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Huli wigmen, tari, PNG

After being dropped in by charter plane to a lonely grass airstrip, surrounded on all sides by dense tropical jungle echoing with the musical notes of abundant birdlife, it was obvious to all that we were in one of the more remote areas of Papua New Guinea. I was here to guide a small group of photographers as we journeyed to see the primitive tribes and traditional culture of this incredible country – one of the worlds’ least explored and yet home to 7 million people… READ MORE >

The rising fog as a storm clears in Fiordland creating an amazing spectacle.

You can see why New Zealand so quickly and easily became not only the visual background for the epic Lord of the Rings movies, but literally BECAME Middle Earth itself.  Although JR Tolkein never visited this country in his lifetime, he must have had exactly our kind of wild and impressive landscapes in mind when he first imagined Middle Earth. Though who could have dreamed that one of the youngest nations on earth would so truly BECOME the literal and physical home of the greatest fantasy… READ MORE >

Westin Bali

2015 has been a busy year with shoots in locations as far afield as China and as close to home as Muriwai Beach. And scattered amongst them have been a bunch of trips to Fiji, where Chris is fortunate to work for a number of resorts, hotels, tourism operators and other businesses over there on a regular basis. Chris first started shooting in Fiji way back in the late 90′s, though to be honest its so long ago I can’t recall who our first actual client… READ MORE >

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It’s not every day my job resembles a top secret James Bond 007 assignment.  But when Nikon Global asked me to undertake a photo shoot using their brand new, yet to be released, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens things certainly started to look that way.  At the time there were only two of these lenses in existence, the one winging its way to me and another sent to a top portrait photographer in the UK.  Upon receiving the lens (hand delivered to me at… READ MORE >

Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua

Wai-O-Tapu (Maori for “Sacred Waters”) is an 18 sq km geothermal park in Rotorua, New Zealand and one of the region’s most iconic tourist attractions. In June of this year I spent a morning at this incredible location where I wanted to use my drone to capture aerial footage of the famous Champagne Pool. Frequently photographed from land due to its vibrant and colourful waters, I was aiming to get a birds eye view of this unique geographic feature. The name “Champagne Pool” is derived from… READ MORE >

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It’s no secret that I travel a lot for work, and from the number and variety of locations I have been fortunate to visit it’s hard to pick a firm favourite.  But it’s also no secret that if asked, the wilds of Alaska are always somewhere at the top of that list.  I’m not sure what it is about this incredible destination – the largest yet most sparsely populated of the US States and yet a world apart in so many ways – but something about… READ MORE >

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Here’s something a little different. As part of my current work for Tourism and Events Queensland, I have been photographing a number of events around Australia, including most recently, the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Currently in its sixth year, this is a festival that highlights Australia’s truly unique aboriginal culture and showcases the visual art of Queensland’s First Nation. Featuring not only traditional art pieces but also performance through song, dance, fashion, screen and theatre – alongside an Art Market, workshops and informative talks – this… READ MORE >

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For nearly ten years Chris has been trying to get me to join him on one of his trips to the US. For some reason I am always dragging my feet and coming up with excuses, most of which are based on the winter temperatures involved as he is usually over there for ski shoots. This year was no different, Chris was scheduled to be at Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia followed by a quick stop in Colorado. As always the temperatures were in their extremes… READ MORE >

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Imagine what it feels like to fly… Shooting still images from an aerial perspective certainly isn’t a new thing, I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve been in a helicopter for commercial clients and other photography projects.  However shooting aerials in a slightly more creative way, or in locations a little trickier than can be achieved from a plane or a helicopter, has always interested me.  In fact for the last twenty-five years I’ve had my fair share of fun strapping cameras onto various aerial… READ MORE >

Lowepro

“A talented photographer and generous mentor for enthusiasts and up-and-coming photographers, Chris McLennan is a Nikon Ambassador based out of New Zealand and a valued Loweprofessional”.  (Lowepro’s Vimeo channel). To learn more, watch this video put together by Lowepro of Chris at work in the field photographing grizzly bears in Alaska. Hear Chris talk about his profession, how he made it as a successful travel photographer, what he considers important to his job, and what he loves about photography.  Filmed on location in Alaska by Josh… READ MORE >

Chris McLennan Leaping Lion

Late 2014 I was once again travelling to Africa where I would be leading a photographic group on mobile tented safari in Botswana, Southern Africa’s most prestigious wildlife destinations. Although it had been a busy year and I wasn’t looking forward to another long plane ride, once you’ve been “bitten” by the safari bug it’s hard to stay away. As Ernest Hemingway famously said “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy”…  Cheesy though it sounds, alongside Alaska,… READ MORE >

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