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Photography Magazine

November 2018 - Sandford Orcas

Published on: 24th November 2018
By David Noton

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A frosty, misty autumn morning near Sandford Orcas, Dorset, Engaland. Canon 5DS R, 100-400mm lensA frosty, misty autumn morning near Sandford Orcas, Dorset, Engaland. Canon 5DS R, 100-400mm lens

The combination of the first frosts of winter with the last colours of autumn is a bitter sweet moment in the photographer’s year; we all know how fleeting the wonder is. The rising sun will soon melt the sugar coating that tinges ever so subtly the valley around Sandford Orcas, while the storm predicted to roll in off the Atlantic at the end of the week will inevitably strip the trees of colour. All the more reason to make the most of this special moment, Noton. As the first sunlight pierces the cloud to the south east, bathing the landscape in warmth I quickly take a revised exposure reading and start rotating my camera again to make the overlapping exposures the panorama above requires. 

A week later I’m bracing myself against the wind on Corton Hill. Using a tripod is out of the question, I’ll just have to raise the ISO a couple of notches and lean heavily on the lens’ Image Stabilisation. But just look at the light, and the colours. As the sun settles into the cloud on the south western horizon I wonder if this is it for autumn. In mid-November can I really expect autumn to linger much longer?  It’s been a good one, and this session will mark a fitting end - the combination of the crisp slanting light with the towering clouds crowding the sky and the golden autumnal foliage still resolutely clinging on reinforces what a treasure the season is. 

Autumn colours, Corton Denham, Somerset, England. Canon 5DS R, 70-200mm lensAutumn colours, Corton Denham, Somerset, England. Canon 5DS R, 70-200mm lens

Unsurprisingly there’s a distinct autumnal tinge to this month’s edition of the f11 Photography Magazine, with just a few misty landscapes thrown in, especially in my Behind the Lens Feature from France’s Massif du Vercors, where every day seemed to dawn enveloppé dans la brume. That mix of autumnal colours and mist is such an evocative sight, as I observe from the ramparts of Cadbury Castle in What’s In A Picture. And nowhere are the colours of autumn more pronounced then in New England, the subject of this month’s Stepping Back. Ensuring those colours are what we see on our screens is the topic for this month’s Low Down on monitor calibration. And staying with autumn colours Wendy’s Wanderings concentrates on the flame reds to be found in the Yukon Fall, with a bit of intentional camera movement thrown in. 

Wendy’s Wanderings is back. Autumn colours in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territories, Canada. Canon 5D Mk III, 70-200mm lensWendy’s Wanderings is back. Autumn colours in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territories, Canada. Canon 5D Mk III, 70-200mm lens

In this month’s ever-popular Post-Production Videos, I respond to an f11 request to demonstrate how to apply watermarks to protect our images, and explore the ability to exposure merge and stitch a panorama all in one go using the latest version of Lightroom. 

This month we also welcome on board a new columnist, Tracy Calder with the first in a series on photography and mindfulness/ mental health, while our Guest Feature highlights the work of seascape photographer Carla Regler who went from running a restaurant to full-time photography. Meanwhile our f11 Spotlight shines on Ton Drijfhamer, an f11 from the Netherlands with a taste for Scotland. And then there are more of your excellent highly commended images from this year’s f11 Your Vision

That’s eleven more features in Issue 82, making for an ever-increasing wealth of information and inspiration for you, our f11 Members. Don’t forget the Search f11 button at the top of every page to help you make the most of all those back issues.

An image from this month’s f11 Photography Magazine; mist lying on the the Vercors plateau around Vassieux at dawn, Drome, France. Canon 5DS R, 24-70mm lensAn image from this month’s f11 Photography Magazine; mist lying on the the Vercors plateau around Vassieux at dawn, Drome, France. Canon 5DS R, 24-70mm lens

Now the leaves are gone and winter is here. Tomorrow, November 24 we are with Eastbourne Photographic Society, hosts of our Chasing the Light Road Show. I know it’s short notice, but last minute details and tickets are available here

Downloads are free for f11 MembersDownloads are free for f11 MembersI’m looking now at the panorama from that frosty, misty morning near Sandford Orcas. I think a big acrylic print for our wall at home is a must. You too could have such a print of any image of mine that you see either in the f11 Photography Magazine or on www.davidnoton.com; any size, any way you want, just let us know. I’m lousy at the hard sell, but I must say they do make rather good Christmas presents.

So do our Gift Vouchers. You can purchase a certificate and have it sent to your email as a PDF or posted to your chosen address. There is an opportunity to include a personal message with each certificate during the online checkout sequence. We've also got a specially priced certificate to cover the gift of a full year’s f11 Membership, which includes an annual subscription to the f11 Photography Magazine, access to all back issues and the download of my three eBooks.

And then there’s the option of bespoke one-to-one or small group tuition. Food for thought, I hope. If you want to know more, just get in touch! We like to hear from our f11s and can guarantee we will act on all reasonable suggestions for what you’d like to see in future editions of the f11 Photography Magazine. And if you’re continuing to enjoy the fruits of your f11 Membership do spread the word.

Keep exposing...


David Noton is a Canon Ambassador
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f11 Photography Magazine | December 2018

1st December 2018

Issue: 83

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Every month we publish an issue of our unique magazine Chasing the Light exclusively for f11 members. With features from behind the lens and on the road with David Noton it combines stunning photography with David's unique style of writing. Technical features, humorous anecdotes, travel notes, a member's gallery, news and the stories behind the pictures make it an entertaining, informative and inspirational monthly read and information resource for all who love photography and travel. All this for less than the price of a coffee and a biscuit a month. F11 members can also download other exclusive content such as Despatches+ and video blogs for free as they become available.

It's December, the last Issue of 2018! We feature some regular columns and some new names too - all here for you to enjoy....