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What to shoot in November - Ian Andrews takes a look at things to photograph in November and suggests a few ePHOTOzine members' meetings that may be worth joining.
Where has all the daylight gone? The evenings have disappeared and despite the mornings starting earlier, to most of us, it seems that the days are now considerably shorter. This perceived jump in the timescale is not a natural phenomenon, rather a man made one achieved by changing our clocks by a single hour! But now is not the time to put the camera away for the winter as many of the more atmospheric type of shots can be achieved so much more easily at this time of the year.
Birds and Animals
Landscape and Habitat
Watch the changing shadows because as the sun lowers it also moves laterally giving differing patterns as it traverses. In high summer, shadows simply shorten, whereas at this time of year they move sideways too, giving far more scope for creative compositions.
Out and about
Other events such as the seasonal Bonfire Night which now extends over most of a week in early November can provide excellent opportunities for photographs, but do be aware of the dangers of large fires and pyrotechnics and dont do anything silly to get a picture. Its just not worth it! For this type of photography, a tripod is almost essential. Long exposures can produce some spectacular results, so it is always worth experimenting.
As is usual on ePHOTOzine, there are a number of meetings planned by members where a great atmosphere is generated. For the majority of these, all you have to do is turn up at the appointed time and enjoy. Much can be learned by talking to other people of a similar ilk and, to my knowledge, no one has ever been turned away. Take a look at the meetings forum for one in your area or be daring and arrange one of your own!
Some already organised are:
Words and Pictures by Ian Andrews www.wildaboutkent.co.uk
The above three pictures, all taken with a Sigma SD9 and 170-500mm zoom lens, were shot within a few metres of each other and all within ten minutes of one another. All have totally differing atmospheres and show how playing with the effects of the light and exposure can affect the pictures you take.
These two kingfishers are fighting over a popular fishing perch that a few weeks ago they were sharing in order to feed a growing family. The winning bird gets to keep this piece of territory for the winter ahead while the loser will have to find his or her own patch. Canon 1D, Tamron 200-500mm at 500mm. 1/2500sec at f/11
Scenes such as this shot of Bodiam Castle in Sussex fair far better in Autumn light than in the harsh rays of the summer. Canon 300D, EF-S 10-22mm at 10mm