Pro Team Spotlight: Danny Green

Danny is a UK based photographer that has had a deep fascination and passion for the natural world since he was a child. Danny first picked up a camera over twenty years ago and began documenting the beauty and fragility of the natural world. We got to know Danny a little bit better with a Q&A. 

 What type of photography do you prefer and why?

I have always been interested in Nature and the Outdoors from a young age and Nature Photography seemed a perfect path to follow to enjoy both. I have been photographing nature now for over twenty years and my enthusiasm has never waned in all those years. I don’t do any other form of photography, just wildlife. It is the best job in the world and I get to go to some amazing countries and see some amazing wildlife. I like the fact I can see something rare or unusual and have my camera at hand to record it and share it. I like nothing more than working in remote locations and rising to the challenge of capturing the landscape or animals that live there. I have a passion for seabirds and have tried to visit most of the colonies in the UK over the past few years; it is great feeling of being on a remote island with just yourself and thousands upon thousands of birds for company.

What tip(s) would you give someone just starting out in photography?

1. Light is the key to everything, if you have bad light you will have bad pictures no matter what it is. I am addicted to light and I am always up at the crack of dawn and stay out until late searching for it.

2. Get out into the field, the more time you are out there the more chances you will get to take great images.

3. Knowledge is so important, the more knowledge you know of your location or subjects the more chances you will get to take great pictures. If you know a subjects habits and movements you will then be able to predict behaviour which will make your images stand out.

4. Decide on a certain style or subject and develop it as that way you will stand out from the crowd.

5. There is always room for improvement and you should always think that’s not bad but......

Where is your favourite place to travel and to photograph?

The weather is the biggest challenge for any wildlife photographer and it can either be an advantage or disadvantage. I love working in cold and remote regions of the northern hemisphere such as countries like Finland, Norway and a little closer to home Scotland.  I shoot in some of the most challenging environments like Mountains and the high Arctic. If I really had to pick somewhere though it would be the forests of Finland. These forests are magical and the wildlife that you can encounter there is very special.

Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?

It took me many years to understand it but eventually it sunk in. “It’s all about the light” I was once told by a fellow photographer. At first I didn’t understand what he meant, was he just talking about the sun being out, bright overcast conditions or was there something more, something missing from this statement. A few years later I purchased a book called “Chasing the light” by world renowned wildlife photographer Jim Brandenberg. After reading this book and more importantly studying the wonderful images within its contents, it finally dawned on me. There is no single light source to work to, no fixed agenda and certainly no textbook rule to adhere to. Looking at his images and his unique style still inspires me to this day.

What made you decide to get into photography?

I have always had a deep passion for the natural world and when I was 18 I went on a safari to east Africa. I was only there to see the wildlife and the only camera I took was a small compact one. There was another guy that I was sharing the vehicle with and he had all the cameras and lenses. Watching him at work was fascinating and I just knew that I would love to do this as a hobby. On my return I broke the bank and purchased my first SLR camera and it has just gone on from there. I have never lost that fascination with photography since; in fact I have become more and more obsessed by it.

Upcoming workshops or book releases?

Danny Green's first book The Long Journey North is a visual exploration of the Arctic and Subarctic regions of Northern Europe. It’s a project that has taken him over eight years to complete, and is a collection of images showing some of the most beautiful and iconic species that can be found in this varied and pristine wilderness. It can be purchased directly from his website www.dannygreenphotography.com