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.

A red deer stag looking to a lake during the rut season in France.

A red deer stag looking to a lake during the rut season in France.

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?

 

Photographie artistique d'un arbre au Kenya.

Why It Is So Difficult to Judge a Fine Art Photograph

Why It Is So Difficult to Judge A Fine Art Photograph Judging or evaluating a fine art photograph is difficult. It is possible to establish a scale of values or levels to determine a value. But the criteria remain subjective. No photo will ever be unanimous. Fine Art Photograph of a Tree in Kenya.…
The South Rim of the the Grand Canyon in Arizona in United States.

Why Photographing the Grand Canyon in Black and White

Why Photographing The Grand Canyon in Black and White The Grand Canyon is one of the most famous landscape sites in the world. It is also one of the most photographed. The list of superlatives is not long enough to describe it. Black and white is certainly the best photo technique to show the…
Landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas. Bald Cypress growing in the lake.

Why It Does Take Time to Create an Art Photograph

Why It Does Take Time to Create an Art Photograph When we create artistic photographs, we perform a deliberate, conscious, thoughtful act in pursuit of specific goals. It is a meticulous job before the shooting sessions, during and after. Creating a collection of art photographs requires time,…
A sailing stone in the dry lake of Race Track Playa in Death Valley in California.

Why Photographing Race Track Playa in Death Valley in California

Why Photographing Race Track Playa in Death Valley in California As professional landscape photographers, Race Track Playa is for us a place out of the ordinary. It is a small lost corner in the Valley of Death in the state of California in the United States. This dry lake contains a unique…
This Photograph of a Road in California Belongs to a Fine Art Collection named 'Leaving'.

Why We Chose to Create Fine Art Photographs – Part 2

Why We Chose to Create Fine Art Photographs – Part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. This Photograph of a Road in California Belongs to a Fine Art Collection named 'Leaving'. The Need for Calm, Serenity for an Introspective Search Creating fine art photos is very time consuming. It is…
A moving stone in Race Track Playa in Death Valley in California.

Why We Chose to Create Fine Art Photographs – Part 1

Why We Chose to Create Fine Art Photographs – Part 1 We started working as professional photographers in June 2003 when we were in the United States for two years. We have evolved a lot in order to take in 2010, the turn of artistic photography. A moving stone in Race Track Playa in Death Valley in…
Photograph in black and white of the Grand Canyon from Arizona State in USA.

Why Mastering the Steps of Creating an Art Photograph

Why: Mastering the Steps of Creating an Art Photograph Creating an art photograph is not merely about shooting in the field. This creative process requires five distinct steps that any author photographer must master in order to produce quality works. Photograph in black and white of the Grand…
This black-and-white photograph of a Big Bend landscape in Texas was developed to hightlight the Rio Grande river.

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 from…
This black and white photograph of a deer has been developed to provoke questioning.

Why an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - Part 1

Why an Art Photograph Needs to be Processed - Part 1 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 (processing) strengthens our artistic approach and our photographic vision. This…
This fine art photograph was created as part of the collection 'The witnesses of time passing'

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…
This photograph was created for the collection 'Freedom'.

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…
This photograph was created for the collection 'Musical notes on water'.

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,…
White Spoonbill in backlight over a pond of the Dombes.

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…
For this collection of landscapes of Kenya, we did a lot of research before the trip.

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…
For this collection of art photographs dedicated to the underwater world, we have spent years in different regions of the world.

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…
For this collection of art pictures devoted to monkeys, we worked for 3 years in remote areas.

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…
For this collection of art photographs devoted to coastal landscapes in black and white, we isolated for a week.

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…
Choosing a floating blind is not easy. We found a manufacturer who created an interesting product.

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.…
Minimalist photograph of a feather on a pond.

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…
Minimalist picture of a chick swan on a pond. Photograph made from a floating blind.

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…
Photograph of a coral reef and its reflection in the Red Sea. Photograph by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

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…
We waited a week before creating this photograph. We wanted the sun at this particular place. We proceeded by method.

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…
This photograph of a red deer in Europe at dawn is an artistic approach.

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…
This photo of a torrent in the Smoky Mountains is a photographic artistic approach.

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…
Underwater wrecks are perfect subjects to tell stories and to make working the imagination of the viewers.

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…
Landscapes are perfect scenes to suggest emotions and questioning. Landscape in southern Texas along the Rio Grande.

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…
Animal behaviors are interesting subjects for telling stories in artistic photographs.

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…
To make this picture, we photographed the waterfall for 3 days. 150 pictures in total.

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…
To create this photo of a gray heron in this environment, we waited for hours.

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…
The Ethiopian wolf photographed here on the plateau of Bale is a dream for wildlife photographers.

Why the Ethiopian Wolf is a Great Subject of Photography

Why the Ethiopian Wolf is a Great Subject of Photography 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 primarily to…
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.

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…
The blue accentuates the peace and the quietness of the whale shark.

Why Enhancing Colors In Nature Photography (Part II)

Why Enhancing 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…
In this photo of a purple heron, we worked the red colors to create contrast with the green.

Why Enhancing Colors In Nature Photography (Part I)

Why Enhancing 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…
Amar explaining to a trainee how to take a picture during an underwater photography workshop.

Why Participating In A Nature Photography Workshop – Part 2

Why Participating 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: ACANP Our teaching method, "ACANP," is based on practice and our experiences.…
Nicolas, a participant in one of our workshops dedicated to the rutting season, in action.

Why Participating In A Nature Photography Workshop – Part 1

Why Participating 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 complete…
Photographing gelada in Ethiopia is one of the best experiences we have had in wildlife photography.

Why Photographing Gelada Monkeys In Ethiopia

Why Photographing 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 human…
To achieve this photo of a hummingbird we asked ourselves the question of the quality of the background and the negative space.

Why Asking Questions In Wildlife Photography - Part II

Why Asking Questions In Wildlife Photography - Part II Click here to read the part I of the article. To achieve this photo of a hummingbird we asked ourselves the question of the quality of the background and the negative space. What will I choose for the setting, the light and the point of…
This photo of a deer during the rutting season has been the subject of many questions, especially about the choice of the scene.

Why Asking Questions In Wildlife Photography - Part I

Why Asking 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…
To compose  this landscape photograph, it took us a long time to look for the best  point of view to arrange all the elements.

Why Composing A Nature Photograph Well

Why Composing 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 well, a nature…
The negative space in this picture consists of the coral around the blenny. In this case, the negative space is the fish’s environment

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…
A photo of a gelada, taken on a cliff in Ethiopia. This picture was taken during a photo walk.

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…
A photo of a young wild boar in a meadow in Charente-Maritime, France.

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…
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.

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…
A black and white photo taken in the Big Bend region of South Texas with magical lights and contrasts.

Why Taking pictures in black and white (part II)

Why Taking 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…
A black and white photograph taken in the Racetrack in Death Valley.

Why Taking pictures in black and white (part I)

Why Taking 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…
A photo for a contest must be simple, neat, evocative and surprising.

Why Taking Pictures For Photo Contests (Part II)

Why Taking 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…
This photo of sailfish hunting sardines has received several awards in competitions

Why Taking Pictures For Photo Contests (Part I)

Why Taking 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…
In underwater photography, a bokeh is useful for highlighting the subject in a close-up

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…
In landscape photography, the background is fundamental to highlight the points of interests.

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…
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

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 from three actions: Selecting and evenly distributing the elements of the photo seen through the viewfinder of the camera. Eliminating…
A landscape photograph which uses the   16:9 ratio.

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…
A pygmy seahorse framed with the rule of thirds.

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…
Searching for the best framing for one of the magical landscapes in Bryce Canyon.

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…
On the heights of Death Valley.  Why take this photo?.

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…
The Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Why We Love the Beauties of Nature

Why 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 us…
The south of Grand Canyon photographed at sunset.

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…
A photographer in a floating blind on a pond in La Dombes in France.

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…
One of our art photographs which was a great success.

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…
A melodious warbler on a branch in a wetland of Charente-Maritime in France.

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…
A male bluethroat bird singing in a wetland of Charente-Maritime in France.

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…
Photographs of ballets of manta rays at night in Maldives

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.…
The landscape photography is a complex area where the photographer must harmonize points of interests, lights and colors.

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…
Photographs of the landscapes of Big Bend National Park in Texas, USA.

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…
Fine art photography is one of our two activities as independant professional photographers.

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…
A good underwater photograph that respects our 10 criteria.

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…
Photographs of the White Sand Dunes desert in New Mexico, USA.

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,…
This landscape of Charente-Maritime has a real subject: the net hut. We have choosen an atmosphere with cottony tones.

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…
This photo taken in the Chihuahuan Desert inspired us tranquility and wholeness with the sweet tones.

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,…
Photographs of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, USA.

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.…
Amar and Isabelle Guillen, professional photographers

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…
The fights between red deers durint the rut season can be very violent.

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…
A goby on a hard corall. Picture taken at Marsa Shagra cove during a dive from the shore of the Red Sea.

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…
Manta ray feeding on plankton at night.

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…
Common kingfisher on a branch over a pond.

The 5 best wildlife photographs of the year 2014

Les 5 meilleures photos animalières de l'année 2014 The year 2014 is over. For our wildlife photography projects we have worked mainly in France and the United States. We continued to work on a project on migratory birds of the wetlands. We have accumulated a number of interesting shots that will…
Shore edge of the estuary of the Gironde.

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…
Underwater sceneries close to the surface. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
Red deer in France. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
Landscapes of Bryce Canyon in the state of 'Utah. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

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…
A red deer photographed in the mist from a natural hide in a forest

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…
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.

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…
Diving on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
Underwater close-up photographs of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

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

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…
Common kingfisher on a branch in a pond in la Dombes, France.

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…
Underwater sceneries in the Red Sea off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
Diving on the site of Conshelf 2 on the Red Sea, off coast of Suddan.

A dive into history: following the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau to…

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…
Underwater close-up off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
The Umbria wreck laying off the coast of Sudan. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

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…
Bestof 2013 of landscape photographs.

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…
Bestof 2013 of wildlife photographs.

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…
The  5 best underwater photographs of the year 2013.

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…
Landscapes of the coast of Gironde Estuary in Charente-Maritime. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Landscapes of the shores of Gironde estuary in Charente-Maritime,…

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…
Blenny in the Gironde estuary, France.

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…
A goby on a hard coral colony in the Red Sea, Egypt.

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…
The sailfish sardine run off the coast of Mexico, Isla Mujeres.

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…

 

The call of the red deer in France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The call of the red deer in Charente-Maritime, West of France

The call of the red deer in Charente-Maritime, West of France From mid-September to mid-October , the red deer belling in France. Several regions are known to listen to the cryl of the red deer. The Charente- Maritime region is one of them. From "La Coubre" forest in the North to the forest of…
Scuba diver exploring the Recoin wreck off the coast of Oleron Island in France.

The wreck of "Recoin" off the island of Oleron

The wreck of the "Recoin" off the island of Oleron A wreck with an unknown history, 25 yards under the surface of the Atlantic Scuba diver exploring the Recoin wreck off the coast of Oleron Island in France. For a big project relating the hidden treasures of the underwater bottoms of the coast of…
Tarpon sardines run in Bonaire in the southern Caribbean Sea.

Tarpon sardine run in Bonaire in the southern Caribbean Sea

Tarpon sardines run in Bonaire in the southern Caribbean Sea A unique underwater show for photographers Tarpon sardines run in Bonaire in the southern Caribbean Sea During our last trip to the island of Bonaire off the coast of Venezuela, we had the opportunity and the privilege to attend a unique…
European bee eater with a bee in its beak.

Photographing the European bee-eater in Charente-Maritime, France

Photographing European bee-eaters in Charente-Maritime, France A photogenic bird with an annoying habit of nesting on private property European bee eater with a bee in its beak. For a photographic project in the Charente-Maritime department in France, which will end in 2014, we needed a photograph…
Herd of fallow deers in a forest of Poitou-Charentes region, France.

The European fallow deer in the Charente-Maritime region, France

Photographing European fallow deer in Charente-Maritime, France The European fallow deer: a very difficult animal to photograph Herd of fallow deers in a forest of Poitou-Charentes region, France. We learned by chance that the European fallow deer, Dama dama, had been reintroduced into some areas…
The wreck of Sauerland sunk off the coast of Charente-Maritime in France, Atlantic Ocean.

The wreck of Sauerland off the coast of France in Atlantic ocean

The wreck of the Sauerland off the coast of Charente-Maritime, France A monumental wreck from the Second World War On August 12, 1944, the Sauerland, a German blockade breaker, was sunk 24 nautical miles from the port of La Rochelle in the west of France. Today she lies on sand 40 yards under the…
Atmospheres and birds of the ponds of La Dombes. Ain department in FranceS. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

France. Department of Ain. La Dombes

France. Department of Ain. La Dombes La Dombes is a marshy area in the north of Lyon in France. It consists of over 1000 ponds where carps are raised for fish farming. These ponds were built by the monks to ensure the food needs of farmers in the region. They are not very deep. They are ideal for…
Aquatic warbler in a swamp of Charente-Maritime, France.

Aquatic warbler photographed in Charente-Maritime, France

Aquatic Warblers in the swamps of Charente-Maritime, France A quick stop before migrating to Africa Each year, an extraordinary phenomenon occurs in some swamps in the south of Charente-Maritime, France. Flocks of aquatic warblers, Acrocephalus paludicola, stop for a few days to get a snack before…
Canyon de Chelly in United States. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Canyon de Chelly in Arizona state, USA

Canyon de Chelly in Arizona state, USA Canyon de Chelly is located in the state of Arizona in the southwest United States. It was dug millions of years ago by powerful rivers that have deposited silt and also made the land very fertile. To the 10th century, the Pueblo Indians have found a rich land…
Bestof 2012 of wildlife photographs.

5 best wildlife pictures of the year 2012

5 best wildlife pictures of the year 2012 One year of hard work has ended. 2012 was rich in new events, trips and photographs. We worked hard ton confirm our photographic vision. For each report, each project and each trip, we continued to respect the rules we have defined to create our…
Bestof 2013 of underwater pictures.

5 best underwater pictures of the year 2012

5 best underwater pictures of the year 2012 One year of hard work has ended. 2012 was rich in new events, trips and photographs. We worked hard ton confirm our photographic vision. For each report, each project and each trip, we continued to respect the rules we have defined to create our…
Bestof 2012 of landscape photographs.

5 best landscapes pictures of the year 2012

5 best landscape pictures of the year 2012 One year of hard work has ended. 2012 was rich in new events, trips and photographs. We worked hard ton confirm our photographic vision. For each report, each project and each trip, we continued to respect the rules we have defined to create our…
Some pictures requires to know how to prepare compositions and  frames like this vineyard.

Everyone is able to pick a nice ripe fruit on a tree: part 3

Anyone can pick a ripe fruit from a tree: part 3 Click here to read the part II of the article. In previous articles, we described the various steps we use for landscape photography. These three essential steps result the production of images that are ready to be used. But do we follow the same…
A photo that required  days waiting for the best weather conditions: a swampy area near  Royan in Charente-Maritime.

Everyone is able to pick a nice ripe fruit on a tree: part 2

Anyone can pick a ripe fruit from a tree: part 2 Click here to read the part I of the article. In the previous article, we described the first step in preparing to take a landscape photograph. Once we have written all the necessary data in our log, we begin the second stage of our process: waiting.…
A photo that required  days of preparation and recognition: a village in Haute-Saintonge in the fog in winter.

Everyone is able to pick a nice ripe fruit on a tree: part 1

Anyone can pick a ripe fruit from a tree — Part 1 Anyone can pick a ripe fruit from a tree. But how many people can actually plant the tree in the right place, wait for it to mature, prune and fertilize it so that it will give delicious fruit? It is the same way with photography. Anyone can press a…
A photograph of the canal of Beaugeay. Used for the exhibition.

A little-known aspect of being a photographer: the search for partners

A little-known aspect of being a photographer: the search for partners A race against time October 2011. We have been in Charente-Maritime for 3 days now, preparing for our exhibition which is to be held in 2012. We are looking for local businesses which will partner with us in our project. We have…
A photographer lost in thought contemplating a landscape in Charente-Maritime.

What photographers think during the long hours of waiting?

What do you think while you are waiting to take pictures? We build our own personal universe What do you think about during the long hours while you are waiting to take pictures? We have heard this question dozens of times. At first, we laughed at it, because we thought that people were laughing at…
Paris, the City of Light and its monuments

A getaway in Paris

A getaway in Paris We had had to interrupt our time in the Charente-Maritime department because we had two business meetings scheduled in Paris. One concerned arrangements for future photography classes. The other was a chance for us to meet with a publisher about a new book. We decided to spend 4…
The magical morning moment.

The 15 magical minutes in landscape photography

The 15 magical minutes in landscape photography The golden hour "We have 15 minutes. After that, it will be too late: we will pack our photo equipment and tripods." We have said this sentence hundreds of times. We have waited for this moment for days sometimes. It has a different name in different…
Landscapes of the coast of Charente-Maritime, France

A typical day on the coast in Charente-Maritime

A typical day on the coast in Charente-Maritime After our stop in the village of Hauteluce in the French Alps, we travelled to the Charente-Maritime department on the western coast of France. For two years, we had been gathering pictures for a photo exhibit in 2012. Even though we only needed 20…
Alpine landscape around the village of Hauteluce in Savoy

The village of Hauteluce in the French Alps

The village of Hauteluce in the French Alps It was the end of our wildlife photography safari in the French Alps. It had been a happy week. We had spent long hours waiting for animals to appear. Sometimes they had, sometimes they had not. We had come to find chamois and ibex. We left with pictures…
The white-throated dipper of the river in Beaufort

Photographing white-throated dippers in Beaufort

Photographing white-throated dippers in Beaufort After photographing marmots, badgers, and various birds, and seeking in vain for deer and chamois, we decided to go with André Callewaert to photograph a bird which is almost a myth for some photographers: the white-throated dipper, Cinclus cinclus.…
Wildlife of the Beaufortain area in the French Alps

Wildlife from the Beaufortain area in the French Alps

Wildlife from the Beaufortain area in the French Alps We decided to create a series of photos of wildlife from the French Alps. To get to know the area, we enrolled in a wildlife photography safari organized by the photographer Gerard David. Another photographer, Philippe Rigolio, was our guide…
Stroll through the oasis of Siwa

Stroll through the oasis of Siwa

A stroll through the oasis of Siwa The village of Siwa in the western Egyptian desert is not only the site of the medieval city of Shali. It is also situated by a large oasis. For us, the oasis was the place where we went to shelter from the sun during the heat of the day. After getting up early to…
Siwa oasis in Egypt

An ordinary day in Siwa

An ordinary day in Siwa. While we stayed in Siwa, Egypt, we spent our days in search of light. We woke up at 5:30 to prepare our cameras. We usually prefer not to get up early, but in Egypt, everyone does, and despite the unusual hours, we were not tired. After a shower, we left our hotel with our…
Oasis of Siwa in western of Egypt

The oasis of Siwa in Egypt

Oasis of Siwa in western of Egypt The oasis of Siwa Oasis also called Amoun is located in the Egyptian desert, 627 kilometers west of Cairo and 306 kilometers south west of Marsa Matrouh. This oasis is famous for its palm trees, olive trees, flowers. Siwa is a few kilometers from the border with…
The grey seal in Brittany, France

The grey seal of Brittany, France

The grey seal in Brittany, France There are only two colonies of gray seals in Brittany: one is installed in the archipelago of Molène in Finistere and the other is installed in the islands of Seven Brothers off the Côtes d'Armor. We spent several hours to observe the colony of the Côtes d'Armor: a…
The dugong of the red Sea

Will I ever meet a dugong?

Will I ever meet a dugong? A dream that has never become reality We all have dreams. They drive us forward every day. When we realize a dream, it means that we succeeded in fighting through adversity. Dreams often take a long time to become reality. Everybody has a suitcase full of dreams that have…
The fishing farm of Cannes. France. Mediterranean Sea.

The organic open water fishing farm: a solution for the future?

The organic open water fishing farm: a solution for the future? A fish farm in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Cannes, France. 30% of the world's population only eats fish, and wild stocks continue to decline due to intensive industrial fishing. How can we feed a growing population with a…
Whale sharks in Tadjourah Bay, Djibouti

Whale sharks in Tadjourah Bay, Djibouti

Whale sharks in Tadjourah Bay, Djibouti A photographer’s despair Have you ever felt the despair of a disappointed photographer? Have you experienced the terrible frustration of being ready to take an exceptional picture, and then having everything go wrong? I have had this experience, and even now,…
The longnose hawkfish of the Red Sea

The longnose hawkfish of the Red Sea

The longnose hawkfish of the Red Sea A difficult fish to photograph Every diver who has wet his fins in the Red Sea has heard of the famous longnose hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus. It is one of 35 species of hawkfish, the best known of which is the freckled hawkfish, Paracirrhites forsteri. Many…
The Shark Reef drop off in the Northern Red Sea in Egypt

The Shark Reef drop off in the northern Red Sea in Egypt

The Shark Reef drop off in the northern Red Sea in Egypt The best dive of my life June 2011. This is the third day of the underwater photography cruise we have organized. I wake up at 4 AM. Because it is very hot in the cabin, I sleep on the top deck of the boat. The cabin is air conditioned, but,…
The rafflesia flower: the biggest flower in the world

The rafflesia flower: the biggest flower in the world

The rafflesia flower: the biggest flower in the world We had the chance to photography the rafflesia flower in the jungle in east of Thailand after two days of walk and research with a guide. Rafflesia is known to be the biggest flower in the world. It can measure 3 feet (1 meter) and weight 22…
Underwater life of the sandy bottom of the Red Sea. Fury Shoal reefs in Egypt

Fury Shoal reefs in the Red Sea in Egypt. Life on the sand

Underwater life on the sandy bottom of the Red Sea The Fury Shoals in the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt The weather had forced us to precipitately leave St. John’s Reef. One of the two propellers of our boat had broken and the captain was forced to move north, towards the harbor of Marsa Alam.…
Saint John's reef in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt

Coral reef of St.John. Red Sea. Egypt. Winter 2010

Saint John's reef in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt We decided to make a diving cruise to explore the reefs of Saint John during the coldest period of the year in the Red Sea. The water temperature is 23 degrees Celsius. It's 5 degrees below the temperature at the beginning of the summer and 7…
The moving stones in Race Track in Death Valley, California.

The moving stones at Racetrack in Death Valley National Park

The "moving stones" in Race Track in Death Valley, California It is in a dry lake in Death Valley National Park, on the site of Racetrack that we can see these moving stone tracks. Many theories tried to explain this unique phenomenon in the world but nobody has ever seen the stones movings and…
A silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the Red Sea

Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), Red Sea, Red Sea

A silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the Red Sea We took this photo of a silky shark (scientific name: Carcharhinus falciformis) in the Red Sea during a month of June. As is often the rule when we want to photograph the sharks, we posted during several dives in a place where we knew we could…
Harbor of Saint-Tropez in the South of France

The harbour of Saint Tropez in South of France

Harbor of Saint-Tropez in the South of France The city of Tropez Saint is famous for his yachts of more than 60 meters (180 feet) length which rent a ring for several thousands of euros per day or for the stars who come to show in the back of these boats by drinking champagne glass. But all this…
A whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the Red Sea

Oceanic whitetip shark, Red Sea

A whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) in the Red Sea We made this picture off Daedalus reef in the Red Sea in Egypt after waiting several minutes under the dive boat. The oceanic whitetip shark, often called longimanus, (Scientific name: Carcharhinus longimanus) is a pelagic fish. He lives in…
A spectral tarsier in a forest of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Spectral tarsier

A spectral tarsier in a forest of North Sulawesi, Indonesia The spectral Tarsier (Tarsius spectrum) is a member of the Tarsier family and living on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, and is also reffered to as 'Sulawesi Tarsier'. It is about 25 centimeters long and weighs 94–154 grams. . A spectral…
Electric clam in the waters of Raja Ampat, Papua

An electrical flame file shell in Papua

Electric clam in the waters of Raja Ampat, Papua It took us a long time to take a picture of the electrical arc inside the animal. It was during a dive in one of the mangrove of Raja Ampat in Papua that we were lucky to shoot that picture. The flame file shell inhabit narrow cracks, crevices and…
The amphitheater of Bryce Canyon in Utah State and the hoodoos.

Bryce Canyon amphitheater in Utah in United States

The amphitheater of Bryce Canyon in Utah State and the hoodoos The Bryce Canyon national park in the state of Utah in the United States is known for its particular geological formations: hoodoos. It is a unique geological formation and the red color dominates the canyons and the large amphitheater…
A Periclimenes sp. shrimp in the waters of Ploumanach, North Brittany

A Periclimenes sp. shrimp in Brittany

A Periclimenes sp. shrimp in the waters of Ploumanach, North Brittany A Periclimenes sp. shrimp hiding in an anemone off the coast of Ploumanach in North of Brittany in France. We had never had the chance to see one and without the help of our underwater guide, we could never have been able to take…
Sunset over White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas

Sunset over White Rock Lake near Dallas

Sunset over White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas White Rock Lake is located few miles away from the city of Dallas in the Texas state in the south of United States. This is what we can call an "urban oasis". The lake is artificial and this is one of the reservoir for the water supply of the city. More…
A Ridley turtle in the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas coast

A Ridley turtle in the Gulf of Mexico

A Ridley turtle in the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas coast A Ridley turtle, Lepidochelys kempii. This is the most common specie encountered in the Gulf of mexico. She has a rounded shell and she weights between 40 et 50 kg (between 120 and 150 lbs). We took that picture as she was eating a sponge…
The lighthouse of Ploumanach, North Brittany

The lighthouse of Ploumanach in North Brittany, France

The lighthouse of Ploumanach, North Brittany This lighthouse which shows the entry of the harbour of Ploumanac' h in North Brittany is also called "Mean ruz", which means red stone in Brittany language. It is the emblem of the famous pink granite coast in the north of Brittany. The first headlight…
Galapagos shark around Wolf Island

The Galapagos shark of Wolf Island

Galapagos shark around Wolf Island That shark species is in danger following the Ecudorian government authorization allowing the sale of fins. The shark prefers clear water, coral reefs and rocky bottoms, and often swims a few meters above the substrate. A common but habitat-limited species, occurs…
The Rocky Mountains in Colorado in United States

The Rocky Mountains in United States

The Rocky Mountains in Colorado in United States The Rocky Mountains also called Rockies in United States form a large assembly line in the west of North America. They stretch more than 4800 kilometers (3000 miles) from Mexico in the south to Alaska in north. They are divided between the United…
Giant sea fans in Andaman Sea, Thailand

Giants gorgonias and soft corals in Andaman Sea

Giant sea fans in Andaman Sea, Thailand That rock covered with gorgonias and soft corals is located at the bottom of the famous reef names Ruan Gluay-Mai which means "orchids garden" in Thai. It is certainly one of the most beautiful coral reef in the world. The most surprising is the size of the…
The beach of Arromanches in Normandy

The beach of Arromanches by a beautiful day of September

The beach of Arromanches in Normandy Only the half immersed pontoons, from a few hundred meters of the beach of Arromanches in Normandy, North of France, recall us all the sufferings endured by men who did not even know France, during the terrible fights of June 1944. How to imagine in this haven…
Scallops meeting in the cold waters of Vancouver Island

Scallops meeting in Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Scallops meeting in the cold waters of Vancouver Island We were diving in Vancouver Island when we saw the scallops which seemed to converse between them. They were all posted on a big rock looking all on the same direction. Every scallop was opening and closing their shell depending on the…
The sand dunes of Death Valley in California

The sand dunes in Death Valley

The dunes in Death Valley, USA The sand dunes in Death Valley are only one of the many landscapes we can find in this area of California. Seen from heights of the valley, the surface covered by sand seems small but it is a mistake. Once starting to walk, it takes hours to explore it completely. We…
The wreck of Ghiannis D. sunk in the Red Sea

The wreck of the Ghiannis D. sunk in the Red Sea

The wreck of Ghiannis D. sunk in the Red Sea Giannis D. is one of the mythical wrecks of the north of the Red Sea. This Greek cargo liner ran up against the reef of Abu Nawas in April 1983 and spent two weeks to sink while breaking into two. The wreck is lying on the side on a 28 depth meters…
The wreck of Salem Express off Safaga in the Red Sea, Egypt

Wreck of the Salem Express

The wreck of the Salem Express off Safaga in the Red Sea, Egypt The Salem Express ran in 20 minutes on December 15, 1991. 470 people will drown and 180 will survive. This terrible tragedy occurred off the town of Safaga in Egypt in the Red Sea. The passengers were pilgrims returning from a trip to…
Sunset over the island of Vancouver, Canada

Sunset over south of Vancouver Island, Victoria

Sunset over the island of Vancouver, Canada We were walking along the port of the town of Victoria, capital of the province of British Columbia in the west of Canada, when a magic light settled on the city. The Vancouver Island is the area of the world where so far we have seen such changes of…
The wreck of Krisoula K. in the Red Sea. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The wreck of Chrisoula K in the Red Sea off Egypt

The wreck of Chrisoula K in the Red Sea off Egypt The Chrisoula K (also named Krisoula K) was a Greek freighter. During its final journey to the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, its cargo consisted of boxes containing ceramic tiles made in Italy. It sank 31 August 1981, after the captain passed…
Mountain birds of Costa Rica. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

The birds of mountains in Costa Rica

The mountain birds of Costa Rica. In 1970, a couple of botanists from Harvard University who studied micro orchids noted in their report that there is a large concentration of resplendent quetzals in the forests of the Costa Rica moutains region. This magnificent bird so rare caused the influx of…
Fish of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea. Underwater harmony of colors. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Colors harmonies of underwater close up photography

Egypt, Marsa Alam, Red Sea. Colors harmonies of underwater close up photographs. Most underwater close-up photographs show portraits of fish, crustaceans and other reptiles. They also often attach to show animal behavior. These techniques used to show the underwater life is interesting but it is…
Underwater fauna along the coast of Charente-Maritime in France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Underwater attached fauna and flora of the mouth of Gironde estuary

Underwater attached fauna and flora of the mouth of Gironde estuary In the previous photo gallery dedicated to the underwater fauna of the mouth of the Gironde estuary, we highlighted the fish and crustacean. In this gallery, we chose to show the flora and fauna attached to the rocks that make up…
Underwater fauna along the coast of Charente-Maritime in France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Underwater fauna of the Gironde estuary in France

Underwater fauna of the Gironde estuary in France. The Gironde estuary in the department of Charente-Maritime in West of France consists of a mixture of saltwater and freshwater very beneficial for underwater fauna that is very specific. It is marked by all estuaries physical characteristics…
The sail fish sardine run in Mexico. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Mexico. Isla Mujeres. Sailfish sardine run

Mexico. Isla Mujeres. Sailfish sardine run Each year during the winter season, nutrient rich currents flow from South America pushing its way north up onto the shallow shelf off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico drawing in large schools of sardines. Following these baitfish are great numbers of Atlantic…
Shark Reef drop off in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Egypt. Red Sea. Shark Reef

Egypt. Red Sea. Shark Reef The drop off of Shark reef is located in the north of the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. For us, Shark Reef is one of the top ten dives in the world and it is the southern point of the Sina¨peninsula. The wall falls to more than 300 meters (900 feet) of depth but most of…
South of Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Grand Canyon, South Rim, state of Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon, South Rim, state of Arizona, USA We decided to spend a few days in the south of the Grand Canyon in the state of Arizona, USA. It is called South Rim. We want to photograph the Grand Canyon in the snow. We traveled by car from Texas. Our whole trip was punctuated by snow. We've even…
Whale Sharks of the Gulf of Tadjourah in Djibouti. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Djibouti. Gulf of Tadjourah. Whale sharks

Djibouti. Gulf of Tadjourah. Whale sharks The Gulf of Tadjourah is located in the Indian Ocean at the western end of the Gulf of Aden. It is almost entirely surrounded by the Republic of Djibouti. The rest is bordered by Somalia. Throughout the year, the Gulf of Tadjourah and especially the bay of…
Manatees in Florida, United States. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Florida. United States of America. Crystal River. Manatees

Florida. United States of America. Crystal River. Manatees Manatees are herbivores that are also called “sea cows”. There are four different species in the world. The specie we know particularly is “Trichechus manatus latirostis”. This is the Caribbean manatee. It is the largest species. Every year…
Underwater bottoms of Saint John Reef in the Red Sea in Egypt. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Egypt. Red Sea. Saint John's Reef

Egypt. Red Sea. Saint John's Reef These photos were taken on the coral reefs of St. John in the southern Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. These reefs are certainly the most beautiful and richest biodiversity of the region. This is a festival of colors and shapes. For photographers, this is a unique…
Red Rock Canyon in the state of Nevada, United States. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Red Rock Canyon in Nevada State, USA

Red Rock Canyon in Nevada State, USA Red Rock Canyon is located 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from the city of Las Vegas in Nevada in the United States. It is a small park little known photographers but a treasure rich colors. It is a deserted region consists of small mountains that can reach 1000…
Landscapes of the coast of Charente-Maritime in France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The coast of the Charente-Maritime department, France

The coast of the Charente-Maritime department, France The total length of the coastline of the Charente-Maritime department in the west of France is 463 kilometers. The coastline stretches from the Gironde estuary to the Atlantic ocean. For photographers this is a unique landscape incredibly rich.…
Landscapes and wildlife of Hauteluce in French Alpes. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The village of Hauteluce in French Alps. Alps wildlife

The village of Hauteluce in French Alps. Alps wildlife. Hauteluce is a small village of 800 inhabitants located in the Savoy region in the French Alps. The main activity is agriculture with cattle: race Tarine and race Tarine. Cows produce milk used to make the Beaufort cheese and Tomme de Savoie…
Underwater bottoms of Saint John Reef in the Red Sea. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Egypt. Red Sea. Scenic views of Saint John Reefs

Egypt. Red Sea. Scenic views of Saint John Reefs The coral reefs of St. John consist of small islands in the southern Red Sea off the Egyptian coast. They are located after the corner of Ras Banas. None of the islands are inhabited. They are all empty and just flush out of the water. The slopes of…
Underwater sceneries of Arromanches in Normandy, France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

France. Normandy. Arromanches. Wrecks of the DDAY, June 6, 1944

France. Normandy. Arromanches. Wrecks of the DDAY, June 6, 1944 Normandy is not very known and not famous for its scuba dives except perhaps by divers coming from the Calvados department, who know all the underwater treasures that lie on the sandy bottoms. Off the small village of Arromanches,…
The Rocky Mountains in the Colorado state, United States. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Rocky Mountains, Colorado State, USA

Rocky Mountains, Colorado State, USA The Rocky Mountains in Colorado State are a small part of the mountain range which has the same name. The Rocky Mountains extend over a distance of 4830 kilometers in the west part of the North American continent. The highest peak, Mount Elbert, located in…
Underwater bottoms of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Mexico. Sea of Cortez.

Mexico. Sea of Cortez. Sea of Cortez is also known as the Gulf of California or Vermillon Sea. It is a sea of the Pacific Ocean. The mouth of the Colorado River is located at the north end of the sea. The Sea of Cortez is home to nearly 900 species of fish of which 77 are endemic, 33 species of…
Underwater fauna of Galapagos. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Ecuador. Galapagos. Underwater fauna

Ecuador. Galapagos. Underwater fauna The Galapagos archipelago consists of islands in the Pacific Ocean off Ecuador. It is a unique place for photographing large pelagic fish such as whale sharks, eagle rays, sharks, dolphins. But it is also an extraordinary place for schools of fish such as…
White Desert in Egypt. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The White Desert in the West of Egypt

The White Desert in the West of Egypt The White Desert is located in the Western Desert (also called the Libyan Desert) in Egypt between the oases of Bahariya and Farafra. It's a huge expanse of desert 180 kilometers long. It is a white dazzling landscape dotted with shapes sculpted by erosion. At…
The banks of Gironde Estuary from Charente-Maritime. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The banks of the Gironde estuary, Charente-Maritime, France

The banks of the Gironde estuary in Charente-Maritime, France The pictures from the banks of the Gironde estuary that we display in this gallery were taken in the department of Charente-Maritime. They were taken during the winter and spring and are part of a wider project on the Charente-Maritime…
Drop off of Safaga in the Red Sea. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The drop offs of Safaga in the Red Sea, off Egypt

The drop offs of Safaga in the Red Sea, off Egypt Safaga is a small fishing village located 60 kilometers south of Hurghada. It is an unspoilt destination that is full of surprises for divers and photographers eager to see beautiful dive sites. In this slideshow, we endeavored to show some pictures…
Landscapes of Zion in the state of Utah, United States. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Zion Canyon, Utah state, USA

Zion Canyon, Utah state, USA Zion National Park is a national park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (593 km2) park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and…
Landscapes of Bryce Canyon in the state of Utah in United States. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Bryce Canyon, Utah state, USA

Bryce Canyon, Utah state, USA Bryce Canyon is a huge area of the state of Utah, an area of 145 sq km, famous for its rock formations composed of conical shaped, brightly colored and aged tens of millions of years. The park consists of high areas and semi-arid, and presents a set of huge natural…
Underwater sceneries of Key Largo in Florida, United States. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Key Largo, Florida, USA

Key Largo, Florida, USA Key Largo is an island in the Florida Keys in South Florida in the USA. It is a very narrow strip of land whose main activity is scuba diving. For underwater photographers, this is a paradise because dives are shallow, about 10 to 15 meters (30 to 45 feet) and the reefs are…
Landscapes of Death Valley in California. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Death Valley, California State, USA

Landscapes of Death Valley, California, USA Death Valley is a vast desert area of 13,600 km2. The bottom of the valley in Bad Water is 85 meters below the level of the sea. Mount Whitney rises meanwhile to 4400 meters. The elevation changes are very impressive. Death Valley holds another record:…
Landscapes of Petrified Forest. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Petrified Forest, Arizona State, USA

Petrified Forest, Arizona State, USA The Petrified Forest is located in the southwest of the United States, in the state of Arizona. There are about 200 million years, the area was covered by swamps and it was crossed by many rivers. Upstream of these rivers grew tall conifers. Many trees were…
Underwater sceneries of the Andaman Sea in Thailand. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Andaman Sea, Thailand

Andaman Sea and Richelieu Rock, Thailand The Andaman Sea is a sea depending on the Indian Ocean along the coasts of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Indian territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is bounded to the north and east by Indochina and the Malay Peninsula, south…
Landscapes of Medoc, Gironde. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The Médoc in Gironde, France

The Medoc in Gironde, France The Médoc is a peninsula in northern of Gascogne composed of the Médoc wine of the Médoc moors located in the department of Gironde. The Médoc is the peninsula bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the estuary of the Gironde on east and the country of Buch on…
Fauna of Galapagos archipelago. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Wildlife of Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador, Pacific ocean

Wildlife of Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador, Pacific ocean The Galapagos Islands, also known as Archipelago of Colón, is an archipelago of Ecuador located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 965 km off the coast of South America at the latitude of the equator. Composed of forty islands of volcanic origin,…
The village of Al Qasr on the oasis road in Egypt. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Al Qasr village, Egypt, Western Desert

Al Qasr village, Egypt, Western Desert For many visitors to Dakhla oasis, Al-Qasr is the most memorable part. With an old town with many streets in excellent condition, it offers the best illustration of the oasis' past. Although modern "progress" has been gentle on Al-Qasr, the old quarters are…
Seven Brothers islands in the gulf of Aden off the coast of Djibouti. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Seven Brothers Islands, Gulf of Aden, Djibouti

Seven Brothers Islands, Gulf of Aden, Djibouti The Seven Brothers Islands or Sawabi Islands are a group of small islands of Djibouti located in the Strait of Bab-el-Mandab between the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean. The underwater bottom are famous but not dived, and scuba diving is far from achieving…
Daedalus in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Coral reefs of Daedalus, Red Sea, Egypt

Coral reefs of Daedalus, Red Sea, Egypt Daedalus Reef is a circular reef topped by a 100 meter tall lighthouse, which can be visited. It was built in 1931 by the French to replace a metal tower dating from 1863 which was badly damaged and rusty. It is painted with black stripes and white. In front…
Brother Islands in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Brothers Islands coral reefs, Red Sea, Egypt

Brothers Islands coral reefs, Red Sea, Egypt The Brothers Islands (El Al Ikhwan or Akhawein) consist of two islands and are in the middle of the Red Sea about 70 kilometers from the village of El Quseir. They are two completely barren reefs that go down over 500 meters deep. The largest of the…
The coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico in United States. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas coast, USA

Coral spawning in the Gulf of Mexico, off Texas coast, USA These photographs of the coral spawning were taken in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas in the United States in the reserve of Flower Garden to 160 kilometers (100 miles) of the coast. This phenomenon can be observed every year during the night…
The wreck of Salem Express in the Red Sea. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

The wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, off Egypt

The wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, off Egypt The Salem Express ran in 20 minutes on December 15, 1991. 470 people will drown and 180 will survive. This terrible tragedy occurred off the town of Safaga in Egypt in the Red Sea. The passengers were pilgrims returning from a trip to La Mecque to…
The wreck of Thistlegorm in the Red Sea. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

The wreck of Thistlegorm in Red Sea, off Egypt

The wreck of Thistlegorm in Red Sea, off Egypt The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed ship built in 1940 by Joseph Thompson & Son in Sunderland, England. She was sunk on 6 October 1941 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea and is now a well known dive site. In the early fifties Jacques-Yves Cousteau…
Lake Abbé in Djibouti. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Lake Abbé, Djibouti, Horn of Africa

Lake Abbé, Djibouti, Horn of Africa The Lake Abbé is a salt water lake located in the Afar country of Djibouti. It takes approximately 7 hours on sand and dusty tracks to reach it from the capital, Djibouti. This lake which receives water of the Awash river is located on the border between Ethiopia…
Underwater bottoms of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea in Egypt. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Fish of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea

Fish of Marsa Shagra in the Red Sea These pictures of fish were taken in May 2012 on the drop off of Marsa Shagra in southern Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. This coral drop off is only composed of hard corals. It is home of most species of fish from this region. All dives in Marsa Shagra are done…
Cave of Shaab Claudio in the Red Sea. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Egypt. Red Sea. The cave of Shaab Claudio

Egypt. Red Sea. The cave of Shaab Claudio Shaab Claudio's cave is located in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. It is located in the area known as the "Fury Shoals". Shaab Claudio comes in the form of two large rooms linked by a small underwater arm. The ceiling height is about 8 meters (24 feet).…
Underwater sceneries of Ploumanach in Brittany, France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

Underwater bottoms of Ploumanach in North Brittany, France

Underwater bottoms of Ploumanach in North Brittany, France Ploumanach located on the town of Perros-Guirec is known worldwide for its pink granite coastline and also for its famous lighthouse Min Ruz. But Ploumanach is also a unique area for its underwater bottoms, the Seven Islands archipelago,…
A male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico, USA.

Male sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico

Sailfish blenny in the Gulf of Mexico The latin name of the Sailfish Blenny is Emblemaria pandionis. She has 1 to 2 inches length. Photo made during a diving cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the site of Stetson Bank in July 2007 by 80 feet of depth. We had decided to dedicate the whole week end to…
15 statues of Anse Caffard in Martinique in the Carribean

15 statues of Anse Caffard in Martinique in the Carribean

The 15 statues of Anse Caffard in Martinique These 15 statues, 2,50 meters (8 feet) high for a weight of 4 tons each, commemorates the tragedy of April 9, 1830 when a transporting ship of slaves sunk during a storm off Martinique, a French Island in the Carribean Sea. This monument which pays…
Death Valley in California. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Landscapes of Death Valley, California State, United States

Death Valley, California State, USA Death Valley is the largest national park in the United States, and also one of the most beautiful. But Death Valley is also one of the hottest and most arid areas of the planet. Summer temperatures reach about 45 °C in the shade with highs of 50 °C. The…