Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine, Issue 61
Photography spanning the globe to inspire and inform
Welcome to February 2017’s edition of Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine for our f11 Members.
In a special edition of Behind the Lens, David Noton recalls his recent inspiring adventures photographing the Jurassic Coast in winter. Meanwhile in the next instalment of How It’s Done – Being There, we join him as he embarks on his first shoot of the New Year close to home. Then in Part Two of the mini-series in our The Bizz column, David continues to examine the challenges and rewards of becoming a professional photographer. He also presents a Video Blog from a shoot on the Jurassic Coast, using the Canon Camera Connect app to remotely control the camera from his phone, as well as two of his popular Fundamentals of Post-Production Videos.
From our contributors, in Hoddinott’s Hangout Ross Hoddinott takes us on a road trip to Glencoe, as he spends a sometimes-frustrating week attempting to successfully capture winter in the Highlands. Conversely, in the Art of Landscapes Bas Meelker takes us to Madeira, revealing the often-underestimated but diverse photographic potential of the island. With Chinese New Year upon us, in the Pipeline Ben Pipe visits the metropolis of Shanghai. And staying in Asia, for our Guest Feature we’re delighted to welcome on board Tim Gerard Baker, as he describes his creative journey that has seen him develop his passion for photographing the developing world from a base in Vietnam.
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
West Bay, on the Jurassic Coast; a location I know well, but inexplicably have never photographed. I left Milborne Port in crisp sunshine, but here it's a dull and grey day. Oh well, this will serve as a useful refresher location search, not to mention lunch out. In the café on the beach I'm dismayed to realize that I qualify for the Silver Surfer's Meal Deal. Then I'm mortified when the waitress feels no need to ask for proof.
Driving back from a dawn patrol on the Jurassic Coast I pass through Dorchester and head north on the high road to Sherborne. It's been a beautiful morning on the coast, but inland I can still see traces of frost and mist lingering in the fields. Despite my uplifting session on a clifftop, Photographer's Angst kicks in; did I make the right decision this morning? Would I have been better off shooting inland?
Welcome back. So you want to go pro? From Part One last month, you?ll hopefully be realising that there is far more to making this happen than just being proficient with your camera. But photographic ability is obviously a fundamentally important factor, which brings us to the next question you're going to have to ask yourself:
This month to accompany the 'How it's Done: Being There' Feature I process an image from a frosty morning overlooking the Piddle Valley using both Lightroom and Photoshop, concentrating on the adjustments needed to retain the soft water colour type appeal of the image.
In Part Two I process an image of the Jurassic Coast solely in Lightroom, using the dehazer tool judiciously, boosting shadow detail and applying selective adjustments of brightness and contrast to 3 different areas of the image using the grad tool.
We photographers love a road trip, don't we? It's the perfect opportunity to explore somewhere new - or just less familiar - in order to help get the creative juices flowing. Moreover, it's an opportunity to take photos day after day without distraction or interruption. Given my profession, you might assume that I'm always able to do just that. However, the reality is quite different...
Porto Moniz on the north-western tip of Madeira: a small village with a couple of hotels and restaurants, best known for its natural swimming pools. Janneke and I have chosen this small village to be our base the next 11 days, away from all the hustle and bustle of the large tourist centres. We have just arrived in the village and we're scouting our surroundings for photo opportunities.
The two Chinese words that make up the word -Shanghai? Translate into the English language as 'above the sea.' This translation refers to the fact that the port city once stood on mudflats, barely situated above sea level. Meanwhile, in the West the name of the city was turned over time into a verb: 'shanghaied, shanghaiing.' The dictionary describes this nautical term as follows: 'to enrol or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs.'
My love of the developing world started back in 2003. Already two years into my photography studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, I decided it was time to explore the world. What started as a break of one year turned into two, as my adventures in Latin America and South East Asia spurred a yearning for adventure and a life of discovery.
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We are thrilled to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of our Chasing the Light Online Photography Magazine by announcing the launch of David Noton's photographic competition for fully registered f11 Members, entitled Your Vision 2017.