micktographer micktographer

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. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . .  When not traveling I shoot #lagunabeach, #newportbeach, #surfcity, CDM, CrystalCove, #sandiego - coming soon YouTube tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About 15 minutes north of Malibu is a series of some of the nicest beaches in SoCal. I know a few photographers that shoot this area often and I get jealous when I see their posts. I know they get jealous when they see me shooting in Laguna - sooo 😋 it’s all good.
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#photographytips - simple composition rule... don’t let blocking objects touch both sides of your scene or touch each other. It was a little tight getting my camera positioned just right so the 3 rocky headlands didn’t touch and didn’t close up the scene. If you can draw a line from the top to the bottom of your photo without getting blocked (like a maze) then you likely have a good composition.
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#malibu #socalphotogs #calilove #sunsetsky #sunsetsuperstar #ig_worldcolors #sunset_vision #lightandexposure #getoutstayout #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #photographyislife #ig_myshot #cloudzdelight #cloudstagram #super_photosunsets #bns_sky #bns_sunset #splendid_shotz #cloudzdelight #skylovers #cloudlovers

We live for moments. Travel, explore, discover... take time and make time to create moments you will remember.
#borabora is the perfect place to make moments.
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#behindthescenes - when placing models in a landscape scene where you want it to be about the scene mostly, have the model interacting with the scene. Make them look at a main point of interest or interact with the water or kick up the sand... but never tell them to do that. It needs to feel natural above all, so direct by saying “feel the sunlight on your face” or “feel the sand between your toes” then they will do it their own natural way, not with a forced pose 🙌
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#travelmemories #frenchpolynesia #igtravel #travel_captures #travellingthroughtheworld #dreamvacation #dreamdestination #ig_color #earthfocus #ourplanetdaily #earthofficial #optoutside #worldshotz #theworldshotz #createexplore

Pismo Beach makes sunrise worth waking up for 🙌 I’m long overdue for a trip to #centralcoastcalifornia .
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#consistency – about a year ago my goal as a photographer was versatility. I switched my mindset about 6 months ago by figuring out what my true passion was and what I felt were my strengths. #seascapes #color #light were the three things I honed in on. To stand out in the crowd: find your “thing”, lean in, perfect it and be consistent.
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#pismobeach #morninglight #centralcalifornia #beachlife #reflection_shotz #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #sunrise #lowtide #caves #instagood #teamcanon #canon6d

I always get asked how I pull so much color out of my raw files. It’s partly my #lightroom process, but honestly, I think there was some magical fairy dust in the air when I visited Bora Bora. 🧚🏻‍♀️
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#letsbehonest - as much attention as I pay to my composition during a shoot, there’s only so much detail I notice. The fun part is how much detail I notice after a shoot - which boils down to luck. The way the cloud lines are reflecting the shape of the sand dunes, then swinging back up towards the tree are details I only notice now. Thanks Lady Luck for all you do for me 👩‍🎨
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#borabora #frenchpolynesia #ig_color #colorsplash #paradise #dreamdestination #islandlife #keepexploring #globe_travel #theglobewanderer #roamtheplanet #letsgosomewhere #exploretheglobe #places_wow #instapassport #instatraveling #igtravel #travelblog #mytravelgram #travelingram

Some of the best clouds I’ve seen in a while rolled in last Saturday. They lit up like fire for a few minutes and I was lucky enough to capture them at my favorite beach #crystalcove 🔥⛅️
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#phototips – when composing my shot, I always try and alignment whatever’s happening in the sky with what I have in the foreground. I’m looking for symmetry and #leadinglines - the rock formations and clouds in this shot are doing a great job dancing together in this shot 🙌
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#crystalcovestatepark #skyfire #cloudstagram #cloudzdelight #sunsetsky #sunsetsuperstar #ig_worldcolors #sunset_vision #instagood10k #bns_features #lightandexposure #landscapescapture #getoutstayout #ig_landscape #trapping_tones #globalcapture #photographyislife

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