June 2018 - Room with a View
Published on: 14th June 2018
By David Noton
We have a room with a view, and what a view; below lies Viana do Castelo, the Lima river, the coast, the Atlantic Ocean and the iconic Templo de Santa Luzia. In fact, the view is why we’re here at this nobby hotel in northern Portugal. We’ll soon be in a tent, but before that I’ll be making the most of this view from our room balcony. There’s only one problem; it all seems just a bit too easy. I feel guilty; we’re supposed to suffer for our art, aren’t we?
I awake as the light of dawn filters through the curtains. I peek through a gap; mist! Wendy awakes to see me hopping about stark naked on the balcony, grappling with a polariser and lens hood. Forgive me if this bit isn’t featured in the video. After the first few frames I force myself to slow down, get dressed and approach the shoot in a somewhat more measured and professional way. A panorama is a must. So are more time lapse sequences.
And so, the image you see at the top of this page came to be. You’ll be able to read and watch all about it in next month’s f11 Photography Magazine. Meanwhile the June Edition includes a mix of inspirational, thought-provoking, wanderlust-stimulating and practically informative features, starting with the final instalment of our Colombian trilogy. From there in the steamy jungles of Tayrona we whisk you to Venice, probably one of the most-photographed cities in the world, but one our regular f11 columnist Ben Pipe just can’t get enough of. I then step back in time to the year 2 BD (Before Digital) to recall a trip to one of the most delightfully quirky places we’ve ever been – Newfoundland.
I was out recently on Curbar Edge in Derbyshire at dawn. You can read the background behind that intriguing location, and the shoot, in this month’s What’s In A Picture, while Part One of this month’s Post-Production Video takes you step by step through the layer-masking techniques I used to optimise foreground, background and sky in that Peak District scene. Such techniques are all part of developing a style – a topic I investigate further with the help of a few photo-friends in this month’s Low Down. And, with the 13th in the exhaustive series that deconstructs our digital workflow, I conclude by explaining how and why our image library is stored in multiple locations. There’s also a hard-hitting Guest Interview with Keith Wilson, co-founder of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, and of course your images in the f11 Member’s Gallery.
And finally, the deadline for the f11 Your Vision 2018 photographic competition is fast approaching, so don’t forget to send us your masterpieces of creative originality by June 30, and you could win a tempting prize, not to mention the accolades.