Wildlife Photography in Serengeti National Park – Part 2

Baby Elephant Sees Me by Anne McKinnell

My favourite location in my African photo safari was Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. In Part 1 of this series I showed you one of the reasons why: the endless plains provide incredible opportunities to make minimalist images of wildlife in their environment. But I made close-up photos too. When it comes to the close-up photos, I think the most important thing is to … [Read more...]

Buffalo Horns in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Buffalo Horns

One thing that caught me by surprise when I visited Africa was realizing that everything is covered in bones! I mean, of course it is (duh) I just didn't think of it until I saw it. Since I'm committed to only photographing beautiful things, I didn't photograph many of the bones. Also because we weren't allowed out of the jeep very often and the top down perspective isn't … [Read more...]

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw, Arizona – Part 1

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw by Anne McKinnell

There's only one thing I can think of that is better than exploring and finding beautiful new places, and that is exploring and finding beautiful new places that have excellent wildlife photography opportunities! That's what happened when Ray and I stumbled upon the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, in southern Arizona. I hadn't even heard of the place, but it popped up on the … [Read more...]

Great Blue Heron Abstract

Great Blue Heron Abstract by Anne McKinnell

One of the things I love about my current location on the estuary in Campbell River, British Columbia, is all the birds that frequent my back yard. Every day there are eagles, herons, geese and all sorts of small birds, so I get lots of practice with my bird photography. I like to make abstract images featuring motion blur, as I shared with you earlier this week with my … [Read more...]

Conveying Motion: A Wildebeest Abstract

Wildebeest Abstract by Anne McKinnell

There are two ways to convey motion in an image: freeze the motion or blur the motion. While watching wildebeest cross the Mara river during the migration in Tanzania, and making many photos that froze the action, it was time to start experimenting with slow shutter speeds to create a more abstract image that contains some motion blur. I changed my camera settings to a low … [Read more...]

Mother and Baby Giraffe in Tanzania

Mother and baby giraffe by Anne McKinnell

Baby animals are just so darn cute! I especially like how gangly and uncoordinated the baby giraffes are. It must be hard to balance on those long legs the first time you try to stand. I came across this mother and baby giraffe in the Mara River area of Tanzania. I really like how the baby fits in the frame of its mother's legs. And he looks so mellow now that he doesn't … [Read more...]

Crested Cranes in Flight at Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

Crested Cranes in Flight

Driving through Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, the sheer density of the animals is truly incredible. There are so many large animals that some of the smaller animals take a back seat at first until you start becoming acclimated to the place. Then, it's the combination of animals that becomes awe inspiring. When I saw these crested crane's it was a total surprise! On the … [Read more...]