Published on: 26th July 2017
By David Noton
It’s 6am and I’m on my way home. The sun was up over Dorset at 0519 this morning, it’s early golden rays filtering through the heavily laden branches of the willow tree growing on the river bank. Stood by the tripod on the tiny footbridge over the River Stour I shifted my TS-E lens left, centre and right to capture a panorama of the verdant summer scene backlit by the soft dawn light. The moment was all over in minutes, the sun rose into the cloud and that was it; game over for the morning. But what a scene, what a moment, what a relief; I feel like a photographer again.
That’s been an elusive feeling of late. Following last month’s cyber-attack we at David Noton Photography have had our noses to the grindstone launching the new f11 Photography Magazine website and rebuilding my own David Noton Photography website. I’m glad to say both websites are up, running and looking fantastic, thanks to our team and the website development crew at Alacrify. Yes, we’ve had the inevitable glitches and will continue to do so, no doubt, but considering the devastating nature of the cyber-attack I’m amazed what’s been achieved in a few short weeks. Work on getting all the back issues of the old Chasing the Light Online Magazine, now the f11 Photography Magazine will continue over the next few months until all 66 editions are there again for you, our loyal f11 Members. All good, but I have to say it’s not been the best of summers; I have at times questioned if I’m still a photographer. But now the post-shoot euphoria is kicking in and all the heresy is banished; it only took one session behind the lens at dawn to re-ignite the passion.
The July issue of the f11 Photography Magazine has been Live as usual since the beginning of the month with my Behind the Lens feature from Wester Ross, the second instalment of the Workflow series, my piece on shooting fields of gold this summer, Editor Ian Farrel’s thoughts on some interesting portrait lenses, Ross Hoddinott’s focus on foregrounds and my regular post-production videos. Additionally Bas Meelker asks if ND grads have had their day, Ben Pipe’s in Monte Carlo, Ian and I are on the Road to Purse Caundle, Andy Feltham’s Guest Feature gets surreal and there are your issues in the f11 Member’s Gallery. All this, each and every month, for just £39.99 a year. Not yet an f11 Member? Here’s a video explaining what it’s all about.
Approaching rapidly is our program of autumnal Workshops; there are just a few places left on our Yorkshire Dales Capture to Print Workshop and Franche-Comté Photo-Explorer Adventure. Join Ross Hoddinott and I for a long weekend of photographic excursions and tuition in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on our special Capture to Print Landscape Photography Workshop based at the incomparably situated High Trenhouse near Malham this September 8th-11th 2017. Or you could opt to spend time with myself, Wendy and French pro Nicolas Logerot in the Franche-Comté region of eastern France this October 20th-23rd, 2017. We’ll be exploring this beautifully rural yet little visited region of rolling fields, wooded valleys, deep limestone gorges, waterfalls, chateaux, vineyards, villages and the mountains of Haut Jura just when the fall colours should be at their prime.
Before that though we’ve more summer fruits still to gorge on. The forecast for tomorrow morning looks good, with mist a possibility. Looks like another 0330 rise is on the cards.