November 2018 - Sandford Orcas
Published on: 24th November 2018
By David Noton
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’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.
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