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About Ian
Ian Plant is a full-time professional photographer and writer living in Minnesota. 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. 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.

January 16th, 2015

Trip Report: The Jaguars of Brazil’s Pantanal

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(© Ian Plant) The Pantanal of Brazil is the world’s largest tropical freshwater wetland area, and is a great location to photograph a number of species including caiman, giant otters, hyacinth macaws, and many other tropical bird species. But forget all that: the Pantanal is the best place in the world to see and photograph wild jaguar! …
January 13th, 2015

Costa Rica Photo Roundup Part 1

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(© Ian Plant) Richard Bernabe and I recently 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 …
December 30th, 2014

30 Favorite Photos from 2014

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(© Ian Plant) 2014 has been ridiculously busy and productive for me. I’ve photographed in 12 countries, including the U.S., Venezuela, Morocco, Botswana, Argentina, Chile, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. I’ve flown many thousands of miles, and taken many more thousands of photographs. I was away from home half of the time, and constantly …


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 28th, 2014

Lake Superior: Three Favorite Destinations

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior (by Ian Plant)
(© Ian Plant) Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes of North America, and is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. Known by the native Ojibwe people as Gichigami—”big water”—mighty Superior can be at times tranquil as a mirror, and at others as violent as a hurricane. It is …
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 …