Skomer Island Puffin
People ask whether being behind the lens inhibits my ability to experience and enjoy nature. Obviously there needs to be balance and I don't walk round with my camera glued to my face. Honestly, I find that having the option to look at the world through my camera gives me an enhanced experience. Here's an example: The puffin you see here on Skomer Island was just one of hundreds all walking and flying around doing their own thing which, don't get me wrong, is an awesome sight for sure. Our eyes have a fairly wide field of view without the ability to zoom in or out. Being able to zoom in and scan the colony through my camera allows me to pick out individuals and engage with them in a much more intimate way. Taking this shot through a telephoto lens allowed me to spend 15-20 seconds with this puffin alone. I was able to remove all distractions and just look into it's eyes, marvel at the color of its beak and get a brief insight into the world of this awesome bird. I feel like taking photos does not diminish my experience, but adds another dimension to it.