Your Vision, August 2014
|Category: News||27 August 2014|
Horses on Bulbarrow Hill at dawn, Dorset, England.
Canon 5D mkIII, 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II lens @ 175mm, 1/13 sec @ f22
It’s all about the vision, you know that. Sure, I’d taken care to ensure adequate depth of field to render both the horses in my foreground and every hedgerow in the Blackmore Vale beyond sharp. I’d assessed my exposure using the histogram display as usual, calculated where my focus point needed to be, and made sure the tripod’s stability wasn’t compromised by one leg being plonked on a pile of soft squidgy fresh horse poo. I’d been there from well before first light, which in summer means rising at a truly unearthly hour, and had shot the horses every which way, firstly beneath the pink skies of dawn and then bathed by the early golden light of a gorgeous summer’s day. I’d compressed the perspective with the narrow angle of view of a long lens and stood watching horses stoically munching grass for hours. In the course of the shoot the affable horses had at first been curious to the point of amorous before eventually losing interest. Most subjects do, let’s face it; few can understand why we photographers feel the need to spend several hours shooting essentially the same scene. But we know, don’t we, that from any shoot there will be one image clearly a cut above the rest; the one made when that crucial decisive moment unfolds and the shutter clicks. For me on Bulbarrow Hill it was when three horses came together just so while one’s tail flicked in a fleeting graceful curve. That was the image I’d been waiting for, the one I’d had a vision of. Now, we here at David Noton Photography are interested in your vision.
We are thrilled to commemorate the Third Anniversary of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the launch of our second competition for fully registered f11 Members, the Your Vision 2015 Photography Competition.
It’s all about vision, Your Vision. A horse on Bulbarrow Hill at dawn, Dorset, England.
Canon 5D mkIII, 24-70mm f2.8 L II lens @ 41mm, 1/160 sec @ f2.8
The most important equipment needed for our craft is a Photographer’s Eye; indeed the ability to see strong pictures in a multitude of situations is a fundamental skill to be nurtured. This is what Your Vision 2015 Competition is all about: celebrating the process that gives birth to a picture, from the conception of an idea through to the point the shutter opens. The judges will be looking for f11 Members’ pictures that display the most imaginative and perceptive photographic Vision – it’s as simple as that.
Your Vision 2014 winner Freda Hocking on location at dawn in the bluebell woods near Minterne Magna, Dorset during her 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with David Noton.
The Winners will receive a range of tempting prizes including One-to-One Tuition with myself, arranged at a mutually convenient time and location, plus Highly Commended Prizes kindly donated by Lee Filters, Canon, Adobe, Páramo and Manfrotto. 1st Prize for the Overall Winning Image that Displays the Most Imaginative and Perceptive Vision is a 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with me plus a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, donated by Adobe Systems Europe. For the Collection of Three Images that Best Display a Unique Style and Vision: A 24-hour Dawn-to-Dusk One-to-One Photographic Tuition Session with, yes, you guessed it, yours truly plus a Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee Bag, donated by Manfrotto UK. For the Best Use of Light: A Chasing the Light Filter Kit made by Lee Filters exclusively for David Noton Photography, donated by Lee Filters. For the Best Capture of the Decisive Moment: A Canon Powershot SX150 IS camera, donated by Canon (Europe). For the image that best evokes the spirit of adventure; a Páramo Halcon jacket. And for the Best Composition: a Manfrotto 055 Tripod, donated by Manfrotto UK.
The solitary figure of Wendy stood at the base of Skógafoss, southern Iceland. Canon 5D mkIII, 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II lens @ 168mm, 2 secs @ f32.
The Judges this year make for an impressive group of experts spanning the world of photography. One of them is this year’s Overall Winner, Freda Hocking. Back in the spring I teamed up with Freda in the bluebell woods of Dorset for her Prize Day, next month I’ll be doing the same with 2014 Portfolio Winner Bruce Alexander on California’s Big Sur coast. Next year it could be you. For full details of the Competition follow the link.
The closing date is December 31st 2014. Of course entry is free, but you have to be an f11 Member. For those who are not yet again you are missing out. The August Edition of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine continues the French theme with my Behind the Lens article and accompanying Video Blog from the Dordogne. The Low Down continues with Part Two of a series on Do-It-Yourself Printing; and we also have our usual two Fundamentals of Post Production Video Tutorials. From our trusty band of contributors, Ross Hoddinott continues his Hoddinott’s Hangout column with a personal exploration of the joys of shooting insects close up, including plenty of advice on equipment, technique and approach. Meanwhile wildlife photographer Chris Weston provides the next instalment of The Storyteller, this time providing a set of a dozen projects emphasised with amazing images. David Taylor writes a cathartic confessional on the various mistakes he has made over the years as a professional photographer in Taylor Made.
An image form this month’s
Behind the Lens article and accompanying
Video Blog from the Dordogne.
An alleyway in Beaumont du Périgord,
Pays de Bergerac, Aquitaine, France.
Canon 5D mkIII, 85mm lens, 1/2500 sec @ f1.2.
This month we also welcome sky and storm photographer David Mayhew back to the fold to contribute our How It's Done article, as he recounts the story behind his breath-taking shot of a Colorado storm. And we're dead chuffed to pipe onboard renowned photographer and filmmaker Clive Booth, who writes the Guest Feature about exploring the approaches and techniques he uses to create his expressive, naturally lit portraits. Finally, Editor Freya Dangerfield gets brave and asks some of our contributors to reveal their pet photographic hates, which it transpires, cover a wide gamut of subjects! The Chasing the Light Online Magazine is published monthly exclusively for our f11 Members. To sign up for month’s trial membership follow the link.
Thanks to all f11s who took the trouble to respond to our recent survey, an incredibly high proportion of you did so. Your feedback will help us to continue to improve while delivering the content you want. Watch out for a personal video message from me in response to your suggestions in next month’s Issue.
Ruminations on colour predominate in this month’s Low Down feature on printing in the Chasing the Light Online Magazine; autumn on the Mersey River, nr Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Writing the series on printing for the Online Magazine has necessitated some pretty exhaustive research. You f11 Member’s deserve the simple unvarnished facts, the wood separated from the chaff, and whilst some of the time I’m leaning heavily on my own experience I do always have to verify that I’ve got my facts right. But I’ve learnt and solidified so much in the process. It’s my mission to pass as much of that knowledge and experience on to you as I can, and one perfect opportunity to do that will be next November’s Capture to Print Jurassic Coast Digital Workflow Special Workshop. The courses are aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography, and we’ll have a full Digital Darkroom set up to take you right through the process from exposing on a cliff top to outputting a Big Beautiful Print. RAW processing; Photoshop shenanigans, printing; we’ll do the lot, as well as tramping along the Coast to some truly gorgeous locations. We still have a few places left on that course, so if you want clarity where there is now only confusion join us.
join us for next November’s Capture to Print Jurassic Coast Digital Workflow Special Workshop. Portland Bill, Dorset.
In 2015 there’s the option of joining us late winter in Iceland for a Photography Adventure. I’m not going to say any more, apart from watch this video to get a taste of what’s on offer. We have just a couple of spaces left on those adventures. Before all of that though I shall be in Cologne for Photokina presenting on the Canon stand twice daily 16-18 September. After that we’re off to the High Sierras of California before returning for the European autumn. Summer somehow seems to have flitted past in a blur of sunshine, horse breath and barbecue smoke.
Last week I was out at dawn, behind the lens just down the road looking over towards Sherborne Castle in the mist. This time horses breathing down my neck wasn’t the problem, slobbering cows trying to lick me to death were. My lenses are still sticky with bovine saliva, but it certainly made a change to where I was the day after; providing one-to-one tuition at Cannes on the Cote d’Azur. Surprisingly herds of heavy breathing livestock weren’t in evidence there. Now the rain is incessant and I’m back in long trousers, nose to the grindstone editing next month’s video tutorials. I’ll go for the horse whispering any time.
Old Sherborne Castle in the mist at dawn, Dorset, England. An 8 frame panorama.
Canon 5D mkIII, 200-400mm f4 1.4x L lens @ 200mm, 0.4 sec @ f22.