Seeing nature through a lens

Interview with Megan A. Noble
Sunset Trail
Autumn at Deadman's Hill
Peaceful Fairyland
Sunset on the shores of Lake Michigan

Q: You say you've been taking photographs since you were 3 years old? How did you get started at such an early age?

A: I have been interested in cameras ever since I knew what they were. My grandma bought me a camera for kids when I was 3, and I loved it. I would run around the house and yard snapping photos of whatever I thought looked interesting. When I was about 11 years old I bought my first adult camera, which was just a small Kodak "point-and-shoot". That was when I started taking my photos seriously and decided I wanted to be a professional photographer.

Q: Why is it that nature photography is your passion?

A: I was born and raised in a rural area of Northern Michigan, so I have always loved the nature and the outdoors. My favorite subject has always been sunsets because every one is unique. You can shoot a sunset in the same location many times, and it always looks different.

I decided early on in life that I cannot do a job that requires me to spend the majority of my time indoors. I don't enjoy being stuck inside a building all day, missing all the beautiful sunshine.

Q: What do you look for when you're photographing some scene in nature?

A: Every environment is different and it really depends on what I'm shooting. Composition is key in every shot. Light is extremely important in my photography as well. I also like to shoot at various angles to create a unique perspective. Creating a natural frame whenever possible (using tree branches, or grass, etc.) also makes a photo pleasing to the eye.

Q: Do you have a philosophy about photography?

A: Nature photography is always an adventure. It can take you to places others don't see. There are no limits or restrictions with nature photography, as there can be with other fields, such as portraiture.

Photography is total freedom of expression. You can learn so much about a person just by looking at their photographs.

Q: Have any other photographers influenced you?

A: I have been reading National Geographic Magazine ever since I was a little girl. Even before I could read, I remember looking at the riveting images between those pages, wishing I could be there, shooting those photos. My ultimate goal is to be a National Geographic photographer.

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