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The Perimeter

Dart boughs I, Devon. Dart boughs I, Devon.

Reed Beds, River Dart, Devon. Reed Beds, River Dart, Devon.

Dart boughs II, Devon. Dart boughs II, Devon.

Dart boughs III, Devon. Dart boughs III, Devon.

River Dart with Dartmoor beyond, Devon. River Dart with Dartmoor beyond, Devon.

Dart boughs IV, Devon. Dart boughs IV, Devon.

Ashprington, Devon. Ashprington, Devon.

Dart boughs V, Devon. Dart boughs V, Devon.

Bow Creek, Devon. Bow Creek, Devon.

Engulfed fence, Bow Creek, Devon. Engulfed fence, Bow Creek, Devon.

Brambletorre Mill, Devon. Brambletorre Mill, Devon.

Lower Dittisham, Devon. Lower Dittisham, Devon.

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Partial solar eclipse 2015 photographed in Pittville Park, Cheltenham, England using a Canon 6D with 400mm lens and 1.4x teleconverter (560mm equivalent) with a homemade filter made from “Baader Astrosolar Safety Film”.

Towards the end of the eclipse the sun clouded allowing live view images without the use of a filter.

Images available for licence or as prints contact me for details.

SAFETY NOTE: If you are trying this yourself you must use live view and a solar safety film or equivalent filter (Neutral density is not sufficient) to prevent permanent damage to your eyes and your camera. Don’t look directly at the sun and even worse through any magnifying device.


Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst El-Khiyam "The Tent

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst The Tents, White Desert, Egypt

This post is written for British Exploring Society’s expedition to Namibia summer 2014 but will be of interest for anyone taking a camera into a desert for a prolonged period of time. For some examples of my desert photography see these posts from Western Desert, Egypt & Wadi Rum, Jordan


Most cameras and most lenses are
better than most photographers

If you have a camera you are happy with just bring it. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures. Much more important are visual thinking and composition. Film, Lomo & disposable are all fine: just bring what you enjoy using.


If you want a Point & Shoot (type of camera shown above) you can’t go wrong with the offerings from Sony, Canon, Nikon or Panasonic. Look for manual control options if you want to get creative. £70-200.

If you want to freeze action and or have good low light performance you need a SLR or Micro Four Thirds Camera. A telephoto (long) lens helps you get closer to wildlife and the landscape. Suggested budget interchangeable lens cameras:

Canon EOS 1100D with 18-55 mm lens £249.98  amazon link
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens £105.59 amazon link


Panasonic G5, 14-42 lens £288.99 amazon link
45-150 Lens £177.99  amazon link

Recommended 2nd hand retailer (with six warranty)


A camera is no use unless its accessible when the light suddenly changes, or wildlife suddenly appears. Keeping the camera accessible is more important than the type of camera you carry. Think about how you get to the camera when wearing a backpack. For most of you a Point and Shoot camera with a pouch on your backpack shoulder strap is the best option.

If you place a camera on the ground in the desert, sand and dust will enter the lens mechanism and break it. Most desert expeditions have a number of breakages in the first few days when people ignore this advice. Always put the camera back in its case when you finish actively shooting with in.

Clean the camera regularly helps prevent dust working its way into the camera. Wrap the camera in zip-lock or sandwich bag, then place in its case during dust storms.

Some means of keeping the camera steady is useful for night photography, astro photography, video, special effects and when using long lenses – and of course being in your own photos.



Bring enough memory cards for a few hundred shots/ week more if you want to take video.

There are no charging facilities. Bring enough batteries. Get to know you camera but one or two per week should do.

A handful of 3rd party batteries are cheaper, easier and lighter than a solar charger.

If you want to try Solar look at Powermonkey Extreme amazon link but check eth voltage of your camera and if it can charge from usb or this won’t help you.


Any photography questions regarding desert photography/BES Namibia 2014 ask them below in the comments and I’ll answer them here so everybody can benefit.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

At the front door, the house opens up to provide clear views through to the garden and staircase

The kitchen on the first floor,  serves both a functional purpose and defines the surrounding spaces

The discrete wall panelling provides an understated backdrop to the ground floor living activities

Full-height doors allow the spaces of the house to flow into each other

Hidden doors conceal laundry and storage spaces beyond

Contemporary fit out to 1930’s semi detached house in North London by Krause Architects. This photoshoot was about getting the right simplicity of composition and colour tone to compliment the minimal and refined design. Most shots were taken with a 17mm tilt shift lens with fill-in flash when needed. As the interiors had mixed natural and artificial light sources (which appear as different colours in camera) these were balanced by masking in post production.

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All images available for publication / licensing contact me for pricing. 

Travel Photographer of the Year

Arctic Horizon. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Midnight Mountains. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Light & Ice. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Silent Light. Light & Ice.Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

I’m delighted to announce that I have won the Amazing Places Portfolio Category of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2010. This prestigious international competition, which attracts thousands of applicants, involves submitting images online then if shortlisted sending fine art prints for final judging. The Portfolio category is based on a series of four images.


These images were taken during Anglo-Scottish East Greenland expedition in 2006 which was a month long ski journey involving pulling sleds, undertaken with three friends with the aim of climbing new peaks in an unexplored area of East Greenland. The expedition succeeded in 16 first ascents but the real discovery for me was the otherworldly light of the Arctic cased by the midnight sun and the interplay of the palette of pastel colours with the almost-not-there landscape.

Much of the month was either bright blue skies or white clouds – of little photographic interest – but the images in the portfolio were of the sudden moments of drama that punctuated these conditions. For example, the primarily grey photograph, depicting the horizon of light  was taken when we were tent bound for three days on the icecap and the light appeared momentarily just before the storm closed in again.


  • A technical account of the Expedition in the 2009 American Alpine Journal
  • The Expedition Report. Which is also available to view at: The Royal Geographical Society, The British Mountaineering council, Tangent Expeditions, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, The Alpine Club, The Mount Everest Foundation, Arctic Club, Scottish Arctic Club, and the Danish Polar Centre


Prints are available in two sizes:

  • Signed A2 giclee print on cotton fine art paper £295.00 (edition of 25)
  • Signed 90x60cm Lightjet on Aluminium float frame £1200.00 (edition of 7) see example

To order prints either contact me direct of order online here

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