Humpback Whales Breaching

Two Humpback Whales Breaching by Anne McKinnell

It was one of those days out on the water when not much was happening. It was quiet. Not very many boats, not a lot of birds or anything. The sky was boring and white. It was a little windy and cold. And then ... off in the distance ... a long way away ... a huge splash! Like a really huge splash! I immediately thought "that splash was too big for an Orca", but you never … [Read more...]

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...]

Bisti Arch, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bisti Arch by Anne McKinnell

Roaming around Bisti Badlands in New Mexico, there are so many different rock formations to see. One that was a surprise to me as I explored was Bisti Arch. I heard there was an arch somewhere, so I was keeping my eye out for it, but I was looking for something much larger. It turns out - it's just tiny! The arch is probably only a few feet off the ground. So when I first … [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...]