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OPG LIVE: February 2018

In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares photos and stories from his most recent adventure on the Colorado Plateau in Utah. He offers tips for making compelling landscape and aerial photos, as well as discusses how to photograph slot canyons.

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Trip Report: Ethiopia’s Sof Omar Caves

One of the world’s most spectacular and extensive underground caverns and a proposed World Heritage Site, the Sof Omar cave system is an extraordinary natural phenomenon of breathtaking beauty. At almost 10 miles long, it is the longest cave system in Ethiopia, and possibly the largest cave complex in Africa. The Weib River flows through…

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Staying Warm in the Cold

I promised myself I would go to the nail salon to have a pedicure with hot wax the moment I stepped into the frigid stream and discovered my boots were not waterproof as advertised. Getting one’s feet wet to get the shot is not usually a big deal, but at minus 34 degrees Celsius wet…

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Trip Report: Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Remote, ancient, and breathtaking, the over 200 rock-hewn churches of the Tigray region of Ethiopia were built in high, remote places to protect against attackers. Carved from cliff faces high atop seemingly inaccessible mountain perches, these simple yet stunning churches are the oldest in Ethiopia, some dating back to the 5th Century. And although many…

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OPG LIVE: January 2018

In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares stunning photos of dramatic scenery, amazing wildlife, and ancient rock-hewn churches taken on his recent trip to Ethiopia. Ian takes you behind the lens and shares his secrets to taking compelling photographs. He also shares an exciting sneak preview of his upcoming eBook and…

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Essential Gear and Tips for Winter Photography

You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” This could apply to all seasonal photography but it is critical to taking successful photos in the winter. Here are some tips for winter photography to help you stay safe and comfortable while shooting and ensure you come away with some great…

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Trip Report: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

Located in the highlands of northwest Ethiopia, the Simien Mountains are truly a wonder to behold. Reaching as high as almost 15,000 feet above sea level, these rugged mountains are home to several photogenic wildlife species, including walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf, klippspringer, and gelada monkeys. Numerous vantage points offer stunning views of steep cliffs, jagged…

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