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 >
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 >
It seemed like a fun project to put together a slide show of the first 12 months (not even) of shooting back on Nikon. However it was one of those projects that got away on me once I actually started…! If you are a photographer reading this, I challenge you to look back at just a single year’s worth of your own photography. Its amazing how many images we actually take – and how many of them provide “markers” for the journey we all take with… 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 >
This is a video of a mountain biking shoot I did out in Woodhill Forest. It was a shot I had planned in my head after riding past this nearly vertical ramp a number of times, and so it was just a matter of seeing if my “idea” could become reality! I was going to be using the Hahnel Tuff TTL to remotely fire my flash, which was mounted on the ramp the mountain biker was going to ride. I wanted to light him very dramatically… READ MORE >
Chris McLennan on his experiences as a travel photographer. Excerpt’s from local NZ TV documentary on “the arts”, filmed and produced by Ashley McKenzie. Includes some of Chris’s fantastic imagery, as well as his views on how he has made it as a successful New Zealand photographer working on the international scene. Always wanted to be a travel photographer yourself? This is how to make it happen…
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 >
My travels have seen me visit many so called primitive cultures before. However in reality it wasn’t unusual to turn up to an ethnic village ready to photograph their cultural ways only to see a brand new 4×4 parked behind the grass huts and mobile phones and other western devices in use… But this was different – this was Papua New Guinea! And it was here that I was going to witness genuine culture amongst the tribal people of PNG’s remote interior. From the crowds waiting… 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.
In 2011 I travelled to Alaska to photograph the famous Iditarod dog sled race. I was going to be travelling around 1200 km’s on snow machine in conditions of around minus 40 to minus 50. Sounds like fun! It was a great opportunity to put all of the equipment I use for my various travel shoots to a real test, in some of the harshest conditions they were ever likely to face! You can view here a video of the Hahnel Inspire transmitter and receiver I… READ MORE >