New Blog

•10 July, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hello,

It’s been a while since I posted anything to this blog, well that’s all about to change! I’ve finally finished putting together my new website, which will also host my new blog, where I’ll be posting new images and adding some photography gear reviews and telling all about how I’ve started venturing in to the world of wild camping, there really isn’t anything better than waking up for a dawn shoot 3000ft up a mountain and not having to stray too far from where you slept the night before.

Hoping to see you all there.

www.davidbakerphotography.co.uk

www.davidbakerphotography.co.uk/blog

David

Taken 20th June 2012

Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon 14-24mm, ISO 100, 1/25 sec at f11

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Fire In The Sky Over Swanage

•25 October, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’ve made a few images recently at Swanage, a location I often end up at if there is no mist swirling around Corfe Castle, and have been greeted with the most amazing skies.

The first image, of the Banjo Pier, was a made a couple of weeks ago on a calm morning, made-up of 7 images taken with a Carl Zeiss 50mm f2 prime lens and a panoramic tripod head and later stitched together in Photoshop CS5. The second image, of the old pier, was taken on Monday morning in very different conditions, it was blowing a gale and the sea was crashing over the pier and sea wall. It was a challenge to keep the tripod steady and my filters free from sea spray, when the weather is like that I attach my camera bag to a bungee rope and hang it from the middle of the tripod, this helps to reduce camera shake and vibrations.

Two cracking dawn shoots, full of colour, so much so that I had to reduce the saturation on both images.

Canon 5D Mark II, Carl Zeiss 50mm f2, ISO 100, 0.8 secs at f11

Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24mm T-SE, ISO 100, 0.8 secs at f11

The Lee Filters Big Stopper

•20 February, 2011 • 3 Comments

I’m always banging on about the Lee Filters Big Stopper so I thought I’d show what a difference to an image it can actually make.

I headed down to Durdle Door this evening, I’ve been there countless times but can’t stop shooting along that stretch, tonight there was an extremely low tide and I wanted to see exactly how far the sea level dropped. Hovering in the distance above Portland was a small slither of light with slight gradations in the clouds, I knew that it was pointless shooting the scene normally but with the Big Stopper, I knew the small slither of light would spread and the gradations would be more apparent.

After setting up with a Lee Filters 0.9 hard edged graduated filter in place I took a test shot to calculate the exposure, that gave a reading of 1 second, in good light that would be 16 minutes with the Big Stopper but I added an extra 6 minutes to allow for the light fading. I pressed the shutter release and stood around for 22 minutes while the camera exposed wishing I’d packed a flask! I’ve posted the test shot to show the difference.

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm at 35mm, ISO 200, 1 sec at f13

 

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm at 35mm, ISO 200, 1325 sec at f13

Broad Bench, Dorset

•20 February, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm at 21mm, ISO 100, 444 secs at f16

Taken – 19th February 2011

I headed out to Broad Bench on the Jurassic Coast yesterday evening and it was good to get out on the Dorset coast again. Both images were with the Lee Filters Big Stopper, to slow the water and clouds down, I only wish I could slow the tides also as it was coming in around me. The image above took a little over 7 minutes and the one below, taken minutes later, was just as the sun was setting and the shutter was open for a little over 15 minutes.

 

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm at 21mm, ISO 100, 907 secs at f16

Kirkstone Pass, Lake District

•19 February, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Canon 5d Mark II, 16-35mm at 26mm, ISO 100, 1.6 secs at f16

Taken – 10th February 2011

The Kirkstone Pass is the highest mountain pass open to traffic in the Lake District, linking Ambleside and Patterdale, I visited this same spot in October last year when I snapped my Lee Filters Big Stopper. This was the final day of my recent trip and I had some nice winter sunlight to play with. The image is actually two exposures merged together, due to the position of the sun and extreme contrast it isn’t possible to expose on frame. I exposed for the bright side and sky and then for the lower half, the images were merged together in Photoshop CS5  using layer masks. The Big Stopper stayed in the bag!

The weather reports are showing snow up in the Lakes at the moment, exactly what I was hoping for a few weeks ago……next time!

Dusk Coniston Water, Lake District

•17 February, 2011 • Leave a Comment

 

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm at 24mm, ISO 50, 3.2 secs at f16

Taken – 10th February 2011

Another from my recent trip to the Lake District and another  jetty on Coniston Water. The sun had not long dipped behind the distant hills and the clouds were starting to turn salmon pink, unfortunately the colour didn’t spread as much as I’d hoped but I quite like the steel blue colour of the sky reflected in the lake with pink clouds creeping in.

Elterwater, Lake District

•14 February, 2011 • 1 Comment

 

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-105mm at 32mm, ISO 100, 0.8 secs at f16

Taken – 8th February 2011

This was one of the few dry spells that I had during last weeks trip to the Lake District, I have been to Elterwater a number of times and finally got some light to work with. I have a few more to process from the trip and will be posting them later in the week.