Martin Lawrence Landscape Photographe

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Catbells above early morning mist

Catbells above early morning mist

My Current Preferences

Since moving to digital photography from film, my preference has been for Canon gear. My first purchase was a Canon EOS 10D which I soon upgraded to the ever popular EOS 20D and then the full frame EOS 5D along with a BG-E4 Battery Grip. The full frame sensor of the EOS 5D allowed me to take images as I saw them through the lens without any multiplication of the focal length and I found that this feature was especially useful for landscape photography, as it allowed me to get better use from my wide angle lens. A couple of years ago I upgraded to the EOS 5D Mark 3 (again with a full frame sensor) which is a truly fabulous camera. My latest purchase is now the Canon EOS 1DX Mk 2 - awesome !!

Talking of lenses, I mainly use the following:

I also have a Canon Extender EF 1.4 X III for use with the Canon 500mm Mk 2 lens and a Canon Speedlight 430EX for use in low light levels and for indoor photography.

To support my camera I use a Manfrotto 055 PROB tripod with an 804RCT 3 pan-tilt head which gives me excellent stability on uneven terrain and in the gale force winds that summer in the Lake District can sometimes bring! Whenever I use my Canon 500 mm F4 Mk 2 I use a Benro Head which gives me great control for obtaining that wildlife shot that I could miss with the pan tilt head. I also use a Canon RS80 remote switch to obtain the crisp images essential for printing and publishing. I recently purchased a Hahnel Giga T Pro II Wireless Timer Remote also which I am just starting to use for my bid photography and it’s very impressive.

I own a wide variety of Lee and Cokin filters but, in all honesty, I use very few of these to get the images that I require. My soft ND grads, however, are in constant use allowing me to correctly expose images where there is a wide contrast between light and dark. I use a polarising filter when photographing in bright sunlight especially when this falls on the lakes and tarns which appear in many of my Lakeland images.I also have a Lee Big Stopper which I use if I want to capture slow water shots.

My preference is for Sandisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards and a recent addition is the 64 gig Fast CF card for shooting wildlife. Memory is very cheap nowadays so, as I always shoot in RAW, I keep a good supply of these in my case and housekeep them regularly!

I store my kit in either a Lowepro Orion Trecker or a Tamrac Expedition 5 depending on how much kit I require for a day’s shoot and how strong I’m feeling as the later when full is very heavy!

I have recently begun to shoot some wild life images to fulfil a long-time ambition of mine. To assist with this, I have purchased a Canon EOS 1DX Mk 2 which when coupled with my 500mm F4 MK 2 lens and my 1.4 X Extender allows me to obtain a much longer focal length which will hopefully allow me to get those distance shots that were not accessible before.  This is an area of photography that I know is very competitive but which my love of wildlife impels me to enter.