Clints and Grykes | September 2017
Published on: 20th September 2017
By David Noton
We’d been stuck in Lightroom all day, tweaking curves and tinkering with white points. Some big beautiful prints had been made, but as afternoon drew on the rain and wind lashing the windows of High Trenhouse just seemed to intensify. Summer seemed a distant memory already, and the temptation to stay dry and just knock out another print was high. But we’re landscape photographers and standing in the rain waiting for the light is what we do, so out we ventured onto Malham Moor. I fully expected to be back in an hour or so, soggy and frustrated, but there’s always hope, and it only takes one shaft of light to transform a scene from grey and dismal to sparkling and awe inspiring.
Awe and inspiration duly followed. The clouds parted briefly and through shone sparkling golden Yorkshire light to paint Ribblesdale. It was the kind of lighting situation we dream of, but only see a few times a year, illuminating the clints and grykes of the limesone pavement in the foreground with the rolling fields and dry stone walls of one of my favourite and most photogenic regions of England beyond. In the distance; Pen y Ghent under a heavy brooding cap of a stormy sky. Just reward for our perseverance, and the last session on our final Yorkshire Dales Capture to Print Workshop. Cracking, as Alan, one of our workshop regulars, observed, and the end of an era.
As you know from last month’s news I’m ceasing workshops at the end of the year. Wendy and I will miss the banter. So, if you’ve ever meant to join us on one of our courses, now is your very last chance. The Exmoor Course in November is fully booked, but we’ve still a couple of places left on our Franche-Comte Photo-Adventure, 20 - 23 October 2017. Join us - we aim to end our workshop era in style.
Meanwhile yet another issue of the new look f11 Photography Magazine has gone 'live'. This month in the September Issue we have for you my Behind the Lens feature on the shoots that made up the Summer of ’17, from wind-blown hill tops and tranquil river banks to sojourns under the stars. My Milky Way shoot on the Jurassic Coast is also deconstructed from planning to output in this month’s How it’s Done feature with accompanying Post-Production Videos. Meanwhile Bas Meelker gets in on the act of summer shooting in the Netherlands, while Ben Pipe is in Puglia and Jeremy Flint reports from China.
Ross Hoddinott reflects on the highs and the lows of his photographic career so far, and Richard Fox continues his Low Down series on predicting the weather, this month concentrating on the holy grail of landscape photography conditions; mist. With the return to College imminent for many I recall a damp dusk shoot in Cambridge, continue my deconstruction of The Workflow with a video on how best to view our images, and there’s my Video Field Trial on the search for the perfect camera bag.
Twelve features and photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform, as usual. We aim to mix up the practical with the inspirational every month in the f11 Photography Magazine, but we want to hear from you, our constantly growing band of f11 Members, with your suggestions as to what you’d like to see in the coming months. And remember, this is your magazine.
If you’re an f11 Member doing something photographically special and unique, we want to hear from you. You could end up as the subject of the next Guest Feature, just as f11 Member Jeremy Flint did this month. Whether you’re a budding enthusiast or seasoned veteran we don’t care; it’s the pictures alone that matter. And if you’re not yet an f11 here’s a video explaining what it’s all about.
We’ve been beavering away through the summer; the back issues of the old Chasing the Light Online Magazine are steadily being added as we continue to publish new ones. It’s a long job but we’re getting there. Coming soon is a Search facility and the capability to download features as pdfs, along with more photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform, of course.