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I just finished up an amazing Alaska Winter Photo Tour with this group of fun people.  So many good times with amazing scenery right across Alaska, from the beautiful blue ice on the Northern slopes of the Brooks Range (above the arctic circle) to dog sledding near the remote settlement of Galena, seeing the Aurora Borealis above the tiny village of Wiseman and driving the famous “Ice Road Truckers” route up to Camp Coldfoot… Thanks to everyone involved, and a special thanks to the folk at… READ MORE >


I was recently asked to participate in a project with Nikon NZ, where various photographers were to provide a series of images that reflected their hopes for the future of New Zealand. For this project, I had to take every photo on the original Nikon F4 FILM camera and using a 14-24mm lens.  After shooting for digital for so many years it was a real mind warp to go back to film again.  Scary and challenging but also fun… You can see the resulting feature on… READ MORE >

WP Cover Issue 29

Hi Catherine & Chris I wanted to let you know that the latest issue of Wildlife Photographic, featuring Chris’ Grizzly Bear article and Cover Image (Congratulations!) is now available for download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Please check that everything looks in order with your article and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. The magazine can be found in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store at I would also like to provide you with a bonus code to, should you wish, share through social… READ MORE >


Team Auckland Isuzu is stoked to welcome our newest Ambassador to our family, Chris McLennan Photography. Chris is a celebrated international travel photographer who achieved worldwide recognition following the release of his “Car-L meets the lions” video (We bet you’ve seen the photos, and now you know who took them!) We are so excited to have Chris in our team, and check out his great taste kitting out that MU-X! Click the link to check out Car-L meets the lions here: All images copyright Chris McLennan

backlit bear Chris McLennan

This was undoubtedly one of my favorite moments (of many) on my recent Alaskan Grizzly Bears photo tour! We were photographing this particular bear in the late evening sun and I could see a special opportunity coming. In this instance there wasn’t a lot of time to provide my guests with more thorough instructions. I simply called a few quick commands to “move left, lie down – get as low as you can, underexpose by at least 2 – 3 stops, and be ready”. It all… READ MORE >

f11 feature chris mclennan

Chris McLennan is a New Zealand based travel photographer who works for tourism industry clients around the globe. He has photographed in over 50 different countries to date and has received a number of international photography awards. He is an ambassador for camera brand Nikon and computing giant HP. He also holds endorsement relationships with Lexar, Lowepro and AquaTech. Actually to call him a travel photographer is something of a misnomer, as Chris works across travel related genres such as lifestyle, adventure, wildlife and natural history… READ MORE >


This is an image I created during one of my Photo Tours in Namibia.  Our group had spent some time in this village and among these wonderful people so they were very comfortable with our presence and happy to go about their daily life whilst we were there. In this instance, the children were returning home after a day tending the goats and the evening light as the sun set behind the village really enhanced the earth tones and textures of the Namib people and their… READ MORE >


Wildlife photography often demands fast focusing, rapid fire shooting and lightning reflexes, however to be successful it often requires more than that – the one common factor required is thought and planning.  It doesn’t always work out the way you wanted but knowledge of your subject and it’s behaviour mixed with forethought and planning – plus calm and efficient reactions – and your odds will increase dramatically. Timing is everything.  The speed required for great wildlife photography isn’t always about freezing high speed action but can… READ MORE >

a stormy morning at Milford Sound, New Zealand

As we say goodbye to 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year, and to thank you all for your friendship and interest in Chris’s work throughout the year. Its been another busy year with commercial shoots for Snowshoe Resort in the US, Great Sights in the Bay of Islands, the Sheraton Full Moon Resort and Spa in the Maldives, Pure Fiji / South Sea Cruises / Waitui / Remote Resort / Sofitel and… READ MORE >


OUT OF AFRICA… or, more correctly, two and a half months spent IN Africa… A land of sun, sand, harsh environments, vibrant colors and all things wild!   I was here with my close friend Dean, together we guided four separate photo tours with Wildlight Safaris through Botswana and Namibia. So how do I pack for an extended period of shooting, knowing I will be covering a variety of subjects that include not only wildlife but also landscapes and culture? The answer of course is “very carefully”…. READ MORE >

Chris McLennan elephant closeup

Is there a secret to better wildlife photography? For those of you following Chris on social media, you will know he just spent two months in South Africa with Wildlight Safaris guiding groups through Botswana and Namibia. And before that he was in Alaska hosting another group to photography the grizzly bears. It’s easy to get great photos when you have an expert beside you offering tips and advice and providing hands-on tuition and guidance! But how about some user-friendly tips for the rest of us… READ MORE >

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