December 2019 - Up Cerne
Published on: 3rd December 2019
By David Noton Photography
Driving up a muddy, rutted lane the view down the valley gradually reveals itself. A minute later I'm hustling through a field tripod on my shoulder as my excitement mounts. This is looking good - a touch of frost, a trace of mist, and the very last of the autumn colours, not to mention the beautiful rolling Dorset countryside with a Manor House nestled within. I think I made the right decision after all. This game of photography is all about such decisions. Sometimes I get it right, very often I don't, but experience, and local knowledge, helps. And when I get it wrong I try to be philosophical; it's all part of the learning process. And believe me, I may have been doing this for forty years, but the learning never stops.
As autumn fades into winter, the December issue of the f11 Photography Magazine is now Live. In this month's Behind the Lens Wendy Noton and I explore the environs of Quebec's oldest settlement; Tadoussac, where the Saguenay Fjord meets the St Lawrence River. The mighty St Lawrence, one of the world's great river systems, also provides the backdrop to this month's Video Blog as our Quebecois adventure continues.
Back here in Dorset the autumn colours are lingering on into December, as I discover as I deconstruct a shoot to capture them in How It's Done, with two accompanying Post-Production Videos, while my Opinion column wonders how many filters we really need. Sticking with filters Guest Columnist Ross Hoddinott extolls the virtues of polarisers, while our Guest Feature is Danny Green, one of my favourite wildlife photographers. His work is amazing, I m sure you'll agree. And finally, two lighthouses, a gannet and a rainbow feature in this month's Members' Gallery, along with our f11's reports and my constructive appraisal.
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Just in case you missed it last month, earlier this year I published my limited edition photobook, Home Patch - it was a labour of love. Only 50 will ever be printed and is available to purchase exclusively to f11 Members.
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I would imagine a fair few of you will be perusing this issue over the festive season, in which case - a very 'Merry Christmas' gift 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.