micktographer

. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . . I shoot coastlines from #California to across the world. 💯 #photographytips in every post. YouTube channel coming soon: subscribe... https://m.youtube.com/user/mixart
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Just around the corner from alabama hills on a frigid morning the deserts show off some stunning sunrise sights like this 🙌🥰
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#behindthescenes - sunrises are such a gamble... you can’t exactly see them coming like a sunset and scouting a good composition in the dark is really tricky. sometimes you only really get a few good compositions in because of the small window between scouting and shooting. this was mid-december and the color lasted about 15 minutes. i made the most of what was i. front of me and just concentrated on the right balance of foreground and background balance.
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#california #easternsierras #bns_sky #earthpix #bns_sky #sunrise #teamcanon #skyfire #2019goals #alabamahills #mountwhitney #whitneyportal #ig_color #lonepine #lightroomedits #sunset_love

comment 49 star 1,104 4 days ago

Hawaii delivers the goods... dramatic changing weather patterns, seas that churn ‘n shake, and coastlines that bring it all together 👌
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#photographytips - when i’m deciding on settings for seascapes where water/motion is the main subject matter, i’ll usually start with exposure time as the first decision in my exposure triangle because exposure determine whether water looks sharp or silky. this shot was tough because i wanted sharp waves to capture these sweet curly waves. the light was low so i then decided i wanted to let ya much light in as possible but a lo g depth of field, so i went for f11. that left me needing a pretty high iso - 1000. this gave me a lot of noise in the shadows but thats what i had to work with. 👍
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#lowlightphotography #hawaiisbestphotos #hawaii #kauai #nightscapes #seascapes #earthpix #earth_reflect #hawaiistagram #instagood #moodygrams #moodyedits #exposuretriangle #phototips #lightroompresets

comment 55 star 2,045 5 days ago

Omg cotton candy cloud crush 🌥🥰 my favorite... oh and some caramel sea salt fountain drink on your left 🌊🥤 .
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#letitgo - color temperature is one area i spend the the most while editing. i can sometimes spend 30 minutes just tweaking the warm or cool of an image. i believe that one of the first emotional reactions to an image is color. it sets the tone and atmosphere for the image and subtle differences in blues and oranges can change an image drastically. but at some point you just have to listen to your gut ... and let it go. 😁
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#cloudzdelight #cloudporn #instaclouds #sky_brilliance #earthpix #earth_reflect #bns_sky #bestnine2018 #landscape_love #beachlife #hawaii #kauai #kauailife #kauaiphotographer #sunset_love

comment 74 star 1,595 1 weeks ago

Not kidding, two of my most favorite beaches i’ve ever been to were named “secret beach”. one in oregon and this one in kauai. here’s a secret though... these beaches aren’t a secret 🤷🏻‍♂️
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#photographytips - one of the most common questions i’m asked is what exposure time it takes to get silky motion in the water. it‘s usually between 0.4 and 1.5 seconds depending on many factors: how close to the water, how wide the lens is, the speed of the water. truth is it takes many many many exposures because with seascaping every moment is different. don’t risk finding a great composition and expect to nail it with just one shot. i’ll sometimes spend 3-5 minutes clicking and timing my shots based on wave positions and just studying the ocean. i’ve got it down to knowing the best times to click but i still may only get 1 in 5 shots where the exposure is jussst right 🤞
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#earthpix #hawaii #secretbeach #kauai #sunset #bestnatureshot #seascape #bestbeaches #worldplaces #master_shots #roamtheplanet #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #theworldshotz #canon_photos #visualsoflife #exploretocreate #wonderful_places #fantastic_earth #discoverearth #beautifuldestinations #sky_painters #sky_perfection

comment 70 star 1,493 2 weeks ago

Lava rocks and sky🔥 courtesy of kauai, hawaii. i highly recommend a trip to hawaii if u have the winter blues 😁
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#longexposure #photographytips - with long exposure shots with moving water you often get too much of white from all the moving waves. you want nice silky motion but with that comes glare and what i call the “snow” effect. i’ll often throw on a circular polarizer which removes a lot of the glare and light reflection from the white waves and gives you more definition in your water motion. as a bonus it also reduces a stop or two of light like an nd filter.
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#hawaiistagram #kauai #hawaii #kauaihawaii #hawaiisbestphotos #earthpix #earth_reflect #natgeoyourshot #ig_color #instagood #hawaiistagram #sunset_stream #sunsetsuperstar #sunset_vision #instagood10k #landscapephotography #landscapelover #landscape_captures

comment 57 star 1,809 2 weeks ago

One of the most stunning cloud shows i’ve seen in a while. 🌧🌦🌤☀️ within 30 minutes it went from downpour to breaking sunrise with a combination of dense and feathery. some backstory will be posted in my stories.
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🌴🌍 kauapea, kauai
#kauai #hawaiisbestphotos #hawaiistagram #earthpix #clouds #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #sky_brilliance #sky_painters #earthofficial #earthshots #laowa12mm #travelgoals #beachlife #leadinglines #besttravelpics #bestnine2018

comment 86 star 2,035 2 weeks ago

Golden sands and turquoise dreams for miles - courtesy of kauai, hawaii 🙌🌺🌴
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#editingtips - ok so i’ll promise to do a lightroom tutorial on this photo because this image has it all... selective color editing, dynamic light and shadow, and a blend of crispy and soft focus areas. link to my youtube channel in my profile, it’s been wiped clean but coming soon!
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#kauai #hawaii #secretbeach #kauailife #earthpix #earth_reflect #weekly_feature #ig_exquisite #global_hotshotz #hotshotz #wanderlust #hawaiisbestphotos #hawaiistagram #bestnatureshot #master_shots #optoutside #worldshotz #createexplore #discoverearth #roamtheplanet

comment 41 star 1,456 2 weeks ago

I’m super grateful for all the love from you guys in 2018. here are my most liked pics of the year. bora bora was an amazing trip that i still get likes and shares from even a year later!
i took a break from instagram this past month and it taught me that behind all the likes and noise of ig, what i missed the most was all the great support i got from everyone here and the genuine friendships. i love seeing the adventures you capture that inspire me to keep sharing my work and my process. i love helping others learn the craft of photography and image creation. i have a lot of epic photos i’ve taken this past month to share so stay tuned! 👍❤️🙏
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#topnine2018 #topnine #2018bestnine #bestnine2018 #happynewyear2019 #happynewyear #photojournal #photog #photography_love #photographylife

comment 86 star 2,165 3 weeks ago

Last post of 2018 - this morning’s sunrise signifies a new start to the next step in my photography. this my friends, is my last post for 2018. i’m about to go “all in” for all of december, focusing on my photography without instagram. i love this place and will be back - my goal is to take photos, edit like crazy, and improve my style, my perspective and do it my way.
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please leave a comment if you would like me to check back in with you in 2019 and i’ll jump through each of your profiles and check what you’ve been up to. i’m actually really excited and feel like i have so much to gain and nothing to lose.
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🙏🙏🙏 thank you so much to everyone that supports my craft. turn on post notifications for me if you don’t want to miss my return in 2019. if you still want to reach out, click the email link in my profile.

comment 116 star 1,592 last month

Memories of an epic sunset storm i caught near mono lake... oh mother nature, such a drama queen 👸🏼💨
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#editingtips - before editing any photo i like to just sit and stare at a photo for a good minute with the goal of answering one simple question: “what makes this photo special”. the answer dictates my editing style for the photo. if it’s light then i’ll play with contrast and shadows, if it’s color then i’ll keep the tonal range wide but pay attention to saturation and temperature. basically i want to enhance and exaggerate the essence of the photo. in this shot it’s all about the drama and light in the clouds, so i dehazed and increased the clarity of the clouds. take your time, don’t start with a preset... figure out each photos secret ingredient.
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#mammothlakes #monolake #monolakecalifornia #easternsierras #sierramountains #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #cloudporn #moodygrams #planet_earth_shots #earthpix #planet_earth_shots #dynamicrange #lightroomedits #lightroommasters

comment 42 star 1,145 last month

If you stare at this photo for 30 seconds but can’t resist wanting to peel back that mud flap in the foreground, then you are likely someone who also can’t resist popping pimples! (true fact!!!)
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#wideanglelens - i was sporting my #laowa12mm for this shot (damnit i’m addicted to this lens). i started with my canon 16-35 on a tripod but couldn’t get close enough to the cracks to also get the sky framed nicely. the down-side is that to get enough detail at such a wide lens, i had to lose the tripod and hand-hold about 6 inches from the ground and to prevent any chance of camera shake i had to speed up and shallow my dof to f5.6. my advice to anyone considering an ultra wide lens... get ready to get flexible and super close to your subject... it’s a sport! haha
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#anzaborrego #mudcracks #badwater #drylakebed #californiastateparks #californiadesert #ultrawideangle #sunrise #westbysouthwest #canon_photos #earthpix #clarkdrylake #visitcalifornia #planet_earth_shots

comment 56 star 1,640 last month

So many thanks for the landscapes that surround me and how fortunate i am to live on the #california coast.
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#photographytips - inspiration comes in many forms. it’s really easy on ig to look up a location and try shoot something that looks amazing. tonight i totally just drove to the coast and picked a spot i’ve never shot at before (which isn’t easy for me). i just followed my instinct and looked for interesting rock formations and interesting compositions. it was a night of pure instinct and no plan. i encourage you all to just wing it sometimes, don’t plan, just use your emotion and your eyes. the reward is so amazing when you nail a shot 💥👏🙏
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#calilife #californiathroughmylens #lagunabeach #canon_photos #seascapes #sunset_pics #westcoastbestcoast #longexpo #longexposure #earthpix #teamcanon #cloudzdelight #igcolor #ocphotographer #landscape_lover #getoutside #optoutside #thanksgivingclapback

comment 94 star 2,230 last month