How I have never mentioned before this photographer is beyond me. David Noton is an extraordinary Landscape photographer.
I have attended several of his workshops and my landscape photography is very much influenced by what I have learned here. In field, post production and an insight into the dedication it takes to be a successful landscape photographer.
His photography matches his temperament very down to earth. There are no tricks here. What you see is what the camera saw. It is not about post production he has shared all his secrets.
Early rises 4 am to be precise while in Umbria, Italy. I had seen the photos with the mist around the mountains. Could I ever capture this what is the trick. The trick is patience and a little know how. It also helps when your accompanied by David Noton to talk you through step by step. So its raining and cold and I have wet feet I thought it was going to be warm in italy this time of year apparently not. This is error number one on my part research where you are going. Advise from David, look at postcards and other images of where you are going to get an idea of what you would like to photograph and how you would like to differ what has already been done. Get a map research sunrise and sunset time. Two other things he advises. Always leave the camera on raw format and daylight so that you can adjust anything you like afterwards altough from what I saw of his images and how he explains it he likes to do a minimum of post production.
Neutral density filters play a part. Allowing a longer exposure to catch cloud movement or mist on the mountains. This allows longer exposures without changing the colour of the scene. He recommends Lee Filters. Use your histogram on the camera it helps to judge the light. I have found this really helpful. While also bracketing as the light is so changeable with some of these shots sometimes a little under or overexposed helps. It s difficult however to bracket when using hte ND filters at sunrise as the exposures are long so fingers crossed and having gotten out of bed for many sunrises and waited on many sunsets since I am learning.
Mostly what I learned apart from the technical is how to judge the light. I always have my camera with me. I go out regularly and on many occasions I wait and nothing interesting happens the light can be dull and I go home. However on occasion the light plays the game and I get a beautiful shot of the sunrise or sunset. I have also started to learn to read the weather. I watch the light in the different seasons and as the wind direction changes. For example where I live in Tuscany a mistral cold wind after a hot spell of weather the sun rise and sunsets offer amazing colour and cloud format along with quick moving clouds perhaps even stormy seas. All these things help me to make an improved image.
While on this particular workshop I had the opportunity to look at a tilt and shift lense which allows you to take landscape images while not getting the curved edges on the image that a wide angle lens can cause.
By the by I have also seen this lense used recently in urban shots to create images that make people and urban settings look like toy people Miniature it was an interesting concept and worth thinking about and filing in the memory for future.
Back to David Noton he explained how to merge multiple exposures which I find quite difficult however in theory. By exposing for the sky and then for the land within the same image. While on a tripod to ensure the shots are identical apart from the exposure and then merging the two shots sky and land so as to create a real image of what the camera saw.
I have also attended David Notons workshops in Ireland and in Dorset. They are fun and you wil learn so much. Particulalry as everytime the whole group sits down the entire conversation is photography, I learned so much also from the other students on the course. Everyone was keen to share what they had learned that day and to discuss techniques and difficulties.
I leave you with two photos of Davids.
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