EVERY week we profile a member of The Northern Echo Camera Club and publish their favourite images - this week Lee Fisher from Chopwell

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

MY dad – I always remember family holidays and trips to the beach and my dad would always have his camera with him.

Your first camera?

THE first real camera I had was a Panasonic DMC-FZ28

What do you most enjoy photographing?

I’LL photograph anything given the opportunity, but my passion is motorsport, landscape and nature. I love the challenge motorsport and nature photography involves. Motorsport you have to be fast, and ready for anything. You have the noise, the smells, the sounds and the potential for danger. It's a very exciting environment to try to capture. Nature is completely different, it's a chance to escape from the world and just relax.

Your favourite picture?

ONE of my favourites is of a puffin on the Farne Islands. I been a few times out to the islands with limited success. However last year everything fell in to place perfectly. The weather was amazing and the puffins were in full chick feeding mode, constantly flying back and forth with food. As we were walking around I noticed one sitting on the lighthouse wall, with a mouthful of eels. As I sorted out my settings and started to take a couple of shots the wind began to blow. The puffin, slightly unbalanced by the gust of wind, ended up balancing on one leg. The shot just seems to work perfectly.

Your go-to kit at the moment?

YOU’LL normally find me walking around with my Nikon D7200 and Tamron 150 – 600mm lens.

Do you spend much time in post-production?

IT really depends on the shot. Normally it's just a quick touch up and a straighten of a horizon here and there.

Advice for budding photographers?

PRACTICE and be patient,. but above all enjoy it.