Tag: chris mclennan
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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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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 >

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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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 >

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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 >

Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

“Smoke and mirrors”  (Actually fog and reflections)…  :-) Fellow photographer and friend Mike Hollman and I decided to take a very early morning drive (4am to be exact) from Auckland down to Hamilton to photograph the annual “Hamilton NZ Mass Ascension – Balloons over Waikato” festival.  I hadn’t been to this event before but had always wanted to, so with the forecast looking good the decision was made to jump in the car and go!  We arrived in time to pick a spot and be ready… READ MORE >

Dana Allen on location in Tahiti

I’ve not long waved goodbye to Chris who is now winging his way with Air Tahiti Nui to French Polynesia and a meeting with Sesh Sareday – the 2014 Amateur Winner in our Travel Photography Awards and recipient of this wonderful travel prize of a week in the tropics with Chris. Time to explore, relax and of course take a few epic photos of course! Day One of their itinerary (put together by the wonderful folk at Tahiti Tourisme) sees Chris behind the wheel as they… READ MORE >

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So far it’s been a busy year with commercial shoots in the South Island, US, China, Norway, Botswana, Fiji and Alaska.  But while at home briefly between projects earlier this year I had the privilege of presenting to a few different groups within New Zealand’s very enthusiastic photographic community.  One of the questions I always get asked is “how did you become a travel photographer” – or more often worded by the younger members of the audience “how can I become a travel photographer”?  (Watch this… 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 >

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