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 >
On a recent shoot in the US I captured this landscape image of golden light over a cold and windy morning on the frozen Bering Sea, Nome, Alaska. The ice crystals in the air have formed a sundog (the small rainbow like colours parallel to the sun.) From Wikipedia: Sundogs are commonly made by the refraction of light from plate-shaped hexagonal ice crystals in high and cold cirrus clouds or, during very cold weather, these ice crystals are called diamond dust, and drift in the air… READ MORE >
During a recent trip to Alaska with Dean Fitzpatrick of Wildlight Safaris I was once again witness to the amazing Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights) known to this area. Having photographed them before, this time I also wanted to capture some time lapse footage as a better way of sharing with others just how incredible this display of light really is. Dean and I were in Alaska to scope out an itinerary for a Photo Tour we are putting together for 2016 which will include the… 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 >
During my recent photography workshop in Alaska, we were driving from Anchorage to Seward to photograph Humpback Whales. Along the way we stopped at Summit Lake for a late lunch. It was starting to rain but the view across the lake to the stormy mountains was stunning. I wanted to capture a shot showing the reeds and rain on the water in the foreground and still pull in the background mountains with a long lens. This posed the problem of having enough depth of field for… READ MORE >
LONDON 26-06-12 – Professional photographer Chris McLennan of New Zealand was presented with the 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Nature for his image “Aurora Borealis” at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow. The live online ceremony webcast Saturday, June 9, 2012 was attended by photography fans in 72 countries who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography. The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from National… READ MORE >
Here are a couple of interesting facts for you: A single adult grizzly bear in Alaska can weigh up to 800kgs in prime condition – that’s about the combined weight of the All Blacks forward pack… During the summer season and the height of the salmon run these huge bears eat around 40kg of salmon every day… Whereas I weigh in at well under 80kg’s (not even twice their daily consumption) and can only eat about 200grams of salmon in a sitting. Do the math, it’s… READ MORE >
This is another video from my 2011 expedition to Alaska, where I travelled around 1200kms on snowmobile to follow the Iditarod dog sled race, in conditions reaching minus 50 degrees… A GREAT opportunity to test my gear! Including the HP Dreamcolour laptop I use for all my image work when out in the field. You can see the results – my fingers froze, my eyelashes froze, we had to melt our water each day as everything froze the minute we left our teepee… Yet my gear… READ MORE >
As an international travel photographer, my work sees me in all corners of the globe visiting a host of extreme locations. This can be anywhere from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the Arctic Ice of Alaska. Rab’s fantastic range of outdoor clothing offers a solution for every environment. I use a variety of Rab clothing and always have the perfect technical wear to keep me warm, dry and comfortable! This is a huge help and allows me to focus on my creativity, not my… READ MORE >
A video from Alaska where Chris uses his Lexar Memory cards in some of the toughest conditions imaginable, shooting the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) late at night in minus 50 degrees! Which makes it pretty important to know your gear is not going to let you down as there is no chance to reshoot… As always, the Lexar cards worked flawlessly – they are fast and efficient and handle the workload perfectly. Another successful shoot and some more great images for Chris’s archives.
This is a video from my trip to Alaska where I travelled around 1200 km’s by snowmobile to follow the Iditarod dog sled race in 2011 – “A race finished by fewer people than have summited Mt Everest”. Its a great watch and a great insight into winter in this wild landscape. Including some great footage of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Enjoy! All images and video content copyright Chris McLennan Photography.