- 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.present
Photography is the tool I use to help me focus on what is good and right with the world. I only photograph beautiful things, which makes me a happier person.
I have traded a career in software for a new life as a nomadic photographer and writer. I am currently on a one year journey travelling throughout North America in an RV.
Now I'm livin!
Follow my journey on my blog: http://annemckinnell.com/blog
- University of Victoria1987 - 1991
The American southwest is so red and green, with the rocks and the cacti, except at twilight when the pastel blues of the twilight sky cover the reds and greens like a baby’s blanket.
I made this photo just down the road from our campsite in the Plomosa BLM in Quartzsite, Arizona.
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One of the most interesting features of Joshua Tree National Park in California is the Cholla Cactus Garden.
But, it is really hard to get a good composition here. At least that’s what I found. I was disappointed with the photos I made here last year, so this year I was determined not only to be there in good light, but to find a cholla I could isolate.
One of the reasons they are so hard to photograph is that the bottoms of them have this burnt look that isn’t very attractive. When I first saw them I thought they actually were burnt, but they are all like that.
This is the “Teddy Bear” Cholla. The name is actually pretty appropriate because like a real bear, they may look nice but but believe me, you don’t want to hug it.
In fact, this type of cholla drops little pieces of itself and those pieces jump out at you as you walk by and attach themselves to your pant legs (you better be wearning long pants). Ray actually had one go through his jeans, through his socks, and into his leg.
Ok, ok, they don’t actually jump, but it sure seems that way.
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A few months ago I wrote about how revisiting photo locations can help you grow as a photographer by forcing you to move beyond the obvious and find new compositions.
Last year when I visited Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park I discovered, through my telephoto lens, an interesting rock formation. This year I set myself on a mission to discover new compositions with the same formation in it.
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I think I could spend days photographing in this location. The only problem with it is that the campground bearing it’s name is extremely popular so there are always lots of people at Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park.
Our RV it too big to fit in that campground, and I don’t think I would like being near so many people anyway, so we always stay at Belle Campground just a short drive away.
I made this photo just before the amazing sunset I shared with you earlier this week. You can see how the clouds are starting to break up and the colour is coming in. Always a good sign of a stellar sunset!
Quartzsite, Arizona, is a small town of only a few thousand people. Until the snowbirds arrive.
In January and February the tiny town hosts over 1.5 million tourists, most of them RVers.
We arrived a few days before the giant RV show which is held in the town every year. We picked out our spot a little ways away from everyone else in one of the many BLM (Bureau of Land Management) grounds where you can boondock for free.
But as the show time got closer, more and more RVs showed up. Only a couple of days before I made this photo, this land was empty.
I thought the RVs made an interesting foreground to the spectacular full moon.
This is a single 0.4 second exposure made with my new Sony NEX6 and the 55-210mm lens.
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Animals, especially wild ones, make such beautiful subjects that we cannot resist turning our cameras on them to capture images of these majestic creatures in their natural state.
Unlike a landscape, creatures are constantly in motion, and unlike most people, they can be pretty uncooperative when it comes to getting their picture taken. This can make for a lot of botched pictures.
In my lastest article on you'll find a few tips on how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of wildlife photography.
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Another photo from Joshua Tree National Park in California.
I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of sunbursts!
If you have the sun in your frame, you can make a sunburst effect like this just by using a small aperture. For this image, I used f/25. But remember, don’t look through the viewfinder when the sun is in your frame! Use the LCD display and save your eyes.
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This is one of the places I yearned to go back to this winter. Belle Campground in Joshua Tree National Park.
We’ve been to some nice campgrounds. Lots of nice campgrounds. But I always prefer the ones where we can get away from people and enjoy nature.
I particularly like ones where I can stumble out of the RV in the morning and the scenery is right there waiting for me.
This is one of those special places.
I think I could spend all winter here. Except we need to flush our tanks and pick up some water and propane once in awhile! In a place like this, we don’t leave until we have to.
Just down the way is Jumbo Rocks, where I made the photo of the best sunset ever, and the big round rocks. It’s the most popular campground, but the crowds make it less desirable to me. Plus the campsites are really close together and it’s all cramped in there. Our RV wouldn’t fit. Even if it did, I would rather stay at Belle where the beauty is all mine in the morning.
Whenever I’ve been to Belle, I’m the only person out photographing at sunrise. It is one of the most peaceful and enjoyable places. Maybe the most beautiful campground in California. Although there is alot of competition for that title.
I love California :)
Although you can’t see it, our RV is on the other side of the rocks. I made this photo right in the campground.
This is an HDR image made by combining 4 exposures in Photomatix.
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