Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine
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David Noton kicks off this edition with a feature from his popular Behind the Lens column, offering the first installment of his two-part travelogue to Western Australia in 2015. Then in a Video Blog, we join him on his trip to Italy in the early summer months of 2016. And for this edition’s Stepping Back, David time-travels back to his trip to the Great Wall of China at Simatai in 1998.
Photo Essentials is a series from the magazine designed to refresh basic photo skills, and in this edition David begins his detailed exploration of camera settings. In a Field Trial, he visits Paris to evaluate the new Canon EOS 1Dx Mk II then in a Low Down he turns his attention to the photographic inspiration to be found in colour. In addition, we’ve included one of David’s popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
From our contributors, in The Pipeline Ben Pipe takes us on a fascinating tour of the 2015 French Open at the Roland Garros stadia. In the Art of Landscapes we accompany Bas Meelker to the Bavarian Forest in winter. Meanwhile Ross Hoddinott revisits the wonderful island of Skomer, photographing this wildlife location’s main attraction: the colourful, comical-looking puffins.
Finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to present a piece penned by professional photographer David Köster, as he provides a privileged insight into his exciting journey through Kazakhstan, accompanied by a breath-taking portfolio of his images. And to finish off, we’ve included a sample edition of our Member’s Gallery, where f11 Members have the opportunity to submit images for David's constructive appraisal.
We very much look forwards to welcoming you on board – in the meantime, keep exposing!
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It's impressive. Not exactly pretty, although I bet it is in the eyes of the pilots who fly it. I'd love to have a go at the controls, I wonder if they'd let me? I mean, I did spend two weeks learning to fly gliders as an Air Cadet on summer camp at RAF Debden in 1974. That's bound to impress them, isn't it? A double-decker airliner? What would my grandparents have made of it? It's huge!
A message from f11 Member Wendy Newing: please could David write a piece on camera settings. Well Wendy, your, and any f11 Member's, wish is my command, so here we go. It's not, to be honest, the most scintillating of topics, but yours is a timely request, because just yesterday a brand new Canon EOS 1Dx Mk II was delivered for me to evaluate - see the accompanying Field Trial.
I'm crouching underneath the arches of the Pont de la Tournelle, trying to ignore the stench of stale pee - I know my place in life. Approaching are two lady joggers, trotting along the left bank of the River Seine on a beautiful spring morning, with the backdrop of the Ile de la Cité and the Cathédrale Notre-Dame beyond illuminated by warm early morning sunlight, all framed pleasingly from where I'm kneeling by the entrance to the tunnel.
The light at dawn was pretty uninspiring. We'd hung around on the banks of the lake for several hours, hoping for a glimmer. In the meantime we grew progressively colder, despite it being mid-May in Oxfordshire, until eventually the pull of hot coffee and breakfast in Woodstock was simply irresistible.
I am a lucky man, I know that. I have seen many of the acknowledged wonders of the world. Granted, none of the original classic seven, but really in this day and age do any of them still qualify?
This month I process an image of a classic Tuscan scene using firstly Lightroom, with particular attention to lens corrections, contrast and the reduction of haze. I then continue making selective adjustments in Photoshop using a layer mask.
The top players in world tennis were gathering for the second week of the French Open 2015. Novak Djokovic was aiming for his first French Open title; meanwhile Rafael Nadal was seeking a record-breaking tenth. On the female side of the draw, the World Number 1 Serena Williams was the overwhelming favourite for a third title, after winning in 2002 and 2013.
The tension mounts. He's walking towards me and looking at me straight in the eyes - I know this is it. Finding yourself in direct eye contact with a wolf takes you back to the wild: it's an experience you'll never forget and this encounter is sending shivers down my spine, despite the fact I am trying to concentrate on capturing the shot.
Quite simply, Skomer is a unique place for wildlife. When I visited for the first time, I was in the excellent company of wildlife photographer Jason Venus - who later that year would win the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. He had kindly taken me under his wing after we had both won categories in Countryfile's photo competition a few years before, and invited me to visit the island with him - an amazing opportunity for me to learn from a top pro.
Imagine that there is a country where bizarre deserts meet prehistoric canyons. Where huge sand dunes rub elbows with eternal glaciers, and snow-covered seven-thousanders are reflected in lonely salt lakes. Where endless grasslands share the horizon with surreal lunar scenes. A country where nature presents a stunning variety of primeval landscapes and a remarkable biodiversity within six climate zones. And imagine: nobody finds his or her way to that country. Welcome to Kazakhstan: not only one of the largest countries in the world, but at the same time, one of the most unknown.
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