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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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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Behind the Shot: Poison Dreams

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

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OPG LIVE: October 2017

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.

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Behind the Shot: Too Close?

Possibly the most prominent symbol of Central America’s tropical forests, often seen on posters, puzzles, and greeting cards, is the red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). These small creatures are only about 5-7 centimeters long, and are very difficult to find in their natural habitat. Tree frogs are green, naturally camouflaged in tropical green forests, and

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OPG LIVE: September 2017

In this episode of OPG LIVE, Ian Plant, managing editor at Outdoor Photography Guide, shares photos, pro tips, and stories from his recent trips to Vanuatu to photograph Yasur Volcano, the Badlands of South Dakota, and the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming to photograph the recent solar eclipse. Ian also answers a number of viewer

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Devils Tower

Behind the Shot: Devils Tower

Devils Tower is one of America’s most famous landscape icons. Location of the alien mothership’s landing in the 1977 blockbuster hit movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the tower is an igneous intrusion standing tall above the surrounding grasslands, revealed by millennia of erosion. When the magma that formed Devils Tower cooled, it contracted,

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