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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.
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Lived in Victoria, BC
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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. 

Follow my journey on my blog: http://annemckinnell.com/blog

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I changed my life. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.
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Pelicans at Salton Sea, California
Here's another image I made with Topaz Impression. This one turned out a bit different, but I like it! It's the Impasto Fingerpaint preset. See more images made with this cool plugin and pick up a discount code on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/23/artistic-effects-topaz-impression/
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Humpback Whales at Copper Cliffs
Quadra Island lies just across Discovery Passage from Campbell River, British Columbia, and on it is a very special location known as Copper Cliffs.

It’s actually a famous diving location. But I’ve never been diving. On board my boat, Snoopy, the brightly coloured cliffs stand out like someone spilled a box of crayons that melted in the sun. The minerals in the rock have stained it like a rainbow.

Much as the divers like to look at all the sea creatures that live beneath the waterline, it must be pretty interesting for whales too. One day I came across a humpback whale and her calf who were also exploring the area.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/21/humpback-whales-copper-cliffs-quadra-island-bc/
#10000photographers #hqspanimals #britishcolumbia #quadraisland #coppercliffs #humpback #whale #animal #animalphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography  
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5 Tricks from Professionals to Help You Do Better Wildlife Photography
The most important thing is to capture that special moment, so don’t miss it by changing lenses. It’s better to pick two lenses to work with, and have each mounted on its own camera body. Then, when you need to switch, you simply put down one camera, pick up the other, and you’ll be ready to shoot in less than one second. I usually use one camera with a 70-300mm lens, and the other with a 400mm lens.

Read my latest tutorial on Digital Photography School:
http://digital-photography-school.com/5-tricks-from-professionals-to-help-you-do-better-wildlife-photography/
#10000photographers #hqspanimals #photography #tutorial #animal #animalphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography  
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Tanzania right
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Revisiting and Reshooting at Joshua Tree National Park
This bizarre thing happened! I don’t know what kind of weather phenomenon this is, but it was pretty cool to see.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/05/revisiting-reshooting-joshua-tree-national-park/
#10000photographers #hqsplandscape #california #joshuatree #nationalpark #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography
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This beautiful picture has been shared at +HQSP Promotion. Thanks for your contribution & have a nice day!
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How To Photograph Birds
Even though you can find birds almost anywhere, they are not always exactly where you want them to be when you want them to be there. When your goal is to photograph birds, they have a way of disappearing on you. But don’t worry, I’ll help you find them.

Another challenge is that birds are always moving, which means you have to react quickly and leave enough room in your frame to allow for the movement, or they can quickly get away from you.

Read the tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/12/how-to-photograph-birds/
#10000photographers #hqspbirds #bird #birdphotography #animals #animalphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #tutorial #tips #photography  
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Wonderful to see, thanks +Anne McKinnell for sharing with the +HQSP Birds theme.

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Revisiting and Reshooting at Joshua Tree National Park
This would be our third trip to the park, and I knew that it would be a challenge but hopefully it would be rewarding as well.

Revising and reshooting locations is an excellent exercise for photographers because it makes us stretch our wings and find new ways to photograph the same thing. Once all the icons have been done, you need to explore further and see things with fresh eyes and new perspectives.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/05/revisiting-reshooting-joshua-tree-national-park/
#10000photographers #hqsplandscape #california #joshuatree #nationalpark #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography
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Bluebonnet
I made this image with Topaz Impression. What a fun plugin to use! It has over 140 presets that allow you to apply painterly effects to your photos.

I have a collection of before/after images and a coupon code today on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/23/artistic-effects-topaz-impression/
#10000photographers #topaz #impression #plugin #review #software  
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Wow very nice!
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Revisiting and Reshooting at Joshua Tree National Park
After a hike one afternoon, the wind picked up and it got pretty cold up there. But that brought in some dramatic layers of clouds that made an excellent backdrop for the Joshua Trees. I remember standing there with my hair flying everywhere, my fingers frozen, and a big smile on my face.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/05/revisiting-reshooting-joshua-tree-national-park/
#10000photographers #hqsplandscape #california #joshuatree #nationalpark #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography
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I've been in that situation, too. Took photos until I was shivering too much to take any more.
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5 Tricks from Professionals to Help You Do Better Wildlife Photography
Whether professional or an amateur, most photographers who enjoy wildlife photography do it because we love being outside in nature, and we love to share our experiences of the world’s wild creatures. Carrying our cameras, and making images along the way, helps us to truly see and appreciate what nature has to offer.

But there’s more to making a captivating wildlife photograph than simply having an animal in the frame. If you just snap a shot when an animal is in front of you, you may find that your photograph lacks the impact you were after.

Read my latest tutorial on Digital Photography School:
http://digital-photography-school.com/5-tricks-from-professionals-to-help-you-do-better-wildlife-photography/
#10000photographers #hqspanimals #photography #tutorial #animal #animalphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography  
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Hi dear Anne great shot!but one question?what are those lumbers over there?
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Revisiting and Reshooting at Joshua Tree National Park
Some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen have been in this park. Normally I find a spot where the rocks make interesting shapes and I expose for the sky allowing the rocks to become a silhouette. But this time, I tried to get an exposure that would retain some detail in the rocks while still showing off the beautiful desert sunset colours.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/05/revisiting-reshooting-joshua-tree-national-park/
#10000photographers #hqsplandscape #california #joshuatree #nationalpark #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography
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I love the soft tones and colors!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!! It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page! Check out all the great photos there including yours!!
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How To Photograph Birds
Bird photography can be incredibly rewarding when you get that special shot – the one with the bird in sharp detail doing something interesting with no distracting elements in the background. But it can frustrating trying to get that shot, waiting for all the factors you need for a great shot to come together.

This tutorial will help you understand the challenges and get prepared. And, with some patience and practice, you’ll soon be on your way to making memorable photographs of our feathered friends.

Read my latest tutorial on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/12/how-to-photograph-birds/
#10000photographers #hqspbirds #bird #birdphotography #animals #animalphotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #tutorial #tips #photography  
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Very good shot, great timing, thanks +Anne McKinnell for sharing with the +HQSP Birds theme.

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Revisiting and Reshooting at Joshua Tree National Park
Last spring, things were starting to heat up where we were in southern Arizona, so Ray and I decided to seek refuge in some higher ground.

One of our favourite higher ground locations in the American Southwest is Joshua Tree National Park in California. It is right on the border between Arizona and California, so it wasn’t too far at all.

Read the story behind the image on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2016/06/05/revisiting-reshooting-joshua-tree-national-park/
#10000photographers #hqsplandscape #california #joshuatree #nationalpark #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography  
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Beautiful :) Thank you !
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