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
Ian Plant By
Posted in: Creativity   27 Comments

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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Posted in: Creativity   4 Comments

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
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Posted in: Equipment Reviews, General   18 Comments

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
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Posted in: Iceland   26 Comments

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
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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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The Creative Trinity
11 Feb
2015
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The Creative Trinity

(© David Johnston) Throughout my time as a photographer, I have learned several important lessons by trial and error — but mostly by completely missing the mark and trying to figure out a lesson I should learn from my failure! The most important piece of knowledge I’ve gained along the way is that when you continue to improve your creative eye, the importance of your photography gear ceases to exist. No longer [...]

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David Johnston Joins the Dreamscapes Team
10 Feb
2015
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David Johnston Joins the Dreamscapes Team

We’re pleased to be adding another voice to the burgeoning Dreamscapes blog team. David Johnston is a nature and landscape photographer who also dabbles in humanitarian photography in Haiti. David has a strong passion for photography education and brings news to aspiring photographers through his podcast, Photography Roundtable, where he has interviewed a number of photographers including a few members of the team. Please join us in welcoming David to the [...]

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F8 and Be There
5 Feb
2015
George Stocking By
Posted in: Arizona, Creativity, desert, General   6 Comments

F8 and Be There

(© George Stocking)  As landscape photographers, all we can control is where we stand and when we stand there. So that always remains as the ultimate goal — be standing in the right spot at the right time. And never have there been more tools for the favorable precognition of events. Weather and photo apps will tell you where the sun will go down relative to your exact spot — [...]

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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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Posted in: Costa Rica, Workshops   2 Comments

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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Posted in: Equipment Reviews, eStore, General   6 Comments

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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