Nick Dale has only been a professional photographer since 2013, but it fits in with his focus on ‘quality of life’. After a few years working as a strategy consultant, he found it too stressful and wanted a change. Fortunately, a friend of his had an apartment in the French Alps. He wanted to make money by renting it out, but he also wanted to spend all of his 51-day holiday allowance there to go skiing. What was he to do? Nick offered to rent the place from him and invited him to come over whenever he wanted. That was when he effectively ‘retired’…at the age of 29! After seven years of travelling, he came back to London and decided to go ‘quality of life’, which meant doing the things he actually enjoyed. That now includes doing a bit of teaching as a private tutor, but also playing tennis and golf and – whenever he gets the chance – going to far-flung places to take pictures of exotic wildlife! Nick wants to produce the most beautiful and powerful images he can, and he won’t be satisfied with a game drive unless he knows he has captured a few images he thinks are worth five stars. These are his absolute favourite shots, and he’s only produced around 100 of them over the years, so these are the special ones, the ones he’s most proud of. They can show any subject – not just wildlife – but they must convey the magic of being there. His favourite animals are the predators, and the wonder of the long lens is that it allows him to fool viewers into thinking they are right up close and personal with a very dangerous beast. It’s that sense of excitement that he tries to bring to his work, and he’s happy to use whatever technology he can find to do the job. He regularly rents an 800mm Nikon lens for close-up shots, and he’s just ordered a Nikon D850 camera body with 45.7 megapixels and the ability to shoot nine frames per second. All that, combined with the wonders of Lightroom, gives him the best possible platform for capturing the beauty of Nature.