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It's been too long since I went chasing waterfalls, so here's a throwback from #panthercreekfalls #oregon . . . #editingtips - I'll keep this one super simple. Sharpen areas you want to bring focus to but also don't be afraid to soften, add haze or de-clarify areas you want soft gradual tones. Especially in forests with areas with busy trees. . . #waterfalls #toneitup #traveloregon #pnwdiscovered #bestoforegon #pnw #nw #cascadia #pnwonderland #longexpo #earthpix #bns_longexp #landscape_captures #instagood10k

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Hands up who’s been to this spot in Kauai and wants to go back 🙌🙋🏻‍♂️ . . . #photographytips - I often get asked how I capture clouds with this angled perspective effect... generally a lens 16mm or lower on a full frame camera (I often use 12mm) will be a good starting point. Then make sure you’re pointing downwards so the top third of the shot is filled with clouds. With lenses this wide a perspective distortion will begin - then it’s just finding the right direction where there are more clouds positioned in the corners. It’s generally that simple. #hawaii #kauaihawaii #perspectivephotography #leadinglines #natgeomyshot #dreamdestination #bestvacations #travelphotography #paradisefound #dreamdestination #vacationgoals #worldshotz #createexplore #EarthPix #earthfocus #landscapephotography #kauaistyle

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“Cloudgasm” - when the clouds decide to twirl and swirl like Bob Ross dabbed a masterpiece in the sky 🙌💫 . . #photographytips - it was one of those nights where the best eye candy was the opposite direction to the sun. I used the mystical power of a 10mm ultra-wide lens that helps elongate the corners by dragging edge elements into a perspective distortion. I then angled my lens so the angle of the waves reflected the cloud patterns. There’s so much going on here - I can’t thank the sky enough for tonight’s sky dance 🙏 tagging two peeps I saw tonight out shooting @lupitazambranophotography @tohko_cali . . . #cloudstagram #sky_brilliance #sky_hues #summervibes #calilife #californiathroughmylens #newportbeach #seascapes #sunset_pics #westcoastbestcoast #longexpo #longexposure #earthpix #cloudzdelight #igcolor #ocphotographer #earth_reflect #lightroom_ig

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My most special moments are those when I drop expectations, don’t plan, and just embrace the moment. Today I did zero planning and just let my surroundings twinkle between my toes. I’d never plan a shot like this into harsh afternoon light, and even without a tripod, I managed to pull off some magic by just being carefree and seeing what happened. 👌🤞🧘🏻‍♂️ . . . #photographytips - it’s all about perspective with this shot. This rock/flow is literally only a few inches tall. My camera is resting on a small rock about an inch from flowing water. This low perspective allowed me to exaggerate the scale of the foreground objects by using perspective. I’m using a non-stabilized lens and have @sonyalpha IBIS helping Control some of the camera shake. Exposure time was 1/13 Sec but when you’re this close and the water is moving fast it’s enough to create some motion blur.

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Perhaps the first sign of Summer was this stunning light show tonight 😍🌞🔥 Take that June Gloom! #behindthescenes - it's been so long since I've been able to get out and shoot and I've had a pretty wild time lately balancing life, but I'm glad I keep my camera in my car when I can, because you never know when a night like this is going to strike. There is hope my OC friends... we're long overdue for a season of color 🙏 #abceyewitness #irvine #sunset #summervibes #california #earthpix #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #california_igers #calilove #igers_oc #sunsetstream_westside #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #conquer_ca

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Mono Lake is one of those places that feels like nothing and everything at the same time. I’ve only had a chance to visit twice and the elusive snowy version is still in my hopes. . . #lightroomtutorials - this is a re-edit if a photo I took in 2016. Something never felt quite right and it turns out the photo was fine, but my editing style back then was not as mature as it is now. I’ve had very little time to travel or shoot lately, but it’s good to know that I can still find relaxation and joy in re-editing old photos like this. #monolaketufa #monolake #monocounty #monocountytourism #EarthPix #easternsierras #southbysouthwest #californiaadventure #getoutstayout #mytravelgram #travelingram #worldtravelpics #stayandwander #keepitwild #earthfocus #creativecloud_contrast #tonekillers #california

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Kauai is all about discovering the undiscovered. The quiet lesser known beaches have just as much to offer and hidden gems like this are the memories I cherished the most 🥰 💎 #photographytips - when I’m scouting locations I search for two things... distance interest in the direction of the light I want to capture, and super detailed close foreground interest. Sometimes it’s just small details like a little wavy pattern of rocks or sand, but it’s those little details that make an-otherwise boring image extra interesting. #hawaii #kauaihawaii #ourplanetdaily #earthfocus #kauai #earthpix #roamtheplanet #optoutside #discoverearth #visithawaii #worldbestshots #splendid_earth #earthofficial #picoftheday #earth_shotz #artofvisuals #nature_perfection #sunsetlover

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I’m long overdue for a trip to Big Sur - or as I like to call it “little Oregon”... bring on those hazy California summer nights 🤩🌄 . . #photographytips - when people ask me how I learn composition and how I choose my angles, it’s really difficult to articulate... at some point it becomes instinct as much as having a good eye but my tip for getting to that point is to 1) experiment as much as possible with different angles and perspectives especially by moving your camera up and down at different levels; and 2) STUDY all your photos afterwards. You will see a photo and it will just “feel right” but just spend time breaking it down and trying to figure out why it looks good. Likewise why do your bad photos look bad. After many many hours you’ll start to “get it”. . . #bigsur #californiacoast #westcoastbestcoast #westbysouthwest #EarthPix #longexposure_shots #longexpo_addiction #worldbestshots #splendid_earth #earthofficial #fantastic.colours #picoftheday #earth_shotz #artofvisuals #nature_perfection #sunsetlover

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Photography is a small part being in the right place, but mostly luck of good light and good weather... but you gotta get out there and put in the hours. You don’t win the lottery if you don’t play 😁🤩 . . #lightroomtips - contrast can be created with light but also with texture. Use a dehaze brush set to -30 or more to edit areas you want to soften and make hazey. It works especially well in areas of bright light and busy trees or foliage and especially in forestry waterfall scenes. . . #easternsierras #lightroomtutorials #longexpo #longexpohunter #californiaadventure #getoutstayout #bns_mountains #EarthPix #longexposure_shots #longexpo_addiction #worldbestshots #splendid_earth #earthofficial #fantastic.colours #picoftheday #earth_shotz #artofvisuals #nature_perfection #lightroom_ig

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Even when you’re surrounded by chaos, there’s serenity on the horizon - inspired by Utah’s beauty 😍🌄 . . #editingtips - I tried pretty hard to get some natural framing of the iconic peaks while in Zion. I walked alongside the river for a while and this was the best I could find. It’s way too busy so I used a fair amount of editing light and shadow to isolate the areas I wanted to. A good compositional foundation with creative editing can salvage a photo when other parts of the image fail. Check my story for how dramatically I edited this one. . . #aroundtheworldpix #wowutah #naturalutah #utah #exploreutah #worldpics #naturalarch #EarthPix #longexposure_shots #global_creatives #longexpo_addiction #worldbestshots #depthsofearth #splendid_earth #earthofficial #fantastic.colours #picoftheday #earth_shotz #artofvisuals #nature_perfection @redmtnresort #rmrtravelers

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I ❤️ You Tah! Do you love Utah? One of hundreds of small lakes hidden in the mountains of Utah. The diversity of this state is amazing. #editingtips - if you’re ever doing selective editing in #lightroom or #photoshop try editing light in circular or oval shapes rather than just using gradient masking - it’s create much more interesting leading lines and shapes than straight edges and nature is more often curvy than straight. You can see examples of this in the sky some areas I lightened in the reflections. #utahunique #utahmountains #reflectionphotography #exploreutah #utahlife #bns_mountains #werutah #wowutah #hikeutah #naturalutah #utahgram #utahphotography #utahisbeautiful #wowutah

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Who wants to get lost in the depths of The Narrows in #zionnationalpark right now? Be warned, if you stand in the water like I was this time of year, get ready for literally feeling icicles between your toes ❄️👣 . . . #photographytips - harsh high contrast scenes like this are some of the most difficult to work with. If you’re just not confident with your exposure, learn about “bracket exposure” on your camera and take some under and over exposed shots. Getting the highlights exposed just right but still retaining shadow exposure isn’t easy. Just remember you can’t take too many shots. I under exposed this shot and took two brackets all under exposed and in the end I worked with the most under exposed of those I took. (YouTube “bracket exposure tutorial” to learn). . . #hikingadventures #nationalparkgeek #nationalparkgeek #utah #EarthPix #longexposure_shots #ipa_shotz #global_creatives #longexpo_addiction #worldbestshots #depthsofearth #unlimitedsunset #splendid_earth #allbeauty_addiction #earthofficial #nationalearth #fantastic.colours #picoftheday #longexposure_shots #earth_shotz #artofvisuals #nature_perfection

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Hands down my favorite spot in #zionnationalpark - golden peaks, an insanely powerful river, and nobody around me. #behindthescenes - I’ve not had many chances to go on adventures lately so I have to tack adventures onto other parts of my life. I had a one day trip planned to Salt Lake City so I went via Zion and had on afternoon and morning to squeeze in some fun. It was my first time in Zion and while I did a little research, I decided to just arrive and aimlessly wonder. I told myself to resist the “token Instagram shots” and remember the joy of just discovering and it was the most fun I’ve had shooting in a long time. It reminded me that the outcome is such a small part of photography and the thrill of discovering compositions is where my motivation and heart lives. Do what YOU love my friends 👍📷❤️ #nationalparkgeek #adventuretime #longexposure #longexpo #longexpolite #longexpohunter #zion #utah #getoutchallenge #hikingadventures #westcoastlife #leadinglines #depthsofearth #landscapephotography #earthfocus

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Pockets of beauty where cities meet the sea... but for how long? If you have not supported your state or national parks lately, please get an annual pass next time you visit. We must treasure and protect nature while we can 🙏🏜🏔🏞 . . @visitoxnardca @oxnardcalifornia @e.s.mandalaybeach @goexploreparks #oxnard #oxnardcalifornia #venturacounty #abc7eyewitness #california #sunset_love #ig_color #toneitup #weekendvibes #goldenhour #sunsetlovers #calilife #agameoftones #tonekillers #landscape_lover

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My favorite moments are when storms end and the sun paints the skies with candy colors 🌞🍭 . #behindthescenes this is a throwback to a few months ago - I wasn’t planning a shoot but try to keep my camera in my car whenever I can. Colors started burning and luckily I was only 10 mins from the coast. We can’t always choose our moments but we can try and be prepared when they come. #sunsets #banger #crystalcovestatepark #newportbeach #california #sunset #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #california_igers #calilove #igers_oc #sunsetstream_westside #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #conquer_ca #sunsetcalifornia #canon_photos #instagood #thegreatplanet

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Lava Beach Syndrome 🏖 is a rare phenomenon that happens only once every 75 years, and despite looking like Mars, it’s really when the light at @crystalcovestatepark hits a refractive moment for a few minutes as the angle of this caption is completely made up and I’m just curious who really reads my captions :) cool story eh?! #storytelling - so despite my caption being a joke, storytelling should really be the core of all your photography. Even a red sunrise landscape should make a viewer ponder, ask questions, want to be there. If you look at your own photo and have no reaction, then it’s likely you didn’t capture a good story. My story here was really all about the spectacular glow so I edited and enhanced that story by brining out the red tones. If it was super rough seas or windy I probably would have added haze, increased the whites, etc. Find your stories and tell them. #sunrise #westcoastlife #southbysouthwest #sunsetsky #getoutside #getoutstayout #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #landscape_hunter #landscape_lovers #ig_landscape #instagood10k #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skies #skylovers #skyzone

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Devoted to all those hidden gems we discover on our adventures. I have hope that in the future we’ll all figure out how to preserve the hidden beauty while the world makes it easier to discover all the popular places that get flooded with tourists. #photographytips - bracket exposure is a technique where you take several exposures of the same shot is a quick burst of time. Most decent cameras have bracket exposure as a shutter mode setting so it will automatically take 3 or 5 shots at different exposures. Plenty of YouTube tuts online! This photo is only one exposure but bracket exposing gave me more photo choices to edit from because the smallest exposure adjustments in light like this can make a big difference. #easternsierras #kernriver #california #longexpo #longexposure #southbysouthwest #winteradventures #californiaadventure #getoutstayout #mountainscape #bns_mountains #wideangle #wideanglelens #instatraveling #igtravel #travelblog #instago #mytravelgram #travelingram #worldtravelpics #stayandwander #keepitwild #earthfocus

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