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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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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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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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My 2015 schedule included a number of shoots “across the ditch” in Australia, which – compared to some of my travels further afield – can sometimes feel a lot like home. Despite their need to call jandals “thongs” and claim numerous Kiwi icons as their own (from Pavlova to Phar Lap to Russell Crowe), when you bump into an Aussie in the backstreets of Beijing or on Safari in Namibia it is always a pleasant surprise and makes the world seem that much smaller. So to… READ MORE >

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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 >

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