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Anne McKinnell
Works at I traded in a traditional career and home for a life on the road. I currently live in an RV and travel around North America photographing beautiful things. I write about photography, travel, and how changing your life is not as hard as it seems.
Attended University of Victoria
Lived in Victoria, BC
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Iceland: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
While there, I had an opportunity to master the technique of cleaning my lens under the shower cap and learning to use the 2 second timer in conjunction with the shower cap. How’s that for putting a positive spin on it?

Seriously though, it is a good technique to learn! A little wind mixed in with the mist from the falls means that you only have the possibility of one clear shot before you have to clean the lens, and you might not even get that. I had to try many, many times before I got a shot without water droplets on the lens!

Here’s a view from in front of the falls. I like this perspective too!

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/02/21/iceland-seljalandsfoss-waterfall/
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Iceland: Natural Ice Sculptures
I thought I was well prepared having photographed my share of coastlines, rocks on beaches, and the motion of waves. I knew how to get the blurred water rushing away as the ocean pulls each wave back into its fold.

But what I wasn’t prepared for was the fact that the ice moves with each incoming and outgoing wave. And they move a lot!! They go tumbling by! So getting the stationary ice and the motion in the sea at the same time was indeed challenging.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/03/28/iceland-natural-ice-sculptures/
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Check out THOR Photography over on Facebook. He just posted a 2 minute video this morning that's a behind the camera look at shooting ice on the beach. It's pretty cool. 
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How To Photograph Trees
Springtime is the season of birth and growth, so photos that focus on the details of the first leaves, buds, and flowers work very well this time of year.

Soft focus and a shallow depth of field are effective in creating compositions that feel gentle, hopeful, and full of joy. Because the growth is still so small in the spring, you’ll need a macro lens to be able to get a good, detailed close-up image.

Compared to the other seasons, the colours of spring are very light, with a soft pastel-like palette, which often makes a low-contrast image. This can be lovely if you want to create a gentle sort of atmosphere, but if you want a more lively look with popping colours, you can bring up these colours in post-production. When adjusting the overall colours, you’ll probably see two options: saturation and vibrance. These seem to have the same effect, but have an important difference: while saturation boosts the colour intensity of all pixels equally, vibrance will bring up the less saturated colours more than those that are already bright. Especially when trying to emphasize lighter colours – such as those found in the leaves and buds of spring – increasing vibrance instead of saturation will keep other parts of the photo from becoming over-saturated and looking cartoonish.

Read the tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/25/how-to-photograph-trees/
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How To Photograph Trees
Capturing a tree all by itself amid an otherwise empty landscape can give both a feeling of calm serenity and of loneliness. If it’s a small or young tree, especially, it can also suggest a sense of frailty.

This technique emphasizes the tree’s overall shape, as well as the environment in which it lives. This type of shot can be made with a wide angle lens, but if you’re far away this makes the tree appear very tiny and you risk losing the details of the tree’s form. If you’re very close, on the other hand, using a wide angle lens tends to stretch the tree’s appearance, making it seem larger in comparison to its surroundings. To really shrink the tree and emphasize its solitude while still allowing it to make up a large portion of the frame, use a long lens (50mm or more) from further away to visually compress the image.

If there is an interesting element in the distance (or foreground) that you want to use to complement, contrast, or juxtapose the tree, a smaller aperture such as f/11 or f/16 will achieve a larger depth of field and make the entire image sharp from front to back. Otherwise, using a wide aperture like f/4 or f/5.6 will blur the background and emphasize the tree itself by its sharpness.

Read the tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/25/how-to-photograph-trees/
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Beautiful, wonderful, great. I like this pic very much. Thanks! 
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Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
In the remote State park, there are over 275 thousand acres of Chihuahuan desert to explore. It’s the largest state park in Texas! But you don’t have to go deep into the backcountry for photography — you can see some incredible vistas only a few steps from the road.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/20/big-bend-ranch-state-park-texas/
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Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
I love the national parks. And one of my all time favourites is Big Bend National Park in Texas. But right next door is another, even more secluded, gem: Big Bend Ranch State Park.

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http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/20/big-bend-ranch-state-park-texas/
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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
These mountains were quite magical because at the end of day, just when the sun goes below the horizon, there is a moment when everything goes dark, and then suddenly the mountains light up in a brilliant red. You have to be ready though because the red light on the mountains only lasts a minute and you’ll only get one composition for each sunset.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/03/07/kofa-national-wildlife-refuge-arizona/
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Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
Kofa is a protected area that is 25 by 40 miles of wilderness with no paved roads or facilities of any kind. Just miles and miles of beautiful wild space.

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http://annemckinnell.com/2016/03/07/kofa-national-wildlife-refuge-arizona/
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Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
In addition to photographing the stunning wildflower display in spring, photography opportunities are abundant as the rugged terrain makes its way along the Rio Grande, which marks the border between the USA and Mexico.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/20/big-bend-ranch-state-park-texas/
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Merci pour tous vos partages qui sont splendides 😊 
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How To Photograph Trees
Trees aren’t only defined by their overall shape, but by the smaller pieces of them such as their leaves, flowers, fruits, branches, and bark. Contrary to taking a wide shot that includes the entire tree, try using a long lens (particularly a macro lens, if you have one) to zoom in on the finer details of the tree. When highlighting smaller parts, a wide aperture like f/2.8 gives a small depth of field that blurs the background and foreground and directs focus towards your central focal point.

Using such a narrow plane of focus makes it very important to get the focus point spot on, however – when composing your shot, give some thought to exactly what point you want to be perfectly sharp and use either spot auto focus mode or manual focus to make sure your camera hones in on just the right point. Setting your camera up on a tripod will ensure that camera movement doesn’t throw the focus off once it’s set.

Read the tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/25/how-to-photograph-trees/
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How To Photograph Trees
In this instalment of “Great Subjects” we’re going to be working on one of nature’s most popular subjects: trees.

You might be surprised to discover that there are so many different ways to photograph trees – different times, different places, different framing and compositional styles to use. Each tree is as unique as every person, and can be used to create an equally unique photograph.

Trees are difficult subjects, though. It can be very hard to portray the sense of size and sheer majesty of a huge oak or redwood, the intricate shape of a dogwood or myrtle, or the delicate details of a cedar or eucalyptus. But, there are many techniques you can practice to bring out the beauty in either a single tree, a grove, or a whole forest.

Read my latest tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/25/how-to-photograph-trees/
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Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas
The best part about our time in the park was the changing weather conditions which caused all kinds of dramatic clouds. I love dramatic clouds!

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http://annemckinnell.com/2016/04/20/big-bend-ranch-state-park-texas/
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Hello! I'm Anne and I have a new life. 

I traded in a traditional career for a new life as an outdoor photographer and writer. I live in an RV and travel around North America photographing beautiful places. I write about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems. 

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