LPP 2018 Runner-Up Harry Baker

Harry, who grew up in South London, Croydon and attended the Brit School where he studied visual arts. He then went to Hertfordshire University to study physical Special Effects. He worked on several feature films before having a motorbike crash and deciding he wanted out of the commute. 

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Harry, who now lives in Cockermouth, Cumbria told us, 'I got my first DSLR as a Christmas present in 2016, so coming up to two years now' that he's been taking photo's.

We asked him what equipment he currently uses:

I have just started using  Lowepro Whistler 450 camera bag which means I can finally take all my gear out at once if needed!  This includes a Nikon D810(If I go further afield I'll bring a D800 spare body), my lenses are, Tamron 15-30 f/2.8, Tamron 24-70 f/2.9, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 manual focus (got this for a fiver at a bootfair), Tamron 85mm f/1.8 and a sigma 70-200 f/2.8.  Since getting my 15-30mm I overhauled my filter system to the Benro 150mm wide angle and CPL, I use a Haida 6 stop and a lee 0.9 soft grad.  I have a vanguard 283 CT Tripod and have just bought a 5k Gorillapod with the voucher from Ascendancy Apparel!!  I also take a DJI Mavic Pro with 2 spare batteries and some Neewer Filters.  I take spare batteries for everything and portable chargers, lens cleaning kits, head torch and snacks! That's all I can think of for now!

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Harry tells us he loves landscape photography because it comes secondary to his passion for the outdoors and adventure.  He says he used to struggle with being in the moment when walking but shooting really helps him appreciate it.  Harry is also a big fan of portrait photography too!

We asked Harry to recall a special moment in his outdoor pursuits: 'I think my favourite adventure/photography memory actually happened in February this year, I walked up to Brandreth Via Grey Knotts in very deep snow, I witnessed an amazing sunset over Great Gable reflected in a small tarn.'

Harry has been coming to the Lake District at least twice a year since he was a baby and decided to take the leap and move permanently four years ago - he's not been back to London since!  - 'I love the ease of access to amazing places!'

You can see much more of Harry's work on his Instagram here.

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Laurie Crayston