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. . . . . Mick Gow . . . . .  I shoot stunning coastlines from Orange County, California to across the world. 💯 #photographytips in every post. 🖼 Prints on my website

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi, I’m a professional “make boring weather look epic” maker... here’s how I do it... I go to somewhere with crappy 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

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 #sky_perfection

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

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