micktographer

. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . . I shoot stunning coastlines from Orange County, California to across the world. 💯 #photographytips in every post. 🖼 Prints on my website https://photo.mickgow.com/
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Tide pools are one thing australian beaches do well - take any wild stormy sea and turn it into a calm pool of joy 🏊 .
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#photospots - here’s my process when picking photo spots: first i determine what times of day the weather (light) is at it’s best which usually means clouds forming or breaking in mornings or afternoons. i then use several apps to determine the direction the sun will be facing, then i jump onto google earth and google maps and try to find coastlines that offer the most variety of shooting angles where i have both foreground and background points of interest. i also try to find a place where the sun is going to rise/set near a headland or edge of a mountain. in this photo spot i knew the sun was going to rise right by the headland and the foreground had many different options from rocky areas to this tide pool. i’m never after one perfect shot, instead i aim for as many options and angles as possible so i can live in the moment of everything around me.
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#aussie_images #centralcoastnsw #earthshotz #longexposhots #leadinglines #aussiesofinstagram #canon_photos #super_photosunsets #bns_sky #bns_sunset #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skylover #cloudlovers #cloudscape #cloudstagram #super_photosunsets #ig_world_colors

comment 19 star 845 11 hours ago

Bora bora dreaming and a room with a view. there are two kinds of people in this world... those who have been, and those who want to go 🙌 which are you?
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#circularpolarizer - a circular polarizer is the best tool to use in bright daylight especially when you have high reflection like water. twisting the filter allows you to control how much reflective light passes through to the lens. it generally increases contrast because there is a lot of reflective light and glare in the sky so it’s fantastic at making clouds pop. if i’m shooting in mid morning, i’ll most always use one.
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#borabora #frenchpolynesia #tahiti #bestvacations #vacationgoals #honeymoondestination #couplegoals #canon_photos #paradise #lemeridienborabora #earthfocus #earthshotz #hoyafilterusa #planet_earth_shots #unlimitedtahiti #wowplanet

comment 41 star 1,265 2 days ago

Some photos just make you want to dive into them... i need a time machine to take me back to enjoy this moment 🌅
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#phototips - i often get asked how much of the foreground vs sky to include in a shot. there’s no harsh rule but i generally make a decision that if i want some foreground interest to be the prominent part of a shot then i’ll favor the foreground being 60% (or more) of the frame. if the sky tells a story on its own then i’ll flip it to the sky taking up 60-70% of the frame. just keep in mind that the sky has to be pretty amazing and spectacular to be able to be the central focus point and that’s pretty rare.
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#toneitup #california #beachlife #colorpop #sunsetcolors #ig_color #sunset_love #sunsets #earthshotz #landscape_lovers #teamcanon #canon_photos #sky_brilliance #sky_sultans #crystalcovestatepark

comment 23 star 1,083 5 days ago

This past week there has been 3 of the best sunsets in socal, each a solid 30 minute light show 🙌 i could get used to this.
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#photographytips - all my favorite seascape photographers have one thing in common... they’re not afraid to get wet. when i see bunches of photogs on the beach, i’m usually one of the very few up to my knees or waist in water... i’m really annoying 😆 haha... but it’s the only real way to get close to the action and make the waves and motion surround you. it’s risky, almost impossible to keep a@tripod sturdy and you get a lot of missed shots... but for me, if i’m going to do my best work... i’m gunna get wet. .
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#crystalcove #crystalcovestatepark #sunset_pics #sunset_stream #newportbeach #calilife #socalphotogs #socalphotographer #ig_color #sunsetsky #abc7eyewitness #abc7la #sky_brilliance #sundayfunday #longexposure #longexpo

comment 65 star 1,707 2 weeks ago

Once in a while, everything comes together like that perfect sunset - live for the rare moments 💥
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#colortheory - sometimes you can use color to create points of interest or to play with light. if you block the middle of this photo with your fingers, you will see a fairly cool and not so vibrant frame... this is what makes the middle glow of light pop so much. selective saturation and selective vibrancy can help accentuate and create strong color stand out even more. don’t just boost up the color of your whole image... do it selectively.
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#colorpop #sunsetcolors #crystalcove #crystalcovestatepark #sunset_pics #sunset_stream #newportbeach #calilife #socalphotogs #socalphotographer #ig_color #sunsetsky #abc7eyewitness #abc7la #sky_brilliance #sundayfunday #longexposure #longexpo

comment 84 star 1,956 2 weeks ago

Hi, i’m a professional “make boring weather look epic” maker... here’s how i do it... i go to somewhere with c****y weather, then i press a button on a black box with glass on the front, then i move a file from that box to a bigger square box, then i press buttons and move this little thing that looks oddly like a mouse, then an image comes out and i put it on another small box about the size of my hand with glowing glass on the front, then i press a rainbow icon and post image is there. then the world looks at it and they sometimes tap on it... yeah that’s about it. i’ve done this about 500 times now. it’s purity awsum. so yeah. that is all.
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#behindthescenes video in my story.
#crystalcovestatepark #moodygrams #moody_nature #foggymorning #sunrise #longexposure #longexpo #teamcanon #seascapes #phototips #landscape_capture #calilife #socalphotographer #socalphotogs

comment 42 star 1,141 2 weeks ago

Heart-shaped paradise courtesy of mother nature’s paintbrush ☝️😍🌅
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#photographytips - i had perfect light on saturday night, but this shoot wasn’t planned. i had about 10 minutes of shooting time after frantically driving to the coast and from this viewpoint i just had to start shooting. most of the foreground was dirt and dead brush - but i found this small patch of flowers. i got a lot of amazing shots in the time i had but this was the winning shot. mostly luck, but being able to find good foreground subjects in landscape photography is part of the game. .
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#crystalcovestatepark #newportbeach #leadinglines #depthsofearth #sunset_stream #california_igers #calilove #igers_oc #sunsetstream_westside #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #earthfocus #sunsetcalifornia #canon_photos #instagood #agameoftones #teamcanon

comment 95 star 2,487 4 weeks ago

That amazing moment when a storm clears, the beach is empty, and a perfect sunset reveals a view all to yourself 🙌
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#panorama - i took a whole series of landscape and portrait shots of this view but nothing could capture the entire scene quite like i wanted. this is a series of 3 horizontal images stitched together using @photoshop panorama stitch feature. it allowed me to portray the story of #epicview from last night at #crystalcovestatepark .
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@crystalcovestatepark #newportbeach #california #sunset
#sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #california_igers #calilove #igers_oc #sunsetstream_westside #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #conquer_ca #sunsetcalifornia #canon_photos #instagood #teamcanon

comment 69 star 2,042 5 weeks ago

Don’t let gloomy weather be an obstacle to find beauty - just look a little harder ⛅️👌
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#behindthescenes - conditions were intense saturday #sunrise - wild seas, overcast clouds, and a high tide - so i had to work extra hard positioning myself near interesting pouches of motion, jumping back as wild sets of waves came in. it’s the thrill of the game and the reward of still getting a the shot that motivates me 👍
so many people ask so exif: 16mm, iso 100, f11, 1.2 sec. nd grad 0.6 soft.
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#california #stateparks #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #longexpo #leadinglines #awesome_earthpix #stayandwander #getlost #explorer #optoutside #worldshotz #californiathroughmylens #calilife #landscaping #moodyedits

comment 42 star 1,404 last month

If you were to describe utah, this is probably the opposite of what you would image. head to #saltlakecity and drive east 1.5 hrs and you get #uintamountains .
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#photographytips - it’s really difficult to get interesting or dramatic light an hour before sunset, but it is possible. use objects to mask the sun, use trees and shrubs to give you foreground shadows, just break up that boring sky with some interest. here i took about 5 shots making the sun clip the edge of the tree and depending on the exact amount of sun that shows, i got very different sun star effects. i find you get the best effects when about 25% of the sun is showing - the lens will exaggerate the effect. make sure your focus is set to the object the sun is hitting to get a sharp star.
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#sunstar #utah #visitutah #mountainhiking #getoutside #teamcanon #phototips #justgoshoot #artofvisuals #places_wow #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #ig_myshot #shotwithlove #justgoshoot

comment 85 star 2,278 last month

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 85 star 2,134 September 2018

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 59 star 1,863 September 2018