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Canon Explorer <br class="br_visual" />Danny Green publishes first wildlife book

Canon Explorer
Danny Green publishes first wildlife book

© Danny Green

November 2012

Canon Explorer, and top wildlife photographer, Danny Green has just published his first book, ‘The Long Journey North’, which 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 one that has seen him use every generation of Canon technology during that time, from film to digital.

“I’m so happy that I’ve finally completed my first book,” Danny Green told CPN. “I’ve published it and it’s taken me a while to do it. In fact, when I started the project I was still using my Canon EOS-1V film SLR!”

The 200-page coffee table book, with a foreword written by BBC wildlife cameraman John Aitchison and narrative text and captions by Danny Green, takes the reader on a visual journey of the Northern parts of Europe; starting in Scotland, with pine martens and red deer, and finishing in the Arctic regions of Norway, with wolves and musk oxen.

In the book’s introduction Green explains: “My deep passion and fascination for the north had been sown many years ago. As a young boy, my granddad influenced and nurtured my love of the natural world. As an eight-year-old, I clearly remember watching thousands of wading birds swirling around an estuary as the tide came in. I was mesmerised by this spectacle and asked question after question. He told me that this flock of birds were Knot. He explained where they had come from and that they only visit us for the winter months. When we got home, we looked at the map and I was mesmerised by the huge distances that they travelled. I wanted to learn more, not just about these birds but the species that lived in this Arctic environment. The North has gripped me ever since.”

© Danny Green

Aurora Borealis, also known as ‘the Northern Lights’. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with an EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens at 24mm, mounted on a tripod. The exposure was 15 seconds at f/4, ISO 800.

“I never wanted this journey to end,” Danny Green revealed. “And now that the book is finally finished I’m looking for an excuse to get back out there and do another one. It’s taken me a long time to do this first book, but I’m hoping the next one won’t take quite so many years!”

Green used the Canon EOS-1D X for the final part of the project, and one of his last trips for the book was to Norway to photograph wolves. He was hugely impressed by the autofocus speed and low-light performance of the camera, and credits it for being able to get the results he needed – often in extreme temperatures.

He explained: “I’ve had the great pleasure of using the EOS-1D X this year and it’s been an amazing camera. These are really exciting times at Canon at the moment with the cameras offering fantastic autofocus and great performance at high ISOs. As a wildlife photographer you can spend hours – even days – waiting for the moment, so with a camera like the EOS-1D X your hit rate is vastly improved.”

He added: “I’m able to take better action shots and capture animals, like the wolves, in very low light. The extreme environments (minus 40 degrees in places) have been no challenge to the kit either. I might have stopped working in those temperatures, but the wolves didn’t – and neither did the camera!”

The book ‘The Long Journey North’ is out now and Danny Green is currently on a tour of the UK discussing the project. Please click here to find out more.

Biography: Danny Green

Danny Green

Danny Green is a multiple award-winning wildlife photographer, based in the UK. He became interested in nature from a young age and has been photographing the natural world for over 20 years, originally with Canon film cameras and now with DSLRs. His approach to photographing nature is a long process and he can spend months, if not years, working on subjects and projects.



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Great grey owl in the snow; the front cover of ‘The Long Journey North’. Taken on a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV with an EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. The exposure was 1/2000sec at f/4, ISO 640.