September 2019 | Waiting for the Light, yet again
Published on: 2nd September 2019
By David Noton
The sky brightens and the lights go off; I’ve now a wait of 30 minutes or so until the sun pops up. I’ll be shooting straight into the light when it does, which is always tricky, and I’m hoping for a boat to be exiting the harbour just at the right moment, so a lot could go wrong, but then again, we make our own luck. And it looks like I could be lucky with the sky; some tantalising looking clouds are drifting in from the west.
As the rising sun peeps above the cloud on the eastern horizon, the harbour below remains empty. I shoot anyway, wanting to capture the scene before the sun becomes too harsh and the flare too intrusive, but I know a boat in the frame would transform the scene. I wait, and do a test shot to ascertain exposure. +1 exposure compensation in Av mode should do it. I check focus again, check my horizon is level, check shift, and set 16x9 aspect ratio. I was originally thinking panoramic, but the sky above is too tantalising to leave out.
Then a boat chugs out from the marina, under the bridge, into the harbour, and into my frame. As my shutter clicks another follows, and another, and another. You wait 20 minutes for a boat then five come along all at once! In a few hours Weymouth will be heaving and the beach a mass of humanity, but this morning has been special, very special. What’s more I think I’ve captured the image I need for this month’s Behind The Lens feature which, believe it or not, I started way back in 1982. About time I wrapped it up, isn’t it?
Yes, the September 2019 edition of the f11 Photography Magazine is now Live for our f11 Members’, and there’s a distinct whiff of the sea about it. Starting with Behind the Lens on The Beach and this month’s How it’s Done (with two accompanying post-production videos) deconstructs the planning of a night shoot of the Milky Way over Kimmeridge Bay, where I made a startling discovery.
My sea-side theme falls down somewhat with this month’s Stepping Back, in which I recall a memorable Outback stopover at Wauchope on the Stuart Highway; that’s about as far as you can get from the sea in Australia. I’m also reporting from the mountains of Provence’s Mercantour National Park in What’s In A Picture?, while a trip to Bali allows f11 columnist Ben Pipe to take in some of the known – and less-known- sights of this part of Indonesia. Then f11 Member Tony Gaskins brings us back in this month’s f11 Spotlight on his mission to photograph Lincolnshire as a homage to his father. Meanwhile, f11 Editor Ailsa McWhinnie has been talking to Lisa Mardell about her sublime horse photography. And then there are your images in the f11 Members' Gallery, which this month include pictures captured in a variety of intriguing lighting situations from Norway to New York State, all of which provide me with ample opportunity for constructive appraisal.
Thanks to those of you who have been in touch with interesting suggestions for future articles. We will act on each and every one of them. And now September is upon us we’ll look forward to seeing images from your summer in the f11 Member’s Gallery.
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