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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After spending 10 days in Zion this year, I have returned home. Yesterday was a heck of a day, and a great way to round off the trip. @alanbrockimages is an awesome pilot, and he took @lowerylandscapes, @quinnimages, and myself for an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park along with many other great locations including White Pocket, Coyote Buttes, Buckskin Gulch and even Bryce in the distance. It was the ultimate mic drop to end this years trip to Zion. I can assure you that Zion is just as magnificent from above as it is from below. I look forward to sharing my photos and videos in the months to come. It was great meeting everyone who took a moment to say hi, and I look forward to seeing all the photos that everyone captured.

I found this while wandering around in Zion today. It’s sad how this one picture so accurately demonstrates the lack of respect toward the outdoors. After taking this photo, I picked it up and put it in a trash bag in my truck. I also gathered a plastic jug, the remnants of a plastic water bottle, a broken frisbee, and some other small pieces of plastic.

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

I shot this photo back in 2013 on a backpacking trip in the Grand Staircase Escalante area. This is one of my favorite photos, and it almost didn’t happen. I found this area the day before and realized the potential, but I wasn’t certain I could safely haul my camera gear up an awkward and slippery sandstone slope that had a pretty sizable drop off. I thought about it overnight, and decided to attempt the shot the next morning. Though the sandstone slope was a bit sketchy in places, I was able to get up there just fine. This photo was taken on my Ebony RW810 8x10 camera using Fuji Velvia 50 slide film and a Nikkor 300mm 5.6 lens. . . . . . . . . . . #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 #grandstaircaseescalante #utah

During my 2015 visit to Death Valley, a storm swept through the region and it rained most of the night. The storm broke at sunrise, and the sky was filled with beautiful clouds. It was a really special moment, and I enjoyed taking in the scenery after exposing some film. The landscape photo I shot that morning (shown earlier in my feed) is one of the photos I will soon print, frame, and hang in my house. It is important to print your own work. Seeing an image on paper gives you a different, and perhaps more complete perspective about the photo. . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #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 #nakedplanet #deathvalley @deathvalleynps

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip up to the Redwoods. I will definitely be heading there next spring for a dedicated photography trip. I can’t wait to capture some of those massive trees on big film. 🙌 #redwoods #trees #wow #photography #largeformat #8x10

Continuing the panoramic theme, here is another pano I shot in the White Mountains back in 2012. This was a bit of an experimental photo. I used my Fuji GX617 medium format panoramic camera to photograph the exposed roots of an fallen Bristlecone Pine during the blue hour after sunset. This one reminded me a bit of Medusa. I don’t remember if this was taken on Ektar or Velvia, but I suspect it was Ektar. Let me know what you think. . . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #mediumformat #6x17 #ektar #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #big_shotz #ig_shots #colors_of_day #main_vision #globalcapture #nakedplanet

Here is another photo from my archives. Much like my last photo, this one was also taken with my Fuji GX617 medium format panoramic camera. This was taken during the fall of perhaps 2010 or 2011 on my annual trip to Zion. I was fortunate to be in the park for an early snowfall. The snow didn’t last long, but I sure enjoyed it! . . . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #mediumformat #6x17 #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

While organizing some scans on my computer, I came across this panoramic photo that I shot with a Fuji GX617 medium format panoramic camera in the White Mountains. This was taken back in 2012 on Fuji Velvia 50. A thunderstorm rolled through at sunset, making for a rather dramatic sky. I often miss the convenience of shooting roll film. I sold this camera a couple years after shooting this photo. . . . #landscapelover #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #mediumformat #6x17 #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

My wife and I spent 4 nights at Mt. Rainier, and this was our “kitchen window” view. We had an awesome campsite! Now on to other places.

This is a photo that I shot on my winter 2014 trip to @deathvalleynps . I found this cool composition on the edge of a dune, and waited for sunset — but clouds snuffed out the golden light. I left my 8x10 camera in place, hiked back to my truck, then tried again the next day. The results were the same, a blanket of clouds filled the sky at sunset. It was on the third day that I was presented with the conditions I was hoping for, a blast of warm light just before sunset, and a sky filled with wonderful clouds. It was definitely worth waiting for. This photo was taken on my Ebony RW810 large format view camera with a Nikkor 150mm wide angle lens on Fuji Velvia 50 color 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 #deathvalley

After several weeks of hot summer temps, I am really looking forward to fall. This is a scene I photographed back in 2012. That was one of the best years I have seen for fall color in Zion. I look forward to heading back there in a couple months, and seeing what else I can find. This was taken with my Ebony RW810 and a Nikkor 450mm lens on Fuji Velvia 50 8x10 film. . . . . . #landscapelover #landscapephotography #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead #believeinfilm #largeformat #8x10 #fujifilm #velvia50 #velvia #landscape_captures #landscape_photography #pixel_ig #landscape_hunter #splendid_earth #optoutside #discoverearth #earthfocus @earthfocus #awesome_earthpix #nationalgeographic #natgeo #ishootfujifilm #intimatelandscape #reflectedlight #igsouthwest @fujifilm_profilm @zionnps

I found this wonderful dry salt creek while wandering the salt flats of @deathvalleynps back in 2011. I used rear movements to tweak the perspective and better balance the foreground with the background. I setup the composition the day before, left my camera overnight, and returned to it the next morning. Much to my delight, there were some wonderful clouds at sunrise. This was taken on Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film on my Ebony RW810 camera. . . . . . . . #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 #deathvalley

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