“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 >

Trekker Series

Trekker Series: Trusted Expedition-ready Professional Backpacks from Lowepro on Vimeo. Click to watch Lowepro’s video featuring Chris out in the field using the new Trekker series backpacks.  Chris was also involved in the design of the new ProTrekker 650AW – his “go to” pack and the one you most often see him with when on location.  These are the ultimate in big-glass expedition camera backpacks built to deliver uncompromising protection and comfort.  Shown here during Chris’s annual visit to Alaska to photograph the grizzly bears at Silver… READ MORE >


In September 2013 Chris spent time in Africa hosting a group photo tour with Wildlight Safaris, as well as visiting the Himba tribes of Namibia and capturing some great new wildlife images from Botswana as he checked out possible tour locations for this year’s Photo Tour safari. It was while on this trip that Chris first introduced us to Car-L and the amazing lion pics he was able to capture with this small remote control vehicle. What we haven’t shared with you yet are the further… READ MORE >


If you are a regular follower of Chris’s work you will no doubt be aware that he spends much of his time in exotic regions of the world seeing and photographing sights and experiences most of us only dream about… But what about the lucky few who get to join him? I was recently in touch with one of the guests from Chris’s (September) Wildlight Safari through Botswana and felt I just had to share his imagery and comments here. His shots are amazing!! Take a… READ MORE >


Over the past few months I have been using the new Flipside Sport 20L AW camera back pack from Lowepro and I’ve been loving it so much I thought I’d share my experiences with you here. I first used the pack during a series of winter ski shoots in the US.  I was going to be on assignment in Colorado, New Mexico and West Virginia.  Because I was shooting on the snow, and therefore carting my gear around with me on my back, it’s always important… READ MORE >


On a recent photography assignment I was creating some very hi-res animal portraits at the Auckland Zoo.  These images are part of a project I am doing in conjunction with some of my sponsors and the Auckland Zoo, which will bring exposure to the great breeding and in-the-wild conservation projects that the Zoo is involved with. The resulting images will be on display for the first time ever as part of Auckland’s Festival of Photography during an exhibition I am holding at Shed Five in Wellesley… READ MORE >


Whoa!  A photography website with hot deals?  Check it out… Like all of us in the photographic industry, much of our time when NOT spent looking through the lens of a camera (well Chris that is, I’m usually trying to look over his shoulder)… is spent trawling through the internet looking at various pages of information ABOUT photography. Even after 25 years working commercially in the industry, it is still such an interesting topic! This is because it is ever evolving, ever changing…  Someone is always… READ MORE >


On a recent exploratory photography trip around the South Island of New Zealand I had the opportunity to put the new Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW to the test. On first inspection of the pack it looked great, with a rugged outdoors feel in a nicely textured subtle blue.  The two removable camera equipment pods appeared quite small at first – but looks can be deceiving!  I was actually able to house a Nikon D800 with vertical grip and 70-200mm 2.8 lens attached as well as… READ MORE >

McLennan_HP ENVY

I was in Australia recently for a few meetings, and while there was fortunate to attend the HP launch of their new tablets, the HP ElitePad and the HP ENVY x2. These will be available sometime early next year, and yes I’ve definitely put my name down on that waiting list! For those of you out there with Apple iPads or other branded tablets, these new devices are pretty unique and will really challenge the current tablets on the market in a whole new way. I came… READ MORE >


For a recent conceptual photo shoot I did at Muriwai Beach near Auckland, I wanted to photograph a ballerina “in flight” inside the fantastic cave at Maori Bay.  This is a cave that has two entrances, a larger one on the beach and a smaller opening out the front facing the sea.  I wanted to use different speedlite groups to light both the ballerina and also the faceted interior of the cave, and so I chose to use the new Viper wireless flash transmitter and receivers… READ MORE >


In 2011 Chris traveled by snowmobile around 1200km’s across frozen Alaska to follow and photograph the Iditarod Dog Sled race. As part of that journey, he used video to document the equipment he used along the way, and how it performed in such extreme conditions. This is the HP video created as part of that adventure, which I don’t believe I have shared with you before on the blog site. If you are thinking about mobile workstations, and how today’s digital photographers can make their business… READ MORE >

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