Once in a Blue Moon | February 2018
Published on: 7th February 2018
By David Noton
1000: It’s Wednesday 31 January 2018 and I’m scanning the weather forecasts. What chance Mother Nature will co-operate this evening? I’d say less than even. I’ll just have to be philosophical about this, despite it being a once-in-a-lifetime event – the collision of three lunar sights in the form of a 'Super Blue Blood Moon.' The last time all three occurred was March 31 1866; no pressure then!
1640: It’s time. I get out of the car and set up the tripod on my chosen spot in the mud, just where my compass bearing tells me I need to be.
1701: Anytime now. The sun’s set and the colour temperature of the light is steadily rising, giving a distinctly cool feel to the test shots I’ve done to check exposure and depth of field. The wind is gusting strongly; I’m just going to have to raise the ISO to 6400; the last thing I need is unsharp images. I can’t wait another 150 years for this opportunity!
1707: A glimmer of an orange orb appears over the trees on the distant skyline.
You’ll be able to read all about the preparation, moonrise shoot and aftermath in next month’s f11 Photography magazine. Meanwhile here we are, now in the seventh year of the f11 Photography Magazine and its predecessor, Chasing the Light. Work still continues on the uploading of all the back issues, but we've now gone live with Issue 73, the February 2018 edition.
This month, I’ve been out shooting on the Jurassic Coast in the wind, rain, and sun - the Video Blog tells the story with an accompanying post-production video. I’ve been kneeling in the mud shooting rugby, all in the name of trying something different - Behind the Lens relates what fun it was, and what I learnt, also with an accompanying post-production video. My Workflow series continues with a look at a priceless asset; the photo library.
Two new regular features kick off: What’s In A Picture? which starts by deconstructing my shoot a few weeks ago in Dijon and f11 Spotlight, which henceforth will highlight monthly the work of one of you, our loyal f11 members. The first victim, sorry, contributor, is f11 Your Vision 2017 winner, Lorraine Heaysman.
Meanwhile, f11 regular Bas Meelker reports on back-up strategies to ensure your precious images stay safe and our Guest Feature is an interview with the very determined up-and-coming wildlife photographer Tesni Ward. Last, but certainly not least, are your images in the f11 Members’ Gallery.
Remember, this is your magazine. We want to hear from you with your ideas on what you’d like to see in future editions and we want to feature your images in the Members' Gallery. Just send us an email with your thoughts or pictures attached with the story behind the lens and we’ll take it from there.
It took three visits to capture the image you see above of the view from St Aldhelm’s Head, four if you count the location search. I’m tempted to make a big print of it. Quite a few of our big acrylic mounted prints went out over Christmas; it’s always good to see images presented so beautifully and even better to see them on the wall. In fact, we gave one to ourselves as a Christmas present! One of our New Year’s resolutions is to refresh all the pictures on the wall at home with new acrylic mounted prints; a borderless contemporary way of display we’re now hooked on for their rendition, depth of colour and sharpness. Every one of my images on either the David Noton Photography website or in the f11 Photography Magazine is available as a fine art print, mounted or framed any way you like. Just tell us your thoughts and we’ll take care of the rest.
Later this month - Friday 23 February - I’ll be on stage again presenting the Chasing the Light Road Show, this time close to home here in Dorset, courtesy of Wimborne Camera Club. See you there?
Now we’re packing (including shorts and sandals) and getting ready to leave the UK, all in the name of treading boldly, chasing the light, and photography spanning the world to inspire and inform of course.
Watch this space...