Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 34
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to November 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
This month we are running a bit of a New World theme…
For Behind the Lens, we join David and Wendy on the first part of their recent trip to California’s Sequoia National Park in September, sharing the pain of roadblocks that prevent photographers reaching their location in time – there is also an accompanying Video Blog. In Stepping Back, David considers the best locations for shooting autumn colours, concluding that it was in Nova Scotia that he experienced the Best Autumn Colours Ever, Anywhere. For his Fundamentals of Post Production section he presents one Video Tutorial, along with an article on the Ten Commandments of Editing a Photo Shoot – a must-read for any photographer.
And this month David pens an edition of The Bizz series: with the closing date for our 2015 Your Vision Competition looming, he contemplates the benefits and pitfalls of competitions generally.
To conclude the New World theme, our New York-based contributor James Maher explores the story behind his iconic shot of Bow Bridge in Central Park in How It’s Done. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston considers the convergence of stills photography and video in the world of modern media, and how he has taken advantage of this to indulge his passion for storytelling. Ross Hoddinott brings a seasonal flavour to his Hangout series, revealing the photographic potential of fungi and providing plenty of practical advice on having a go at shooting these intriguing subjects yourself. And for our Guest Feature we travel to Japan to join photographer Benjamin Parks, as he introduces us to his fascinating portfolio of Tokyo street portraits.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re enjoying our magazine but we need your pictures. If you fancy being featured in the Member’s Gallery and entered into our annual photo competition, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with three low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
Would they let us in? Our last brush with US Immigration had been at the remote border post in the White Pass above Skagway, Alaska. It had been a confrontational altercation, to say the least. Maybe picking up a couple of Norwegian hitchhikers just before crossing an international border hadn't been such a wise move.
It was the spring of 1988, or maybe 89, I'm not sure. Wendy and I had been for a walk over the Wiltshire Downs incorporating the ancient stone circles at Avebury the week before and I'd made a mental note of the location. I left our home in Bristol in the wee small hours, arriving in the half-darkness before dawn in good time to set up and finalise my composition.
A lot of people might be afraid of going deep into Central Park at night by themselves, but it is one of my favorite things to do. Night is one of the few times where you can be alone in some of the grandest areas of New York and feel like you own them. It's a tremendous feeling.
Concentrate only on the best images from a shoot; no one wants to see your second best. Processing multiple variants of the same shot is a pointless waste of time, just go for the gold! And the gold is often at the end, so why not?
This month I process a high contrast image from the California trip, with particular attention to using the Highlight Recovery Slider and Graduated Filters in Lightroom to both darken and lighten selective areas.
I have a confession: I don't particularly like the taste of mushrooms. Not a major problem you might think, but when you are vegetarian, having a dislike for mushrooms can prove rather troublesome! I've lost count of the amount of times I've been to a restaurant, or a friend's house, when the only veggie option has been mushroom-based - not good.
Professional wildlife photography is changing. Talk to my main clients and they'll tell you that the still image in itself is no longer enough. Now the public demands more. A while ago, my image of an elephant crossing a tributary of the Zambezi River was published in Outdoor Photography.
Autumn: possibly the best season for we landscape photographers. Low slanting light, conveniently short days and a countryside draped in robes of orange, gold and red make for an irresistible combination. Throw in ethereal mists under dramatic skies and we really are in heaven.
I am based in Japan and for the last year I've been working on a series of street portraits of Tokyo people. Obviously most of these people are Japanese, but some of them are people from other countries who are either visiting Tokyo, or who have made Tokyo their home.
Please take a look around our f-11 members gallery. Share your photographs with other members and receive David's feedback on your work.
We are thrilled to commemorate the Third Anniversary of our Chasing the Light Online Magazine by announcing the launch of David Noton's photographic competition for fully registered f11 Members, entitled Your Vision 2015.