene. This effect causes the subject to be backlit, increasing contrast and obscuring subject detail. Typically, the result is an image with a stark, graphic quality. [...]

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Just Doin’ Time

Just Doin’ Time

(© George Stocking) We all know that when you chase the weather, very often you get a lot more weather than you had in mind when you started. It comes with the territory. And while the leading and trailing edges of a storm often bring drama for our images, the time in between can sometimes be mind-numbingly boring. Case in point, a trip I made to the Grand Canyon this summer. [...]

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Polar Bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Polar Bears in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In early October, Ian and I traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to try our hand at photographing the polar bears that gather there in large numbers awaiting the arrival of winter. In a week and a half, we saw and photographed more polar bears than we could have possibly imagined, capturing a wide variety of interactions, weather, and light conditions. Below are some of my favorite images from [...]

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Two New FREE eBooks!
5 Nov
2014
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Two New FREE eBooks!

Good news, everyone: I’ve got two new FREE photography eBooks for you to enjoy! The first is a revision of Namibia: Two Photographers, One Vision, co-authored by Richard Bernabe. In this eBook, Richard Bernabe and I present our vision of this untouched and primal land, with its towering red dunes and wild animals struggling to survive. BTW, Richard is leading two photo tours in Namibia for our company Epic Destinations [...]

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The Essence of Light
29 Oct
2014
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The Essence of 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 (© Ian Plant) Light is the beating heart of photography. It is the seed which gives birth to root, stem, and branch. It is the structure and the substance, the core and foundation upon which the entire construction is built. It is more than just the quintessence of photography—it is the [...]

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A Mzungu in Rwanda
24 Oct
2014
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A Mzungu in Rwanda

(© Ian Plant) During my epic 40 day tour of Africa, I spent several days in Rwanda to photograph mountain gorillas. Rwanda is a perilous place to visit, but not for the reasons you might think. Despite a disastrous civil war in the early 1990s, Rwanda today is one of the most beautiful, peaceful, and idyllic countries I have ever visited, and I was surprised at how quickly I fell in love with [...]

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Photography & Expectations
16 Oct
2014
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Posted in: Colorado, Small Scenes   22 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
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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
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Chasing the Light

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 that increasingly seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. “What did you do in Photoshop to make the photograph look like that?” More and [...]

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Taking it to the Streets
15 Sep
2014
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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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