Graham Eaton, Winner of the Changing Landscapes Award

Graham Eaton won the MPB special award Changing Landscapes with his image 'When the Fog Parted'. We caught up Graham a couple of weeks after the LPOTY awards were announced to find out more about Grahams photography.
Nov 20

When did you discover photography?

I have been taking photographs for more than 40 years, and still have my old Fuji and Nikon F6 bodies. I even have my old Durst enlarger in some far corner of the attic. But the advent of digital cameras really did move things along. No longer do I need to wait for the post to deliver slides, only to find that I had forgotten to change the ISO!. Digital has allowed more flexible experimentation, with immediate analysis of the results and as I am not too good with Photoshop, this really helps, as I try to get to get the image ‘right’ in-camera.

Which camera do you use?

I use Nikon cameras including the D850, D810, D5 and have been loyal to the brand for many years, except for a short ‘affair’ with a Canon A1 a long time ago. Similar to many photographers, I have a significant investment in lenses which tends to discourage you from being ‘unfaithful’. I am not too delicate with my cameras, so the robustness of the Nikons suits me. I accidentally, kicked my tripod over and completely submerged a Nikon D3s once. I immediately removed the battery and memory, put the camera in a bag of rice and left it for two still works!

Where’s your favourite place to photograph?

I live very close to North Wales and with The Peak District only an hour and a half away, so I am spoilt for choice, the rugged moody Peak or the diversity of landscape that North Wales has to offer. I am a Geologist by profession, so I understand why a particular landscape looks the way it does, so I guess that I find rugged rocky images more interesting. Having said that, my windfarm image is very different to that. Overseas, it would be South Africa.

What’s your favourite image

That is a difficult question, but for Wildlife it would be an underwater photograph of a duck that I took in a North Wales lake, it was runner-up in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. For Landscape, it would be my monochrome image ‘The Wave and the Gull’ that was Highly Commended in the LPOTY a few years ago.

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Tell us about the day you photographed your winning image

I was up in the hills around Halkyn in North Wales, looking for rock texture images in the limestone quarries. To be honest I was frustrated with the fog blanket that covered the Dee estuary. But then I noticed the Dee bridge and the distant Liverpool Anglican cathedral standing proud through the fog. I took a few shots of these and drove further , trying to get a better view of the cranes at Liverpool dock, that were also poking through the fog, when I noticed the gap opening up that revealed the windfarm. It was pure luck that I was there and even luckier that the migrating birds flew into the frame. Classic ‘right place right time’.

Where is next on your list of places to visit to photograph?

I am working on a very exciting new Portfolio, ‘Elements’ that looks at a series of ‘Living’ environmental portraits of a lady within the landscape. I have used long shutter speeds to create movement, to help tell the story of each image. The work is displayed on my website - . I have a few other on-going projects, which I will keep secret for now.

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