Some of the most impressive animal photos on Instagram have been posted by this amazing photographer and I was lucky enough to get to ask her a few questions about her love of photography in the outdoors.
Q. What camera and lens do you use most often?
A. I use a Canon 60D, I mainly use a 100-400mm and a 60mm macro lens
Q. What got you into photography, and what was the first thing that you learned that changed the way you looked at it?
A. I first got into photograph as a way of relaxing and getting out on my days off work. I think discovering Instagram and seeing other people's photos changed my way of seeing photography. Just seeing the diversity of photography and the passion is very addictive and having somewhere to share my photos has sustained it as my go to pastime.
Q. I noticed that in your gallery you are very fond of Red Squirrels. So many amazing shots, what is it about them that keeps you coming back?
A. Firstly they are super cute, the little tufts on their ears and their unique individualism. I also drawn by their plight for survival in the UK, they have slowly died out in the South due to the introduction of the greys but with some great work in the north the still thrive. I love fighting for the underdog.
Q. Growing up what is your fondest memory of being in the outdoors?
A. I loved being outdoors when I was a kid, having adventures with my friends. Using nature to fuel our imagination, whether it was using trees to create dens or making the local park our magical kingdom.
Q. If you could go anywhere in the world, just you and your camera where would you go and why?
A. It would have to be Costa Rica, it's biodiversity is the best in the world and the variety of hummingbirds is a big draw for me as it's at the top my must see bird list.
Thank you so much for your Time Melissa. I can wait to see what you have in store for us in the future!
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