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When It All Comes Together

And then, suddenly, the first light of dawn found a narrow crack in the gloom, painting the sky and mountains a fiery red; everything came together perfectly. Ian Plant is back from Patagonia and has a superb story to share

Photography is unique among art forms in that it is a capture media, rather than a creation media. When a painter creates a painting, she starts with a blank canvas, and is free to create anything her heart desires. Sometimes the artist recreates the reality around her, such as painting a still-life of a vase of flowers. Sometimes the artist creates a flight of fancy, such as the surreal works of Picasso. In any event, the artistic choices are entirely within the control of the painter.

Photography, on the other hand, is bound by the reality around us. Film and digital sensors react to light, and can recreate only what exists in fact. A photographer plucks a slice of reality from the living world, doing what physics tells us is impossible and halting forever a fleeting moment. This allows the photographer to freeze an emotion, a glance, and even a unique and singular occurrence, and share it with others, so that viewers might...

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 29 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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