Ben Horne

Ben Horne (@benhornephoto)

Bio:Landscape Photographer and Filmmaker. YouTube’s first, and longest active landscape photography vlogger. Look me up on Twitter & YouTube!

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I’m so excited that my annual fall color trip to Zion is less than 2 months away. I’ve been going there every fall since 2009, and it sure is crazy how time flies. This was taken back in 2015 with my Ebony RW810 8x10 camera using a Nikkor 450mm lens on @fujifilm_profilm #velvia50 color slide film. I love it when the leaves thin out, and it reveals the branches below. Let’s hope for some great fall color this year. #ishootfujifilm

I’m so excited that my annual fall color trip to Zion is less than 2 months away. I’ve been going there every fall since 2009, and it sure is crazy how time flies. This was taken back in 2015 with my Ebony RW810 8x10 camera using a Nikkor 450mm lens on @fujifilm_profilm  #velvia50 color slide film. I love it when the leaves thin out, and it reveals the branches below. Let’s hope for some great fall color this year.  #ishootfujifilm

I shot this photo on my late spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This is a tree that I have been wanting to photograph for many years now, but I struggled with it in years past. On my previous attempts, my lenses were either too long or too wide. This time I brought a different lens, which proved ideal for this scene. The other variable that I’ve struggled with in years past was the window of good light. This scene looks best just after sunrise when the canyon wall in the background has a soft glow. Only moments after sunrise, direct light spills down that background wall, ruining the photo. By visiting this scene 2 months later than usual, the angle of the sun was different, and I found that I had a far more generous window of opportunity to set up my camera and make the exposure. This was taken with the new @intrepidcamera 8x10 mk II, using a Fujinon 240mm A lens and @kodak Ektar 100 color negative film.
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If you are curious about the full story behind this photo, be sure to check out my latest Youtube video.

I shot this photo on my late spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This is a tree that I have been wanting to photograph for many years now, but I struggled with it in years past. On my previous attempts, my lenses were either too long or too wide. This time I brought a different lens, which proved ideal for this scene. The other variable that I’ve struggled with in years past was the window of good light. This scene looks best just after sunrise when the canyon wall in the background has a soft glow. Only moments after sunrise, direct light spills down that background wall, ruining the photo. By visiting this scene 2 months later than usual, the angle of the sun was different, and I found that I had a far more generous window of opportunity to set up my camera and make the exposure. This was taken with the new @intrepidcamera 8x10 mk II, using a Fujinon 240mm A lens and @kodak Ektar 100 color negative film. . If you are curious about the full story behind this photo, be sure to check out my latest Youtube video.

Instagram has fostered a strange culture —  a culture where photographers create images designed to serve as an escape from everyday life. These images are consumed by people at work, at home, or otherwise entangled with modern society. In a sad twist of irony, many of these Instagram photographers don’t truly live the lifestyle that they portray. We’ve seen it all — a tent placed at the edge of a cliff, a retro 4x4 SUV in a snowy night landscape with a brightly lit Christmas tree tied to the roof-rack — or perhaps a person enjoying a hammock on a relaxing backpacking trip. These are manufactured moments that don’t resemble reality. It is with tongue-in-cheek that I am posting this image from my spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This image looks relaxing, but if you knew the whole story, I don’t think you would want to trade places with me. You see, I laid down in this hammock for only about 7 seconds, just long enough to take this photo, and I had a good laugh in the process of doing so. I look forward to telling the story of the trip. Episode 1 goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel.

Instagram has fostered a strange culture — a culture where photographers create images designed to serve as an escape from everyday life. These images are consumed by people at work, at home, or otherwise entangled with modern society. In a sad twist of irony, many of these Instagram photographers don’t truly live the lifestyle that they portray. We’ve seen it all — a tent placed at the edge of a cliff, a retro 4x4 SUV in a snowy night landscape with a brightly lit Christmas tree tied to the roof-rack — or perhaps a person enjoying a hammock on a relaxing backpacking trip. These are manufactured moments that don’t resemble reality. It is with tongue-in-cheek that I am posting this image from my spring backpacking trip to Southern Utah. This image looks relaxing, but if you knew the whole story, I don’t think you would want to trade places with me. You see, I laid down in this hammock for only about 7 seconds, just long enough to take this photo, and I had a good laugh in the process of doing so. I look forward to telling the story of the trip. Episode 1 goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel.

This is my favorite photo from my spring trip to the Redwoods in Northern California. Though had very little fog on this trip, I was fortunate to have a hint of it while I composed this photo. I was attracted to the really clean looking Redwood in the middle of the frame, and how all the surrounding trees played an important role in the composition. This photo will be included in my upcoming 2019 Portfolio Box Set. I have already selected the first 7 prints for the box set, and I look forward to adding a few more from my fall trip. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F slide film using a Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens on my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 camera.

This is my favorite photo from my spring trip to the Redwoods in Northern California. Though had very little fog on this trip, I was fortunate to have a hint of it while I composed this photo. I was attracted to the really clean looking Redwood in the middle of the frame, and how all the surrounding trees played an important role in the composition. This photo will be included in my upcoming 2019 Portfolio Box Set. I have already selected the first 7 prints for the box set, and I look forward to adding a few more from my fall trip. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F slide film using a Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens on my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 camera.

One of my goals for my spring trip to the Redwoods was to take some time to get to know this new location. Here’s something a bit different from my day one video. You can check out the video on my YouTube Channel, and my Day 2 video goes live this Saturday. Special thanks to the folks at @orukayak for making this possible.

One of my goals for my spring trip to the Redwoods was to take some time to get to know this new location. Here’s something a bit different from my day one video. You can check out the video on my YouTube Channel, and my Day 2 video goes live this Saturday. Special thanks to the folks at @orukayak for making this possible.

My first video from the Redwoods goes live a week from Saturday on my Youtube channel (June 15th). In the mean time, I am getting ready for the second half of my spring trip, a backpacking trip to Southern Utah. I really enjoyed my time up in the Redwoods, and it was a great experience getting to know such a different environment. It rained every day — and quite hard at times — but I still manage to capture a photo that I am very happy with. I look forward to sharing the story of the trip, and all the moments that led up to that pure moment of zen when I managed to put myself in the right place at the right time.

My first video from the Redwoods goes live a week from Saturday on my Youtube channel (June 15th). In the mean time, I am getting ready for the second half of my spring trip, a backpacking trip to Southern Utah. I really enjoyed my time up in the Redwoods, and it was a great experience getting to know such a different environment. It rained every day — and quite hard at times — but I still manage to capture a photo that I am very happy with. I look forward to sharing the story of the trip, and all the moments that led up to that pure moment of zen when I managed to put myself in the right place at the right time.

This is the final photo from my January trip to Death Valley. After spending the morning exploring some nearby salt flats, nothing really peaked my interest, so I returned to the location I photographed the day before, and found a more intimate composition of this mud flow. This photo was taken just as the sun was dropping behind the mountains at sunset, but it was passing through a thin layer of clouds, and that helped to soften the otherwise harsh light. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 and a Nikkor 450mm lens.

This is the final photo from my January trip to Death Valley. After spending the morning exploring some nearby salt flats, nothing really peaked my interest, so I returned to the location I photographed the day before, and found a more intimate composition of this mud flow. This photo was taken just as the sun was dropping behind the mountains at sunset, but it was passing through a thin layer of clouds, and that helped to soften the otherwise harsh light. This was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 and a Nikkor 450mm lens.

I took this photo on day 7 of my January trip to Death Valley. It all started with a VERY early morning drive 40 miles south of the Badwater basin. It was a few hours before sunrise, and I was on a mission. You see, the day before, I was taking some photos of @wildernessinfluencer on the side of the road. By the end of the day I realized I lost one of his hands. That’s right folks, I got up several hours before sunrise so I could retrace my steps along the side of the road in search for a tiny plastic hand that fell off my dol.... *clears throat* action figure. I searched two areas by headlamp, but couldn’t find his dainty little man hand. I felt a bit let down, then started driving north again along Badwater road. It was then that I noticed some clouds in the night sky, and figured there might be some interesting light on the Panamint range at sunrise. I stopped on the side of the road, and set up this composition in the dark. I hung out there all through sunrise, and there was a brief moment when some warm direct sunlight illuminated the mountains. This photo was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F 8x10 film using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 with a Nikkor 450mm lens.

I took this photo on day 7 of my January trip to Death Valley. It all started with a VERY early morning drive 40 miles south of the Badwater basin. It was a few hours before sunrise, and I was on a mission. You see, the day before, I was taking some photos of @wildernessinfluencer on the side of the road. By the end of the day I realized I lost one of his hands. That’s right folks, I got up several hours before sunrise so I could retrace my steps along the side of the road in search for a tiny plastic hand that fell off my dol.... *clears throat* action figure. I searched two areas by headlamp, but couldn’t find his dainty little man hand. I felt a bit let down, then started driving north again along Badwater road. It was then that I noticed some clouds in the night sky, and figured there might be some interesting light on the Panamint range at sunrise. I stopped on the side of the road, and set up this composition in the dark. I hung out there all through sunrise, and there was a brief moment when some warm direct sunlight illuminated the mountains. This photo was taken on @fujifilm_profilm Provia 100F 8x10 film using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 with a Nikkor 450mm lens.

My Day 7 video from my January trip to Death Valley goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel. This still-frame from the video gives a feel for how vast Death Valley really is. You can walk for miles and miles, yet somehow feel like you are exactly where you started. I will be heading out again in the next several weeks to the canyons of southern Utah. I look forward to pointing my camera at interesting things, and getting passed by that pesky Prius.
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#tagitplanetearth @wildernessinfluencer

My Day 7 video from my January trip to Death Valley goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel. This still-frame from the video gives a feel for how vast Death Valley really is. You can walk for miles and miles, yet somehow feel like you are exactly where you started. I will be heading out again in the next several weeks to the canyons of southern Utah. I look forward to pointing my camera at interesting things, and getting passed by that pesky Prius. . . .  #tagitplanetearth @wildernessinfluencer

I took this photo on day 6 of my January trip to Death Valley and Zion National Park. I spent much of the day exploring new locations in hopes of finding some interesting subjects. It was great to do some exploring, though I didn’t find anything especially noteworthy. Later that day, I drove to this particular location. I arrived in the early afternoon, found my composition, then waited for some nice light after sunset. This was taken on Fuji Provia 100F film with my Arca-Swiss F Metric 8x10 camera using a Nikkor 150mm SW lens.
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I took this photo on day 6 of my January trip to Death Valley and Zion National Park. I spent much of the day exploring new locations in hopes of finding some interesting subjects. It was great to do some exploring, though I didn’t find anything especially noteworthy. Later that day, I drove to this particular location. I arrived in the early afternoon, found my composition, then waited for some nice light after sunset. This was taken on Fuji Provia 100F film with my Arca-Swiss F Metric 8x10 camera using a Nikkor 150mm SW lens. . . . . . . .  #tagitplanetearth  #landscapelover  #filmisnotdead  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10  #provia100f  #ishootfujifilm  #landscape_lover  #igshotz @igshots  #worldplaces  #travelandlife  #TheBest_Capture  #landscape_captures  #pixel_ig  #keepitwild  #leaveitbetter @deathvalleynps  #deathvalley  #earthfocus  #naturephotography  #master_shots  #epic_captures  #beautyofnature  #roamtheplanet  #earthpix  #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

My day 6 from my winter trip goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel. In that video I return to Death Valley, and find yet another mylar balloon. I collected about 8 of them on my recent trip, all of which traveled enormous distances before eventually coming to rest in the wilderness of the Mojave Desert. I looked on a map, and these balloons might have traveled from as far as Bakersfield, or perhaps even the Los Angeles area. I collected all the balloons, and plan on using them in a project designed to raise awareness of this flying trash. Please do your part, and never release mylar balloons. Dispose of them properly, or never buy them in the first place. Oh, and I also exposed some 8x10 film in that video. 🤩#leaveitbetter #tagitplanetearth

My day 6 from my winter trip goes live this Saturday on my Youtube Channel. In that video I return to Death Valley, and find yet another mylar balloon. I collected about 8 of them on my recent trip, all of which traveled enormous distances before eventually coming to rest in the wilderness of the Mojave Desert. I looked on a map, and these balloons might have traveled from as far as Bakersfield, or perhaps even the Los Angeles area. I collected all the balloons, and plan on using them in a project designed to raise awareness of this flying trash. Please do your part, and never release mylar balloons. Dispose of them properly, or never buy them in the first place. Oh, and I also exposed some 8x10 film in that video. 🤩 #leaveitbetter  #tagitplanetearth

I found this scene while wandering along a creek on a chilly evening in Zion National Park this past January. This section of ice had melted and re-frozen on several occasions, resulting in some very interesting formations. I took this photo on Fuji Provia 100F film with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using my Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens with overextended bellows to achieve this closeup image. This is one of the few images where I depended on a loupe for fine focus. It would have been difficult to set the front tilt and the focus without it. I used a Wista 5x loupe.
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#tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #provia100f #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #zion #utah #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

I found this scene while wandering along a creek on a chilly evening in Zion National Park this past January. This section of ice had melted and re-frozen on several occasions, resulting in some very interesting formations. I took this photo on Fuji Provia 100F film with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using my Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens with overextended bellows to achieve this closeup image. This is one of the few images where I depended on a loupe for fine focus. It would have been difficult to set the front tilt and the focus without it. I used a Wista 5x loupe. . . . . . .  #tagitplanetearth  #landscapelover  #filmisnotdead  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10  #provia100f  #ishootfujifilm  #landscape_lover  #igshotz @igshots  #worldplaces  #travelandlife  #TheBest_Capture  #landscape_captures  #pixel_ig  #keepitwild  #leaveitbetter  #zion  #utah  #earthfocus  #naturephotography  #master_shots  #epic_captures  #beautyofnature  #roamtheplanet  #earthpix  #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

My next video from my Winter trip to Zion goes live this Saturday. It was a very interesting day, and I spent a lot of time exploring Zion’s icy washes. I look forward to sharing the video, and the photo I managed to capture that day.  #tagitplanetearth #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10

My next video from my Winter trip to Zion goes live this Saturday. It was a very interesting day, and I spent a lot of time exploring Zion’s icy washes. I look forward to sharing the video, and the photo I managed to capture that day.  #tagitplanetearth  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10

I took this photo on day 4 of my January trip to Zion National Park. Freezing overnight temperatures left some wonderful ice. The water in the upper left hand corner is flowing, but the mud ripples and the smaller pools of water are both frozen solid. The strong orange glow is compliments of the morning sun reflecting off some nearby towering sandstone cliffs. This was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 film with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using a Nikkor 450mm lens.
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#tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #velvia50 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #zion #utah  #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

I took this photo on day 4 of my January trip to Zion National Park. Freezing overnight temperatures left some wonderful ice. The water in the upper left hand corner is flowing, but the mud ripples and the smaller pools of water are both frozen solid. The strong orange glow is compliments of the morning sun reflecting off some nearby towering sandstone cliffs. This was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 film with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using a Nikkor 450mm lens. . . . . . .  #tagitplanetearth  #landscapelover  #filmisnotdead  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10  #velvia50  #ishootfujifilm  #landscape_lover  #igshotz @igshots  #worldplaces  #travelandlife  #TheBest_Capture  #landscape_captures  #pixel_ig  #keepitwild  #leaveitbetter  #zion  #utah  #earthfocus  #naturephotography  #master_shots  #epic_captures  #beautyofnature  #roamtheplanet  #earthpix  #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

My day 4 video from my winter trip to Zion goes live this Saturday. I think you guys will really enjoy this one because it kicks off the extremely productive second half of my trip. The conditions were ideal, and I found some great subjects to work with. On another note, if you frequently shoot long exposures on film and aren’t already using an analog stopwatch, you should really give it a try. I love how the motion of using a cable release is the same as using a stopwatch. It is very easy on the brain. This stopwatch is made by Minerva, and I purchased it off eBay.

My day 4 video from my winter trip to Zion goes live this Saturday. I think you guys will really enjoy this one because it kicks off the extremely productive second half of my trip. The conditions were ideal, and I found some great subjects to work with. On another note, if you frequently shoot long exposures on film and aren’t already using an analog stopwatch, you should really give it a try. I love how the motion of using a cable release is the same as using a stopwatch. It is very easy on the brain. This stopwatch is made by Minerva, and I purchased it off eBay.

I shot this photo on day 3 of my January trip to Zion National Park. Just over 3 inches of snow fell in the main canyon only two days before my arrival, and it was still quite fresh in some of the shadowed parts of the canyon. The first time I photographed this tree was on my winter trip last year, but there was no snow in that photo. It was very interesting to see this same scene but with some nice snow. This was taken on Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film with my Arca Swiss 8x10 and a Nikkor 300mm lens.
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#tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #kodakektar100 #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter  #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost

I shot this photo on day 3 of my January trip to Zion National Park. Just over 3 inches of snow fell in the main canyon only two days before my arrival, and it was still quite fresh in some of the shadowed parts of the canyon. The first time I photographed this tree was on my winter trip last year, but there was no snow in that photo. It was very interesting to see this same scene but with some nice snow. This was taken on Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film with my Arca Swiss 8x10 and a Nikkor 300mm lens. . . . .  #tagitplanetearth  #landscapelover  #filmisnotdead  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10  #kodakektar100  #landscape_lover  #igshotz @igshots  #worldplaces  #travelandlife  #TheBest_Capture  #landscape_captures  #pixel_ig  #keepitwild  #leaveitbetter  #earthfocus  #naturephotography  #master_shots  #epic_captures  #beautyofnature  #roamtheplanet  #earthpix  #getlost

My next video journal from my winter 2019 trip goes live on Saturday. I got an early start and drove from Death Valley to Zion for a change of scenery. In many ways, I felt like I was giving up on Death Valley too soon, but the strong wind was difficult to work with, and the conditions were far more ideal in Zion. In years past I might have just stuck it out in Death Valley, but that isn’t always the best move. I think it is best to be both patient AND flexible. @arcaswissusa #largeformat #8x10 #believeinfilm

My next video journal from my winter 2019 trip goes live on Saturday. I got an early start and drove from Death Valley to Zion for a change of scenery. In many ways, I felt like I was giving up on Death Valley too soon, but the strong wind was difficult to work with, and the conditions were far more ideal in Zion. In years past I might have just stuck it out in Death Valley, but that isn’t always the best move. I think it is best to be both patient AND flexible. @arcaswissusa  #largeformat  #8x10  #believeinfilm

Working with large format has taught me a sense of patience. My approach is to find an interesting subject, determine when the light will be best, select a composition, then wait for the good light. I’ve learned a lot by this approach, and it seldom lets me down. On this particular day, I was wandering through a dune field at mid-day when I found this rock. I studied the scene for a composition, and figured it would look decent after sunset. I hiked back to my truck, got my camera, then set up a composition and waited several hours until the light was best a half hour after sunset. Thankfully the wind cooperated and stayed calm while I made this long exposure on Fuji Provia 100F with my Arca Swiss F Metric 8x10 and my Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens.
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#tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #provia100f #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter @deathvalleynps  #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

Working with large format has taught me a sense of patience. My approach is to find an interesting subject, determine when the light will be best, select a composition, then wait for the good light. I’ve learned a lot by this approach, and it seldom lets me down. On this particular day, I was wandering through a dune field at mid-day when I found this rock. I studied the scene for a composition, and figured it would look decent after sunset. I hiked back to my truck, got my camera, then set up a composition and waited several hours until the light was best a half hour after sunset. Thankfully the wind cooperated and stayed calm while I made this long exposure on Fuji Provia 100F with my Arca Swiss F Metric 8x10 and my Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens. . . . . . . .  #tagitplanetearth  #landscapelover  #filmisnotdead  #believeinfilm  #largeformat  #8x10  #provia100f  #ishootfujifilm  #landscape_lover  #igshotz @igshots  #worldplaces  #travelandlife  #TheBest_Capture  #landscape_captures  #pixel_ig  #keepitwild  #leaveitbetter @deathvalleynps  #earthfocus  #naturephotography  #master_shots  #epic_captures  #beautyofnature  #roamtheplanet  #earthpix  #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

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