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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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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

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I changed my life. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.
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  • University of Victoria
    1987 - 1991
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My eBook "8 Ways to Accelerate Your Photography" is back to #1 in the Kindle store for Nature and Wildlife Photography!

http://www.amazon.com/Ways-To-Accelerate-Your-Photography-ebook/dp/B00BB1RF78/ref=zg_bs_154728011_1

You can also get the PDF version on my website here:
http://annemckinnell.com/accelerate-your-photography/
Do you dream of being a great photographer but don’t have enough time to learn everything?
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More signs from Wallace Island Marine Park

Don’t you just love those vacations when you have enough time to relax and start whittling away on a piece of driftwood and make something like a clock with no hands or the shape of a boat with your name on it.

These are signs made by boaters who have visited Wallace Island Marine Park, in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia.

Read about the park and see more photos from this location on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2014/06/28/wallace-island-marine-park-british-columbia/

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Beautiful shot !!
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One Day Flash Sale - my eBooks are 50% off today!
Today is my favourite day of the year because it's the longest day of the year!

I love the long summer nights in British Columbia and today we'll have 16 hours, 15 minutes and one second of daylight.

To celebrate the solstice I'm having a one day flash sale! Get the best deal that's ever been offered on my eBooks: 50% off.

That brings the price of each eBook down to only $5. But the offer is only valid today.
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Own them, reading them, great additions to the library!
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Kolob Terrace
While trying to get away from the spring break crowds in Zion National Park, Utah, we discovered Kolob Terrace in the central part of the park.

Find out more about this location today on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2014/06/18/kolob-terrace/

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wowowow la belle nature vierge et sauvage, j'adore 
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Kolob Canyons
Zion National Park can be a pretty busy place with all the hikers doing Angel’s Landing and the Narrows and all the photographers lined up on the bridge.

Plus, we made a critical mistake. Because we had been there before, we didn’t do as much research as we usually do. We just booked a week at the RV park.

It turned out that the week we chose was spring break!!!! Noooooo!!! All the people! It was outrageous.

But we did discover a lesser known part of the park away from all the crowds: Kolob Canyons.

Read more about it today on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2014/06/16/kolob-canyons

#10000photographersaroundtheworld #hqspromotion #hqsplandscape #landscapephotography #nationalparkphotography #zionnationalpark #utahphotography  
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Canadian photographers: How do you insure rented camera gear?

I am looking for insurance for rented gear that that covers for loss and is not homeowner insurance .

Everything seems to be damage only, not loss, and often a rider on house insurance, which wouldn't work for me.

I see a place online called "Gear Policy". It has odd wording about "mysterious disappearance". Has anyone used them?

I appreciate any advice!
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Hi I'm so sorry i know English little bit

On Friday, June 20, 2014, Gerelgoo Banzragch <****@**> wrote:

> Hi don't know English sorry. What you tell me
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The Watchman, The Virgin River, and No One But Me
As I made this photo, there were at least 20 photographers lined up on the bridge in front of me making a very similar photo. They are just around the bend in the river. The perspective is a bit different: a more elevated position, less river, no tree. But is it really that much better? Is it better at all?

The first time I visited Zion National Park, I had to make “the bridge photo” too because there must be a reason why everyone is standing there, right? And there is, it’s a great vantage point. But sometimes you just have to move on, and this time I wouldn’t allow myself to make photos from the bridge.

Instead I discovered what I think is a better location. And there was no one there but me. That alone makes it a better location! There was peace and solitude. Those are critical components of photography for me.

#10000photographersaroundtheworld
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Buongiorno,? Angela..Classen..si un posto bello..
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Our New Favourite Campsite: Alabama Hills
One of our last stops in last winter’s snowbird season was a place that has been recommended to us by a few fellow RVers: Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California.

Some of the best places we’ve discovered have been from those kinds of recommendations, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s now our favourite campsite!

We had the most amazing view of any campsite we’ve been to. Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States with an elevation of 14,505 feet, was clearly visible from our site (that’s it in the back under the dark cloud).

I made this photo just before sunset one evening as the last of the day’s rays lit up the tops of the peaks. With my Sony NEX6 mirrorless camera firmly attached to my tripod, I used a small aperture to ensure that both the rock in the foreground and the mountains in the background were all sharply in focus.

The best part about this location was that there was no one there but us. Our days usually including a couple of people stopping by for a quick look, but otherwise we had the whole place to ourselves. It’s probably not like that in summertime as it was April when we were there.

It was a bit of a bumpy road getting out there, but not too bad. Nothing broke, so I think it was well worth it!

#10000photographersaroundtheworld #hqspromotion #hqsplandscape #lanscapephotography #californiaphotography #alabamahills #mountwhitney #mountainmonday by +Michael Russell 
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Beautiful!!
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Wallace Island Marine Park, British Columbia
Today I have a big long blog post with 12 photos from Wallace Island Marine Park, in the Gulf Islands, British Columbia.

There are lots of fascinating things to see on the island, but there is one particular building that is so fascinating it is hard to pull yourself away. I believe it’s the old store and over the past couple of decades hundreds of boaters enjoying a relaxing time on the island have carved driftwood signs with the names of their boats. Some of them are very creative!

Don’t you just love those vacations when you have enough time to relax and start whittling away on a piece of driftwood and make something like a clock with no hands or the shape of a boat with your name on it.

The island is so pristine, you would never guess it has had so many visitors over the years.

Read all about it today on the blog:
http://annemckinnell.com/2014/06/28/wallace-island-marine-park-british-columbia/

#10000photographersaroundtheworld #hqspromotion #hqsplandscape #britishcolumbia #gulfislands #marinepark  
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Today Canada's government will decide it's position on the Northern Gateway pipeline. It's the biggest decision our Prime Minister will make in his 8 years in power.

It could make Canada a global petro-power.

It could also destroy our ocean and everything that lives in it.

Please watch this short video to understand the degree of mis-information Enbridge would have you believe about the project.

http://youtu.be/U3vxhnan_ZA
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+Michael Russell
I know, I was thinking the same thing. About the war in the woods and about the apostrophe! The adults are trying to have a conversation about an important issue - who cares about a stray ' ?
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Roadside Attraction: California Poppies
On our drive back home from our snowbird season, we stopped for a night of free parking at a Casino in Nice, California.

As we pulled in, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, behind the dumpsters in the back, a small patch of California Poppies.

When the wind died down, I went out with my telephoto lens and my Canon 500D close-up filter to see what kind of interesting compositions I could come up with.

By the way, I love the 500D filter because it means I can get macro shots without having to carry around a dedicated macro lens.

It’s funny how often I find I great subject, or something amazing happens like an incredible sunset or a herd of antelope, in the most unexpected places like casinos and truck stops.

I had been looking for a pretty patch of poppies in all the parks, and I found them behind a casino dumpster. (I think it was a little too early in the year for the poppies to be everywhere!)

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I so rarely have photos of mountains! I should have shared with +Mountain Monday by +Michael Russell 
 
The Watchman, The Virgin River, and No One But Me
As I made this photo, there were at least 20 photographers lined up on the bridge in front of me making a very similar photo. They are just around the bend in the river. The perspective is a bit different: a more elevated position, less river, no tree. But is it really that much better? Is it better at all?

The first time I visited Zion National Park, I had to make “the bridge photo” too because there must be a reason why everyone is standing there, right? And there is, it’s a great vantage point. But sometimes you just have to move on, and this time I wouldn’t allow myself to make photos from the bridge.

Instead I discovered what I think is a better location. And there was no one there but me. That alone makes it a better location! There was peace and solitude. Those are critical components of photography for me.

#10000photographersaroundtheworld
#hqspromotion #hqsplandscape #landscapephotography
#nationalparkphotography #zionnationalpark #utahphotography  
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very nice
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