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John Baker

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John Baker last won the day on August 3 2016

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    All aspects of photography, specializing in subjects which have an element of action, from insects in flight to the ISS passing over.
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  1. Looking at Perseus & M31 - Eos R, 15-30mm at 15mm, f2.8, 25", ISO 3,200 - Composite of several images
  2. Haytor, Milky Way, Perseids, a wide panorama of 6 images - Eos R, 15-30mm at 15mm, f2.8, 30", ISO 8,000
  3. Haytor, Granite Tramway & Passing Perseid - Panorama of approx 6 images - Canon Eos R, 15-30mm at 15mm, f2.8, 30" at ISO 6,400
  4. That is a lovely shot, the simple de-fishing has straighten the trees and the reflections nicely
  5. I seriously get that one style does not fit all, it really depends on available light or lack of. I am currently doing a lot more blending of exposures and combining tracking and longer foreground shots - the fun is having the flexibility to try a variety of techniques - wide field is very personal, I know some who really pull detail and alter colours and do very well Commercially - the bottom line is, are you happy with the result and did you get what you planned - if so job done
  6. Finding other lost soles in the middle of nowhere comes with the territory - I have met some very interesting people that way!!! I will share an example of why I light, this is an iconic landscape shot on Dartmoor, the location is called Windy Post. Its about 20 mins from the road and involves heading off into the moor, so even finding the place is a total nightmare in the dark. There is only one real angle to get the small waterfall (ok, that is over egging it, poor thing is about 12" high, but it needs to be in) the way marker cross is a distance beyond and in the distance you have the light pollution of Plymouth Without light I would simply have lost all the foreground interest and the cross would have been a silhouette. EXIF of the shots (it's a wide panorama, so 3 x images high) basic setting Canon 1Dx, Tamron 15-30 f2.8 at f5.6, ISO 5,000 and 30" seconds. The light for this was a small Lidl hand held torch which came with a large diffuser cone and was waved around for a couple of seconds, this was enough to add detail to the shadows. It was also the night of the Perseids and so I was lucky to get one of those in a shot, the panorama allowed me to get the width of the scene but extend the height to add Milky Way. The Poundland lights are great, I keep a couple in my bag, I think they are sold as soft night lights for children, but they give just enough to scatter in a view to give detail. So in this example there are 4 or 5 across the image... A final example, this was the same Lidl torch, but due to the castle being the other side of the lake it needed full power to get detail into the bricks - without the light it would not be as storng, this is Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire I look forward to seeing more of your work... Happy to share more examples if needed
  7. I tend to do my blending in PhotoShop, so good luck & I look forward to seeing the images
  8. Some real crackers in there... I particularly like the meteor & reflection. I also love the bridge shot, a great combination of elements - all I would suggest is try some adding some light to the bridge - I use a small flash on very low power, the other option are some cheap Poundland LEDs of course you could do a blended image, so a longer exposure on the bridge combined with the sky. Pleased to be an inspiration
  9. It’s a really a folly, it’s not the easiest to get as you are too close and need to tilt the camera - this is the standard view... Shame the newly weds left the light in :( This was the straight crop top, I think I was zoomed into 30mm, exposure down to 15seconds
  10. This was the other I rather liked, this takes in Orion with a similar crop
  11. My first time in a competition on here, so not totally sure what I am doing I managed a grand session on the 27 December and took close to 80 shots of the comet mainly from the Haldon Belvedere also known as St Lawrence Castle before the moon rose above the horizon. St Lawrence Castle was built in 1788 and is quite prominent on the skyline of the Haldon HIlls above Exeter and is a great location for astrophotography. My aim with this shot was to try to get a decent view of the comet, the Milky Way, Andromeda and the Pleiades plus the part of the castle in a single image. The light on the castle is mainly from the light pollution of Exeter. This was my favourite image, a single frame taken on a Canon 1Dx using a Tamron 15-30mm Zoom at 15mm, f2.8, 30 Seconds and ISO 2, 500
  12. Agree, but there are some places that just work for this sort of thing.. I really must try to get back down to Bodmin Moor to re-do the Cheesewring, mines & Minions - too much to do, not enough clear skies Ok for the panormas I try to shoot at around the 21 or 24mm focal length, much wider and the distortions gets more complex to deal with. Ideally you need to use a 50mm or telephoto, but then you are into the realms of multi rows which is time consuming. The real trick is to give a very good overlap of images, this then gives you more of a chance of dealing with the wide angle effects - this is not my shot, but this is how you would do 2 rows and shows the level of overlap needed. Re exposure, I normally use the 500 rule (500/focal length) to get the max shutter speed I can use, then go down a stop to be safe, aperture tends to stay wide open - e.g. f2.8 then adjust the ISO to get a decent exposure. If there is a bit of light around I will normally tweak the shutter speed as that is the killer for the movement in the stars. I try to keep the exposures the same. However, I have also done several vertical panos, for those I may do a longer exposure to get detail in the foreground if needed. I am also starting to do multiple-tracked sky shots and combining with a static foreground to get more detail in the sky
  13. It's a great stack, its not quite so impressive from other angles, here are a couple of the alternatives This was the one I went with, it was 8 x panorama I have been several times, here are some other versions Looking up his nose This is the postcard version, but did not really work with the MW One from further back
  14. Hi Ady, ok so the panorama was simply the camera in portrait mode mounted on a panoramic head, I then rotated the camera to get the wider shot - I have just checked and it is actually 11 shots, merged, I think I was shooting at 20mm to give lots of overlap - re exposure, the trick is the main security lights on the island go off at 01:00, unfortunately there are still a few around which can cause problems. This was another shot, this was a 3 x shots of the ISS going through, each shot at 30", then blended to get the longer streak, you can see my wobbly footprints through the sands and my colleague shooting a different angle. You can clearly see the impact of the lights on the shot, The other sort of thing I am now doing is a lot more stacking, so this is 5 x tracked shots to get more detail in the milky way, then combined with a single shot with the tracker off to get the foreground The only real downside, was I had one of my shots picked up by the Daily Telegraph and used as a picture of the day. My friend shared his with the hotel & was given a free night, I am not sure who got the best one there - it did cost him as it was good he & his wife stayed for an extra night & that cost them a fortune
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