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.
In the past, I’ve written and spoken a lot about how planning for landscape photography requires a lot of scouting, and patience. During a recent photo trip to the desert of the American Southwest, I put all three to work while photographing the dramatic badlands found around Caineville, Utah. I started by pouring over satellite
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
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
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
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
One of the hottest and driest places on Earth, the Danakil Depression in the northern part of the Afar region in Ethiopia (part of the great East African Rift Valley) is one of the most cruelly inhospitable places on the planet. Much of it lies below sea level, with temperatures as high as 125 degrees
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
Many nature photographers profess to shoot only natural light because they don’t like flashed-looking pictures. While often said as if it were a badge of honor, this statement is actually an admission that the photographer doesn’t know how to use flash, one of our most important tools! Employed properly, flash can look completely natural and
In this episode of OPG LIVE, professional photographer Ian Plant shares inspiring images and video from his recent photo trip to Kenya, and shares some of his favorite techniques for making compelling wildlife photos. He also answers questions about wildlife photography.