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QT Luong
Works at pro travel/nature photographer, Terra Galleria
Attended PhD University of Paris, ENS, X
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Not a single footprint on this perfect white sand beach! Con Dao islands have the last pristine, undeveloped, coastline in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you've made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, only link to the mainland was a 24-seat helicopter that flew a few days a week.

Google+ is blocked in Vietnam, wondering why since Facebook isn't, but I just figured it out (after more than a week) that the mobile app works.
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Deserts are underrated as dusty and barren places, however the Sonoran is full of biodiversity and truly beautiful in March with the bloom of the annual flowers. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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An amazing amount of life and color. 
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Mid-day, when the light is too harsh for landscapes, I try close-ups. How about the harsh light ? I look for shade, and if i don't find any, I make it using whatever is at hand, a reflector, a jacket, my own shadow. Saguaro National Park Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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Beautiful QT!
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Instants after the soft light of dawn emphasized lushness and colors over the Red Hills in Saguaro National Park, the shadows of early morning light created depth. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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This March, I visited Saguaro National Park in less than five days, including travel from home. To show that an extensive National Park photography trip doesn’t need to be lengthy nor expensive, rather than describing the locations visited, in this post I detail my itinerary, logistics, and costs, which totalled $314 all-inclusive: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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I've done a few rush trips myself this year.  As much as I'd love to spend a week in a national park sometimes you only have a 3 day weekend.  But there is no reason those 3 days can't be spent in a beautiful place.
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 haven't posted last week because I spent National Parks week in Death Valley and Channel Islands.

It was an awesome contrast between the hot desert (high in the 100Fs) and the marine environment. On Santa Rosa Island, I could barely stay warm even hiking fast and wearing three layers because of the constant 30 knot winds.

The common theme, though, was the impact of the drought. In Death Valley, the salt formations were in the worst shape I had ever seen (picture from Cottonball Basin is the best I could find). The Channel Islands turned brown one month earlier than during my past visit.

For more current updates, I suggest you follow my Instagram feed at https://instagram.com/terragalleria since Instagram does not let me post on a G+ page. 
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Saguaro National Park's East Unit’s 8-mile Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive is a paved road with several trailheads, scenic vistas, and pullouts. It is quieter than the Bajada Loop drive, except on weekends, when it is popular with cyclists. Compared to the West Unit, the saguaro cactus are not as numerous, and the mountain views less striking, but the desert environment at places feels more lush. In the south, the first half-mile of the Tanque Verde Ridge trail starting from the Javelina Picnic Area is a beautiful area to catch a sunset, once you climb past a small rocky outcrop. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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I shot towards the setting sun from the Tanque Verde Trail in the East Unit of Saguaro National Park for an image where the backlight creates a rim around each of the cacti and makes the brittlebush flowers glow. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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Beautiful! I love how you got a skeleton in the shot to bring the Saguaro's life cycle full circle.
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Photographing the ridges backlit in Saguaro National Park (from the Senderoso Esperanza Trail) created layers by alternating shadows and lighted ridges. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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Beautiful especially with the backlight! I love Saguaro National Park! There's so much to shoot in Tucson!
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For a few minutes, the setting sun painted the Rincon Mountain slopes red, while the soft light of open shade in the foreground revealed the contrasting greens of the saguaro cactus. Trip report: http://qtl.us/1bmF6V6
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On 40th anniversary of the Vietnam War (called "American War" in Vietnam) end, please check out "HCMC", my project about contemporary Vietnam http://qtl.us/1Evve6a Would love to hear your thoughts.
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In late March, I returned to Saguaro National Park to hike some of the trails I missed during my previous visits. I found some of the best views of the saguaro cactus forest along the Sendero Esperanza trail. The Sonoran desert can be incredibly lush and beautiful under the right conditions! 

from: http://www.terragalleria.com/parks/np.saguaro.html
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You need to visit during the monsoonal season when tropical rains come from the Gulf of California.  Cactus pears are ripening (June-July) and wildlife take advantage of this great food feast.  Do be aware of flash floods that can wash away roads!
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full-time travel & nature photographer. 1st to shoot all 59 US National Parks
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I celebrate the splendor and variety of the natural and human heritage through my photography.  Favoring clarity and truthfulness, I seek to convey the emotions and the sense of connection that I experienced in some of the most beautiful corners of the earth, with the hope that aesthetic appreciation will lift our soul and eventually lead to awareness and respect for our planet and its inhabitants.

I am known for being the first to  photograph each of the 59 US National Parks and also for my website http://www.terragalleria.com with more than 30,000 images from around the world  - one of the most visited of all individual photographer's websites (~ 500,000 monthly visits). Print sales and image licensing from that website are the sole source of income for our family. 

My photographs have been published in more than 30 countries, in every possible media, and in two large photo books under my name: "Beautiful North America" (2007) and "Spectacular Yosemite" (2011). They have been the subject of museum and gallery solo exhibits on both US coasts. I have been profiled in more than a dozen press articles (eg, Boston Globe, National Geographic Explorer, Parks Magazine, Outdoor Photographer), and featured as a character in Ken Burn's film "The National Parks, America's Best Idea" (2009).
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Father of two, co-winner of first Koenderink prize for fundamental contributions to computer vision, climbed solo Mt Mc Kinley and four Italian Mont Blanc routes, first ascent of a V-6 frozen waterfall
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Quang-Tuan Luong