Chasing the Light Magazine, Issue 33
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to October 2014’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Video Blog, David Noton reminisces on the glorious summer he has spent photographing his home patch of Dorset. Then he concludes his Low Down mini series on printing, first by considering our options for hanging prints, and then by testing a range of papers and feeding through his results to reach some conclusions on the best paper choice for the job. This month David ‘Steps Back’ in time to 1,628 BC and the cataclysmic eruption that created the island of Thera, then fast-forwards to contemplate his photo shoots on the same island, now Santorini, in the 80s and 90s. As ever, he has also created two Post Production Video Tutorials to assist your own post-production technique.
In The Storyteller, Chris Weston concludes his two-part Bear Necessities series by contemplating the challenge he set himself when he embarked on his latest trip to the Katmai peninsula, namely shooting something different, and how he has employed mindfulness to achieve this. And in contrast to the last edition’s piece about his home patch, this month Ross Hoddinott continues his Hangout series by writing about his inaugural visit to the Tatras in Slovakia in 2012, a stunning mountain range with some photo location gems that Ross shares with us here. How It’s Done comes with a health warning for those that suffer from vertigo: Alex Buisse returns to describe how he shot his jaw-dropping shot of world-class rock climbers on Paciencia, the hardest route on the Eiger’s north face. This month we also welcome back Rod Edwards, as he shares with us his thoughts on lighting portrait shots, along with some useful tips for Photoshop adjustments. And for our Guest Feature, we’re delighted to welcome into the fold renowned underwater photographer Mario Vitalini, as he introduces us to a whole new world of photo opportunity under the waves of the world’s greatest oceans and seas.
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, 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, Editor
1,628 BC: the earth moved. There are no surviving eyewitness reports of course, but we can be sure that the event took place. This was, after all, one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. In all probability the resultant gigantic tsunami led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km to the south
Some of my adventure images are planned months ahead, through location scouting and precise shot lists. However whenever I'm shooting sports as fickle and condition-dependent as climbing, I often have to be flexible and improvise on the spot. This image actually fell halfway between those two extremes of approach.
In the end it was a huge disappointment. When I had first seen the posters on the Metro advertising the exhibition I was excited: Henri Cartier-Bresson, in Paris no less!
This month in tandem with the accompanying Wessex Summer Video Blog I stitch together a panorama from the misty dawn shoot of Sherborne Castle. In Part 1 I work though the processing of the individual frames in Lightroom, with particular attention to synchronising adjustments and lens profile corrections.
I then take the 9 frames and stitch them together in Photoshop to make the panorama. Finally I crop and adjust contrast and density for different parts of the image area, with particular attention to feathering selections.
If you happened to read my column last month, you will already be aware that I often enjoy shooting close to home. However, that isn't to say that I don't also enjoy venturing a little further away. With the promise of great views to photograph, I can be easily persuaded to spend a week or two away from Cornish pasties and cream teas.
'Is that Chris Weston?' The bellowing voice and the raucous laugh told me that Chris Morgan was in the skiff, heading my way. It had been a year since we last met and a decade since he first brought me here, to the Katmai peninsula.
As photographers, we can become almost obsessed with light - the quality of the light, the temperature, and the direction. It doesn't matter if we're shooting landscapes, architecture, still life or portraits, we must learn to understand light and how it can change both the mood and appearance of our photographs.
It's hard to know what captivated me first, photography or scuba diving, but today I could not imagine one without the other. Seventy percent of the Earth is covered in water, yet relatively few photographers will ever venture beneath the waves; this is a realm where there are still new species to discover and unique behaviours to capture, many for the first time.
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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.