f11 Photography Magazine | July 2019
1st July 2019
Summer is one of the toughest seasons to photograph, with the challenges of long days and heat haze to contend with, both of which are factors in several of the features in this issue of f11. But not in Burgundy, where Wendy and I encountered dramatic skies and light to die for in amongst the Beaujolais vineyards, as you’ll see in “What’s In A Picture?” and accompanying post-production video. That roving Euro trip, which started in a champagne barrel, took us on to a lesser known corner of Tuscany; the Garfagnana, scene of this month’s “Behind the Lens”, in between the Apuan and Apennine Mountains.
Then, immediately after our return, f11 Member David Constantine and I turned the longest day, or rather the shortest night, to our advantage. You can read his report on our summer solstice through-the-night One-to-One photo session here, and watch the accompanying post-production video tutorial.
Drones are becoming more and more prevalent in our skies, and their use more and more contentious. In this month’s Opinion column I wonder whether the creative potential of drone photography is offset by issues of intrusion and disruption. And, while we’re debating, with a different photo competition for every day of the year, Ross Hoddinott considers their pros and cons; do they help or hinder? Meanwhile the Spotlight shines on Californian f11 Member Bruce Alexander, whose love of photography spans five decades and several continents. Peter Searle’s portraits of influential personalities constitutes our Guest Feature, while a vineyard, coast, castle, church and city feature in this month’s f11 Members' Gallery, with constructive appraisal from myself, of course.
I can’t believe this is now our 90th issue. For those f11s we’re welcoming back to the fold all those back issues await your perusal. Meanwhile we crack on with plans for future issues, but we need your comments, feedback and suggestions for what you’d like to see coming your way. With your help we can continue to improve and evolve this publication. Do spread the word. Meanwhile, long days or not….
David Noton is a Canon Ambassador
and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
David Noton: 1st Jul 2019 12:00:00