Check out a portion of Ian’s recent work in O’ahu, Hawai’i on “The National Parks: Our American Landscape” Facebook page!

Photographer Ian Shive has just finished a two-week project in O’ahu, Hawai’i, with The Nature Conservancy/The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi illustrating the integral role of water in Hawaiian culture as it flows from the peaks of the island’s mountains to its oceans. Ian additionally highlights the issues arising from an invasive species of algae growing in Hawai’i’s coral reefs from which composting at taro lo’i fields benefit and sea urchin maturation farms are used.

Ian Shive Featured in Nature Conservancy Magazine

Ian Shive’s work of the Marin Headlands headlines The Nature Conservancy Magazine‘s “California Dreaming.” Shive’s photos masterfully represent the San Francisco Bay Area’s iconic natural landforms. Issue #2 also highlights many of the other features of the Marin Headlands as seen through Shive’s lens. See all of Shive’s photos of the Marin Headlands here, or view the article and photo gallery here.

Ian Shive Featured in Examiner of Greater Media Newspapers

Ian Shive is featured in the Greater Media Newspaper’s Examiner to discuss how his unparalleled ability to capture the natural environment allows him to have a flourishing career as a conservation photographer, the publication of his book, and the development of his cutting-edge iPad app. The article talks of Shive’s advancements to publish his book,“The National Parks: Our American Landscape,” and it’s success leading to Shive’s project, the Wilderness Diplomacy initiative. Read the article here.

Ian Shive Photography iPad App Launches

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Get ready to embark on adventures of a lifetime when you download the Ian Shive Photography App for the iPad! Now you can accompany the recipient of the 2011 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography – Nature Photographer Ian Shive – today’s leading storyteller of America’s National Parks and author of the best-selling nature books “The National Parks: Our American Landscape” (Vols. I and II) – 24/7, up close and personal, as he documents the “wildest” places on land and under sea.

With the tap of a finger, this ginormous, interactive Ian Shive App zooms you in front-row center, PLUS behind-the-scenes, to join this maverick of photography on fantastic journeys through unforgettable landscapes and magical underwater terrain, including U.S. National Parks and other natural earthly treasures.

You’ll discover how Ian is inspired, what goes into making his photographs worthy of publication over and over, and learn how to make your own photos extraordinary including a complete check list of suggested gear, Pro step-by-step tips and techniques, countless personal photo essays, anecdotes, and a rare peek into the camera bag of Ian Shive himself.

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Cutting-edge and practical, a highlighted feature of the Ian Shive App is Ian’s unprecedented “Field Guide to Photographing the American Wilderness.” The digital field guide is easy-to-read format, invaluable resource of insightful, highly-applicable expertise, gathered from Ian’s Shive vast experience working under a variety of conditions from the typical to the extreme.

Best of all, you’ll enjoy too-many-to-list in detail, full-color Ian Shive photographs AND videos that will take your breath away, including dozens of mesmerizing, never-before-seen images from Ian’s best-selling National Parks book. You’ve seen his images on the pages of your favorite magazines; now go behind the lens to see the complete story and the fascinating outtakes that may not have made it to print. The App also features Ian’s Photo Journal with lots of planned live dispatches from the field; lengthy in-the-field videos, and tons of in-depth stories.

Another outstanding feature of this trend-setting photographer’s App are Extensive updates, expanded sections and new developments are already set in motion for the future to which you will receive exclusive access to, unavailable anywhere else.

So grab your camera and prepare yourself for what was designed to be the most exciting and fun photography adventure you can experience on your iPad!

This app also includes the following features:

• Field Guide to Photographing the American Wilderness. Ian’s first “how-to” book that provides technicals details and thought-processes Ian’s most popular photos including many of his well-known National Park photos. This section will constantly grow and update as Ian continues shooting and adding new work.
• Interactive Guide to Ian’s Camera bag
• Photo Journal, live photo dispatches from the field.
• In-Depth photo stories feature Ian’s award winning work
• Moving Pictures – video
• Over 200 breath taking photographs most never seen until now

Click Here to Buy the App in iTunes

Ian Shive Photography App

Ian Shive’s first interactive photography iPad app will be released Spring 2012 in the Apple iTunes store! The app will feature Ian’s first how-to book A Field Guide to Photographing the American Wilderness, which will not only provide technical details on 50 of Ian’s most popular photos including many of Ian’s most well-known National Park photos, but also delve into the thought process and approach to composing each scene. Every month the book will only continue to grow with new images and new behind-the-scenes tech knowledge. Nowhere else you can learn Ian’s best kept photo secrets.

In addition, Ian will get you ready to embark on your own photography adventure with gear check lists and a look inside Ian’s photo bag, photo essays, countless galleries and more. The app will feature videos and give you the opportunity to not just look at photos but learn and get involved in important environmental causes world wide.

Stay tuned for the release of the app this spring!

2011 Year in Review

I have a lot to be thankful for in 2011. It was a great year for making photographs as well as sharing them but of all the great accomplishments and memories, being the recipient of the Sierra Club’s prestigious 2011 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography takes the cake.

I’m also incredibly proud of my photography and motion clip stock agency, Tandem Stills + Motion, which grew into it’s own by the end of year. As of December 31st, the company was churning dozens of licenses a month as well as a healthy profit, no small feat in today’s economy. I was proud to represent the work of many colleagues whom for many years I’ve looked up to, people like Justin Bailie, Karine Aigner and Jeff Yonover. I’m also proud of all the new, amazing talent on the scene that have trusted us to represent their unique vision, photographers Ben Herndon, Patrick Brandenburg, Brett Holman and Ethan Welty. January is already set to be a record month for the agency and our images are proudly running in nearly every major publication in the country from National Geographic to Backpacker, Men’s Journal, Outside, Mountain Living and more. 2012 will be epic.

2011 was also a major year for my own images showing up in print. From a major tourism advertising campaign for the state of Montana to the Autumn 2011 cover of The Nature Conservancy magazine, an organization that is truly a force for nature. It also heralded in the beginning of my mainstream multimedia reportage on TNC’s iPad App.

This of course was also another big year for my dialogue-building program in Afghanistan known as Wilderness Diplomacy. This effort uses America’s greatest environmental resources – and my photographs of them – as a way to open dialogue. The initiative found new life as the cover story of Sierra Magazine’s May/June issue. To date, many different divisions of our government use my book on our national parks as a diplomatic tool, including the Department of Defense, State Department, Department of the Interior and National Park Service.

We of course can’t forget my celebrity debut with the guys of hit television show One Tree Hill in our own, outdoor mantastic voyage, Wild Life: A New Generation of Wild, a 15-minute multimedia experience that followed me and the team through the wilds of Florida’s back country bringing the outdoors to literally millions of viewers around the world. Within a week, we amassed over 750,000 views on Facebook, 10,000 twitter followers and a following in over 120 countries. I realized then the power of having a voice and a viewership and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the amazing words our fans shared with us.

Of course I’m incredibly excited about the publication of book 2 (sort of), the paperback edition of The National Parks: Our American Landscape.  This companion to the hardcover book of the same name was released in April 2011 (the hardcover in August 2009) by Earth Aware Editions. The sales have been strong and it’s already in dozens of National Parks across the country. The new book wasn’t just a reprint and redesign in a smaller format, but I also managed to add over 40 new images and parks that weren’t in the first one.

And last but not least and certainly most recent, the beginning of my first feature documentary film Healing Waters began principal photography in India in October/November. We’ve already assembled a rough cut and I can’t tell you how excited I am about where this beautifully rich film will go. I hope that this project will enlighten and engage people on the importance of our planets 2nd largest river, it’s dwindling health and the incredible effort to save it. This may possibly be the largest restoration effort ever undertaken.

I’m excited for 2012! I’m excited to share footage and a first look at Healing Waters as well as some other stories I shot, including a beautiful feature on Yosemite National Park’s lesser known places, which is scheduled for the Spring 2012 issue of National Parks magazine.

Thank you to everyone for a great year and I’m excited about the one ahead!

“Healing Waters” Begins Production

Ian Shive Photography in conjunction with the interactive media division of Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. and Insight Editions, are proud to announce the beginning phase of principal photography on Healing Waters, a film that will document over the next several years one of our planets greatest environmental restoration efforts ever undertaken – the restoration of the Ganges River in India.

The Ganges is the second largest flowing river in the world, after the Amazon, and feeds life into the Indian subcontinent. Over the last several weeks, our crew has followed the Ganges from it’s start in the lower Himalayan Mountains in the Indo-Tibetan border region to New Delhi, where the river is almost unrecognizable from the pollution it encounters along it’s journey. Eventually flowing into Bangladesh and out to sea in the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is a lifeline to one of the largest human populations on Earth…and one of the fastest growing populations.

In our first two weeks of filming, we not only explored the river and it’s natural sources, but also spoke to UNESCO scientists and leaders, spiritual guru’s and leading Indian political figures who understand the intense struggle and challenge it will be to bring the Ganges, and it’s tributary river the Jamuna, back to their full glory. While the story will last over many years, our first short video installment is in the works and we look forward to sharing it with you soon.

Ian Shive is Spokesman for Visit Montana

Ian recently became involved with the Visit Montana tourism campaign. Ian has been a resident of Montana and long-time advocate of the rugged, unprecedented beauty that the state has to offer. As a creative individual, Ian has long found solace and inspiration in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, especially in Glacier National Park. Watch the latest video from Visit Montana:

Multimedia Reportage for TNC

Ian Shive recently did double duty for the latest cover of The Nature Conservancy magazine, not only photographing the story but also shooting all of the video for the project which is now featured as a major initiative for TNC known as Outside Voices. For this piece, Ian conducted in-depth interviews with select individuals who had a unique perspective on what conservation means in their local area. One of the most fascinating profiles was with Mike Monroe whose family has lived on a piece of the Cumberland Plateau for many generations. Ian conducted all interviews and cinematography. Editing was done internally at TNC.

Ian Shive on Nature Conservancy Magazine Cover

Ian Shive’s photograph shot on assignment while doing double-duty for The Nature Conservancy appears on the cover of Autumn 2011 edition of the magazine. Ian shot two assignments for this issue, the cover story on Connecting Kids to Nature as well as a large story on individuals whose voice have affected the important land areas around them in Outside Voices. The magazine story takes on an interactive role with not only photographs of individuals in Hawaii, Kentucky, Tennessee, California and New York, all shot by Ian, but also intimate moments and stories captured on video and viewable on the interactive iPad App. I encourage you to download this free app and check out this beautiful magazine and the emergence of conservation stories in the interactive environment. You can also listen to an interview with Ian on The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Godfrey Selects.