Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 60
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
A very Happy New Year! And welcome to January 2017’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
In this month’s Photo Essentials series, David Noton takes us on an in-depth technical exploration of that vital subject – depth of field. Meanwhile in the next instalment of How It’s Done – Being There, he takes a mid-December photo trip to a local Jurassic location he’s never shot before. Then in a new mini-series within our The Bizz column, David examines the challenges and rewards of going pro in today’s world of photography. He also presents two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott gives us an essential New Year’s composition refresher, while in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker reveals the wonderful photo opportunities presented by winter in the Netherlands. In the Pipeline, Ben Pipe reaches a landmark in his career: ten years as a professional photographer. Then Richard Fox provides a Location Report on the beautiful Azores. And finally, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Lizzie Shepherd, as she introduces her inspiring work and becomes ‘lost in the woods’.
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 Online Photography Magazine Editor
The first snows of winter had overlapped with the last colours of autumn, high in the Canadian Rockies. The road to Morraine Lake would be closed within days, but for now I had a fleeting opportunity to photograph the traces of golden aspen that peeped through the fresh snow, against a backdrop of the awesome Valley of the Ten Peaks. The light was sombre under a heavy sky, but brief traces of diffuse winter sunlight occasionally made it through.
Mid-December: a prime time to be photographing the Jurassic Coast. As the short days around the winter solstice approach the sun is rising in the south-east and setting in the south-west, which means that this south-facing coast is bathed in low, appealing sidelight right through the day from dawn to dusk.
Mr Noton recently commented on an image I posted on Facebook. The photograph was of Trevose Lighthouse, near Padstow in Cornwall, and it was taken on a very beautiful evening back in September. David kindly said: "An image that could serve as a textbook example of how to compose; nice one Ross."
So you want to go pro? Fair enough. Photography is presumably a passion, so why not make it your livelihood? Lots of people have. Back in 1981 I was an out of work, ex-Merchant Navy officer scraping an occasional living cleaning windows, dreaming of a life as a travelling photographer. Now, 35 years later - well, you get the picture; dreams can come true.
This month to accompany the 'How it's Done; Being There' Feature I process an image from my recent shoot at Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast, converting the RAW to black and white using a Lightroom preset then fine tuning contrast, clarity and exposure before adding drama to the sky using the grad tool, with special attention to refining the mask overlay.
In Part Two I process an image of West Bay, again on the Jurassic Coast, correcting a wonky horizon manually and using Lightroom's adjustment brush to tweak the contrast and brightness of selected areas of the image.
I think most people have heard of the islands of the Azores, but for most - like me until now - they are a bit of an unknown entity. There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster located in three main groups: Flores and Corvo to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria and the Formigas Islets to the east.
It's mid-December, but officially it isn't winter yet - and it looks like it still has a long way to go before it even starts to look like winter. I'm sitting in my office, looking outside at a grey, rainy world. The temperature is 10°C, but it feels even warmer - hopefully it doesn't turn out to be another snowless winter.
The year 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of me becoming a freelance photographer. I therefore want to use my last article of the year to look back on my career since leaving art college in 2006.
Many of my fondest childhood memories revolve around trees. Climbing them. Getting stuck in a rather lovely yew tree in our garden - upside down, if my memory serves me correctly! The beautiful things my father made from wood. The wonderful tree house he made for me, perched high in a little copse. And then, there were our early morning walks to the woods along the road, shared always with the same three close friends, sneaking out of the house in the dark for a mini adventure in a mysterious and, I'm sure, very beautiful woodland.
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