The Last Workshops | August 2017
Published on: 21st August 2017
By David Noton
At 11pm on the 15th August, the galactic centre of the Milky Way was visible at an elevation of 10 degrees on a bearing of 190. The spectacle of our galaxy hanging in the night sky over Durdle Door lasted about an all-too-short hour before the glow of the rising moon obliterated the clarity of the night sky, and I was there on the cliff top to capture it. It was a Decisive Moment in more ways than one in a summer not without its trials and tribulations.
You’ll be able to read a How It’s Done feature all about the planning and execution of the shoot in next month’s edition of the f11 Photography Magazine, suffice to say for now it’s moments like those I live for. It’s also moments like those, yours, mine and other talented photographers, that are the lifeblood of the whole f11project. Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform; that’s what we strive for every month in the f11 Photography Magazine. But there’s only so much time each month before the next deadline comes around, and time behind the lens just becomes increasingly precious. That’s why I’ve had to make a difficult decision; the Workshops we’re running this autumn will be our last.
Over the last ten years in Umbria, Languedoc, Provence, Iceland, on the Jurassic Coast, in the Yorkshire Dales and on Exmoor we’ve had some wonderful times with great groups; Wendy and I will never forget them. But for the f11 Project to reach it’s full potential I now need to concentrate on it 100% with more adventures behind the lens, more magic moments under the stars, more dawn patrols, more dusk vigils, and more photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform.
So; if you’ve ever meant to join us on one of our courses now is your last chance. The Exmoor Course is fully booked, but we’ve still a couple of places left on the Yorkshire Dales Capture to Print Course coming up very soon (8 - 11 September 2017) and a there’s a few spaces still free on our Franche-Comte Photo-Adventure (20 -23 October 2017). Join us; we aim to end our Workshop era in style.
So the Workshops will finish, but there will still of course be opportunities where we can meet you face to face; at our Chasing the Light Road Shows for example, at Trade Shows, or at events staged in my role as an Ambassador for Canon or Manfrotto, or Adobe Influencer. I’ll also still be available for one-to-one or small group tuition.
This month in the f11 Photography Magazine we’ve 12 features awaiting your perusal, including my Video Blog from Wester Ross, which I must say I’m rather pleased with. Producing those over the last five years or so has been a steep learning curve that’s soaked up the time, but bringing the footage, stills, graphics, music, dialogue and sound effects all together is hugely stimulating and rewarding. There’s also in the August Issue a supporting Behind the Lens Feature from Wester Ross, a Low Down: Predicting the Weather by Richard Fox, my two Post-Production Videos, Ross Hoddinott on Creating Depth, Bas Meelker in The Big Apple, Ben Pipe in Naples, Ian Farrell at the Henley Royal Regatta, I’m in the New Zealand rainforest, your images in the f11 Member’s Gallery and the story on a picture I’ve waited 37 years to shoot. Every month we aim to produce more, and better features and videos both practical and inspirational for the f11 Photography Magazine - watch this space. Not yet an f11 Member? Well, on the home page there’s a video explaining what it’s all about. And existing f11s can rest assured; work on uploading the back issues of the f11 Photography Magazine (formerly called the Chasing the Light Online Magazine) continues slowly but surely.
This month in one of my Post-Production Video Tutorials in the f11 Photography Magazine I edit an image from a shoot on the banks of Loch Maree, using layer masking in Photoshop to merge two conversions from the same original Raw image.
That night under the stars on the Jurassic Coast brought a clarity of purpose. It made me realise how much despite my now advanced years I still have to learn about this whole game of photography; the light, the techniques, the possibilities, and being there. I guess I better get on with it!