December 2012 - Sleepless in Singpore

Category: News 03 December 2012

 

The Singapore skyline at dusk; 9 vertical frames stitched to make a panorama.
 Canon 5d mkIII, 24-70mm lens, 4 sec @ f8

4 am and I'm wide awake, staring at the ceiling, telling myself I must get some sleep NOW! It's the classic jet lag situation; by early afternoon I'll be flagging, feeling like I'm wading through treacle just as we're due to board the flight to Yangoon. I resort to recalling the number of hotel rooms from Beijing to Santiago I've had similar sleepless nights. I've been dwelling on everything from Ang San Suu Kyi's story to wondering if I've enough head torch batteries for hours. Wendy's reading her Kindle; I might as well write the newsletter. I have to get it done this morning anyway, once we get to Burma there'll be no opportunities for sending it in. With no possibility of internet or cell phone coverage it will be refreshingly strange to be so unconnected, I think.

It's been six years since we've been in Singapore. Clearly it's continued its glitzy evolution in the intervening years; there's even a ship in the sky here now. That flashy Marina Bay development was prominently featured in my panoramic exposures last night, or do I mean this night? It felt good to get underway photographically within 24 hours of arrival; though I don't expect we'll be shooting such brightly illuminated cosmopolitan scenes where we're going.

To the chase; what's news? Autumn hung on well into November and thankfully I managed a few productive Fall sessions. The last few months have been a blur of Workshops and Road Shows; all done now until next March when you can join us on the Jurassic Coast, or failing that maybe next May come to Umbria with us? Bookings are live now on the website, and, wait for it, we have our rare as gold dust Filter Kits in stock. They do fit in stockings, as do our prints, books, films and Gift Vouchers.

Autumn colours, Stourhead, Wiltshire
Canon 5d mkIII, 17mm TS-E lens

Lulworth Cove, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.
Canon 5d mkIII, 17mm TS-E lens; an image from the recent November Workshop
This month in the Chasing the Light eZine we've yet more tasty photographic morsels for you our growing band of f11 members to devour. The Composition Tutorial speculates on perfect symmetry, Stepping Back considers the passing of the Four Seasons and the Bizz analyses the potential rewards and pitfalls of self-publishing. This month's Guest Feature by Rod Edwards has handy tips on environmental portraiture, including how to ask the Queen to smile. We also have the third instalment of the monthly Video Tutorial on the Fundamentals of Post Production, plus the Field Trial also gets seasonal considering layers; and not the ones we use in Photoshop in "Soft Wear for Harsh Climes". Not bad for the price of a coffee a month. Dare I mention f11 Membership may be a handy Christmas present? You wouldn't even need to wrap it.
Mupe Bay, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.
Canon 5d mkIII, 24-70mm lens
An image from "Soft Wear for Harsh Climes" in this month's eZine
Autumn colours, Stourhead, Wiltshire.
Canon 5d mkIII, 70-200mm lens

 

As the tropical dusk settled over the waterfront earlier I experimented with hand held night shots using a new acquisition for this trip; a Canon 1Dx. Using an ISO of an astronomical 128000 to shoot in the dark from a vibrating bridge over the harbour seems all wrong; I still feel guilty going over 800, but I'm committed to exploring the limits of what is and isn't possible using the state of the art cameras of today. You will of course hear all about it; Burma should be a good test, but right now, I really do need some sleep. As this will be the last Newsletter of 2012 all of us at David Noton Photography wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Stay tuned, and keep exposing.

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