Marina's lifelong devotion to wildlife and nature eventually led her to pursue photography full-time. She has published the books Cabárceno (2009), Drama & Intimacy (2011), the e-book Babies of The Wild (2015), Inspiración y Naturaleza (2016) and her most recent volume, Wild Soul (2018). Her images have been published around the world in numerous respected publications, including a cover for the National Geographic book The Wisdom of Mums, a cover shot on the National Geographic Traveler magazine in Spain, as well as images in its Spain, Portugal and Poland guides.
"I wish that when I was younger I had believed in myself more, and stopped thinking so much that I couldn't do something. 'Just go girl, go!' That's what I wish I could tell my younger self. I think the best thing photographers can do for themselves is to forget about any boundaries that are only in our heads. Work hard at what you want to do and just go for it. That's what I did, and as I did it I realised that I could have done it several years before. Don't waste time!"
The key kit that the pros use to take their photographs
The EOS-1D X Mark III is the ultimate creative toolkit, with superb low-light performance, deep learning AF and 5.5K RAW video. "It's my main and preferred camera," says Marina.
A highly capable pro DSLR. 20.2 Megapixel full-frame sensor. 61-point AF system. Up to 14fps. ISO to 409,600. "The image quality plus the ISO performance and the reliability in all kinds of weather, make this camera the best for wildlife," says Marina.
A professional grade f/4 lens with a built-in 1.4x extender for huge flexibility and focal range for sports and wildlife. "It's versatile with the quality of a fixed lens and the advantages of zoom," says Marina. "One of my favourite lenses ever."
A super lightweight 600mm lens with a fast f/4 aperture, perfect for wildlife. "For me it's a must have in the wild," says Marina. "You can get extraordinary detail in the skin or the face of animals."
The professional, L-series super telephoto sports lens with a wide f/2.8 aperture and Image Stabilizer. "I love the fantastic out-of-focus backgrounds I can create in my pictures with this lens," says Marina.
A professional grade extender that increases focal length of L-series lenses by 1.4x. "The extenders are perfect for the fixed lenses and in those situations where your subject is too far away to get a good result," says Marina.
This extender increases the focal length of Canon L-series telephoto or telephoto zoom lens' by a factor of 2x, with higher AF accuracy and improved communication between camera and lens.
"I use it very little because of the restrictions in many areas, but I like to take it in some exotic destinations, for landscapes," says Marina.
"I use filters for some landscapes, especially on the coast," says Marina. "I use gradual filters to get good light in the foreground and to stop the background being too bright."
"My preference is to handhold my lenses but I use a tripod for landscapes, and with some super-teles I use a monopod," says Marina. "The perfect combination for my wildlife photography is the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM with a monopod. It’s very light and for some short periods of time you can easily handhold it."
"I cannot imagine Africa without it," says Marina.
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