September 2018 - 0600 hrs in Brussels
Published on: 26th September 2018
By David Noton
It’s 6am in Brussels: I’ve an hour before breakfast to get this out, then I’ll be on the train to Cologne for Photokina 2018. Two talks a day on the Canon stand should keep me out of mischief, but with a posse of Ambassadors in town too, a few kölsch are likely. It’s always good to meet up; it happens too infrequently, but actually twelve of us were in London for the EOS R launch just a few weeks ago. Oh yes, I forgot to mention; over the summer I was evaluating the new mirrorless Canon EOS R camera and system lenses. Writing that full and frank Field Trial up for the October issue of the f11 Photography Magazine is a job I’ll start on the train.
Wendy left me by the road side in Calais yesterday and continued on sous la manche. We’d had ten wonderful days on the unique Vercors plateau in the Rhone-Alps region of France, a beautiful landscape, but one with a story. That story is also coming soon in the f11 Photography Magazine. Meanwhile in the September 2018 issue we’ve a bumper edition with two Behind the Lens features from my photographic travels in Portugal and Galica, with accompanying video blog and two related post-production videos. My How it’s Done article responds to an f11 Member’s request to determine what the term acceptably sharp actually means, and how we can achieve it. Meanwhile Ben Pipe reports from China, I turn the Spotlight on Wales’ f11Member Dylan Arnold and our Guest Interview features the landscapes of Karl Holtby.
But pride of place this month must go to your images, because we’re proud to publish the winners of the f11 Members Your Vision 2018 Competition. Thanks to all of you who entered. The standard this year was incredibly high. We’ll be featured more of your Highly Commended images in the f11 Photography Magazine next month.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again; please do not be reticent in getting in touch. We love to hear from you and can grantee we will act on all reasonable suggestions for what you’d like to see in future editions. And if you’re continuing to enjoy the fruits of your f11 membership do spread the word.
Coming up after Photokina are Canon dealer events in Manchester 4 October, Glasgow 6 October and Burgess Hill 11 October. Watch my Facebook and @DavidNoton on Twitter posts for further details. Then on November 1, my two week “Waiting for the Light” 2018 mini-exhibition opens at The Exposure Gallery, 22–23 Little Portland St, Fitzrovia in London W1W 8BU. The Show is in partnership with Canon and The Photography Movement and in support of my nominated charity; Help for Heroes, to which all proceeds from print sales will go. And then on 24 November, I visit Eastbourne Photographic Society to host our Chasing the Light Road Show, full details and tickets are available from Eastbourne Photographic Society.
We’d love to meet new faces and also catch up with our f11's for a chat at one, if not more of these events.
In between all of that the work of publishing the f11 Photography Magazine trundles relentlessly on. But what makes it all tick are those sessions behind the lens on a hilltop overlooking a misty dawn in the Vercors. Such moments never cease to inspire, even after all those dawn patrols. It’s what it’s all about.