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Posts Tagged ‘Off the Beaten Path’

March 23rd, 2011

The Power of Photography

Posted By Ian Plant
"Los Cuernos del Paine" - Torres del Paine, Patagonia
Photography isn’t like other forms of art. Painting, sculpting, drawing: they all start with nothing—a blank canvas or sheet of paper, or an uncut block of stone—and through the creative thought and actions of the artist, something is produced from nothing. These forms of art are creation media, and spring forth, not unlike Athena from … 
March 3rd, 2011

The Magic is in the Moment

Posted By Ian Plant
"Creation" - Yellowstone National Park
Since the very beginning, nature photography has been indelibly intertwined with places. We seek out epic scenery, looking for photogenic and inspiring natural features to inspire viewers. Sure, great light is often part of the equation, but place is in many ways the focus of artistic endeavour. With the digital revolution of the past few … 
February 25th, 2011

Yellowstone Week 1 Round-Up

Posted By Ian Plant
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As I mentioned in my last post, I am in the process of posting a series of winter images from Yellowstone National Park on my daily photoblog. I put five new images up this week. If you are interested in checking them out, I’ve included thumbnails below that will take you to each individual entry. I’ll … 
February 22nd, 2011

Winter in Yellowstone: Light and Life

Posted By Ian Plant
"The Dawn of Time" - Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is a world beyond our own, emerging from the mists of time as a remnant of days long past. Here, the engines of creation still churn, steaming with all the fury of the gods of old. Once away from the safety of those portions of the park that have been “tamed,” it becomes a … 
February 6th, 2011

New eBook on landscape photography

Posted By Ian Plant
Lupine on Mazama Ridge, Mt. Rainier National Park
My newest eBook (my fifth so far) is now available. Five Landscape Challenges 2, the second in my Five Landscape Challenges series, takes a look at five common landscape scenes and “deconstructs” them, breaking them down to basic tips regarding best light, composition, aperture, shutter speeds, and equipment. Joining me on this book is Joe … 
January 28th, 2011

Tamron SP70-300 Di VC USD: First Impressions

Posted By Ian Plant
"Awaiting Spring" - Huntley Meadows, Virginia
Many photographers claim that equipment doesn’t really matter—simply put, the best lens won’t make a bad photographer any better, and even bad lenses in the hands of a skilled master will produce great results. While this may be true to some extent, quality equipment can make a difference, and unfortunately poor equipment can constrain your … 
January 21st, 2011

Ice is Nice

Posted By Ian Plant
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I love photographing ice. In my opinion, it’s what makes winter photography so special. Working on or near ice has its challenges, however. Here are a few quick tips for getting the most out of your ice photography, and for staying safe and warm.  —The magic of ice is its translucence and reflectivity. If you … 
January 7th, 2011

2010: A Year in Review

Posted By Ian Plant
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2010 proved to be a good year for me, and certainly one of the chief highlights was being asked to blog for Outdoor Photographer. It has been a real privilege being part of this great new venture, and meeting all of you who are part of the OP online community. Of course, photography is the real … 
January 4th, 2011

Short-Term Mood Repair

Posted By Ian Plant
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It’s something psychologists call “short-term mood repair”—it’s the process of avoiding hardship or tough decisions by engaging in behavior that maximizes short-term happiness. Short-term mood repair manifests itself in many ways, including procrastination (avoiding difficult or unpleasant tasks), rationalization (convincing oneself that bad decisions or actions are actually good ones), and shopping sprees or chocolate … 
December 24th, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Posted By Ian Plant
Happy Holidays!
I just wanted to wish everyone here Happy Holidays! Best wishes, Ian Plant Photography