Old Haunts

Returning to a favourite location repeatedly can become tiresome but as Ian Plant discovers on a trip to the Lake Superior, a fresh approach or some new gear could be all you need to produce your best pictures yet

As a landscape photographer, it is inevitable that you will go back to certain places more than once. Sometimes, it takes several trips to a spot before you really begin to figure it out and find the best compositions. Other times, you find your compositions right away, but the light doesn’t work for you, so you have to go back again (and perhaps again and again). Some places are so special that you don’t mind visiting more than once. And sometimes, you just get sick of a place, and vow to never return. The funny thing is, you will probably end up back there at some point anyway – and likely, you will see it anew with fresh eyes when you eventually return. You may even make better pictures than you ever have before.

I recently returned to one of my favorite places, the ‘sea caves’ of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Lake Superior’s tempestuous waters have carved sculpted cathedrals out of the red sandstone commonly found in the area. I kayaked several miles over open water to reach...

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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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