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Fire 🔥 and Ice ❄️ dancing in #kauaihawaii about a year ago. This represents my mental struggle as winter approaches - part of me wants to head to the tropics and the other part of me wants to immerse myself in snow. What’s your plans this winter? Embrace it or escape it? . . #winterblues #kauailife #sunsetlover #sunset_vision #sunset_madness #sky_brilliance #clouds #cloudporncentral #sunsetlover #sunset_stream #ig_shotz_sunset #ig_shotz #reflectiongram #skyporn #ocphotographer #sunsetbeach #earthfocus #earth_reflect #sky_lovers #sunset_hunter #sunset🌅

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So thankful and proud of these photographers that joined me in kicking off @mixartshop this past month. There is so much collective talent, passion and generosity in this bunch. Please help support this team if you’re looking for some framed prints for yourself or to gift someone. Money does end up in the hands of these artists. Happy shopping on this Black Friday! Thanks @missjessbess @tasha.pnw @bellariana @krl_photo @calibreus @alexahope (@arwin.l coming soon) Our catalog is over 150 prints so far and growing! #mixartshop #mixartlove #interiordesign #blackfriday #blackfriday2019 #blackfridaysale #cybermonday #homedecor #framedart #wallart #canvasart #metalprints #interiordecorating #decor

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It amazes me how many shots like this I got from my trip to Bora Bora. I have a few hundred exposures from scenes like this, each taken at slightly different angles, with just a minute between them, yet each has unique color, unique light, and different cloud formations. If I go back, I doubt I’ll get as lucky as I did on the sunsets and sunrises I was gifted with. Prints at @mixartshop . . #photographytips - I can’t emphasize how important it is to get to know your lenses. For landscapes, I primarily use a 16-35mm Sony or a 12mm Laowa. Each lens handles better in higher contrast or soft light. The loawa does amazing in soft and low light. The Sony handles glare better. I’ll often switch from one lens to the other right as the sun passes the horizon. I highly recommend having shoots just to learn where you take the same shot with 2 lenses and study the results. Deliberately take shots into the sun or in different lighting conditions and also with and without filters attached. . . #borabora #tahiti #sunsetsofinstagram #travelgoals #vacationgoals #sunsetsky #cloudscape #earthpix #earth_shotz #landscape_lover #sky_brilliance #beachvibes #sunset #clouds

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On a night when the great sunset-of-the-year came, I present a middle finger on behalf of all those who missed it 🖕Out of spite, I present a SUNRISE photo from this morning with NO FIRE (let’s call it ice). There is more to life than your fancy schmancy colorful sunsets you #%&@! Just kidding, I love all you guys and am happy for you. 💩 . . . #sunrise #lagunabeach #socalphotogs #sunsetoftheyear #sunsets #cloudgasm #skyporn #instagood #landscapephotography #longexposure #longexpolite #earthpix #earthfocus #sonyalpha

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Did somebody order a double service of clouds with a side of reflections? I hope this is mouthwatering enough for your appetite 😋☁️😍 . . . #micktographer - ever since I woke this morning the clouds were taunting me. I’ve been focusing more on the “business” side of photography lately and not posting or shooting much at all. I couldn’t resist shooting today after hours of perfect clouds. It was the perfect reminder that my craft of creation needs to constantly be fueled. If you’re in a rut or having trouble being motivated with your photography, just keep the spark kindling and remember that the good times always return as long ask you keep the passion alive. 🙏🔥 Thankful for the good times. #newportbeach #clouds #cloudporncentral #sunsetlover #sunset_vision #sunset_madness #sunset_stream #ig_shotz_sunset #ig_shotz #reflectiongram #sky_brilliance #skyporn #ocphotographer #sunsetbeach #daylightsavings #earthfocus #earth_reflect #planet_earth_shots #sky_lovers #sunset_hunter #sunset🌅

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Ugh, I have a pretty bad cold right now. I'm afraid the only cure is a tropical vacation in Hawaii 🤩🌴 . . #photographytips - I have a system when composing where I try and see if I can run .y finger from the bottom of a photo to the top like a maze, without touching an object. This gives the viewers eye a path to follow to lead their eye. Look at photos you admire and notice how many have this quality 👍 . . #sunsetlover #secretbeach #sunset_vision #sunsetmadness #kauaihawaii #hawaii #ig_color #beachlifestyle #fallcolors #halloween #landscapephotomag #landscape_love #longexpo #hawaiilife #instagood10k #vacationgoals #travelgoals

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Maybe seagulls just hang out at beaches because of the view 🤷🏻‍♂️⛅️ . . . #photographytips - next time you’re at a beach and trying to capture a perspective that takes your photos to the next level, try the seagull perspective. Get down super close to the ground, get your feet wet - basically be a seagull 🤣 #visitcalifornia

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The colors of Corona Del Mar, California from South to North made my soul tingle 🥰 . . . #photographytips - as much as I try to capture amazing skies, it’s really the foreground where I spend most of my attention when composing a shot. The foreground is where the story is told, it’s where the viewer imagines themselves and it’s where an eye starts when it looks at a photo. The angles, lines, and shapes should lead your eye up into the brilliant sky like they’re on a runway ready to dive into your scene. . . #calilife #sunsetbeach #sunsetlover #coronadelmar #banger #newportbeach #california #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #california_igers #igers_oc #sunsetstream_westside #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #conquer_ca #sunsetcalifornia #thegreatplanet

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Pink sky at night is a photographers delight, pink sky in the morning is a "thank f'king finally getting up early was worth it" feeling 😂 . . #photographytips - some sunrises (and sunsets) only give you a burst of color on the horizon. When this happens, throw on a telephoto lens or something 50-200 range and isolate the color in your frame. Shooting over water also helps and gives your frame twice as much color to work with. Resist the urge to always go wide! . . #sunrise_shotz #sunset_vision #easternsierras #sunrise #leadinglines #ig_color #sky_lovers #getoutstayout #bns_sky #earthpix #bns_sky #sunrise #teamcanon #skyfire #ig_color #bishop #california #lightroomedits #sunset_love #nisi_usa

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Will you look at these two... the sky and the ocean competing for attention, show offs! Typical Californians 😜😘 . . . #photographytips - when scouting for the best ocean motion, look for slow rolling waves at mid or high tide and preferably waves that are barely breaking. These usually give you the most color, the least whitewash and it's that clear water with just a touch of swirl that gives you clean ocean shots. Locations protected from waves (often protected by rocks also) are often good also. . . #lagunabeach #calilife #beachlife #chasingsunsets #seascapes #sunset_vision #sunsetsuperstar #ig_worldcolors #sunset_vision #instagood10k #bns_features #lightandexposure #landscapescapture #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #globalcapture #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #sunsetmadness

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I could spend all day exploring nature's space junk *non-slip space boots required. . . #photographytips - I get a lot of questions about exposure time with any type of water motion photo. It varies depending on the speed and type of water, bit what I always aim for is silky water with a touch of streaky texture. It's that contrast between smooth and those sharp motion lines that makes water feel soft but still have a sense of natural motion. . . #chasingwaterfalls #longexpo #waterfallsofinstagram #californiaadventure #dreamworldimages #landscapephotomag #instagood #exploretocreate #roamtheplanet #waterfallscollective #earthfocus #ig_podium #splendid_earth #wonderful_places #earthofficial #easternsierras #mountwhitney

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Swipe for pano ••• These types of views are so breathtaking, unless of you stand too close to the edge and they can take your breath away forever 😆☠️ . . #photographytips - when skies are cloudless, dull and flat, find compositions where you fill the frame with layers of foreground, mid-ground and distance objects. Perspective leading lines also help. The goal with cloudless skies is to create depth so the image doesn’t look so flat and 2 dimensional. . . #easternsierras #mammothlakes #californiahiking #landscapes #landscapephotomag #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #ig_masterpiece #ig_podium #splendid_earth #master_shots #wonderful_places #earthofficial #beautifuldestinations #exploretocreate #roamtheplanet

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On my way back to the hotel after visiting the famous Kalalau Lookout, I was driving around a corner and I saw some sparks out of the corner of my eye and then sudden pikachu-like electricity sounds. There were a set of power lines off to the side of the road shaking and giving off sparks that were shooting back and forth. Then I noticed under them was one guy with a tripod taking some photos. I was super jealous and so curious what his photos would have turned out like. I didn’t have a chance to stop, but this was one memory from that trip where I regret not living in the moment and pulling over. Do you have any weird stories like this of “the shot that got away?” . . . #hawaii #kauai #kalalaulookout #kalalautrail #hawaii #kauaihawaii #natgeomyshot #dreamdestination #bestvacations #travelphotography #paradisefound #dreamdestination #vacationgoals #worldshotz #createexplore #EarthPix #earthfocus #landscapephotography #kauaistyle

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Who’s craving Summer vibes with friends? I could sense the back-to-school crowd was in denial tonight at #lagunabeach 🤩🤘 . . . #behindthescenes - as you know I’m all about peaceful landscape shots, no crowds and nature, but sometimes a better story is told by that crowd that won’t get out of your shot. Posting some video in my story with some scenery from tonight’s little cloud dance that dusted the skies. . . . #summervibes #lagunabeach #beachlife #summer #friendgoals #sunsetbeach #sunsetparty #ocphotographer #cloudstagram #sky_brilliance #sky_hues #seascapes #sunset_pics #westcoastbestcoast #calilife #california #summerbreak #livelagunabeach #nisi_usa

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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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