Sue and Jon Baker are dedicated hill walkers and photographers based in the beautiful county of Shropshire. We have travelled extensively around mainland Britain and have been lucky enough to have also visited Mongolia, France, Italy, Norway, Iceland , Switzerland, Austria, Republic of Ireland and The USA,
Successful Landscape Photography is not just about taking images. It is more about being outside, loving the place you are walking in, no matter what the weather. The beauty, peace and solitude you get can do wonders for your physical and mental well being. Be at one with the world, expect the unexpected, but most of all enjoy the natural world.
We have been members of a Camera Club for many years now and followed the traditional routes for trying to improve our photography. Sue has gained her Excellence FIAP (EFIAP) and also attained The BPE 3* award. Jon gained a double Associateship from The Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and in 1988 was awarded his Fellowship (FRPS) for a series of monochrome infra red slides. In 2002 he was awarded The Master of FIAP (MFIAP), probably one of the highest awards you can attain in photography. 18 years later in 2020 , he is still the only MFIAP in Shropshire. 2008 saw him awarded the Platinum level from FIAP (EFIAP/p). Since then we have gradually reduced our competition entries to a level where we do not enter many at all now. Photography has changed so much in the last two decades. I now find interest on You Tube channels with such photographers as Nick Page, DGriff Gallery, Michael Shainblum, Thomas Heaton, Nigel Danson, Henry Turner, Scotland's Mountains and Brendan Van Son. For them, as with us, it is all about getting out there. Taking a photograph is a bonus.
Life is precious and as you get older, it becomes a series of compromises. In early 2001, Jon was diagnosed with Retinitus Pigmentosa and he had thoughts of being a blind photographer! Fortunately, the condition has stabilised and auto focus is a great help. 2018 then saw him having prostate cancer and the following radical surgery put paid to photography for some time. However the call of the wild has helped us overcome so many problems and we are so grateful to be still getting out there.
"Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do". As the old proverb goes: "It is better to see something once, than be told about it a hundred times."