Create Different Photos That Have Impact, Creative and Are Meaningful


If you want to create different, more interesting photos that have meaning and impact, then the articles in my blog dedicated to the photographic approach will meet your expectations.

By reading these articles, you will develop or refine your artistry whether it is your vision or your photographic signature.

All these blog articles will help you to better communicate with your photos. You will discover techniques to better use the photographic language, develop your photographic state of mind, translate your emotions, and transmit messages.


Bison in the snow in Yellowstone in USA.
Bison in the snow in Yellowstone in USA.

All Articles About Photographic Approach

Example of a narrative photo of a landscape. Torrent in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Photo in colour by Amar Guillen.

4 Reasons to Create Narrative Photos

4 Reasons to Create Narrative Photos Example of a narrative photo of a landscape. Torrent in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Photographic Storytelling Can Make Your Photos Extraordinary In my…
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An example of a narrative photo. Landscape of Island in the Sky in the Canyonlands in Utah in United States. Photo in black and white by Amar Guillen.

Why and How: Creating Impactful Narrative Photos

Why and How: Creating Impactful Narrative Photos In this article, I will give you the keys to succeed in your narrative photos. This technique will allow you to make your photos more interesting and…
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A doe and her fawn in a wood. Photo in color by Amar Guillen.

Evaluating the Potential of a Photo

The Evaluation of the Potential of a Photo A doe and her fawn in a wood. The Evaluation of the Potential of a Photo In one of the previous paragraphs, I mentioned that you should evaluate the…
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A low-key black and white photo of a swanling in a pond in Dombes. Photo taken from a floating blind.

Using Low Key in Wildlife Photography

Using Low Key in Wildlife Photography A low key black and white photo of a swanling in a pond in Dombes. Photo taken from a floating blind. Why and How: Photographing Wildlife in Low Key In the…
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A low-key landscape photograph of the Grand Canyon in black and white.

Low Key Landscape Photography

Low Key Landscape Photography A low-key landscape photograph of the Grand Canyon in black and white. Why and How to Photograph Landscapes in Low Key If you like to create landscape photographs, you…
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Black and white low-key photograph of a landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

9 Tips to Master Low Key Photography

9 Tips to Master Low Key Photography and Create Good Photos Black and white low-key photograph of a landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas. Application to Photography If you have read the previous…
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Photograph of Antelop Canyon in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Understand a Photo Visually and Semantically

Understanding a Photo Semiologically and Semantically This photograph in black and white of Antelop Canyon could be interpreted in different ways. Step 1: Visual Comprehension The visual…
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Road crossing Valley of Fire in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Two Steps to Fully Understanding a Photo

Two Steps to Fully Understanding a Photo When you look at other photographers' photos for inspiration and new ideas, you analyze every inch to attempt to fully understand the images. You are looking…
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Landscape in black and white of Monument Valley. Photograph created for a book. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

2 Tips for Creating Purposeful Photos

2 Tips for Creating Purposeful Photos Landscape in black and white of Monument Valley. Photograph created for a book. Reason #2 for Creating Purposeful Photos: Pleasing Your Audience When you create…
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Silhouette of a red deer stag during the rut of the deer. Photo created for an exhibition. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Why and How: Creating a Purposeful Photo

Why and How: Creating a Purposeful Photo Have you ever wondered how some photographers manage to win the most prestigious contests or receive credit at elaborate exhibitions? The answer is simple.…
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Abstract photo of nature created at the surface of a pond in La Dombes in France. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

5 Tips to Improve your Abstract Photos

5 Tips to Improve your Abstract Photos Abstract photo of nature created at the surface of a pond in La Dombes in France. Reason #4 For Creating Abstract Photos: Pushing the Limits of Your…
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Abstract photo created in Petrified Forest from a natural scene. Photograph from Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

5 Reasons for You to Create Abstract Photos

5 Reasons for You to Create Abstract Photos Abstract photo created in Petrified Forest from a natural scene. Some Abstract Photographers The photographers who have practiced or who practice abstract…
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Abstract photo created in Petrified Forest from a natural scene. Photograph from Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Why and How: Creating Abstract Photos

Why and How: Creating Abstract Photos Do you want to explore new creative avenues in photography? Do you feel the need to make different photos to convey your emotions and messages? You may be asking…
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The elegance of a red deer stag walking in the fog during the rut. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist

Why and How: Photographing Red Deer Stags in the Fog

Why and How: Photographing Red Deer in the Fog If one of your passions is wildlife photography, you may impatiently await the arrival of autumn so that you can photograph the rut of the deer. Perhaps…
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Landscape in black and white of the Grand Canyon from the south rim in Arizona. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

10 Traps to Avoid If You Want to Create Good Photos

10 Traps to Avoid If You Want to Create Good Photos If you are like me, then you may have wondered how to create interesting pictures that are different from the ones you have already seen. You and I…
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Abstract conceptual photo of a landscape of Petrified Forest in Arizona. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Why and How : Defining Your Photographic Why

Why and How: Defining Your Photographic "Why" Do you know what all successful photographers have in common, besides having 10 to 15 years of photographic experience? They have a strong photographic…
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Turtle swimming in the Red Sea in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

5 Rules to Judge a Photo Subjectively

5 Rules to Judge a Photo Subjectively Turtle swimming in the Red Sea. Peacefulness, tranquility, and elegance characterize this black and white underwater photo. How Judging Subjectively? You…
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Photograph in black and white of a manta ray in Maldives during a night dive. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Why and How Judging a Photograph Subjectively

Why and How Judging a Photograph Subjectively When judging photos, whether personal or those of other photographers, you certainly use so-called objective criteria. But why would not you use purely…
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Photograph in black and white of a road to Monument Valley in Arizona. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

6 Steps to Define a Good Photo

6 Steps to Define a Good Photo When you are out in the field studying the result of a shot on your camera screen, sometimes you say to yourself: “That's a good picture. I’ll keep it.” Or maybe you…
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Two lions in Kenya. Photographed in black and white. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

To Create Aesthetics Photos, Print your Images

To Create Aesthetics Photos, Print your Images Two lions in Kenya. Photographed in black and white. How Defining Aesthetics in Photography? By now you probably understand that photographic aesthetics…
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Waterfall of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

4 Tips to Create Aesthetics Photos

4 Tips to Create Aesthetics Photos Do you think an aesthetic photo actually means anything? Have you ever used the expression “this picture is aesthetic"? Can we take a moment to talk about…
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Spoonbill in backlight photographed in La Dombes from a floating blind. Photograph by par Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

How Increasing Your Confidence in Your Photos

How Increasing Your Confidence in Your Photos Are you familiar with the syndrome of lacking confidence as a photographer? It manifests in those individuals who take incredible and unique photos but…
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Landscape in black and white of Canyon de Chelly Arizona in United States. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

How to Manage the Criticism of Your Photos

How to Manage the Criticism of Your Photos Have you ever dealt with negative criticism of your photographs? Have you ever felt totally discouraged after hearing or reading malicious reviews of your…
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Landscape in black and white of Canyon de Chelly Arizona in United States. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

6 Steps for Mastering Meaningful Photos

6 Steps for Mastering Meaningful Photos Are you able to describe the entire process of creating interesting photographs? Do you feel like you are making progress in photography and creating photos…
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Red Deer Stag Bugling in France in October. Photograph by Amar Guillen, artist photographer.

3 Fundamental Errors to Avoid in Photography

3 Fundamental Errors to Avoid in Photography Do you like to take pictures for photographic projects, or keep a record of intense moments you have experienced? If so, then these precious memories are…
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Conceptual photograh created with reflection of a landscape of Yellowstone on water. Fine art work from the collection 'Forgotten Paradises'.

Why and How: Creating Conceptual Photographs

Why and How: Creating Conceptual Photographs Have you ever considered creating conceptual photographs directly from the natural elements? Have you ever tried to share a new perspective or vision of…
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Landscape in color of Valley of Fire in Nevada at sunrise. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

Be Simple and Tell Stories to Improve Your Photos

Be Simple and Tell Stories to Improve Your Photos Valley of Fire in Nevada at sunrise. Tip #8: Look at Nature in a Different Way If you want to create interesting and creative nature photographs, do…
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Landscape in black and white of the Sand Dunes in Death Valley. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

To Improve Your Photos Use Emotions

To Improve Your Photos, Use Emotions Landscape in black and white of the Sand Dunes in Death Valley. Tip #1: Creating Photos That Look Like You The main principle of artistic photography is to…
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Landscape in black and white of the Sand Dunes in Death Valley. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

15 Steps to Improve Your Photos

15 Steps to Improve Your Photos Do you want to truly improve the quality of your nature photographs by making them more interesting and creative? Do you want to go above and beyond in making…
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Young walia ibex photographed in black and white in Ethiopia. Photograph by Amar Guillen, photographer artist.

How to Create Wildlife Photos in Black and White

How to Create Wildlife Photos in Black and White Have you ever wanted to create wildlife photographs that have impact and convey authentic emotions? Have you ever wanted to go beyond a simple…
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Black and white photograph of a bison in Yellowstone in summer. The details, the form, the structures were necessary to correctly show the scene.

8 Tips for Seeing your Photos in Black and White

8 Tips for Seeing your Photos in Black and White When you photograph nature scenes for black and white prints, what do you see? Do you imagine the scene in color or in black and white ? The answer to…
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Photograph of a red deer fawn in a meadow.

3 Techniques for Photographing Fawns

3 Techniques for Photographing Fawns Have you ever had the opportunity to photograph fawns of deer, roe deer or fallow deer? Annually, during the months of June and July, I have had the chance to…
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Snowy landscape of Yellowstone during winter.

3 Steps for Giving Meaning to Your Photos

3 Steps for Giving Meaning to Your Photos in 3 Steps You have most likely heard the expression "giving meaning to your photos" in magazines, exhibitions, or photo blogs. But what exactly does this…
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Photograph created in Yellowstone for the fine art collection 'Paths of Mind'.

5 Steps for Developing a Photographic Mindset

5 Steps for Developing a Photographic Mindset You may think that creating creative and artistic photographs only requires a camera, lens, technical skills, and a photographic culture. It is a good…
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Landscape in color of Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, United States.

9 Steps for You to Last in Photography

9 Steps for You to Last in Photography If you are a nature photographer, then taking photographs is your passion. You spend a lot of effort and energy to make interesting photos. One of your wishes…
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This photograph of a waterfall in the Smoky Mountains is constructed with different elements. It evokes the time passing.

Why and How: Defining a Photograph

Why and How: Defining a Photograph Have you ever had the curiosity to search for the definition of a photograph? If you have already researched, then you will have noticed that it does not really…
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Horizontal lines on the surface of the water with warm tones create a soft and soothing photograph.

Why and How: Using Lines in Nature Photography

Why and How: Using Lines in Nature Photography Lines are essential elements in nature photography. They accomplish multiple goals. In this article, I will give you the keys to incorporate the…
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The shape of the triangle between sailfish and sardines reinforces the reading of the image.

Why and How: Using Shapes in Nature Photography

Why and How: Using Shapes in Nature Photography Shapes can also be referred to as “optical surfaces”. They result from the combination of lines and angles. In nature photography, they can be real or…
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This photograph of sand dunes in California's Death Valley is an example of rhythm in a photograph.

Why and How: Mastering Rhythm in Nature Photography

Why and How: Mastering the Rhythm in Nature Photography Is your passion for nature photography? Underwater, terrestrial, animal or landscape? Have you ever thought about incorporating rhythm into…
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Photograph in color of a landscape of Monument Valley.

The 36 Qualities That Define a Good Photographer

The 36 Qualities That Define a Good Photographer You may be wondering if you are a good photographer. Although your question is legitimate, the answer is not easy. Your analysis must be objective. In…
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The magic of conceptual photography. A photo from the 'Illusions' art prints collection.

Why and How: Developing a Photographic Consciousness

Why and How: Developing a Photographic Consciousness Your passion may lie in terrestrial or underwater photography. Or perhaps photography is your hobby, a way to relax and escape the stress of your…
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Black and white landscape photograph of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, United States.

3 Steps for Reading and Appreciating a Photograph

3 Steps for Reading and Appreciating a Photograph You certainly look at hundreds of photographs daily. Whether for your personal projects, professional career or in articles you reference, your…
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Black and white photograph of a landscape of Antelope Island in the state of Utah in the United States.

Why and How: Judging a Photograph

How to Judge a Photo and Why In the article entitled "Why and how to analyze a photograph", you will learn about both my method and my reading grid, which enables the photographer to systematically…
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Photograph in black and white of Upper Antelop Canyon in Arizona.

4 Steps to Analyze a Nature Photograph

4 Steps to Analyze a Nature Photograph Every day, you will certainly search for photographic inspiration by browsing websites or by turning the pages of photography books. You analyze and judge each…
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This photograph of a 2-day old gelada required a week-long trip to the Simien Highlands in Ethiopia.

Storytelling Can Enhance the Impact of your Photos

Storytelling Can Enhance the Impact of your Photos You may believe that creating interesting photographs of nature depends on how the general photo project is defined, or your photographic identity,…
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This photograph of a red deer stag during the bugle is balanced in masses. No area is swinging in one direction or the other.

Why and How Mastering Masses in Nature Photography

Why and How: Mastering Masses in Nature Photography When you create a nature photograph, you must be very attentive to the balance of the masses, to prevent a poorly balanced photo. This concept of…
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The look of this young ibex with the catchlight in the eye is very evocative.

How Photographing the Expression of a Wild Animal

How Photographing the Expression of a Wild Animal Do you want to create interesting wildlife photographs that impact your viewers? Focusing on the expression terrestrial or aquatic animals is one of…
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Landscape photography requires great mastery to use photographic language (bisons in a meadow under a cloudy sky).

A Universal Photographic Language Does Not Exist

The Universal Photographic Language Does Not Exist Landscape photography requires great mastery to use photographic language (bisons in a meadow under a cloudy sky). Artistic Photography Has Two…
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Underwater photography requires great mastery to use the photographic language (goby on a hard coral).

Why and How Speaking in the Language of Photography

Why and How Speaking in the Language of Photography As I said in this article, photography is a means of artistic expression. It has a language. Like with any language, the author must be able to…
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A female pronghorn in Yellowstone in winter.

How Photographing Yellowstone in Winter

How Photographing Yellowstone in Winter You are certainly familiar with Yellowstone National Park in the state of Wyoming in the United States. It is an extraordinary place for landscape or wildlife…
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Spatule blanche en contre-jour photographiée depuis un affût flottant en Dombes.

Why You Should Define Your Photographic Identity

Why You Should Define Your Photographic Identity Do you wonder why you are unable to create consistent series of photos? Do you always recognize the signature of some photographers who inspire you,…
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CThis artistic photograph of a buffalo is subjective because the choice of the attitude, the composition, the framing.

Why: Artistic Photography is Subjective

Why: Artistic Photography is Subjective Photography in general is subjective. Artistic photography specifically is even more so. Whether it is the photographer, author, or the collector of…
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This photograph of a female gelada in Ethiopia is an example of photographic writing. It is part of the collection "Portraits of Geladas".

5 Steps to Master the Photographic Writing

5 Steps to Master the Photographic Writing Photography is a form of art, which I discussed in this article. Art makes it possible to express emotions and to transmit messages. In this article, I also…
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This photograph of the fine art collection 'The paths of the spirit' was the subject of a precise analysis before the shooting.

Why and How Mastering the Semiology in Photography

Why and How Mastering the Semiology in Photography A nature scene can be photographed in a multitude of ways. The change in composition, framing, or point of view generates hundreds of possibilities.…
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Landscape of Caddo Lake in Texas. Bald Cypress growing in the lake.

Why It Takes Time to Create an Art Photograph

Why It Takes Time to Create an Art Photograph When I create artistic photographs, I perform a deliberate, conscious, and thoughtful act in pursuit of specific goals. It is a meticulous job before,…
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This photograph was created for the collection 'Musical notes on water'.

Why and How Creating Fine Art Photos

Why and How Creating Fine Art Photos Defining art photography (fine art photography) is complex and difficult. For years, we have been trying to express ourselves as photographic artists, and through…
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For this collection of art photographs dedicated to the underwater world, I have spent years in different regions of the world.

Apply a Method to Find Inspiration in Photography

Apply a Method to Find Inspiration in Photography For this collection of art photographs dedicated to the underwater world, I have spent years in different regions of the world. Tip # 8: Finding…
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For this collection of art pictures devoted to monkeys, I worked for 3 years in remote areas.

Emotions Are a Source of Inspiration for Your Photos

Emotions Are an Inexhaustible Source of Inspiration for Your Photos For this collection of art pictures devoted to monkeys, I worked for 3 years in remote areas. Tip # 2: Practicing Humility Although…
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Minimalist picture of a bighorn sheep in Yellowstone in winter.

8 Techniques for Creating Minimalist Photos

8 Techniques for Creating Minimalist Photos I like to create minimalist photographs because it fits perfectly into my artistic vision. This photographic approach may seem simple and natural at first…
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We waited a week before creating this photograph. We wanted the sun at this particular place. We proceeded by method.

7 Tips to Create your Photos in a Methodical Way

7 Tips to Create your Photos in a Methodical Way When I create a series of photographs for clients or photographic projects, I leave little room for chance. Over the years, I have developed a process…
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This photograph of a red deer in Europe at dawn is an artistic approach.

Photography is an Art Different from Others

Photography is an Art Different from Others 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…
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This photo of a torrent in the Smoky Mountains is a photographic artistic approach..

Why Photography is A True Artistic Discipline

Why Photography is A True Artistic Discipline Are all photographic disciplines artistic? Are all photographers’ artists? These essential questions are, in my view, as important as those relating to…
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Underwater wrecks are perfect subjects to tell stories and to make working  the imagination of the viewers.

A Practical Method to Tell a Story with a Photo

A Practical Method to Tell a Story with a Photo 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…
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Animal behaviors are interesting subjects for telling stories in artistic photographs.

Why and How Telling a Story through A Photo

Why and How Telling a Story through A Photo Creating photographs of nature is an extraordinary way to communicate, convey messages, or arouse certain emotions in the viewer. In my article on editing…
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To make this picture, we photographed the waterfall for 3 days. 150 pictures in total.

3 Steps for Realizing a Good Photo Editing

3 Steps for Realizing a Good Photo Editing 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…
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To create this photo of a gray heron in this environment, we waited for hours.

5 Steps to Create Interesting Photos

5 Steps to Create Interesting Photos 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…
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The blue accentuates the peace and the quietness of the whale shark.

Learn the Language of Colors in Photography

Learn the Language of Colors in Photography 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…
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In this photo of a purple heron, I worked the red colors to create contrast with the green.

How to Enhance Colors in Nature Photography

How to Enhance Colors in Nature Photography 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…
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Photo of a purple heron taken from a floating blind in the Dombes.

June 2016. Photography trip to the Dombes in France

June 2016. Photography trip to the Dombes in France Photo of a purple heron taken from a floating blind in the Dombes. June 2016. For three weeks we have been holding wildlife photography workshops…
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Wildlife photography conference in Paris animated by Amar Guillen.

May 2016. Wildlife photo conference in Paris

May 2016. Wildlife photo conference in Paris May 2016. We hosted a conference dedicated to wildlife photography. We were invited by several photography clubs to explain this photographic discipline.…
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Pour composer cette photo de paysage, nous avons longtemps chercher le meilleur point de vue pour arranger tous les éléments.

Why and How Composing A Nature Photograph Well

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

Why and How: Creating Black and White Photos

Why and How: Creating Black and White Photos Do you want to create black and white photos, but do not know where to start? Are you moved and emotionally touched by monochrome photos, but do not…
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Photo sous-marine d'un nudibranche. En photographie sous-marine, la technique du bokeh est très intéressante en gros plan pour mettre des sujets en valeur.

Why and How Creating a Bokeh in Nature Photography

Why and How Creating 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,…
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A pygmy seahorse framed with the rule of thirds.

Why and How to Correctly Frame When Photographing

Why and How to Correctly Frame When Photographing Not all moments are good for making a good photograph. The photographer Cartier-Bresson said, "There are decisive moments where you have to be…
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Taking Pictures Is Always Telling your Truth

Taking Pictures Is Always Telling your Truth Searching for the best framing for one of the magical landscapes in Bryce Canyon. "I want to communicate" photographers Throughout all our years of…
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On the heights of Death Valley.  Why take this photo?

Why are you taking pictures?

Why are you taking pictures? 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…
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Dunes de sable dans le désert Lybique en fin d'après-midi.

Why I Love the Wonders of Nature

Why I Love the Wonders of Nature As far as I remember, nature has always had an attraction for me. I have always had a deep love for it. Natural phenomena, seasons, landscapes, and land or aquatic…
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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…
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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…
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A good underwater photograph that respects our 10 criteria.

2 Methods for Judging a Photo

2 Methods for Judging a Photo 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…
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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.

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

3 Techniques For Photographing Red Deer Bugling

3 Techniques For Photographing Red Deer Bugling Red deer bellowing: a sight worth photographing Red deer are certainly some of the most beautiful European animals for photographers to capture. This…
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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…
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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…
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Blenny in the Gironde estuary, France.

5 steps to successful underwater photography

5 steps to successful underwater photography In the previous post, I explained some of my secrets for creating beautiful underwater photos. I will continue with some common sense rules that many…
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Hummingbird in flight foraging a flower.

My “10-10-10-30-40 rule” in Photography

The “10-10-10-30-40 rule” in Photography How do you make a great and memorable photo? How do the great photographers do it? I hear these questions at some point during every photo workshop. To answer…
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Wild hogs of the forests of Charente-Maritime in France. Photographs by Isabelle and Amar Guillen.

The wild boar in Charente-Maritime, west of France

The wild hog in Charente-Maritime, west of France The boar is very present in the Charente-Maritime. It is found in forests, woods or swamps. All Charentais have seen at least a wild boar during a…
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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 For a big project relating the hidden treasures of the underwater bottoms of the coast of the Charente-Maritime region in France, I dove on a wreck…
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Atmospheres and birds of the ponds of La Dombes. Ain department in France. 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…
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Landscape of Canyon de Chelly in Arizona.

Canyon de Chelly in Arizona state, USA

Canyon de Chelly in Arizona state, USA Landscape of Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. Canyon de Chelly is located in the state of Arizona in the southwest United States. It was dug millions of years ago…
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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…
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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…
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PLandscapes 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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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A silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) in the Red Sea.

Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), 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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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Electric clam in the waters of Raja Ampat, Papua.

An electrical flame file shell in Papua

An Electrical Flame File Shell in 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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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The Grand Canyon photographed from the south rime in the state of Arizona at dusk.

Grand Canyon from South Rim, state of Arizona, USA

The Grand Canyon from The South Rim, State of Arizona, USA The Grand Canyon photographed from the south rime in the state of Arizona at dusk. I decided to spend a few days in the south of the Grand…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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Whale shark in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Mexico.

Mexico. Sea of Cortez

Mexico. Sea of Cortez. Whale shark in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Mexico. 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…
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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,…
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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…
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Giant gorgonians on a Safaga drop-off in the Red Sea.

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

The drop offs of Safaga in the Red Sea, off Egypt Giant gorgonians on a Safaga drop-off in the Red Sea. Safaga is a small fishing village located 60 kilometers south of Hurghada. It is an unspoilt…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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The village of Al Qasr in Egypt.

Al Qasr village, Egypt, Western Desert

Al Qasr village, Egypt, Western Desert The village of Al Qasr in Egypt. For many visitors to Dakhla oasis, Al-Qasr is the most memorable part. With an old town with many streets in excellent…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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The wreck of Salem Express of the coast of Safaga in the Red Sea in Egypt.

The wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, off Egypt

The wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, off Egypt The wreck of Salem Express of the coast of Safaga in the Red Sea in Egypt. The Salem Express ran in 20 minutes on December 15, 1991. 470 people will…
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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…
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Landscape of Lac Abbé, Djibouti, Horn of Africa.

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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Death Valley in California. Photographs by Amar and Isabelle Guillen.

Death Valley, California State, USA

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…
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