Ben Horne (@benhornephoto)

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

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This is a photo I shot way back in 2009. This was taken on 4x5 Fuji Velvia 100 with a Toyo 45AII camera and a Nikkor 75mm wide angle lens. This is one of the very few local photos I have taken. I seldom shoot seascapes because they can be quite frustrating with large format. The coast is often crowded with people, and large format cameras attract a lot of attention. I end up with a constant stream of people asking if I am shooting a Hasselblad. No joke. When you combine that with trying to get a proper exposure, time the waves perfectly, and not really having any place to set down my equipment (film holders, light meter, etc), it is a minor miracle when a photo turns out. I really do want to shoot more local stuff, but probably not along the coast. . . . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #4x5 #velvia100 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

My Youtube video this Wednesday is all about my 4Runner, and how I configure the interior for my photo trips. I often live out of my truck for a week or two at a time, which means carrying food, water, camera gear, and film, all while being able to sleep in the back and keep all my video batteries charged. I really enjoy the process of getting everything ready for a photography trip, and this video will show you my process.

After spending 5 days in the field, I decided to head home for a few days to get things cleaned up. My trip isn’t over though — this is only the intermission. I will return to Death Valley sometime next week to finish the trip. I left Zion at 1:50AM pacific time, and arrived home around 9:20AM. In all honestly, I love those sort of drives. They go by quickly, and you don’t have to fight traffic.

With all the snow that fell in Zion on Monday, I decided to drive from Death Valley to Zion to make use of the conditions. This is a scene I photographed this morning. The mud ripples and the water are all frozen, and I had a long lasting glow compliments of a nearby sandstone cliff. So far on this trip, I have photographed two scenes in Death Valley, and three scenes here in Zion. I will definitely swing by Death Valley again later in this trip, but snow and ice in Zion is too good to pass up.

My truck is packed for Death Valley, and I’m looking forward to hitting the road in the coming days. I’ll be visiting some new locations in Death Valley this year — many of which are rather obscure. There is some risk involved because I don’t know how productive these areas will be, but I look forward to spending some time exploring and seeing what I can come up with. This is a photo I shot back in 2017 down at the flooded Badwater salt flats. This might look like there was a lot of water, but it was more or less a puddle the size of an average parking lot. I left my camera at this location overnight in hopes of a morning shot, but that didn’t work out very well. The camera was blown over and destroyed overnight. On this years trip, I hope not to destroy any cameras... but we’ll see. . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #velvia50 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #deathvalley @deathvalleynps #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

What happens when you put 4 large format landscape photographers in one small plane? My Day 9 video from Zion goes live on Saturday Morning. It was on this day that @alanbrockimages took @lowerylandscapes, @quinnimages and myself for a scenic flight from St. George Utah down to the Grand Canyon, then back over to Zion. It was an amazing experience, and something I will remember for the rest of my life. Also in that video is the infamous pushup contest between myself and Alan. It was a pretty awesome day, and be sure to check out Alan’s channel on Saturday for his video from the same day!

With my trip to Death Valley rapidly approaching, I am reminded of two things. First and foremost, you will notice that my my 4Runner’s hood is up in this photo. I learned a tough lesson back in 2017 when a rodent chewed through one of my engine wires in Death Valley. My truck was disabled, and I had to be flatbed towed to Pahrump for repairs. As a result of this, I now open my truck’s hood at night to help avoid this from happening again. With the hood raised, rodents no longer feel safe atop the nice cozy engine block, and are vulnerable to owls and other predators. This photo also reminds me how much I dislike loading film. It is an absolute chore, especially after a long day in the field. That being said, I have a pretty ideal setup for loading film out of the back of my 4Runner. Just so long as I avoid honey roasted peanuts. I will definitely be pre loading my film holders before heading on the trip — that way I can go at least a few days before having to load film in the field. . . . #believeinfilm #8x10 #largeformat #tagitplanetearth #leaveitbetter

I look forward to my return to Death Valley in the very near future. This is a photo I shot back in 2010 as a storm approached the park. It reminds me of my experience last year when a large winter storm coincided with my visit. The storm made for some very amazing conditions, but it was also quite frustrating at times. We’ll see what happens this year, but I am hoping to spend some time exploring new locations off the beaten path. . This photo was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 film with a Nikkor SW 150mm lens and an Ebony RW810 large format view camera. I used rear movements to enlarge the foreground, and a 2 stop @leefilters grad ND to tame the highlights in the sky. . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #velvia50 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #deathvalley @deathvalleynps #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost @fujifilm_profilm

I took this photograph on Day 7 of my fall 2018 trip to Zion. Truth be told, arriving at peak color made for a bit of a challenge this year. The color was so amazing, but it was at times difficult to find compositions when the trees were filled with leaves. It was only after the leaves began to thin that some of the best subjects were revealed. This tree was full of leaves the day before I photographed it, and it was nearly stripped bare the day after. Fall is filled with fleeting moments, and I was very happy to find this tree, and this composition when I did. This was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 film with a Fujinon 240mm lens on my Arca Swiss F Metric 8x10. . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #velvia50 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #zion #utah @zionnps #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost #withtrees #fall @arcaswissusa @fujifilm_profilm

It seems a bit strange to carry around an 8x10 view camera, spend many days in the field searching for subjects, then share the end result as a postage stamp sized image on a mobile device. . Viewing the image so small takes away much of what makes large format so rewarding to work with. Calm and quiet images like this take on a different vibe when printed large. It is almost therapeutic being able to count each and every pine needle. This is a scene I photographed on my fall 2018 visit to Zion National Park. I have always loved the color combination of autumn maples against pine trees, and this specific tree is one that I have wanted to photograph for many years. It just so happens that the color and conditions were very ideal this year. This photo was taken using my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 on @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 8x10 film using a Fujinon 600mm C lens on my @gitzoinspires Systematic Tripod. . . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #velvia50 #ishootfujifilm #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #zion #utah @zionnps #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost #withtrees #fall

I found this scene on the third day of my fall trip to Zion. While wandering the washes, this cracked boulder really stood out to me — especially since it was surrounded by such ideal fall color. It is hard to think that I almost ruined this photo. I shot a single sheet of Ektar the day before, and accidentally inserted the same film holder into my camera on this particular morning. When I made my exposure, I double exposed that sheet of film. Thankfully I made another mistake that offset the first one. I noticed that the film holder wasn’t properly seated in the camera, and I knew the shot was ruined. I inserted a fresh and new film holder, then exposed this sheet of Ektar. I also shot this scene on Velvia, but the color and contrast if this scene is far better suited for Ektar. This was taken with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using a Nikkor 150mm SW lens on Kodak Ektar 8x10 film. . . . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #ektar100 #landscape_lover #igshotz @igshots #worldplaces #travelandlife #TheBest_Capture #landscape_captures #pixel_ig #keepitwild #leaveitbetter #zion #utah @zionnps @gitzoinspires #earthfocus #naturephotography #master_shots #epic_captures #beautyofnature #roamtheplanet #earthpix #getlost

On the first day of my fall 2018 visit to Zion, I spent several hours wandering the washes in Zion. The fall color hadn’t quite peaked, but many trees were showing excellent color. Just when I was ready to call it quits for the day, I found this scene along one of the washes. I knew there was potential here, but finding a clean composition was a challenge. The light was vanishing as I was setting up my camera, and I didn’t have a lot of confidence in the decisions I was making in the moment. I didn’t think this photo would amount to much, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw the transparency on my light table for the first time. I liked the warmth of the light, and the composition actually comes across as quite calculated with all sorts of lines pointing toward the red tree — to be honest, I didn’t notice any of that while setting up the photo. This photo was taken with my @arcaswissusa F Metric 8x10 using a Nikkor 300mm W 5.6 on @fujifilm_profilm Velvia 50 slide film. . . . . . . . . #tagitplanetearth #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #zion #utah @zionnps @gitzoinspires

#tagitplanetearth This is a picture of me procrastinating and not loading film when I really should be. I exposed way too many sheets of film today in Zion, but not in a good way. I made a bunch of sloppy mistakes, and I could have legitimately made it rain with those bad sheets of film. 😜 I’ll try to do better tomorrow. In other news, I placed my game cam in a remote wash this morning. I am hoping to get some big kitties on video. I have always been fascinated by mountain lions.

Here is another blast from the past. This photo was taken on my fall 2013 trip to Zion. It was a very early year for color. The maples and most of the oaks had already shed their leaves before my arrival, which is why I was so excited to find this wonderful oak in peak color. A light rain fell as I setup this composition, and I took the photo just after the rain cloud passed over. One of the things I learned on this trip was how fast moss “greens up”. It was a dull black/brown color before the rain, and as soon as it was saturated with water, it became a lush vibrant shade of green. The oak leaves in the background also benefited from the fresh rainfall. This was taken on Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 film with my Ebony RW810 camera. I look forward to revisiting this scene when I return to Zion in the coming weeks. . . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #nakedplanet #zion #utah @zionnps

Often times with landscape photography, we hope for blazing skies filled with crimson light — but honestly, those scenes are somewhat stressful to shoot on large format. The light changes so fast, and sometimes it’s difficult to make all the right decisions. I have come to appreciate these quiet and moody moments in the blue hour as the light slowly fades away. This photo was taken on the salt flats in Death Valley. I love how this area is continuously reinvented, and looks different with each visit. This photo was taken with my Ebony RW810 8x10 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. . . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture @deathvalleynps #deathvalley

How can it be that my fall trip to Zion is only a month away? 🍁🍂 I look forward to wandering the beautifully chaotic maple groves, and also the wild washes on the east side of the park. I shot this photo many years ago after a rain storm swept through the park. It was rather late in the season, and the freshly fallen leaves looked beautiful against the drying sand and pebbles in this wash. This was taken with my Ebony RW810 8x10 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #nakedplanet #zion #utah

My fall trip to southern Utah is fast approaching, and I am curious how the color will be this year. The last GREAT year for color was in 2010. The maples in Zion were so full of color. In the years since then, it has been a mixed bag. Last year, the color was pretty good, but also about 10 days early. With all that in mind, I am reminded that some of the worst years for color have resulted in some of my favorite photos. Take for example this photo of a beautiful boxelder tree in the narrows. In 2013, fall color throughout the park was weak at best, but this tree looked amazing. It literally stopped me in my tracks. The purple, yellow, and green color combo was so unusual, and I loved the gnarled character of the tree. I look forward to what this fall season brings, and I know that there will be plenty of great opportunities, regardless of if it is a good or bad year for color. . . . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #nakedplanet #zion #utah

The Intrepid 8x10 is an extremely lightweight large format view camera that weighs less than 5 lbs. To put that in perspective, that’s less than half the weight of my primary 8x10 camera. I used this camera on my spring backpacking trip to southern Utah, and walked away from that trip with several portfolio shots. Be sure to check out my Youtube channel for an in-depth review of this camera. In the review, I cover the following topics: design, setting up the camera, stability, lens compatibility, features I really like about it, and areas for improvement on future models. Check out the video and let me know what you think. . . . . #largeformat #8x10 #intrepid8x10 #believeinfilm @intrepidcameraco #filmphotography #film #filmisnotdead #buyfilmnotmegapixels

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