August 2019 | Poppy Addition
Published on: 8th August 2019
By David Noton
On my first evening back in Umbria achieving something photographically would be satisfying. But where to head? I feel the need for a quick hit of poppies in my viewfinder, so I think I’ll just grab a camera and trudge down a country lane to see what colour there is in the fields surrounding us. If in doubt utilise what lies on your doorstep. It usually works for me.
An hour later I'm rolling in the dirt trying to get a low angle on a poppy. With the poppy of choice positioned on the left hand third the composition has a pleasing balance. I love the tones and gradation of colour from dark green at the bottom to blue at the top. The poppy and foreground is now in shade while the barley beyond is catching the last sun, but that gives depth, and the contrast is manageable. The leaves of the poppy are translucent with the different layers of petals translucent, while every hair on the stalk stands out. It’s all there in camera.
After another 30 minutes the light has gone and I’m one great dirty, itchy mess, but a happy one. I’ve had my poppy fix, for now. The full story of How It's Done is in this this month's edition of the f11 Photography Magazine, with my accompanying post production video.
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Elsewhere, this month in the f11 Photography Magazine Behind the Lens sees my return to Umbria for the first time since the devastating earthquakes of 2016, while What’s In A Picture focuses on the unique landscape of the Piano Grande. Closer to home, I’ve been chasing the moon again, this time to capture the partial eclipse over Corfe Castle. You can watch it all unfold in this month’s Video Blog, again with accompanying post production video.
Our f11 columnists have also been busy, Jeremy Walker joins us to write about his recent conversion to the world of Leicas. Wendy Noton extolls the virtues of camping, and the Guest Feature is by American photographer Susan Burnstine, who produces unique images with cameras she's made herself. Not forgetting, your Members' Gallery, where a few common themes emerge this month as I constructively assess f11’s images.
August 16-18, I head to Rutland Water Nature Reserve for Bird Fair 2019 where I will be joining Canon to talk twice daily in their seminar room at the ‘Birdwatchers Glastonbury.’