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QT Luong
Works at pro travel/nature photographer, Terra Galleria
Attended PhD University of Paris, ENS, X
Lives in San Jose, CA
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The Con Dao Islands are possibly the last unspoiled coastal destination in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you’ve made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, the only air link to the mainland was a helicopter carrying mostly military personnel that flew a few days a week. Read the post to find out why those remote and obscure islands should be on the adventurous traveler’s list: http://qtl.us/1UbUitn
The Con Dao Islands are possibly the last unspoiled coastal destination in Vietnam. Traveling there, you feel you've made it to the end of the country. Less than two decades ago, the only air link to the mainland was a helicopter carrying mostly military personnel that flew a few days a week.
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In case you missed it this week:  my tribute to Galen Rowell via a thorough survey of more than ten of his books which are sure to provide you with inspiration qtl.us/1UBe8Ly
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One of my first memorable images captures an example of the magic of the high mountains, the “Broken Spectre”. You can see Galen Rowell influence in the combination of an atmospheric phenomenon and inclusion of figures in the landscape.

I pay a tribute to Galen Rowell through a survey of his books here: qtl.us/1UBe8Ly.
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The distant lights of St Thomas provided some faint illumination. Photographed backlit, they looked like a setting sun, although they were dim enough to allow the stars to shine above. From "Virgin Islands National Park's Hidden Gem: Salomon Beach": http://qtl.us/1P6PCil
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With potholes deep enough to require swimming, keeping the camera dry and accessible is one of the main challenges of photographing the Zion technical canyons. How did I do it ? Read "Four camera systems to photograph in and above water" http://qtl.us/1MCUxsP
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Photoshop is my last resort option to remove people from landscapes. At least, there is a way which doesn’t require too much cloning work. Read about that technique in "Five ways to photography the Zion Narrows (and other places) without people": http://qtl.us/1TQHhBY
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+QT Luong Ah yes, my bad, I did not actually read your blog post.  Good info about getting into the narrows while avoiding people.  I'm going to do that hike next time I visit.  I was able to remove people using the statistics technique with maybe a half dozen photos or so while at the delicate arch in arches NP.
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The only way to get some of the most striking cityscapes and city skylines is to shoot through windows, often from high-rise hotels. The techniques described in this post will let you overcome the obstacle posed by the glass to get a technically perfect image: http://qtl.us/1NyCHH1
The only way to get some of the most striking cityscapes and city skylines is to shoot through windows, often from high-rise hotels. The techniques described in this post will let you overcome the obstacle posed by the glass to get a technically perfect image.
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At the edge of the Earth" (1992) with signature elements from Galen Rowell: high mountains, atmospheric conditions, golden hour, figures in landscape.

Don't miss my tribute to Galen Rowell through a survey of his books: qtl.us/1UBe8Ly.
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 13 years ago on this day, Galen Rowell left too early. I survey the entire arc of his career through more than 10 of his books: qtl.us/1UBe8Ly.

This is the last of a series of 5 posts where I survey great books by past photographers who influenced me. Check them out all!
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It may come as a surprise that the beach I found the most photogenic in the entire Virgin Islands National Park is not only a walking distance from Cruz Bay and the visitor center, but also pretty quiet despite that proximity: http://qtl.us/1P6PCil
If you visit Virgin Islands National Park, you almost certainly won't miss famous Trunk Bay and its neighboring beaches on the North Shore. On an extended stay, you may explore the wilder part of the island, on the side opposite to Cruz Bay, the island's main town.
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After my main underwater rig got flooded last year (dead 5Dmk2 + $700 of housing repair) in Virgin Islands NP, I used a P&S for underwater images. Read "Four camera systems to photograph in and above water" http://qtl.us/1MCUxsP
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The powerful Grand Canyon rapids can totally drench you, no matter where you are sitting on the raft. Curious how I protected my cameras? Read "Four camera systems to photograph in and above water" http://qtl.us/1MCUxsP
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  • pro travel/nature photographer, Terra Galleria
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  • SRI International, UC Berkeley
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full-time travel & nature photographer. 1st to shoot all 59 US National Parks
Introduction
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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  • PhD University of Paris, ENS, X
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Quang-Tuan Luong