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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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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Fat Stacks of Cheddar
11 Sep
2014
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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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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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