Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 59
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to December 2016’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Behind the Lens, David Noton presents the second instalment of his recent trip to Ontario, Canada, this time exploring the unique photo opportunities he discovered around Charlton Lake in the autumn – this is accompanied by a Video Blog. Then in this month’s Field Trial he puts the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8 L III lens through its paces, considering his options as he scrutinizes the possibilities of this wide-angle zoom. For How It’s Done, David takes us on a shoot on a seasonally frosty morning, and he also presents two of his Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott explores the intriguing subject of ‘photographer’s angst’, while in the Art of Landscapes we join Bas Meelker as he introduces us to one of his favourite destinations – Norway. In the Pipeline, Ben Pipe gives us the second instalment of his recent trip to India, this time enjoying the iconic and ever-vibrant Mumbai. Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to present the work of landscape photographer Domenico Innocenzi, as he reveals the photo gems of his homeland of Tuscany.
To all our f11 Members, we hope you’re continuing to enjoy our magazine. If you’d like any of your images to be featured in our Member’s Gallery column please send an email to [email protected] with your low-res jpegs and the story from behind the lens for each.
Chasing the Light Magazine Editor
We're moving on, leaving Muskoka and Algonquin, and heading for Bearskin Lodge near Whitefish Falls. Don't you just love the place names here? Granted, Google Maps isn't giving quite such an evocative description to our destination on the shores of Charlton Lake: Sudbury, Unorganized, North Part, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada.
Why is it that I always seem to be driving somewhere when the conditions are perfect? A Canon event on the Jurassic Coast the previous day had seen me driving across Dorset as the crisp, early morning sunlight glistened off the frosty landscape. The temptation to stop was strong, but letting down 50 CPN guests who had congregated all from all over the country was never really an option, so I drove on, futilely trying to ignore the sparkling conditions.
I have a fundamental distrust of wide-angle zooms. Time was all zooms were suspect, but wide-angles in particular seemed distinctly dodgy with soft corners, chromatic aberrations, deep purple fringing and barrel distortion all combining to rob our images of the quality that our increasingly high-resolution sensors were capable of delivering.
This month to accompany the Behind the Lens Feature and Video Blog from Ontario I process a misty lake scene, taking a washed out low contrast image and bringing out all the drama and impact with use of the dehazer and radial mask tools in Lightroom.
In Part Two I demonstrate how often the post-production needed on many images is a very simple process involving just a few key adjustments.
I've lost count of the number of times that I've opted to stay at home, only to regret my decision just a few hours later. Maybe the forecast looked rubbish, or I've been seduced by an impromptu barbecue with friends, a movie night in with the family, or I just couldn't be bothered to jump in the car and drive anywhere.
It was back in 2004, and I had just started my adventure into landscape and nature photography - how little did I know then! I had just bought my first serious DSLR, a Canon 10D, and a second-hand Canon EF 500mm f/4.5 L - the latter was far too expensive to buy straight off the shelf. In the meantime, I was about to take my first visit to Norway. My main focus then was wildlife photography, so I only had one goal for the trip: to visit Runde on the west coast of the country, famous for its birdlife - in particular its puffins.
This teeming mass of humanity, previously known as Bombay, represented our last stop on this recent trip to India. With a healthy stack of images already shot, it would have been easy to ease off on these last couple of days, but I knew there was a lot of potential out there on the streets of Mumbai.
I've always been drawn to photography, and also to nature. My father had (and still has) a Pentax kit, developing films and printing them himself. So when I was a teenager, in addition to some 'toy' cameras, I started shooting film with a Pentax, a 6 x 6 Lubitel Russian twin-lens and a Canon reflex.
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