Our Photo Chronicles: Sharing Our Passion for the Beauties of Nature and Our Professional Photographers’ Advice

Our photo chronicles are a beneficial way to impact a great number of people through our passion for the beauties of nature.

They are also a convenient channel to convey our professional techniques of wildlife, underwater, and landscape photography. We more thoroughly examine these techniques during our photography workshops and with the ACANP method. Nevertheless, our photo chronicles share our expertise and abilities with as many photographers as possible, without face-to-face interaction.

Photo chronicles from Amar and Isabelle. Photographers.

 

These chronicles are not written to talk about us but to open new creative doors in the discovery of your photographs. We share our experiences and expertise to help you move at a more rapid pace in your photographic quest.

We are often asked why we share our secrets as professional photographers. We perpetually answer that knowledge is certainly one of the most important things in life. What is the use of accumulating knowledge and skills, if we then keep it hidden, impacting only ourselves? What is the use of learning and understanding if we do not share with others? What is life’s worth if it is not based on learning and sharing knowledge, thus creating a positive impact on the world around us?

 

This black-and-white photograph of a Big Bend landscape in Texas was developed to hightlight the Rio Grande river.
Feb 23, 2018

Why an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - Part 2

Why an art photograph needs to be processed - part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. This black-and-white photograph of a Big Bend landscape in Texas was developed to hightlight the Rio Grande river. Art Photography is not Compositing When developing or processing a photograph issue… Read more
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This black and white photograph of a deer has been developed to provoke questioning.
Feb 16, 2018

Why an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - Part 1

Why an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - Part 1 All our art photographs are processed using specialized software and a computer. For us, this is an essential step in our creative process. The development of a photo still called processing strengthens our artistic approach and our photographic… Read more
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This fine art photograph was created as part of the collection 'The witnesses of time passing'.
Jan 26, 2018

Why Creating Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 3

Why Create Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 3 Click here to read the part II of the article. This fine art photograph was created as part of the collection "The witnesses of time passing". Each Fine Art Photograph is Part of a Broader Approach Creating fine art photographs is simple if the… Read more
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This photograph was created for the collection 'Freedom'.
Jan 19, 2018

Why Creating Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 2

Why Create Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. This photograph was created for the collection 'Freedom'. The Composition of an Art Photography is Complex The creation of an artistic photograph always begins with the shooting. We place ourselves… Read more
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This photograph was created for the collection 'Musical notes on water'.
Jan 12, 2018

Why Creating Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 1

Why Create Fine Art (Artistic) Photographs – Part 1 Defining art photography (fine art photography) is complex and difficult. For years, we have been trying to express ourselves as photographic artists, and through this process we have gained certain certainties about this artistic discipline,… Read more
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White Spoonbill in backlight over a pond of the Dombes.
Nov 03, 2017

Atmospheres and Birds of the Ponds of La Dombes in the Ain department

Atmospheres and Birds of the Ponds of La Dombes in the Department of Ain in France La Dombes is a huge wetland located in the department of Ain in France. Although it is home to forests and villages, it is especially known for its vast number of over one thousand ponds, which welcome nearly… Read more
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For this collection of landscapes of Kenya, we did a lot of research before the trip.
Oct 13, 2017

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography – Part 4

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography – Part 4 Click here to read the previous part of the chronicle. For this collection of landscapes of Kenya, we did a lot of research before the trip.. The Lack of Inspiration Although we have identified and analyzed the rich periods of… Read more
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For this collection of art photographs dedicated to the underwater world, we have spent years in different regions of the world.
Oct 06, 2017

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography – Part 3

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography - Part 3 Click here to read the previous part of the chronicle. For this collection of art photographs dedicated to the underwater world, we have spent years in different regions of the world. Seeking Inspiration Also Requires a Method As we… Read more
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For this collection of art pictures devoted to monkeys, we worked for 3 years in remote areas.
Sep 29, 2017

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography – Part 2

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography - Part 2 Click here to read the previous part of the chronicle. For this collection of art pictures devoted to monkeys, we worked for 3 years in remote areas. How Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography There is no “miracle recipe” for… Read more
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For this collection of art photographs devoted to coastal landscapes in black and white, we isolated for a week.
Sep 22, 2017

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography – Part 1

Why and How: Seeking Inspiration in Nature Photography - Part 1 Finding inspiration in nature photography is sometimes difficult. It's a bit like being in front of a blank page for a writer. Sometimes we do not know how to display the emotions we are experiencing when we encounter a landscape… Read more
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Choosing a floating blind is not easy. We found a manufacturer who created an interesting product.
Jul 28, 2017

Why It is Important to Choose The Right Floating Blind

Why It is Important to Choose the Right floating blind for Wildlife Photography Taking a picture from water’s level requires the use of a floating blind. The choice of this tool is essential for the realization of interesting and creative photos. For years, we used handcrafted floating blinds.… Read more
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Minimalist photograph of a feather on a pond.
Apr 28, 2017

Why: Creating Minimalist Photos – Part 2

Why: Creating Minimalist Photos – Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. Minimalist photograph of a feather on a pond. Some Tricks to create Minimalist Photos To create minimalist photographs, we reuse the same techniques. We apply the following simplistic rules to implement the… Read more
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Minimalist picture of a chick swan on a pond. Photograph made from a floating blind.
Apr 21, 2017

Why: Creating Minimalist Photos – Part 1

Why: Creating Minimalist Photos – Part 1 We like to create minimalist photographs because it fits perfectly into our artistic vision. This photographic approach may seem simple and natural at first glance, however, it requires a lot of patience and a special state of mind. We have incorporated this… Read more
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Photograph of a coral reef and its reflection in the Red Sea. Photograph by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.
Apr 14, 2017

Why: Using a Method to Create Interesting Photos – Part 2

Why Using a Method to Create Interesting Photos - Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. To create this photograph, we dove several times to capture the ideal reflection of this coral reef. All Photographs Have Been Made During our workshops, we often repeat that all the photographs… Read more
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We waited a week before creating this photograph. We wanted the sun at this particular place. We proceeded by method.
Apr 07, 2017

Why: Using a Method to Create Interesting Photos – Part 1

Why Using a Method to Create Interesting Photos - Part 1 When we create a series of photographs for clients or photographic projects, we leave little room for chance. Over the years, we have developed a process that we strictly adhere to. If the chance comes in, it's only for creativity. We believe… Read more
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This photograph of a red deer in Europe at dawn is an artistic approach.
Mar 03, 2017

Why: Photography is A True Artistic Discipline – Part 2

Why Photography is A True Artistic Discipline - Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. This photograph of a red deer in Europe at dawn is an artistic approach. What is a Piece of Art? In a very general way, a piece of art is an aesthetic physical element, an artistic creation. The… Read more
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This photo of a torrent in the Smoky Mountains is a photographic artistic approach.
Feb 24, 2017

Why: Photography is A True Artistic Discipline – Part 1

Why Photography is A True Artistic Discipline - Part 1 Are all photographic disciplines artistic? Are all photographers artists? These essential questions are, in our view, as important as those relating to the technique. It is by trying to answer these questions that we have better defined our… Read more
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Underwater wrecks are perfect subjects to tell stories and to make working the imagination of the viewers.
Feb 03, 2017

Why: Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 3

Why Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 3 Click here to read the part II of the article. Underwater wrecks are perfect subjects to tell stories and to make working the imagination of the viewers. What, When, Where and Why? In a photo report, the golden rule is "What, when, where and… Read more
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Landscapes are perfect scenes to suggest emotions and questioning. Landscape in southern Texas along the Rio Grande.
Jan 27, 2017

Why: Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 2

Why Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. Landscapes are perfect scenes to suggest emotions and questioning. Landscape in southern Texas along the Rio Grande. Some Basic Rules for Building a Photo Story The photograph that will be produced… Read more
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Animal behaviors are interesting subjects for telling stories in artistic photographs.
Jan 20, 2017

Why: Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 1

Why Telling a Story through Nature Photographs - Part 1 Creating photographs of nature is an extraordinary way to communicate, convey messages, or arouse certain emotions in the viewer. In our article on editing in photography, we said that the first step in a project is to define a story for a… Read more
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To make this picture, we photographed the waterfall for 3 days. 150 pictures in total.
Jan 13, 2017

Why: Image Editing is Important for a Photographer

Why Image Editing is Important for a Photographer Image editing is the phase of selecting a series of photographs that will be used as part of a photo project. This essential step makes it possible to isolate photographs which will tell a story. For a photographer, it is a very difficult task; he… Read more
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To create this photo of a gray heron in this environment, we waited for hours.
Jan 07, 2017

Why: Creating Interesting Photos is so Difficult

Why Creating Interesting Photos is so Difficult Every day, tens of millions of photographs are created throughout the world. All social strata, that is, the diversity of culture, is affected by this photographic phenomenon which is an unprecedented wave. For example, selfies, which used to be… Read more
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The Ethiopian wolf photographed here on the plateau of Bale is a dream for wildlife photographers.
Sep 16, 2016

Why: the Ethiopian wolf is a great subject of photography

Why the Ethiopian wolf makes for such a great photographic subject The opportunity to shoot images of the Ethiopian Wolf on camera remains a dream for many wildlife photographers. As of today, the species as a whole lives under the constant looming threat of premature extinction, a situation due… Read more
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For this photograph of a storm arriving on us in Arizona, we were in a hide. We had a second camera equipped with a wide angle. We were able to take that photo.
Sep 02, 2016

Why: Nature Photographers Need Luck to Create Good Photographs

Why nature photographers need luck to create good photographs In a previous blog post, we talked about our "10-10-10-30-40 rule". This rule gives the list of elements that go into a good nature photograph and the percentage of each which is needed. We define a good nature photograph as a good… Read more
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The blue accentuates the peace and the quietness of the whale shark.
Aug 05, 2016

Why: To Enhance Colors In Nature Photography (part II)

Why to enhance colors in nature photography (part II) Click here to read the part I of the article. The blue accentuates the peace and the quietness of the whale shark. Mixing colors When composing a photograph, always look for a way to bring in contrast using complementary colors. Thus, when… Read more
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In this photo of a purple heron, we worked the red colors to create contrast with the green.
Jul 29, 2016

Why: To Enhance Colors In Nature Photography (part I)

Why to enhance colors in nature photography (part I) The colors in a photo have a strong impact on the emotions which the photo conveys. Fortunately, all kinds of colors are present in nature. They can appear through natural or artificial light, with or without filters. They create perspective and… Read more
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Amar explaining to a trainee how to take a picture during an underwater photography workshop.
Jul 22, 2016

Why: To Participate In A Nature Photography Workshop – Part 2

Why to participate in a nature photography workshop – Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. Amar explaining to a trainee how to take a picture during an underwater photography workshop. Our teaching method: CANP Our teaching method, "CANP," is based on practice and our experiences.… Read more
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Nicolas, a participant in one of our workshops dedicated to the rutting season, in action.
Jul 15, 2016

Why Participating In A Nature Photography Workshop – Part 1

Why to participate in a nature photography workshop – Part 1 Deciding to participate in a nature photography workshop is taking a special step. Many nature photographers consider this decision. Some of them will probably never go for it because they believe that their photography skills are… Read more
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Photographing gelada in Ethiopia is one of the best experiences we have had in wildlife photography.
Jul 08, 2016

Why Photographing Gelada Monkeys In Ethiopia

Why we photographed gelada monkeys in Ethiopia Gelada are monkeys that live only in the highlands of Ethiopia, where we had the chance to observe and photograph and some of them. They are very interesting animals to photograph, because their attitudes and expressions are very close to those of… Read more
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To achieve this photo of a hummingbird we asked ourselves the question of the quality of the background and the negative space.
Jun 24, 2016

Why Asking Questions In Wildlife Photography - Part II

Why to ask questions in wildlife photography - Part II Click here to read the part I of the article. What will I choose for the setting, the light and the point of interest? When we arrive somewhere for a photo session, we choose the setting first, then the light and finally the points of interest.… Read more
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This photo of a deer during the rutting season has been the subject of many questions, especially about the choice of the scene.
Jun 17, 2016

Why Asking Questions In Wildlife Photography - Part I

Why to ask questions in wildlife photography - Part I In order to make wildlife pictures with impact, a wildlife photographer must always ask questions before he triggers the camera for the first time. This time spent asking questions is absolutely necessary, because it is crucial that nothing be… Read more
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To compose  this landscape photograph, it took us a long time to look for the best  point of view to arrange all the elements.
May 13, 2016

Why Composing A Nature Photograph Well

Why it is important to compose a nature photograph well Knowing how to compose a nature photograph is just as important as knowing how to frame it, or choose a point of view, or manage the negative space. It is difficult, and requires a lot of experience and maturity. To be able to compose a photo… Read more
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The negative space in this picture consists of the coral around the blenny. In this case, the negative space is the fish’s environment
May 06, 2016

Why It Is Important To Manage The Negative Space In Nature Photography

Why it is important to manage the negative space in nature photography In a photograph, the negative space is essential because it helps to highlight the points of interest of the photo. Good management and good mastery of the negative space improve not only the reading of a photograph but also the… Read more
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A photo of a gelada, taken on a cliff in Ethiopia. This picture was taken during a photo walk.
Apr 29, 2016

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs (part III)

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs - Part III Click here to read the part II of the article. A photo of a gelada, taken on a cliff in Ethiopia. This picture was taken during a photo walk. Tip 7: usually take pictures on a level with the animal's eyes In wildlife photography, it… Read more
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A photo of a young wild boar in a meadow in Charente-Maritime, France.
Apr 22, 2016

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs (part II)

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs - Part II Click here to read the part I of the article. A photo of a young wild boar in a meadow in Charente-Maritime, France. Tip 4: have a suitable camera and equipment In order to create interesting wildlife photographs, a photographer must… Read more
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A photo of a hummingbird flying in southwest Texas in the United States. This is a difficult photo to create, and the framing is important.
Apr 15, 2016

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs (part I)

10 tips for creating interesting wildlife photographs - Part I Wildlife photography is a field of photography that has specific features of its own. The photographer should pay attention to the framing, the composition, and the choice of the point of view. In addition, the photographer should have… Read more
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A black and white photo taken in the Big Bend region of South Texas with magical lights and contrasts.
Apr 08, 2016

Why Taking pictures in black and white (part II)

Why to take pictures in black and white (part 2) Click here to read Part I of this article. A black and white photo taken in the Big Bend region of South Texas with magical lights and contrasts. A black and white photo always begins with a color photo With a digital camera today, all the images are… Read more
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A black and white photograph taken in the Racetrack in Death Valley.
Apr 01, 2016

Why Taking pictures in black and white (part I)

Why to take pictures in black and white (part 1) Black and white photography is a suitable technique for many nature scenes. It requires a particular frame of mind. A black and white photograph should be prepared and planned from the framing to the post-processing on a computer. However, black and… Read more
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A photo for a contest must be simple, neat, evocative and surprising.
Mar 25, 2016

Why Taking pictures for photo contests (part II)

Why to take pictures for photo contests (part II) Click here to read the part I of the article. A photo for a contest must be simple, neat, evocative and surprising. Some ideas for taking a good photo for a contest Choose to focus on simple topics, such as the expressions and body language of… Read more
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This photo of sailfish hunting sardines has received several awards in competitions
Mar 18, 2016

Why Taking pictures for photo contests (part I)

Why to take pictures for photo contests (part I) Taking pictures for a photography contest is its own field of photography. The photos must be planned especially for the contest. This is strategic preparation for the event. Nothing should be left to chance. Participating in a photo competition… Read more
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In underwater photography, a bokeh is useful for highlighting the subject in a close-up
Mar 11, 2016

Why Creating a bokeh in nature photography

Why to create a bokeh in nature photography The technique of creating a bokeh is used in photography to make blurry backgrounds. A bokeh helps to highlight the points of interest in a photo, because the background does not include any details. But be careful about using one, because they are not… Read more
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In landscape photography, the background is fundamental to highlight the points of interests.
Mar 04, 2016

Why choosing the right background is important in nature photography

Why choosing the right background is important in nature photography In general, a nature photograph is composed of the subjects, the foreground, the negative space, and the background. The background is usually present, except in close-ups. In that case, the background merges with the surroundings… Read more
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In wildlife photography, the view is best when it is at eye level.
Feb 26, 2016

Why choosing a good point of view is important in nature photography

Why choosing a good point of view is important in nature photography In wildlife photography, the view is best when it is at eye level. Why choosing a good point of view is important in nature photography In the blog where we talked about framing in photography, we established that framing resulted… Read more
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A landscape photograph which uses the 16:9 ratio.
Feb 10, 2016

Why it is important to frame correctly when taking pictures - Part II

Why good framing is important in photography - Part II Click here to read the part I of the article. A landscape photograph which uses the 16:9 ratio. The different orientations The horizontal orientation This is also called the landscape framing. It is suitable for wide scenes such as landscapes… Read more
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A pygmy seahorse framed with the rule of thirds.
Feb 05, 2016

Why it is important to frame correctly when taking pictures - Part I

Why good framing is important in photography - Part I Not all moments are good for making a good photograph. The photographer Cartier-Bresson said, "There are decisive moments where you have to be ready". When he said this, he was not talking about a dramatic moment, but a visual moment. He was… Read more
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Searching for the best framing for one of the magical landscapes in Bryce Canyon.
Jan 29, 2016

Why are you taking pictures? - Part II

Why are you taking pictures? - Part II Click here to read the part I of the article. Searching for the best framing for one of the magical landscapes in Bryce Canyon. "I want to communicate" photographers Throughout all our years of traveling and teaching photography workshops, we have met a unique… Read more
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On the heights of Death Valley.  Why take this photo?.
Jan 22, 2016

Why are you taking pictures? - Part I

Why are you taking pictures? - Part I We meet many photographers who have never asked why they were taking pictures. This fundamental question has no single answer. Every person who uses a camera has his own answer. Photographs are reflections of life. They can make us shiver in awe. They can help… Read more
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The Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park, Texas
Dec 23, 2015

Why we love the beauties of nature

Why do we love the beauties of nature As far as we remember, nature has always had an attraction for us. We have always had a deep love for it. Natural phenomena, seasons, landscapes, and land or aquatic animals fascinate us. When we are working in nature, we forget our worries. But what overwhelm… Read more
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The south of Grand Canyon photographed at sunset.
Dec 14, 2015

The country where the wind blows free

«The country where the wind blows free and there is nothing to break the light of the sun» We heard this phrase in the 1956 movie "Comanche," directed by George Sherman. One of the Indian leaders uses it to describe the land of the American Southwest, especially of Arizona. It means that there are… Read more
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A photographer in a floating blind on a pond in La Dombes in France.
Oct 10, 2015

Photographing wetland animals from a floating Blind

Photographing wetland animals from a floating blind Using a floating blind allows us to take very creative, unique photos. It enables us to get very close to all kinds of animals that live in the wetlands, from birds and mammals to insects. But a floating blind is more than a mere accessory. It… Read more
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One of our art photographs which was a great success.
Aug 07, 2015

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our company Guillen Photo LLC

We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our company Guillen Photo LLC Ten years is an important milestone for a company. Indeed, in the United States, 50% of companies disappear before reaching their fifth year of existence. 50% of those that remain will disappear before reaching their 10th year. In… Read more
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A melodious warbler on a branch in a wetland of Charente-Maritime in France.
Jun 23, 2015

Photographing melodious warblers in Charente-Maritime

Photographing melodious warblers in Charente-Maritime We photographed our first melodious warblers, Hippolais polyglotta, in Charente-Maritime, France, while we were working on a wildlife photography project about migratory birds in the wetlands. It was pure chance that we took these pictures. At… Read more
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A male bluethroat bird singing in a wetland of Charente-Maritime in France.
May 22, 2015

Photographing bluethroats in Charente-Maritime in France

Photographing bluethroats in Charente-Maritime Every year, we look forward to the months of April and May in Charente-Maritime. This is the best time to photograph bluethroats singing. The bluethroat is a type of sparrow also called the “Swedish nightingale.” Besides having melodies of its own, the… Read more
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Photographs of ballets of manta rays at night in Maldives
Apr 30, 2015

Ballet of manta rays in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean

Ballet of manta rays in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean The Maldives is one of two regions with Hawaii, in the world we know where it is possible to see ballets of manta rays for night dives. To observe manta rays at night, it is necessary to place a very large projector in the back of the boat.… Read more
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The landscape photography is a complex area where the photographer must harmonize points of interests, lights and colors.
Apr 27, 2015

10 tips for landscape photographers

10 tips for landscape photographers L andscape photography is one of the most practiced areas in photography. Nearly everyone has photographed a landscape at some point. Creating a landscape photo may seem very easy. Many photographers say that they just have to find a beautiful landscape, look… Read more
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Photographs of the landscapes of Big Bend National Park in Texas, USA.
Apr 23, 2015

Landscapes of Big Bend national Park in the United States

The landscapes of Big Bend National Park in the state of Texas Big Bend National Park is located in the southwest of the state of Texas in the United States. It is part of the vast Chihuahuan Desert, which covers the northern Mexico and the southern United States. Big Bend is covered 90% by desert… Read more
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Fine art photography is one of our two activities as independant professional photographers.
Apr 23, 2015

Succeeding as an independent professional photographer

Succeeding as an independent professional photographer without specialized training A professional photographer is a person whose only source of income comes from photography. We are both professional photographers. We live in the United States, where we have been running our own business for many… Read more
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A good underwater photograph that respects our 10 criteria.
Mar 09, 2015

The definition of a good photograph

The definition of a good photograph All photographers, whether amateur or professional, are trying to accomplish the same thing: they want to take good photographs. It is an endless quest. Although most photographers probably take thousands of pictures every year, few of these are really good. Most… Read more
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Photographs of the White Sand Dunes desert in New Mexico, USA.
Mar 05, 2015

Landscapes of White Sand Dunes in New Mexico in the United States

Landscapes of White Sand Dunes in the state of New Mexico in the United States White Sand Dunes is the largest gypsum desert in the world. It is located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. The sand dunes that stretch over 710 km2 are located at an altitude of 1600 meters. Each year,… Read more
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This landscape of Charente-Maritime has a real subject: the net hut. We have choosen an atmosphere with cottony tones.
Mar 02, 2015

Landscape photography: a real form of art. Part 2

Landscape photography: a form of art that allows us to express ourselves. Part 2 The beginning in the previous article. This landscape of Charente-Maritime has a real subject: the net hut. We have choosen an atmosphere with cottony tones. When there is a visible subject, the emotional atmosphere of… Read more
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This photo taken in the Chihuahuan Desert inspired us tranquility and wholeness with the sweet tones.
Feb 23, 2015

Landscape photography: a real form of art. Part 1

Landscape photography: a form of art that allows us to express ourselves. Part 1 We love the beauties of nature. We chose photography to express ourselves and share the emotions we feel when we contemplate nature. For this purpose, we practice three distinct types of photography: underwater,… Read more
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Photographs of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, USA.
Feb 19, 2015

Landscapes of the Smoky Mountains in the state of Tennessee in the US

Landscapes of the Smoky Mountains in the state of Tennessee in the US The Smoky Mountains are mountains that extend between the state of Tennessee and the state of North Carolina. The Smokies are crossed by over 2500 miles of streams. The sunrises are spectacular and unique as they are often blue.… Read more
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Amar and Isabelle Guillen, professional photographers
Feb 18, 2015

The exciting life of a freelance professional photographer

The exciting life of a freelance professional photographer Most of the people we meet think that we spend 10% of our time taking pictures and the rest of our life is just goofing off. In order to explain what we actually do with the other 90% of our time, for three months, we have carefully noted… Read more
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The fights between red deers durint the rut season can be very violent.
Feb 03, 2015

Photographing fights between red deer, wild boar and fallow deer

Photographing fights between red deer, fallow deer, or wild boars Photographing a particular animal behavior is the most difficult element of wildlife photography. Simply taking a picture of an animal is relatively easy if you know the right techniques and are familiar with the animals and the… Read more
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A goby on a hard corall. Picture taken at Marsa Shagra cove during a dive from the shore of the Red Sea.
Jan 31, 2015

A good reason to dive in the southern Red Sea often

A good reason to dive in the southern Red Sea often There are two questions that I am always asked during underwater photography workshops. They are, “Why are you never tired of diving in the Red Sea?” and “How can I create beautiful underwater photographs?”. The answers to these very different… Read more
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Manta ray feeding on plankton at night.
Jan 22, 2015

The 5 best underwater photographs of the year 2014

The 5 best underwater photos of 2014 The year 2014 is over. For our underwater photography projects we have worked mainly in France, the United States, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. We continued to work on our photographs close to the surface to show the wealth of wildlife at very shallow… Read more
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Bestof 2013 of wildlife photographs.
Jan 20, 2015

The 5 best wildlife photographs of the year 2014

The 5 best wildlife photographs of the year 2014 The year 2013 is over. One thing is clear: the rules of aesthetics change. There are so identical photographs that the viewers need to see more different images. We must update our photographic vision. It is not easy. These changes directly impact… Read more
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Shore edge of the estuary of the Gironde.
Jan 17, 2015

The 5 best landscape photographs of the year 2014

The 5 best landscape photographs of the year 2014 The year 2014 is over. We have worked in France and the United States. We have created a collection of photographs devoted to the shores of the estuary of the Gironde. In the US we started our major project devoted to major national parks like Big… Read more
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Underwater sceneries close to the surface. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Dec 13, 2014

Underwater scenery near the surface in Saint John in the Red Sea

Underwater scenery near the surface in Saint John in the Red Sea Saint John’s reefs are located in the south of the Red Sea in Egypt. It is a shoal of 200 meters deep, which have formed different reefs. Some of them come to the surface and some others have their top few meters below the surface. In… Read more
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Red deer in France. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Dec 07, 2014

Red deer stags in colors during the call of the deer in France

Red deer stags in colors during the call of the deer in France The call of the red deer stags in the fall is not only an opportunity to photograph exceptional animal behavior such as mattings, calls or fights between males. The rutting season is also the opportunity to take photos with lights and… Read more
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Landscapes of Bryce Canyon in the state of 'Utah. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.
Dec 02, 2014

Bryce Canyon in Utah state, United States

Bryce Canyon in Utah state, United States Bryce Canyon is a very small area in the state of Utah. It is a park of 145 km2. But it is certainly one of the most incredible and one of the most exceptional for landscape photographers. We can photograph there unique geological formations in the world… Read more
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A red deer photographed in the mist from a natural hide in a forest
Oct 17, 2014

Three techniques for photographing red deer bellowing

Three techniques for photographing red deer bellowing Red deer bellowing: a sight worth photographing Red deer are certainly some of the most beautiful European animals for photographers to capture. This is especially true in the autumn, when the bucks are looking for mates and bellowing. A picture… Read more
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A herd a red deer in the fog during the bellowing in France. The noise of our cameras alerted the leading stag and the watching doe.
Oct 10, 2014

The blind: an excellent method to photograph red deer

The blind: an excellent method to photograph red deer In wildlife photography luck is a major factor During a photo workshop devoted to the bellowing of the red deer in France, I accompanied a trainee in the field to explain how to use a blind. I expected to see the first animals after one hour. We… Read more
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Diving on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Aug 17, 2014

Diving on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, USA

Diving on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, USA Diving into the structure of an oil platform is certainly one of the most amazing experiences we have known in our diver life. We dive regularly on platforms in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. We have experienced dizziness… Read more
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Underwater close-up photographs of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.
Aug 07, 2014

Close up photographs of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, USA

Close up photographs of marine life in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, USA The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the United States and in particular those of Texas is a place not very known by scuba divers. Most of them that we met there live in Texas. This is certainly one of the reasons that all dive… Read more
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Common kingfisher on a branch in a pond in la Dombes, France.
Jun 29, 2014

The common kingfisher or the photo quest for the blue arrow

The quest for the blue arrow Common kingfisher on a branch in a pond in la Dombes, France. Walking near a pond or stream, many of us have seen a bright blue bird, like a blue arrow, speed by, and heard an unusual cry, ‘tchiii,' as it passed. If you’ve ever wondered what it was, it was a common… Read more
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Underwater sceneries in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Apr 23, 2014

Photographs of underwater sceneries of the Red Sea off Sudan

Photographs of underwater sceneries of the Red Sea off Sudan After the galleries showing the wreck of the Umbria and close-up photographs, here is a photo gallery showing the sceneries of the Red Sea coast off Sudan. All these photos were taken on the drop offs or banks bordering immense coral… Read more
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Diving on the site of Conshelf 2 on the Red Sea, off coast of Suddan.
Apr 19, 2014

A dive into history: following the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau to the site of Conshelf 2

A dive into history: following the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau to the site of Conshelf 2 Diving on the site of Conshelf 2 on the Red Sea, off coast of Suddan. During my last underwater photo trip, in the Red Sea in Sudan, I fulfilled a very old teenage dream: I dove to the site of Continental… Read more
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Underwater close-up off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Apr 19, 2014

Underwater close-up photographs in Red Sea off Sudan

Underwater close-up photographs in Red Sea off Sudan The Red Sea off the coast of Sudan is a paradise for underwater photographers who photograph close-ups. Corals are in perfect condition; sites are not dived a lot; animals are not disturbed and not scarred by divers. During a dive on the plateau… Read more
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The Umbria wreck laying off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Apr 10, 2014

The wreck of Umbria in the Red Sea, off Sudan

The wreck of Umbria in the Red Sea off Sudan The wreck of Umbria is undoubtedly one of dreams to fulfill for any underwater photographer who loves historic shipwrecks. The Umbria contains about 360,000 bombs equivalent to 6,000 tonnes, 60 detonators boxes, bags of cement, building materials, few… Read more
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Bestof 2013 of landscape photographs.
Feb 05, 2014

The 5 best landscape photographs of the year 2013

The 5 best landscape photographs of the year 2013 The year 2013 is over. One thing is clear: the rules of aesthetics change. There are so many identical photographs that the viewers need to see more different pictures. We must update our vision. It is not easy. These changes directly impact the… Read more
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Bestof 2013 of wildlife photographs.
Feb 04, 2014

The 5 best wildlife photographs of the year 2013

The 5 best wildlife photographs of the year 2013 The year 2013 is over. One thing is clear: the rules of aesthetics change. There are so identical photographs that the viewers need to see more different images. We must update our photographic vision. It is not easy. These changes directly impact… Read more
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The  5 best underwater photographs of the year 2013.
Feb 04, 2014

The 5 best underwater photographs of the year 2013

The 5 best underwater photographs of the year 2013 The year 2013 is over. One thing is clear: the rules of aesthetics change. There are so many identical photographs that the viewers need to see different pictures. We must update our vision. It is not easy. The challenge is immense. We refined our… Read more
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Landscapes of the coast of Gironde Estuary in Charente-Maritime. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.
Jan 31, 2014

Landscapes of the shores of Gironde estuary in Charente-Maritime, Southwest of France

Landscapes of the shores of Gironde estuary in Charente-Maritime, Southwest of France The Gironde estuary is a paradise for landscape photographers. The lights and colors are absolutely incomparable because of the geographical situation of the largest estuary in Europe. The estuary waters bathe two… Read more
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Blenny in the Gironde estuary, France.
Jan 30, 2014

Using art to show the beauty of the underwater world: part 2

Using art to show the beauty of the underwater world: part 2 Click here to read the previous part of this blog post. In the previous post, we explained some of our secrets for creating beautiful underwater photos. We will continue with some common sense rules that many photographers ignore. Blenny… Read more
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A goby on a hard coral colony in the Red Sea, Egypt.
Jan 30, 2014

Using art to show the beauty of the underwater world: part 1

Using art to show the beauty of the underwater world: part 1 Since 2002, when digital cameras became widely available, a camera has become an essential accessory for most recreational divers. It is almost part of their diving equipment. As professional underwater photographers, we have decided to… Read more
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The sailfish sardine run off the coast of Mexico, Isla Mujeres.
Dec 13, 2013

The “10-10-10-30-40 rule”

The “10-10-10-30-40 rule” How do you make a truly great and memorable photo? How do the great photographers do it? We hear these questions at some point during every photo workshop. To answer them, we eventually came up with “the rule of 10-10-10-30-40”. The sailfish sardine run off the coast of… Read more
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Wildlife photo workshop dedicated to the bellowing of the red deer stag - September 2018
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Wildlife photography workshop — bellowing red deer stags. Fall 2018

Photographing bellowing red deer stags in France - September 2018 If you are a wildlife photographer who loves photographing animals in their natural environment, if you want to discover new horizons and photograph new species, and if you want to gain new technical knowledge, then join us for a…
Wildlife photo workshop from floating blinds in France - July 2018
Tuesday 06 June 2017 Photo workshops - far adventures

Wildlife photo workshop from floating blind in France - July 2018

Photographing birds from floating blinds: a wildlife photo workshop in La Dombes, France in July 2018 From June 30 to July 10, 2018, we will teach a wildlife photography workshop about photographing birds from floating blinds in the marshes of La Dombes. La Dombes is a swampy area northeast of…

 

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Amar and Isabelle Guillen. Professional Photographers of nature.

We are fascinated and passionate about the beauties of nature. We love to see the landscapes and observe wild animals whether on land or underwater. We have chosen to become professional photographers to share the emotions we feel when we observe nature whether it be on land or underwater. Our goal is to create art with our photographs. We always try to transform the banal into a contemplative and artistic interpretation.

We are wildlife professional photographers, landscape professional photographers and underwater professional photographers. We also strive to document nature with a focus on conservation and education.

We make art prints from our artistic photographs. These art prints are available on our website. We make exhibitions to show all the beauties and the incredible richness of nature that surrounds us.

We also love to share our love for the beauties of nature with other photographers. To communicate our know-how and to exchange our techniques and our points of view, we organize wildlife photography workshops, underwater photography workshops and landscape photography workshops. We gather together people who have the same passion as us for the beautiful photographs taken in nature.