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Find the Exotic Close to Home

You don’t need to travel to the far ends of the earth to find exotic landscapes. Sometimes, says Ian Plant, with a little creative exploring, you can find the exotic in your own back yard

Every area has its own interesting, beautiful or bizarre natural features – they may take some effort to discover, but once you find them, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Shooting local makes sense for a variety of reasons. Not everyone has the time or the money to gallivant around the world, but that shouldn’t stop you from making great photos. Also, if you travel to photograph the famous iconic spots, you will find that there is less room for making truly original work, as many of these places have been photographed over and over. For most of us, this is probably not so with places close to home – the chances are that you might be the only one out there with a tripod. If you keep an open mind, and do your best to be as creative as possible, you can make photos that will be the envy of others and, frankly, you will never make great photos sitting at home. It pays to practice, and local areas are the best places to do that. So, for all these reasons and more …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 51 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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