micktographer

. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . . Aussie in Cali • When not traveling I shoot the stunning coastlines of Orange County 💯 #photographytips in every post. 🖼 Prints on my website https://photo.mickgow.com/
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I always feel at home by the sea. here’s one from my childhood stomping grounds on #centralcoastnsw #australia .
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#instagramtips - before posting on ig, i always do edit/adjustments on my phone. here’s my process... i lower contrast (because phone screens tend to boost up contrast compared to a computer). i sharpen 30-50%. i either fade or add a touch of shadow color 5-10% due to the tonal ranges of blacks on phone screens. i sometimes turn warmth up a little (a difference from my computer screen color temperature). make it look good on your phone... that’s how people see it. 🤘
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#earthshots #seeaustralia #leadinglines #teamcanon #sunset_stream #longexposure #visitnsw #ig_color #ig_shotz #seascape #canon_photos #shotaward #agameoftones #weekly_feature #ig_exquisite #global_hotshotz #hotshotz #ig_exquisite #bestnatureshot #artofvisuals #agameoftones

comment 70 star 1,920 6 days ago

It’s been a while since i posted some bora bora love, so here’s some morning coral magic from tahiti 💫
see some behind the scenes video in my stories!
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#photoediting - one reason the popularity of presets frustrates me is that a photo has so many parts and pieces and doing one global edit isn’t going to give the best results. really study your photos and figure out which areas you want peoples eyes to pay attention to most, which areas should be soft or sharp. let nature guide you... keep soft clouds soft, sharp rocks sharp (unless you don’t want people to focus on the rocks), make soft light glow, etc. once i started really taking time to do selective editing, the quality of my photos really grew fast.
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#borabora #tahiti #coral #dreamvacation #epicviews #igcolor #dreamdestinations #earthshotz #dreamdestination#vacationgoals #wideanglelens #laowa12mm #teamcanon#worldshotz#discoverearth #keepexploring #globe_travel#theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet

comment 51 star 1,704 2 weeks ago

Soldiers beach is one spectacular place - right on the headland with 280 degree ocean views. behind me is a lighthouse, another beach to my left and to my right is soldiers beach. i’d love to live near this place - photo opportunities are endless.
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#instagram - at some point about a year ago i stopped posting wide landscape mode photos, basically because so much detail gets lost with a photo so small on a vertical screen. it’s forced me to not post many amazing photos and i struggled with this decision. i want my work to look it’s best and it doesn’t on instagram when it’s landscape mode. tonight i’m experimenting to see if people still appreciate this photo. for the life of me i can’t understand why instagram won’t support the ability to rotate your device to view photos in wide format fullacreen. seems like such a simple feature would benefit the community so much. tag instagram in this post, perhaps we can get noticed.
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#australia #aussie_images #australia_shotz #nswcentralcoast #panorama #panoramic #australiagram_nsw #earthfocus #earthshotz #bns #seascape #teamcanon #ig_shotz #my_shot #lightroom #sunset_stream #sunset_lovers #ig_australia #ig_australia__

comment 99 star 2,169 4 weeks ago

I could spend a year at big sur and i would never run out of beauty to capture 😍🙌
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#longexposure #photographytips - the one question i get asked the most is “how do you get the water to look smooth and dreamy like that?”. the basic starting point is you need a shutter speed ranging between 0.3 to 1 second... the exact timing will vary depending on how fast the waves are moving. to get that magical timing you’ll need to adjust your iso and aperture and the other level you have is controlling how much light goes into your lens by adding nd filters onto your lens. the other thing is to take a lot of images. i bracket exposure to give me as many shots as possible in the time i have. sometimes i’ll take as many as 30 images of one composition and maybe 2 or 3 will be perfect and the rest are rejects. it’s not about knowing exactly when to release the shutter... it’s just that every wave is different and if you took 100 shots, no two would be the same.
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#bigsur #bigsurcalifornia #california #calilife #sunset_lovers #sunset #longexpo #longexposure #earthfocus #earthofficial #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #california_igers #calilove #sunsetstream_westside #landscapelover #teamcanon

comment 76 star 3,162 last month

The big sur coast in california is like mother nature took the best of cali and oregon and mushed them together 😍🙌 .
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#photographytips - get on location early! when i have the time, i like to get to a location an hour early and practice compositions with my camera. that magical light at sunset can sometimes last no more than 5 minutes, so you need to make the most of that time. i’ll often take 20 or so compositions, and try remember all the best shots for go-time. on this shoot it was tricky because i wanted to get close to the water to get the rocks positioned right but the tide was coming in so i was basically getting deeper in amongst the rocks and waves as the sun was setting. hey - i shoot beaches, i’m gunna get wet, that’s the game 😁
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#bigsur #california #californiacoast #longexpo #sunset_stream #centralcalifornia #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #bns_features #lightandexposure #landscapescapture #earthfocus #bns_features #lightandexposure #landscapescapture #getoutstayout #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #globalcapture

comment 68 star 2,423 last month

Three cheers for #utah having hidden gems like this @undiscover.io 🙌🏞
#mirrorlakehighway .
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#behindthescenes - i arrived at mirror lake in #uintamountains right when the clouds were rolling in and a storm was brewing.... perfect conditions! a few@hours earlier i was playing with my memory card and my settings and little did i know, i turned off raw mode and was shooting straight jpgs. so yes there’s very little dynamic range in this shot but luckily it’s a killer composition so it passes my quality bar 😁👍
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#visitutah #uintanationalforest #leadinglines #teamcanon #landscape_lover #splendid_shotz#cloudzdelight#skies#skylover#skylovers#skyzone#cloudlovers#cloudscape#cloudstagram#vip_world_photo#super_photosunsets#ig_world_colors#bns_sky#bns_sunset #moody_nature

comment 46 star 1,421 last month

Anyone need a view like this and a beach to yourself? 🙌😍
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#photographytips - this photo is far from perfect but that’s ok because it has epic elements... i always say, a good photo only has to do one thing exceptionally well or two things really well. my 3 factors of evaluating a photo are “emotion” “technique” and “quality”. emotion is the 3 second test. when you close your eyes then just open them and look at the photo, was your emotion triggered? technique is composition choices, lighting choices, subject matter and uniqueness, and point of view choices. “quality” to me is editing color, light/shadow detail - the more nerdy aspect of photography. this one is least important. .
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#oregoncoast #samuelhboardman #bestview #oregonexplored #pnwphotographer #pnwonderland #undiscover #igworldclub #jaw_dropping_shots #ig_exquisite #artofvisuals #agameoftones #superhubs #wow_planet #exploringtheglobe #global_hotshotz #worldbestshot

comment 64 star 2,736 last month

Some more unexpected utah lush green. i plugged this photo into my glades plugin and the room smelled like mountain air!
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#photographytips - do what you have to to get your camera in the right spot! my camera here is on my tripod with a leg each side of this river and one on the log. it took a while to get it steady and situated but was the k my way i could get the point of view i wanted. we spend hours sometimes editing but can be too quick in the field to spend the time to line up a shot just right. take your time shooting!
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#utah #uintamountains #sunny16 #mountains #bns_landscape follow!
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#utahphotography #lakeview #bns_mountains #landscape_lover #optoutside #discoverearth #exploretheglobe #nakedplanet #places_wow #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #natgeo #nationalgeographic #awesome_earthpix #teamcanon #lr_travel #myshot

comment 50 star 1,268 last month

If you stare at this photo for 10
seconds and don’t start to smell fresh air and hear the trickle of water, then your “erutan glands” may be broken... if you have never heard of erutan glands before that’s because i made this up, it’s “nature” in reverse but it’s on instagram now so it must be true 😁🤪
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#phototips - sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got. the water wasn’t flowing as much as i was hoping, so misty water motion really wasn’t a focal point i could work with, so i got down low and made the water pool in the foreground my main point of interest. some people go to a location with a composition in mind that they’ve seen on instagram, but that’s only going to lead you to a path of pain. be inspired by other people’s work but assess the conditions and let the landscape, light, and conditions around you dictate the photos you capture.
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#somersbyfalls #nswcentralcoast #australia #australia_shotz #aussiesofinstagram #longexpo #waterfallwednesday #bns_landscape #centralcoastnsw #ig_myshot #shotwithlove #justgoshoot #xposuremag #icatching #longexpo #longexpolite #waterfalls

comment 81 star 1,666 last month

You don’t really appreciate a good dark night sky until you visit a place like this, and throw on top of that some amazing sandstone formations and you’ve got #astrophotography #dreamdestination .
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#astrotips - sky is a single shot @ iso 2500, 12mm @ venuslaowa , 20sec. foreground was stacked with 5 shots to remove noise. i really try to pay attention to foregrounds when i’m shooting astro - basically the sky is the sky and you can’t do much to be unique with it, but finding an interesting star-lit foreground will make your astro shots stand out. before and after will be posted in my stories.
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#milkyway #milkywaychasers #milkywaygalaxy #australia #nightscape #nswcentralcoast #bouddinationalpark #astrophotography #universetoday #milkyway #astrophoto #astrography #nightsky #nightscaper #starscape #awesomeearth #milkywaychasers

comment 74 star 3,379 last month

The storm clouds of soldiers point make an appearance right on sunset - making for yet another painterly wonder from mother nature 😍🙌
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#editingtips - this is a blend of 5 exposures. i use this technique occasionally when the sea is rough. i started with a long exposure to flatten most of the water in the distance but i also wanted some definition and contrast in some of the waves, and foreground motion was another goal. i sat with my timer taking some shots where the waves in the distance were nice and dark, two shots getting waves spilling over the rock and one with the water moving towards me. i adjust color and exposure in lightroom then open them all as layers in photoshop, then mask out specific areas of each layer to get a combination of the right motion in the right places. i’ll post a video in my stories of #bts .
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#soldierspoint #norahhead #seascapes #longexposure_shots #longexpo #centralcoastnsw #aussiesofinstagram #australia_shotz #australiagram_nsw #earthfocus #earthofficial #myshot #ig_color #creativecloud_escape #sunset_stream #bns_landscape #visitaustralia #longexpoelite

comment 67 star 3,338 last month

Putty beach has some of the most beautiful sandstone formations. so stoked i was able to visit beaches i haven’t been to for 10 years. 🙏😊
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#compositiontips - i see so many people shooting landscape photos at eye level. this shot was taken about 10 inches from the ground. it helps fill up the frame with interest all the way through the scene. if i took this same view at eye level, most of these rock formations would be small, more boring ocean would fill the scene and i would have gotten no reflections from the puddle. get down low and shoot!
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#visitaustralia #centralcoastnsw #nswcentralcoast #australia_shotz #photographytips #aussiesofinstagram #sunset_stream #optoutside #discoverearth #exploretheglobe #nakedplanet #places_wow #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #australia #nsw #aussiesofinstagram #unlimited_australia

comment 73 star 1,631 last month