f11 Photography Magazine | October 2019
1st October 2019
With autumn upon us this month’s edition takes our f11s behind the lens on shoots from Glastonbury to Vienna and our eclectic mix of talented contributors.
I love this game. I’m just back from a dawn session overlooking Glastonbury, and yet again the experience of standing beside the tripod watching the first light paint the mist draped landscape of legends prompted both exhilaration and reflection. You can read all about that shoot and the giant panorama I produced in this month’s What’s In A Picture?
Such pictures are the product of planning and persistence, but it’s not always the case, as was driven home to me last month in Vienna, where I had just 12 hours, with one camera and one lens, to produce a picture story for this month’s Behind the Lens on the historic imperial capital. It was an eye opener for me to realise just what can be achieved in half a day when you put your mind to it.
This time of year really is prime time for us photographers, especially when autumn and winter combine in a region of Canada I think is one of the most beautiful in the world, as I recall in this month’s Stepping Back.
I try and keep things simple in the digital darkroom, but some pictures require a bit more attention than others, as I discover in both instalments of this month’s Post-Production Videos while processing a picture from last month’s edition of Weymouth Harbour at sunrise.
As ever we have an eclectic mix of talented contributors this month, no less so than Marc Aspland, Chief Sports Photographer for The Times. Early this year I had the pleasure of shooting with Marc on “my” Jurassic Coast. You can now read Marc’s take on how that session opened his eyes to the advantages of slowing down.
Ever tried focus stacking hand-held while shooting insects at super high magnifications? That’s what Oliver Wright, the subject of our Guest Feature, does to produce his incredible macro images of insects-inspirational stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree. And, for added inspiration, this month we shine the Spotlight on f11 Member Phil Starkey. Although she rarely ventures further then her native South-West of England, I think you’ll agree she’s come a long way. Hers is a story to make all of us reflect. But with so many demands on our time, it can be hard to carve out a few hours for photography, but by separating the urgent from the important you can open the door to greater creativity, says Tracy Calder in this month’s Guest Column.
And then there are your images in the Members' Gallery. This month water features in all our member’s pictures, but with widely varying results, which I constructively appraise. But I have to observe the same names keep cropping up again and again; we’re just not seeing enough of your images. Don’t hold back; we want to see the fruits of your creativity. And remember; the Members' Gallery is there to help you improve your photography. Details on how to submit are here.
So as the trees turn gold, or, if you’re south of the line, as spring breaks...
David Noton is a Canon Ambassador
and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
David Noton: 1st Oct 2019 12:00:00