micktographer

. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . . When not traveling I shoot #lagunabeach, #newportbeach, #surfcity, CDM, CrystalCove, #sandiego - Next trip: homebound Australia 🇦🇺
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As photographers, we have the ability to take misery and make it beautiful #moodylove #magicwand #lightroomedits .
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#howto - the biggest challenge when editing moody overcast weather is there is usually no contrast. wait for some light (any light) to burst through the clouds. my other tip is to use a circular polarizing filter to cut through the glare - it should boost up contrast. then once editing, look for any natural patterns of light and accentuate them like crazy... go over the top to see what looks dramatic, then dial it back to look natural. finally, watch your blues... moody is full of blue hues, way too many, so unsaturate your blues and boost up the other colors 👌
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#oregoncoast #colorburst #springbreak2018 #pnwlife #pacificnorthwest #westcoast_exposures #beachlife #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #natgeo #nationalgeographic #awesome_earthpix #stayandwander #keepitwild #getlost #explorer #optoutside #worldshotz

comment 115 star 2,087 2 weeks ago

No need to dip your toes in to test this water... trust me, it’s perfect 👌
finding more gems from my #borabora trip #undiscover .
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#candyhour - you heard it here first folks. i’m coining a new phrase for photographers. it’s the hour before sunset where the sun is bursting through low cotton candy cloud cover... impossible to predict and so rewarding when it happens 🌥💥🏆
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#tahiti #frenchpolynesia #reflectiongram #earthreflect #symmetricalmonsters #polarized #ig_color #vacationgoals #paradise #discoverearth #travelphoto #travelworld #keepexploring #places_wow #instapassport #instatraveling #igtravel #travelblog #earthfocus

comment 86 star 3,587 3 weeks ago

June in southern california is referred to as #junegloom - because for much of the month the mornings are hazy/cloudy - but occasionally you get dramatic light like this from a few weeks back (yeah i know, it’s not quite june yet).
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#perspective - using a super wide angle lens in the range of 12-15mm allows you to distort the truth a little. when you can fit a field of view from your toes to the sky in one shot, it allows you to do things like stand in a little cove of rock face and make it look like you’re in a giant cave. i highly recommend getting an extra wide lens to play with creative perspective like this.
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#lagunabeach #cavelife #seacaves #sunset_stream #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skies #skylover #skylovers #skyzone #cloudlovers #cloudscape #cloudstagram #super_photosunsets #ig_world_colors #bns_sky #bns_sunset #sunset_lovers

comment 117 star 3,018 3 weeks ago

Don’t you love it when mother nature creates a hand painted sky? 😍 you’re the bees knees mn ☝️
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#thethumbnailtest - sometimes the details can distract you from what’s simply a good image. i save my posts as a draft just so i can see how it looks as that tiny little square version. if the color is good and the composition is solid, it will look good at a size where i can’t see any detail. there are some messy composition details going on here but overall it’s still got that something something 🙌
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#oregoncoast #viewpoint #samuelhboardman #samuelhboardman #teal #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #aqua #weekendgetaway #landscapephotography #landscapelover #landscape_photography #landscape_hunter #landscape_lovers #landscapecaptures #landscape_specialist #landscapeporn #ig_landscape #teamcanon

comment 71 star 2,147 4 weeks ago

It’s not easy getting to the bottom of these falls, but when you do, you’ll want to spread your wings and take it all in 🙌🤩💧
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#waterfallnewbie - i learned a lot real quick shooting at epic waterfall locations so here’s the rundown... spray from the falls play a huge part into where you can actually set your camera. wiping your lens with a lens cloth is something you need to do a second before every shot. things may look peaceful but the water is a beast, the rocks are super slippery and one missed step and you’re soaked. it’s not an environment where you can move slow. a circular polarizer helps control glare from the falls once daylight is strong (a must have). underexpose is better than overexposing or you’ll end up with just white overexposed detail in the water. i have much new respect for all the hardcore waterfall photographers 🙏👍
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#pnwonderland #panthercreekfalls #washingtonstateparks #waterfalls #pnwhiking 👈 #longexposure #longexpo #lazyshutters #slowshutter #longexposureoftheday #longexposures #longexposurephotography #earthfocus #jaw_dropping_shots #earthofficial #ig_shotz_le #earth_shotz #amazing_longexpo #longexpo_addiction #beautifuldestinations #thebest_capture #superhubs #special_shots #igworldglobal #theworldshotz

comment 70 star 1,698 4 weeks ago

Some views are worth waking up early for, especially when you get them all to yourself 🙌😍⛰
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#unplanned - i read a great post recently by @erubes1 where he talked about planning less and letting the moment lead his photography rather than the other way around. it resonated with me and when i look back at many of my great photos, they’re usually half planned. of course you have to be at the right spot, but not always at the right time. this was taken the morning after a planned sunset when my wife and i said “let’s just come back here in the morning and enjoy this place”. i was super relaxed just thinking of it as bonus time.
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#samuelhboardman #cloudzdelight #viewtodiefor #oregoncoast #pacificnorthwest #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #bns_sky #instagood10k #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skylover #agameoftones #superhubs #exploringtheglobe #bestvacations #awesome_naturepix

comment 114 star 3,530 4 weeks ago

When you finally visit a bucket-list location, take your time and cherish every moment 🧘🏻‍♂️🏝
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#storytelling - in my photography i categorize my work as telling two types of stories. photos with people: “look at the amazing story this person is in”. photos without people: “imagine being here to create your own story”. i previously posted a photo of this same scene without my wife. this version i asked her to step into the shot and play with the water - this is her story. .
comment and tell me which photo you like better? i’m biased of course 😍
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#borabora #tahiti #frenchpolynesia #bucketlist #dreamvacation #sunset #tripofalifetime #travelgoals #paradise #dreamdestination #worldshotz #earthfocus #earthofficial #takemebackthere #destinations #bestvacations #teamcanon

comment 142 star 4,574 5 weeks ago

Happy mother’s day to the biggest drama queen of them all... mother nature. in the blink of an eye she can stir up an ocean, move clouds, and blast laser beam rays of light into our eyes. love you mom 😆☝️
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#oceantips - i get a lot of questions about capturing motion in the sea. it’s 90% luck, 10% timing which means it’s taking a lot of shots... however here are things i’ve noticed...
- when waves come towards you they create motion lines but leave a lot of white wash behind them.
- when waves are leaving you (going out) the whitewash has often subsided and there is more color.
- the perfect combination is a close set of two waves while the first wave is going out and the second wave is rolling in behind it... you usually get clean color between the two and often a break of less whitewash in the distance .
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#lagunabeach #mosspoint #seascapes #sunset_vision #sunsetsuperstar #ig_worldcolors #sunset_vision #instagood10k #bns_features #lightandexposure #landscapescapture #getoutstayout #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #globalcapture #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #sunsetmadness #purplepassport #beachlife #igcolor

comment 156 star 3,024 last month

What would a trip to oregon be without #moody and #stormy weather - ain’t gunna get in my way of finding beauty 🙌🤩
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#photographytips - diagonals are your best friends when compositing shots... they create perspective motion and help lead the eye from foreground elements to background elements. look for diagonal elements in everything... the sand, the clouds, sometimes the connection between some plants or rocks in the foreground to an element in the distance. i counted 157 diagonal lines in this composition and if you have read this far you’ll probably believe anything i say haha seriously though... diagonal lines ‘n stuff 👍
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#oregoncoast #leadinglines #moodygrams #teamcanon #weekly_feature #ig_exquisite #global_hotshotz #hotshotz #wanderlust #landscapemagazine #bestnatureshot #artofvisuals #instamagazine_ #agameoftones #westcoast_exposures #exploretocreate #master_shots #global_hotshotz #way2ill #fatalframes

comment 98 star 2,055 last month

The only thing that makes you want to leave a waterfall like this, is knowing there’s another one to go chase nearby. #chasingwaterfalls .
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#photographytips - i learned a lot about shooting waterfalls this trip. one of the most important tips is to take a good lint free cleaning cloth for your lens. the misty spray will cover your lens every 3-5 seconds depending on wind/distance/fall intensity. i’ll be sharing more technical tips in my stories and upcoming posts.
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#waterfalls #pnwonderland #hikingadventures #trails #alltrails #moodygrams #igtravel #earthfocus #explorer #optoutside #worldshotz #exploretocreate #discoverearth #keepexploring #globe_travel #roamtheplanet #exploretheglobe #places_wow

comment 76 star 1,741 last month

Oregon, i came, i saw what you had to offer, and quite frankly you blew me away. your weather was unpredictable and fickle, but you still put on a beautiful light show. thanks bud. stay cool 😎🤟
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#behindthescenes - i took several@shots of this scene, some with my wife in it but i wanted to post this first. while she added an element of scale, this view to me was about peace and serenity. sometimes you have to go with your gut and do what feels meaningful and personal and not what you think ig wants. lately i’m really trying to tell the story i want to tell.
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#oregonexplored #samuelhboardman #secretbeach #cloudzdelight #clouds☁ #oregoncoast #pacificnorthwest #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #bns_sky #instagood10k #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skylover #agameoftones #superhubs #wow_planet #exploringtheglobe #awesome_naturepix

comment 170 star 3,890 last month

I live for morning clouds and a beautiful beach 🌥🏝 and #lagunabeach always delivers 🙌
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#photographytips - a good composition is about balance. one way to test your composition is balanced is to turn your photo upside down - that way your brain isn’t favoring what the objects really are and you’re looking just at the shapes and lines. a well balanced shot feels balanced upside down also. rules are made to be broken so just use this as one of the many ways to evaluate your photo.
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#sunrises #longexpo #sunsetsuperstar #ig_worldcolors #sunset_vision #lightandexposure #getoutstayout #ig_landscape #photographyislife #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #super_photosunsets #bns_sky #bns_sunset #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skylovers #cloudlovers

comment 86 star 3,315 last month