The Elephants of Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Stare by Anne McKinnell

And the safari begins… After a lifetime of dreaming, months of planning and many dollars spent, I was finally on my way. As we drove through Arusha, the anticipation and excitement ramped up even more as I prepared myself for my first destination: Tarangire National Park (pronounced Taran-geery). It's about the water. The long dry season has left the land parched. … [Read more...]

Black Friday Deals for Photographers

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Save 30% On All Photography eBooks This Black Friday sales begins NOW and ends on Monday, December 1st As a snowbird, I spend my winters in the southwest USA, and Black Friday is a big deal down here. So I thought I would join in the fun and have a special sale on my eBooks this weekend. No coupon code is required. Sale Price $6.99 Regular Price … [Read more...]

My First Day in Africa: Arusha, Tanzania

Woman walking in Arusha by Anne McKinnell

I forgot it would be dark out when the plane landed. It was only 7:30pm, there would still be another hour of daylight at home, but the sun had already gone down in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. I couldn’t see the mountain at all. The make-up of passengers on the plane was about 75% folks older than me going on safari - mostly people in their 60’s. There were even a handful of … [Read more...]

It All Started at Lion Country …

Baby Elephants Playing by Anne McKinnell

It all started at Lion Country in California when I was six years old. I remember driving through the park, amazed by both the openness of the landscape and the variety of large creatures that lived there. The lions came very close to the car and they were more formidable than I imagined. Then there were the giraffes, so graceful with their slow steps that seemed to take … [Read more...]

Topaz Clarity Loves Me Back!

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My friends over at Topaz Labs have chosen one of my images to show off my favourite plugin: Topaz Clarity! Now on the Topaz Labs home page you can see before and after versions of my image Southwest Blue. I absolutely love the subtle and natural look you get by using Topaz Clarity to adjust colours and contrast in an image, so I was delighted when they asked to use … [Read more...]

Gearing Up for My African Photo Safari

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If you're planning an African photo safari, you'll need to give yourself a bit of time to figure out what the best camera gear is for your trip and where you're going to get it. Everyone says good photography is not about the gear. It's about the photographer's skills and whether they can carry out their vision. I think that's true most of the time. But in some cases, it's … [Read more...]

Saguaros as Far as the Eye Can See

Distant Cactus by Anne McKinnell

Saguaro National Park, in Arizona, is a special place. The sheer density of the Saguaro Forest is captivating and I love how the cacti look against the red rock. Usually I photograph them from ground level, often from a low angle looking up to emphasize their immense size. But seen from above, you get a totally different feel for the place. To get a good vantage point, we … [Read more...]

How to Create a Good Composition in a Crowded Desert Scene

Saguaro Cactus in Quartzsite Arizona by Anne McKinnell

The Senoran Desert, in southern California and Arizona, is packed with all sorts of cacti and other plants. You never have to go far to find a good subject to photograph. In fact, deciding on which subject to photograph and isolating it from the rest of the plants is the most challenging part! Creating a good composition in a crowded desert scene is a matter of elimination, … [Read more...]