Ryan Dyar @ryandyar

Nature photography, Photoshop Instructional Videos, Photography Tours. Learn my editing workflow at WWW.RYANDYAR.COM

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Here’s an image from almost 10 years ago of two mountain goats. I was lucky to have the closer one walk right through my composition randomly while shooting the sunset. I was unlucky, however, that only two frames I fired that night actually rendered the goats sharp enough to use (super low light here )... this one and another one that, well, I didn’t think would work as well to the general viewing audience because, uhh, one was proudly “mounting” the other in rather graphic detail. One of these days I need to process that image, but I’m just not mature enough to do so without laughing like a child the whole time. 🐐🍆 ⬇️ You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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2 weeks ago

You know what’s cool? Jumping on a private boat with a bunch of your tour guests bragging about how you don’t get sea-sick. You know what’s not cool? Spending two hours on rough seas looking through a tiny hole in a camera and getting sea sick. I’ve since learned to take breaks from sticking my eye into the viewfinder while on a boat... for my stomach’s sake. Turns out even the most seasoned seasoned sailors will get sick from looking through a lens on the water. I’d never been sea-sick until the morning I shot this image of lava and steam on the coast of Hawaii. Just another example of Mother Nature keeping my ego in check. ⬇️ You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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2 weeks ago

Fingers of lava streaming into the ocean on the Big Island if Hawaii. I’ve yet to find a subject in landscape photography that gets the adrenaline going quite like lava or active volcanos. ⬇️ You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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2 weeks ago

Dust lingering in the air the moment right after two male lions went blow for blow. My self and the judges standing in the warm light in the background scored this guy the victor. And by the way, when lions fight, it’s LOUD AF. One of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

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3 weeks ago

Shot this scene several years ago on the first day that Glacier National Park reopened GTTS Road after finally gaining a little control of a pretty gnarly wildfire burning on the east side of the park. Smokey skies from wildfires do make photographing the mountains a bit more difficult, but it also does some crazy things to light. Some of my favorite types of light I have seen in the past 12 years of shooting have been when the sun is filtered through Smokey skies. But also, global warming and the increased annual wildfire numbers suck, sooo there’s that. . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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4 weeks ago

Fun fact, the rocks in this area contain a somewhat significant amount of iron in them. Significant enough that if you tap on one it sounds like a hollow piece of metal. Another fun fact, it’s this same iron that makes your compass go bat shit crazy when you’re trying to walk out of this area in the dark and you can’t find your way so you kinda laugh it off at first and then you start to get scared because you’re kinda afraid of the dark so you start to worry and you don’t have cell phone reception so it’s not like you could call anyone for help so you get even more worried and a little panic sets in then you start hyperventilating and then you see the parking lot and you’re ok. That didn’t happen, I’m just saying. You know. Heh. . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. You can also come tap on rocks with me here next year: www.squiver.com 👍🏼👍🏼

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4 weeks ago

I was never happy with my original version of this image. It was a bit flat, the light on the land was a bit too vague, and the colors were kinda not good at all a little bit. So I sat and reworked this shot recently. I guarantee I will be unhappy with this new version by tomorrow because I very honestly hate most of shots. Does anyone else go through phases of just not being happy with the look of every image you ever taken? No? Just me? Damn, I was afraid of that. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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4 weeks ago

Here’s what I consider a fairly unique image of the quite popular Deadvlei in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Well, as unique as my feeble mind allows. Flying over this location shows you the intricate patterns of erosion carved out over many decades of sporadic rainfall... it’s almost unrecognizable from the air when compared to the normal images of Deadvlei we see taken on the ground. A truly fascinating desert. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. You can also join me in Namibia next year, head to www.squiver.com to learn more. 👍🏼👍🏼

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4 weeks ago

A stormy evening in the Rocky Mountains. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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4 weeks ago

A foggy evening over the coastal dunes of Namibia. I still have a pretty killer tan from this shoot... on only the left side of my body. I didn’t realize how sunburnt my pink complexion would get in a 2 hour heli flight. 🤦🏻‍♂️ . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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4 weeks ago

Without context, this shot is a bit weird to digest. This is an image of my buddy @milesmorganphotography standing on the lava flows in Hawaii at the edge of a 100ft cliff. Normally below this cliff would be the ocean, but what you see in the background here is a MASSIVE lava delta. Imagine a HUMONGOUS rock tumor growing out from the shore into the water. These deltas are formed by lava flowing into the ocean (creating the massive wall of steam and gas you see ) where it rapidly cools and hardens over and over again... essentially creating the newest land on the planet. But these deltas have nothing supporting them underneath and are prone to collapse quite often, normally much before they get this large. And that’s exactly what happened just days after I took this shot. In a single catastrophic event that is impossible to predict, the delta (some 30-40 acres/10-15 hectares ) collapsed into the ocean, taking with it the more stable land on which Miles and I stood. All of it now sits under the Pacific Ocean. I’ll be forever grateful to my friends @bruceomori and @tomkualii for sharing with me their island, knowledge, and friendship over past many years. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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last month

A simple shot of a big mountain, taken by a simple man with a big waistline. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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Many, many years ago I was out in the hills of the Columbia River Gorge photographing a sunset and wildflowers when this tall kid looking no older than 17 popped up out of nowhere like a ghost, walked toward me with with a smile that could have meant “I’m about to murder you” or “I’m thinking about puppies and like it”, stopped about 3 feet in front of me and said aloud “Hey, are you Adam Dyar?!” While I thought it was kinda cool being recognized by a stranger, I’ve never gotten over the fact that the kid got my name wrong. That kid was Cody Wilson. It’s been about 8 years since that incident and we’ve become great friends and have worked together on many tours, but this fucker still got my name wrong when we first met and I think the pain lingered well into our years of friendship... until I finally got my revenge. You see, on a tour together in Norway during the frigid winter of 2018 Cody came down with a quite severe cold. The poor guy was miserable but, like the hard working bloke he is, he pushed through and did his job. After about three days of seeing him so sick I went into “concerned big brother” mode. While at a shooting location he opted to stay back and lay down in the van for some much deserved rest. Worried about him, I asked if he was keeping hydrated. He replied that he hadn’t been consuming enough water, so I quickly went to grab him a bottle of water but unfortunately discovered we were out of stock. Luckily enough, a couple days previously I had noticed a big jug of water with one of those built in nozzle spouts in the back of one of the vans. So to help my buddy out, I grabbed one of my empty bottles, took it to the jug of water, filled it to the brim, and demanded with tough-love that Cody drink as much of it has he could. Problem solved, right? **STORY CONTINUED IN COMMENTS**

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This area is fairly remote, which is one of my favorite parts of getting out there alone. You can still find a bit of solitude. After making the 9 hour drive to this playa on the border of Oregon and Nevada (not the Alvord Playa ) in the mid afternoon I was exhausted... as I tend to be during any hour of the day. Like the Nap Champ I am, I crawled into the back of my truck and took a 3 hour snooze. My alarm went off on my then brand new iPhone (the original iPhone... like the first one that ever came out ) and I popped up from my thunderous slumber to find thunderous weather had accumulated in the skies. “HELL YEAH!” I glanced at my phone to silence the alarm and noticed I had only 3% battery left. I jumped back into the drivers seat of the rig, plugged my phone into the charger, shoved my key into the ignition, twisted my wrist and.... nothing. “Hmmm.” I turned the key again... *clickclickclick* “Oh come the fuck on.” Twist *clickclick* Nothing. I quickly assessed the issue and found the problem in about 4 seconds because I’m a talented mechanic... my dumb ass left the headlights on. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Slight panic set in and I quickly went into problem solving mode. Scenario: Dead car battery, a 24 hour walk to find civilization, enough food to last about 3 hours (36 hours for a normal person ), enough water for a day, enough layers to keep warm, a book, and a cell phone with 3% battery left. I established my first priority aloud to myself “fuck walking 30 miles in the desert.” *STORY CONTINUED IN COMMENTS*

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Sunrise light inappropriately touching the backside of Reynolds Mountain. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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Here’s an image some of you weirdos who have followed me for a while (seriously, you haven’t gotten tired of my boring bullshit yet? ) may have seen before... taken in 2009. While I’m not super happy with how it’s edited, I’ll never redo it. The amount of time I once spent cloning water spots out of this image is too much. That’s a younger man’s game. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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The climb up this ridge from the shore of the fjord below was intense. With an insanely strong headwind, each meter that passed on the way up seemed to become more and more difficult. At times, gusts would blow me off course. As the light began to slowly creep across the sky, I knew I was strapped for time and had to put my head down and go full throttle up the ridge to hopefully find a composition before the light faded or I was completely drained. But in the wind, “full throttle” was a snail’s pace. Finally at 500 meters, I found the only clean little display of sastrugi that was useable compositionally. With frozen hands I was able manage a few series of panoramas, a few frames of slightly different compositional adjustments, and different stages of light. Maybe 10 minutes of total shooting time. Then I was done, I’d had it, I was freezing cold and my battery was almost completely drained. I was worried I wouldn't have enough energy left to get back down. But, thank god, the drone made the return flight in like 4 minutes. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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An Autumn evening in @glaciernps You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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Dappled light on seemingly endless dunes in the Namib Desert. . . If you’d like to photograph the awesome scenes of Namibia, consider joining me next year! Details at WWW.SQUIVER.COM You can also learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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A simple little image of some jagged spires in the Sierra Nevada range. . . You can learn how I edit all of my images at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

Spring in Glacier National Park. Unfortunately the trail to this creek has been closed to the public. Hopefully I’ll be able to photograph it again with better conditions at some point in the future. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

The Columbia River Gorge circa 2008. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

An hour before this photo was taken there was not a cloud in the sky. The Rocky Mountains do some crazy shit. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

Some stormy light over a frozen lake in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. This one time, almost ten years ago, I broke through the ice on a frozen lake while hiking around in the Sierras by myself scouting compositions. I remember two distinct things from that event. First, it wasn’t just cold... it was painfully frigid. Like being stabbed by a thousand knives while simultaneously suffocating. Good times. Second, I very literally pissed my pants while trying to climb out. I remember thinking “oh, that’s really cool to do on top of everything else I’m going through” but I couldn’t control it, so I just let it happen. 🤷🏻‍♂️ . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

We all know this place pretty well, but here is hopefully a different enough vantage point to be a bit less than typical. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

A shot from earlier in this decade taken at a place I’m sure you’ve seen a million times already. I just hadn’t posted it on IG before, so fuck it... here’s a mediocre rendition of a place I’m sure you’re sick of seeing by now. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

The mix of warm and silvery light on this evening was really fascinating to me as we stood there under a one hell of a thunderstorm. I’m not a huge fan of this location because it’s been shot by every photographer and their mothers at this point... and I’m not nearly clever enough to shoot it in a unique way. But similar to my moral obligation to never turn down free food (I’m looking at you @tacobell ) I’ll also never turn down photographing a good storm. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

I shot this image in 2009. In the last decade I’ve returned to this exact location in @glaciernps and soaked my balls while sitting in this frigid water hoping to top this version no less than 40 times. I’ve yet to witness better conditions and have only managed to make myself sterile, I presume. What any other attempt (from myself or the people who have tried to shoot this after me ) has lacked is the combination of the many variables that make this one nearly impossible to time correctly. First, catching this little creek while it’s still flowing requires you shoot it relatively early in the season. Early in the season means you’re normally left with residual dirty snow in the midground areas, which kills the scene IMO. Having the blooms/stalks of Beargrass on the right side hill (hard to see on IG ) also adds another factor of timing. On top of that, it’s fairly rare to have a sunset that allows this much light on these peaks while also lighting up a dramatic stormy sky. I think I’ve given up trying. I’ve always considered this a personal favorite image of mine (which says a lot as I tend to hate just about every photo I take ) and maybe part of that feeling comes from the fact that me and my ballsack haven’t been able to top it in a decade of attempts. . . You can learn how I edited this image, and all of my images, at the link in my bio. 👍🏼👍🏼

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July 2019

Before you think I’ve gone and started doing those crazy night sky/milky way mixed with a sunset/sunrise or mid day shot... I’d like to say this is a single frame and not a blend from different times. This is just how some interesting timing and conditions look in an African desert. Yes, it’s generously processed in Photoshop, but this just an awesome mix of twilight and the sun slowly rising towards the horizon with a little hint of moonlight for good measure. I’ll post the unphotoshopped version in my story. . . If you’d like to see some killer night skies, consider joining me in Namibia next year where we spend some quality time with these quiver trees. WWW.SQUIVER.COM 👍🏼 . . You can also learn how I edit my images athe link in my bio. ❤️

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June 2019

Super stoked to be heading back to Norway this winter with dudes from @lofoten_tours Miss those dudes and that country so much. You can join us if you’re into mountains, fjords, and horrible childish senses of humor. Info on my site! . . Learn how I edit my images at WWW.RYANDYAR.COM or the link in my bio! 👍🏼 #earth_shotz #earthfocus #hubs_united #wow_planet #earthofficial #fantastic_earth #discoverglobe #igbest_shotz #majestic_earth #discover_earth #worldtravelscapes #jaw_dropping_shots #ourplanetdaily #agameoftones #nightphotography #jaw_dropping_shots #awesome_earthpix #awesomeearth #moodygrams #earthfocus #earthofficial

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June 2019

I had a GREAT time removing flare spots and snow on my lens in this shot. Crazy amounts of fun! . . Learn how I edit my images at WWW.RYANDYAR.COM or the link in my bio! 👍🏼 #earth_shotz #earthfocus #hubs_united #earthofficial #fantastic_earth #discoverglobe #igbest_shotz #discover_earth #worldtravelscapes #landscapephotography #ourplanetdaily #agameoftones #nightphotography #jaw_dropping_shots #awesome_earthpix #awesomeearth #moodygrams #earthfocus #earthofficial

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June 2019

Sunrise over weird ass lookin Utah. . Learn how I edit my images at WWW.RYANDYAR.COM or the link in my bio! 👍🏼

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June 2019

Just a few days ago I was thinking about how cool it’s been to see a talented nature photographer put his skill set to use in storm chasing. Storm photos are always cool to see, but the way @dkphotographyau did it was some next level stuff. He was a great photographer who I was super pumped on seeing branch out into something I have always wanted to try. Really inspiring to me, personally. Well, Dale lost his life last night while on a trip doing what he loved... pointing cameras at incredible scenes. He leaves behind a wife and 10 month old daughter. An absolute tragedy. In this community of nature photography, I feel like we are tight knit enough that we look out for one another. Well, right now we should be looking out for the family of one of our own. If you have the means, consider donating a few bucks to help ease some of the burden on Dale’s family as they navigate loss, heartbreak, getting him home to Australia, funeral arrangements, and the business he leaves behind. You can find the link below or in my story. https://www.gofundme.com/dale-sharpe-legacy-fund

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June 2019

I was pretty stoked to have captured this “moonbow” with my wife @candacedyar and good friend @robmacklinphotography and was patting myself on the back for getting something super unique from @glaciernps like I’m a really cool dude. Then the next day @marcadamus posted a shot of the same moonbow, from the same location, over the same mountain, with a pretty similar composition. Coincidentally, we shot the same scene that night, probably missing each other by a few minutes. Not coincidentally, his shot is significantly better than mine in every aspect. What an asshole. But now that it’s been a few years since he shared his, I can share my lowly take from that night. (Jk about the asshole part, Marc ❤️ )

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