October 2018 - Wessex Dawn
Published on: 25th October 2018
By David Noton
Dawn, and I’m stood on the ramparts of Cadbury Castle, a bronze-age hill fort, with f11 Member Justin Minns, the winner of Your Vision 2018. Below is a sea of mist with trees, hedges, hillocks, houses and the church tower of Compton Pauncefoot poking through. Beyond on the horizon is the distinct pin-prick of Alfred’s Tower, named after the Saxon King of Wessex who repulsed the Great Heathen Army of Norse warriors near here in 878 AD. I wonder if he ever beheld this scene.
We’ve already made pictures in the cool light of the blue hour, now the first rays from the rising sun are subtly painting the scene. The landscape’s distinct autumnal tones are glowing in the golden light; all in all it’s a scene of sublime beauty. How many times have I exposed up here? I’ve lost count. But never has it looked like this. And never will it again, as every dawn is different. What a joy to be here. It’s just down the road from home, but I must never, ever, take it for granted.
Welcome to the October issue of our f11 Photography Magazine, which is full of the fruits of the last couple of months, not least my Behind the Lens piece; “The Border Runs Through It”. Which border? The one above, and in the news! And in tandem with that my post-production videos this edition take you through step-by-step the piecing together of the giant panorama from that shoot in South Armagh. Also in the news is the release of new mirrorless camera systems, the significance of which I reflect on from Photokina in my Opinion article “Capturing the Future”, while this month’s Field Trial objectively evaluates the new Canon EOS R system.
Meanwhile Wendy’s Wanderings is back as a result of an f11 Member’s suggestion. This month she recalls some of her favourite images and memories from a lifetime of our travels. I’m reflective too as I step back to Edale in September 1985, and pay tribute to a special friend. Our Guest Interview is with Zambian native wildlife photographer Patrick Bentley, while f11 regular Ross Hoddinott celebrates the joy of ditching the tripod. And then there are your images with your further successes in Your Vision 2018 featured in a special Member’s Gallery.
I’m pleased to announce on November 1, my two week “Waiting for the Light 2018” mini-exhibition opens at The Exposure Gallery in London. 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 the November 24, Eastbourne Photographic Society host our Chasing the Light Road Show, full details and tickets are available here. We’d love to see you and chat at one, if not more of these events. It’s always a pleasure to meet f11s.
And finally; do get in touch! We like to hear from you and can guarantee 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. Meanwhile; it’s autumn, and prime time for we landscape photographers. I hope you’re managing to tread boldly on hilltops at dawn too.