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About Ian
Ian Plant is a full-time professional nature photographer and writer living in Virginia. He is a frequent contributor to several leading photo magazines, including Outdoor Photographer. Ian is the author/photographer of over a dozen print and electronic books, including the critically acclaimed Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition and The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography (2009). Ian leads several nature photography workshops, digital photo tours, and online classes each year. To view more of his work and online tutorials, visit his website www.ianplant.com or his blog www.ianplant.com/blog.

November 25th, 2014

The Edge of Light

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"Sunset Sojourn 2" - Etosha National Park, Namibia (by Ian Plant)
(© 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 … 
October 29th, 2014

The Essence of Light

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“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 … 

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October 25th, 2014

A Mzungu in Rwanda

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A mountain gorilla holds her baby, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda (by Ian Plant)
(© 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 … 
September 15th, 2014

Fat Stacks of Cheddar

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"Vestuhorn" - Iceland (by Ian Plant)
  “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 … 


August 22nd, 2014

Say Anything

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"Something Blue" - White Sands National Monument, USA (by Ian Plant)
“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) (© Ian Plant) If I were to pick a single actor … 
July 16th, 2014

40 Days of Africa

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(© Ian Plant) 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 … 
May 22nd, 2014

Comp Stomping

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"Ebb and Flow" - Olympic National Park, USA (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) I was first introduced to the term “comp stomping”—the intentional reenactment of a specific composition created by someone else—a few years back. I’ve previously talked about icon chasing, which involves photographing famous scenes that have been shot over and over by hundreds of thousands of people; comp stomping takes it a step … 
May 18th, 2014

African Wildlife Roundup

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Lion in grass, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) I spent several weeks in Africa in February, but I haven’t had a chance until now to sort through everything. You might have seen my previous post with images of wild dogs, but that’s not all I saw during my trip. Here’s a few more of the exciting wildlife encounters I had … 
May 15th, 2014

Epic Destinations 2014 Bucket List

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(© Ian Plant) Let’s face it. Life is short. 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 … 


May 9th, 2014

The Infinite Monkey Theorem

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"Twilight Moods" - Olympic National Park, USA (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) The “infinite monkey theorem” holds that, given enough time, a bunch of monkeys randomly pounding on a bevy of typewriters will eventually produce the greatest works of literature ever written (for a humorous take on this by The Simpsons, watch this short video clip). The basic idea is that something meaningful can …