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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.

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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FREE DOWNLOAD: Epic Destinations 2014 Bucket List
(© 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 … 
March 29th, 2014

Wild Dogs (Couldn’t Drag Me Away)

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(© Ian Plant) During a recent trip to Botswana, I had the pleasure of witnessing a remarkable natural spectacle when I came upon a pack of African wild dogs sparring with a female gemsbok. The pack, numbering at least ten dogs, had just killed the gemsbok’s baby, but she wasn’t ready to give up her … 
March 7th, 2014

My Birthday Present

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"Ice Age"—Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, USA (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) A few days ago—I’m not going to say when—it was my birthday. I’m not bringing this up to elicit “Happy Birthdays” from everyone (please don’t bother). Birthdays are essentially meaningless to me; in fact, I had totally forgotten it was my birthday until I got a scattering of calls from the few … 
February 4th, 2014

Costa Rica: Wonders of the Osa

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Scarlet macaw, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (by Ian Plant)
(© 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 … 
January 29th, 2014

The Lost World

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"The Lost World" by Ian Plant - Canaima National Park, Venezuela
“There’s many a man who never tells his adventures, for he can’t hope to be believed.” ―Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Lost World” (© Ian Plant) There are many beautiful places in this wide world, but some stand above the rest, kindling the imagination with a vivid flame. Canaima National Park, located in the wilds … 
January 2nd, 2014

Thirteen for ’13: My favorite photos from last year

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"Eternal Mirror" by Ian Plant
(© Ian Plant) Well, it’s that time of the year again when everyone displays their best images from the previous year, so I might as well throw my hat into the ring. Here are some of my personal favorites from last year. As is my usual practice, I pick a number of photos equal to …