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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 >

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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 >

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While this is our photography blog site, I also thought it might be of interest to post a few pics of our new holiday (eventual retirement) home which we built in the South Island of New Zealand and have been enjoying immensely over the summer holidays. I know a lot of our customers (who we also consider friends) have been asking… The house was built (by fantastic local builder “Rusty”) over six months using SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) supplied by Formance in New Zealand. It has… READ MORE >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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Stage one of a two stage project to photograph the stunning Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa… Having never been to the Maldives before I was not only looking forward to the shoot, but also to seeing and experiencing a new destination. Tropical waters? Tick… Tropical heat? Tick… Tropical photo ops?  …You bet ya!! Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the resort is easily reached by quick boat ride from Male International Airport but seems a world apart once you arrive. We were quick to settle in… READ MORE >

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In its native Maori tongue New Zealand is called “Aotearoa”, meaning “Land of the Long White Cloud”.  And it’s not hard to see why.  Look at satellite pictures of New Zealand and you’ll see two long skinny islands with a smaller dot of land below, defined by a backbone of mountains running almost the length of the country.  If you can see the mountains beneath the long line of white cloud that is. The Southern Alps that form the spine of New Zealand sit abreast the… READ MORE >

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Keeping busy as a commercial photographer often comes with the perception that we must forgo creative opportunities in order to meet a client’s specific brief.  But retaining that creative point of difference is what makes us irreplaceable, and what helps photographers stay relevant and necessary in an ever changing digital industry.  Just about anything you can imagine has probably already been done in Photoshop or Illustrator (and been posted on Instagram).  But that doesn’t stop us imagining and trying to create new pictures with our cameras. … READ MORE >

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MEDIA RELEASE \ For immediate release \ May 2016 \ Blue Lagoon Cruises, Awesome Adventures Fiji Launch New Season’s Brochures. Images by World Renown Kiwi Photographer Featured. The new season’s brochures from Blue Lagoon Cruises and Awesome Adventures Fiji feature stunning images taken by internationally acclaimed photographer Chris McLennan during a recent on-location shoot commissioned by the companies. The cover shot on the Awesome Adventures Fiji brochure is an aerial depicting a sparkling azure ocean, snorkelers and a rustic Fijian reed raft.  It’s one of those ‘invite… READ MORE >

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Part of being a commercial photographer for over 25 years is that people start to ask you lots of questions. The photographic industry is still a dynamically changing and growing one, and the number of young folk now looking to a career in the image making sector is probably more than ever. For Chris, who started his career during the “dark ages” (aka darkroom) of film photography back in 1988, this is a great opportunity to offer his experience and share all he has learned over… READ MORE >

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